During the weekend of the Argentine Grand Prix, with all the mess of Michelin’s front tire and the appearance of rain in Saturday’s qualifying, there was an issue that went unnoticed for the press. According to the media, during the meeting of the Security Commission that took place on Friday afternoon, the riders not only spoke with Race Direction about tires.
Some of the riders who attended that meeting put on the table a debate that had arisen on some other occasion: the possibility that the times achieved in FP1 and FP2 do not count for direct access to Q2, so that only the times obtained in Saturday’s FP3 would be valid.
With this measure, MotoGP teams and rider would have more freedom to test settings and configurations during the day on Friday without being conditioned by the need to establish a good record that allows them to finish in the top 10 of the standings and not have to pass so for Q1.
In Argentina, for example, factory riders like Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso or Valentino Rossi had to go through the ‘toll’ of the Q1 after not getting a good record in the morning FP3, conditioned by a rain that prevented the riders of the main category to take advantage of the last 15 minutes of the session to make a time-attack with soft tires.
The race direction, formed by Mike Webb (IRTA), Franco Uncini (FIM) and Loris Capirossi (Dorna), will study this petition in the coming weeks. In the case of accepting it, all MotoGP riders would have to agree to be able to introduce this change in the regulation.