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MotoGP shortens race distances

Daniel Herrero

Wednesday 14th February, 2018 - 11:37am

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The Spanish MotoGP is one of seven races which have been shortened for 2018 pic: MotoGP.com

Some MotoGP races will be shortened in a move which organisers say is designed to increase consistency in race durations.

There will be a one-lap reduction to the Americas MotoGP, French MotoGP, Catalan MotoGP, Czech MotoGP, and San Marino MotoGP.

The Spanish MotoGP (Jerez) will be cut by two laps and the Valencia MotoGP by three.

The stated reason for the change is to harmonise race durations for the benefit of event organisation and television broadcasters.

Increasing the length of some races, which might have allowed for a neutral aggregate impact, was deemed unachievable due to fuel and engine regulations.

Some Moto2 and Moto3 races will also be shortened this year, with further changes in 2019 which coincide with the introduction of MotoE.

MotoGP races are not set to change again next year.

There has also been a change of procedure regarding red flags in MotoGP.

If a red flag is shown and at least 75 percent of race distance has been completed, the result will be declared.

The second official pre-season MotoGP test of calendar year 2018 takes place at the Buriram International Circuit from Friday.

MotoGP: Changes to lap counts

Grand Prix 2017 laps 2018 laps
America 21 20
Spain (Jerez) 27 25
France 28 27
Cataluña 25 24
Czech Republic 22 21
San Marino 28 27
Valencia 30 27

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