New for ’82
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.