New qualifying format to be introduced in Moto2 and Moto3 in 2019

One day after the end of 2018 season, Dorna have announced an important change for 2019: Moto2 and Moto3 will adopt the same qualifying format as MotoGP and this means that both classes will have two 15-minute sessions, after which we’ll know the rider starting from pole position. This decision has been taken to solve the different problems we’ve seen this year, such as riders slowing down to wait for a slipstream (Moto3) and the fact the fastest times were performed just in the early phases of QP (Moto2).

This change is supposed to improve Qualifying for both riders and spectators. The importance of Free Practice sessions will increase: FP1, FP2 and FP3 will all last 40 minutes and the fastest 14 riders in combined FP classification will go straight to Q2. The rest of the field will contest Q1 and the four fastest riders of this session will join the fight for pole position in Q2. The riders going from Q1 to Q2 will be allowed to use an extra rear soft tyre. There will be no variation in the schedule for Sunday.

Here’s the brand new schedule for Friday and Saturday:


Translated by Alessandro Palma


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