The major changes to the MotoGP series starting in 2012 are beginning to take shape. Today, the application process opened for the new Moto3 class, which replaces the 125cc two-strokes from next season as the entry-level class in the MotoGP series. The class will see 250cc single-cylinder four-stroke engines take the place of the two strokes, the most competitive of which - the Honda NSF250R - was unveiled officially at Barcelona this weekend.
Entries for the new Moto3 class will come mainly from the current 125cc field, but a few more teams could also enter the fray. Several former 125cc teams - such as Molenaar, which raced last year with Randy Krummenacher and Luis Salom - are looking at their options for returning to the series, and some new teams are also expected to apply. The grid will likely be capped at 40 again, just as happened with Moto2 when the class was first introduced.
While entries have opened for Moto3, the final list of entries for the MotoGP class has yet to be released. Negotiations over the details of the claiming rule are still ongoing, with IRTA and the new teams trying to get concessions out of the manufacturers to make it more attractive to the new entries applying. The parties involved expect all of the issues to be settled by Silverstone, with a list likely to be issued either during or shortly after the British Grand Prix.
Below is the official FIM press release announcing the Moto3 application process:
Moto3 Class Applications for 2012 Season
Teams wishing to be considered for participation in the Moto3 class in 2012 are invited to register their interest with IRTA, via E-mail, to firstname.lastname@example.org
IRTA will supply eligible teams with a prospectus containing the main conditions of participation. Teams will then have until Friday 1st of July, the first day of the Italian Grand Prix, to submit a detailed application.
FIM, Dorna and IRTA will consider applications at Mugello and selected teams will then be invited to lodge a security deposit with IRTA. The deadline for receipt of the deposit is Friday 12th of August, the first day of the Czech Republic GP.
The final selection of teams will be made by FIM, Dorna and IRTA during the Brno event and a list of accepted teams will then be published.