With the expansion of the MotoGP season to a record 21 races for 2022, the Grand Prix Commission has agreed to increase the number of engines each rider is allowed to use throughout the season. For this year, and if no events are canceled, then each rider will have 8, rather than 7 engines to use throughout the season.
The change is a response to the length of the season, and comes with conditions. Riders will only be allowed to use their 8th engine starting from the 19th event of the season. This gives the riders 7 engines to use for the first 18 events, plus an additional engine to be used from FP1 at the 19th round, the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island.
This change will be applied for subsequent seasons as well. From now on, if the MotoGP calendar published before the start of the season has up to 20 races scheduled, then riders will be allowed 7 engines per season. If the calendar has 21 or 22 races (the current maximum number agreed with the teams in the contracts signed with Dorna), then they will be allowed 8 engines, with the 8th only available from the 19th event onward.
The FIM press release appears below:
FIM Grand Prix World Championship
Decisions of the Grand Prix Commission
The Grand Prix Commission, composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Paul Duparc (FIM), Herve Poncharal (IRTA) and Biense Bierma (MSMA), assisted by Carlos Ezpeleta (Dorna), Mike Trimby (IRTA, Secretary of the meeting) and Corrado Cecchinelli (Director of Technology), in an electronic meeting held on 8 May 2022, made the following decision:
ENGINE USE MOTOGP CLASS – EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
Currently, MotoGP regulations permit manufacturers in the MotoGP class to use a maximum of seven engines during the season. (Nine engines for manufacturers with concessions).
This regulation was established when the calendar comprised less than 20 races.
Because the 2022 calendar foresees 21 races it has been agreed to allow the use of one further engine providing that, ultimately, there are 19 races or more. The extra engine may only be used for the 19th. or subsequent races.
The regulations have been updated as follows:
Less than 21 races published on the official calendar that is issued by the FIM prior to the start of the first race:
- Manufacturers will have a maximum engine allocation of 7 engines (9 for manufacturers with concessions).
21 or 22 races published on the calendar that is issued by the FIM prior to the start of the first race:
- Manufacturers will have a maximum engine allocation of 8 engines (10 for manufacturers with concessions).
The use of this 8th (or 10th) engine will only be allowed starting from the 19th event.