Return Of Four-Practice Schedule Confirmed By FIM Announcement

As reported this weekend, the four-practice schedule used at Aragon was a huge hit with the teams and riders. The general consensus was that the chance to try out big changes between sessions more than outweighed the shorter time during the session to make changes. As a result, the teams asked for a return to the four-practice schedule (FP1 and FP2 on Friday, then FP3 and QP on Saturday), preferring four 45-minute sessions to three sessions of 1 hour. Saturday's meeting of the Grand Prix Commission rubber-stamped the change, and so at the Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril and the Grand Prix of Valencia, four sessions of practice will be run, with the same schedule likely to return for the whole of next year.

The other innovation at Aragon - running the Moto2 class before MotoGP, followed by the 125s - met with less approval, and so the schedule will return to its normal running order of 125s, MotoGP and Moto2 at Estoril and Valencia. Although having 40 bikes on track laying down rubber helped clean up what is effectively a brand new track at Aragon, the riders felt that there was little change effected by having Moto2 go first instead of the 125s. Casey Stoner put best, perhaps, saying "From my experience in 125s and 250s, it's the wrong way to go," Stoner told the post-race press conference. "The 250 tires took longer to warm up than the 125 tires did, and [the first session] is always run in much colder conditions, so for [the Moto2 riders] it's definitely not the right way to go." It was also a matter of an apprenticeship, Stoner said, only half joking. "The 125s is the starting category when you come into this championship, so they're the ones that have got to get up early in the morning!"

Here's the FIM announcement of the Estoril and Valencia schedules:


Event schedules 2010:

The schedules below prepared by Dorna have been agreed:

Bwin Grande Prémio de Portugal

Friday, 29 October 2010
09:05-09:45 125cc Free Practice 1
10:05-10:50 MotoGP Free Practice 1
11:10-11:50 Moto2 Free Practice 1
13:05-13:45 125cc Free Practice 2
14:05-14:50 MotoGP Free Practice 2
15:10-15:50 Moto2 Free Practice 2
 
Saturday, 30 October 2010
09:05-09:45 125cc Free Practice 3
10:05-10:50 MotoGP Free Practice 3
11:10-11:50 Moto2 Free Practice 3
13:05-13:45 125cc Qualifying Practice
14:05-14:50 MotoGP Qualifying Practice
15:10-15:55 Moto2 Qualifying Practice
 
Sunday, 31 October 2010
09:00-09:20 Moto2 Warm Up
09:30-09:50 MotoGP Warm Up
10:00 10:20 125cc Warm Up
11:15 Moto2 Race (26 laps)
13:00 MotoGP Race (28 laps)
14:30 125cc Race (23 laps)

 

Grand Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana

Friday, 5 November 2010
09:05-09:45 125cc Free Practice 1
10:05-10:50 MotoGP Free Practice 1
11:10-11:50 Moto2 Free Practice 1
13:05-13:45 125cc Free Practice 2
14:05-14:50 MotoGP Free Practice 2
15:10-15:50 Moto2 Free Practice 2
 
Saturday, 6 November 2010
09:05-09:45 125cc Free Practice 3
10:05-10:50 MotoGP Free Practice 3
11:10-11:50 Moto2 Free Practice 3
13:05-13:45 125cc Qualifying Practice
14:05-14:50 MotoGP Qualifying Practice
15:10-15:55 Moto2 Qualifying Practice
 
Sunday, 7 November 2010
08:40-09:00 125cc Warm Up
09:10-09:30 Moto2 Warm Up
09:40 10:00 MotoGP Warm Up
11:00 125cc Race (24 laps)
12:15 Moto2 Race (27 laps)
14:00 MotoGP Race (30 laps)

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Comments

Because the schedules have already been published by the organizers, and support races included at some of those events. Too many problems logistically. 

David,

Wondering why MotoGP has always (in my memory anyway) split the other two classes? Is there something wrong with doing 125, Moto2, and then GP?

Ed

It's mostly about TV schedules, and having the race at the same time as practice for the MotoGP teams. 

Yea, this is nice, but it took HOW long to fix a stupidly obvious problem? If it takes YEARS for management to arrange a simple schedule change, is there any hope that the same fools will recognize and fix (within this lifetime) the self-destructive rules that currently plague the sport? Zzzzzzz.... wake me when they rescind the asinine 21 liter fuel limit.