MotoGP rookie rule officially dropped

Fri, 29 Jun 22:37:00 2012

The MotoGP's Grand Prix Commission has ratified the end of the rookie rule preventing first-year riders from joining factory teams - paving the way for Marc Marquez to potentially move straight into the works Honda squad in 2013.

Suter Moto2 rider Marc Marquez of Spain raises up his trophy on the podium after finishing third at the Catalunya Grand Prix in Montmelo, near Barcelona - 0

The rookie rule was implemented as part of MotoGP's 2010 cost-cutting push, and was aimed to spread talent around the satellite teams.

Moto2 championship leader Marquez has been strongly linked to a factory Honda seat next season after Casey Stoner's decision to retire, but had the rookie rule stayed in place, it would have been necessary to place him at a satellite team for a year first.

The commission also approved a limit of four bikes - two works and two independent - per MotoGP manufacturer in 2013.

It rejected moves to ban spare bikes and non-ferrous brake disc material, both of which had been proposed as cost-saving measures.

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