The Grand Prix Commission has spelt out new regulations guiding the MotoGP World Championships The Grand Prix Commission, composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Paul Duparc (FIM), Herve Poncharal (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA), in the presence of Carlos Ezpeleta (Dorna), Mike Trimby (IRTA, Secretary of the meeting) and Corrado Cecchinelli (Director of Technology), in a meeting held in Assen on 24 June 2017, made the following decisions:
TECHNICAL REGULATIONS – Effective Immediately
Catch Tanks: Detailed changes concerning tank capacity, including tubing, and non-return valves were approved.
Chassis Construction Materials: During the GPC meeting in Losail new regulations were approved concerning materials that may be used in the construction of Moto3 and Moto2 class chassis. With slight modifications, primarily concerning the material used for swinging arm and wheel spindles, the regulations will now apply to chassis in all classes.
TECHNICAL REGULATIONS – Effective 2019
Updated, detailed specifications for Moto2 electronics and ancillaries were confirmed.
SPORTING REGULATIONS – Effective Immediately
Insurance for Wild Card Riders: Wild card riders will henceforth be included in the accidental injury insurance provided by IRTA and will no longer need to obtain insurance from their National Federation for that event. This will give them the same level of cover as the permanently contracted riders.Participation in Different Championships at the Same Event: At some events there are races for the same category of machine in different Championships. It will no longer be permitted for a rider to compete in more than one Championship during the same event.
Dashboard Displays and Messages: It has already been confirmed that machines in the Moto3 and MotoGP class must have the dashboard facility to display text messages, linked to the current warning lights, with effect from 2018. This will also apply to the Moto2 class from 2019. The GPC have now confirmed the precise list of messages that will be sent with the warning lights by Race Direction.
Some teams already have the facility on their machine dashboards to receive text messages and, following approval from the Safety Commission, the GPC confirmed that such teams may already use this facility as a “virtual pit board”. This does not require any amendments to existing regulations.
Appointments of Official Suppliers: The GPC confirmed the appointment of the following official suppliers to the Championship:
– Triumph as supplier of engines for the Moto2 class with effect from 2019.
– Dell’Orto as supplier of the ECU for the Moto3 class from 2018 to 2020
Request from HRC: The GPC approved a request from HRC to, in the interests of safety, replace the inlet valves on a number of their Moto3 class engines due to a manufacturing flaw leading to incidences of cracking. The changes will be made under the supervision of Technical Direction staff and engines so affected will be limited to a total usage of 2,200 km. (Credit: MotoGP)