FIM Impose Moto2 and Moto3 Testing Restrictions for 2012

The FIM Grand Prix Commission has announced a series of regulation changes regarding testing for next season's Moto2 and Moto3 World Championships after a meeting last weekend at Assen.

Moto2 teams will not be allowed to test their bikes at all until the start of February, and will also be banned from testing at any circuit that is part of the Grand Prix calendar from that point onwards.

Next year will mark the inaugural Moto3 World Championship and for that reason, the FIM have decided that teams will be allowed to test the new four-stroke 250cc machines in the continent that they are based for the 2011-12 winter only.

To encourage new entrants into the Grand Prix fraternity, the FIM have decided that riders in their first season of World Championship competition will be allowed to compete at other events at the European Grand Prix circuits, such as Catalunya and Silverstone, during the year.

The FIM will also make exceptions to the rules in the case of official test sessions organised by the International Road Racing Teams Association (IRTA).

The testing restrictions do not apply to wildcard riders, and the FIM will award two wildcard entries into next years' Moto3 class.

These measures will come into force from December 1st 2011.