Moto GP and all you need to know (Part 3)

There is also a 30-minute 4-minute Free-Practice Test before two qualifying round sessions. Time set in FP4 is not counted against the combo time used to determine which racer can start the race. 

After the warm-ups for each mode on the race day, traditionally the lowest format, in this case Moto3 TM would run first then Moto2 TM and finally MotoGP TM. This law is open to modification, however. 

Races range in length from 95-130km and normally last between 40-45 minutes following a fixed number of laps that vary with each course. Pit stops are rare but allowed and especially applicable in changing weather conditions, where the driver can enter the pit and switch to another tire-mounted machine.


Drivers and race teams (manufacturers) race for their respective FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix. Teams vying for the MotoGP TM Team Championship are different from the Manufacturer Championship since there are several teams competing on the same manufacturer’s boards. 

For the racers, the points that count against their overall world championships are the points earned in each race. For the manufacturer, only the vehicle with the highest position is certain to gain points, based on its position in the race. 

In principle, teams in the MotoGP TM format are made up of two riders

Both points earned by all riders on the Team, whether as a replacement or a substitute, will count for the Team Championship. In the case of the racing team, only the score for the racer can be counted for the Team Championship. Freelance cyclists do not score any points for the Team Championship.

Flags and lighting regulations

During the Grand Prix, flags and warning lights are used to educate and notify the riders and provide them with valuable details about the race. Flags are used by referees at different points across the circuit, and riders should always be mindful of the signals the referees are transmitting to them. Both flags will be shown by wave.