The changes to the qualifying format in MotoGP for the next season has been announced. Although the basic intention behind that change is to keep the race more interesting for the viewers, it will also benefit the faster riders who usually get stuck behind slower ones while trying to put in a fast lap. Check out the new MotoGP qualifying format below.

MotoGP 2013 New Qualifying Procedure
  • 1. The three existing sessions of free practice will be unchanged, however, the combined times from those sessions will determine participation in the final qualifying practice.
  • 2. The ten fastest riders will be seeded through to Qualifying Practice 2 (QP2).
  • 3. All other riders will take part in Qualifying Practice 1 (QP1).
  • 4. The fastest two riders in QP1 will progress to QP2, making a total of 12 riders competing for the first 12 grid positions.
  • 5. The riders not in the fastest two places in QP1 will take grid positions 13 and above according to their times in QP1.’
MotoGP 2013 New Practice and Qualifying Schedule
  • Day One
  • Free Practice 1: 45 Minutes (Unchanged) Timed for Qualifying Participation
  • Free Practice 2: 45 Minutes (Unchanged) Timed for Qualifying Participation
  • Day Two
  • Free Practice 3: 45 Minutes (Unchanged) Timed for Qualifying Participation
  • Free Practice 4: 30 Minutes (New) Not Timed for Qualifying Participation
  • Break 10 Minutes
  • Qualifying Practice 1: 15 minutes (New)
  • Break 10 Minutes
  • Qualifying Practice 2: 15 minutes (New)