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In or­der to en­sure spec­ta­tors would have the best pos­si­ble spec­ta­cle to see at a GP the FIM – the sport’s in­ter­na­tional gov­ern­ing body – in­tro­duced a qual­i­fy­ing method for the GP en­try.

A typ­i­cal MX GP would have a grid of 40 rid­ers, the first 10 places would be for the top 10 in the pre­vi­ous year’s cham­pi­onship leav­ing 30 places free – sim­ple enough math­e­mat­ics. Or­gan­is­ers had to ac­cept all ap­pli­ca­tions from rid­ers on the 500cc Graded In­ter­na­tional list of what­ever na­tional fed­er­a­tion sub­mits them. If this meant there were more than 30 rid­ers af­ter the au­to­matic en­tries had been filled then a bal­lot would take place. This bal­lot would de­ter­mine which rid­ers went in to the two timed train­ing ses­sions on the day be­fore the GP. From these ses­sions the top 15 in each would make up the re­main­ing 30 places in the GP. All 40 rid­ers would be in a timed prac­tice ses­sion on race day to de­ter­mine which or­der they would be on the grid.

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