Here Are The New MotoGP Regulations For Races That Can't Be Restarted
Grand Prix Commission changes scoring for abandoned races – three laps are the new minimum requirement for a race.
In a meeting during the race weekend in Valencia, the Grand Prix Commission decided on new regulations regarding the often long-discussed rules on red-flagged races that can’t be restarted.
The Moto2 race in Buriram had to be red-flagged – Image provided by Motorsport Images
Previously, two-thirds of the race distance had to be completed in the Moto3 and Moto2 classes for full world championship points to be awarded. For MotoGP, it was three-quarters of the distance.
This will change for the 2023 season. From now on, races must be run for at least three laps for points to be awarded. And the minimum requirements for awarding full points will change too.
Basically, the new regulations are based on three scenarios:
1. The Race is less than three laps old and conditions do not allow a restart
Should conditions not allow the race to be restarted, the race shall be canceled and no points awarded to any of the riders.
2. The Race is older than three laps but 50% of the original race distance has not been completed
Should conditions not allow the race to be restarted, half points shall be awarded to all riders in the points ranks.
3. The Race is older than 50% of the original race distance
Full points will be awarded to all riders in the points ranks.
Only races (meaning the first, original race start, and any further restart) that have lasted at least three laps will be counted for the laps completed in scenarios 2 and 3.