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FIM and Dorna address safety concerns for young riders

The Permanent Bureau, a joint body of FIM and Dorna, which runs short circuit motorcycle races, has announced key steps to improve rider safety in all championships run or supported by Dorna.

We will continue to work to increase age, limit grid size, and improve rider safety and rider communication.

It’s worth reading the press release for full details, but here’s a summary of the important points:

  • The minimum age for riders will be raised entirely after 2022.
    • For Moto3 and Moto2, the minimum age will be raised from 2023 to 16 to 18.
    • For the Red Bull Rookies Cup, the minimum age is 2022 to 14 years and 2023 to 15 years.
    • The minimum age for the FIM CEV Moto3 Championship will be 15 in 2022 and 16 in 2023.
    • The minimum age for the WorldSSP300 class will be raised from 15 to 16 in 2022 and 18 in 2023.
    • The minimum age for world supersport classes will be raised to 18 in 2023.
    • From 2023 onwards, the minimum age for all short circuit series (including talent cups such as the Asian Talent Cup and Junior Talent Cup) will be 14 years old.
  • The grid size is limited as follows:
    • Talent Cup is limited to 30 riders on each grid
    • The FIM CEV Moto3 Championship will feature up to 32 riders in each race.
    • There are up to 32 riders on the World SSP300 grid

Exceptions are allowed during the transition from 2022 to 2023. Also, the winner of the FIM CEV Moto3 Championship can join Moto3 at the age of 17 instead of 18.

Another interesting move is to tackle rider safety through improved rider gear and improved communication.

Discussions with leather and protective equipment manufacturers have already begun on reducing the chance of injury in the event of a collision with another rider.

There were also discussions aimed at speeding up communication with the riders and notifying them of the crash as soon as possible. The press release describes an “almost instant automatic warning system”.

Given that the main risk of injury and all the deaths this year are caused by the impact between the rider and the following bike, reducing the possibility of impact and dissipating the energy of the impact is a motorcycle race. You can play an inherently dangerous sport.

The press release is as follows.

Update of important safety rules from the Permanent Bureau

A permanent bureau consisting of FIM and Dorna will meet in Misano to define new safety regulatory updates

Friday, October 22, 2021

The Permanent Department has worked closely with all road and circuit racing stakeholders, including IRTA and MSMA, for many years to create the safest sport possible. While all stakeholders and fans are aware that motorcycle racing is dangerous, all organizations are committed to continuous improvement and evolution, increasing daily safety and growing the sport globally. We guarantee that you will continue.

Through a process of constant review and revision, this commitment from the Permanent Bureau and everyone in the sport dates back decades in close cooperation with the Safety Commission riders themselves and is already safe in motorcycle racing. Has brought significant improvements to. Based on this progress, additional safety regulations and improvements will be enforced in four key areas with the aim of minimizing the risk of motorcycle racing. These key areas are projects under development on the minimum age limit for each series and the size of the entry list, as well as improving rider equipment and rider communication.

Entry list size and age restrictions:

In the coming season, the number of competitors on each series of tracks will be limited as outlined below. In addition, new age restrictions for each class, series, or championship will be enforced. These age limits have been introduced as part of policies implemented around the world, and the FIM will also comply with them by the All Nations and Continental Unions to make identifiable differences in sports at all levels. I promise to guarantee that.

Raising the minimum age for each category of motorcycle racing is a decision made to ensure a safer route for all riders starting and continuing their careers.

In addition, raising the age limit for a particular category will increase equivalence between different countries and continents, level the stadium and allow each rider to gain similar experience in different categories around the world. Therefore, accessibility is improved.

From 2022:
For talent cups sponsored and / or supported by Dorna, such as the European, British, North and Asian talent cups, and the Moto3 ™ and earlier series, the minimum age will be raised to 13 and the maximum age will be 13. .. 30 competitors on each grid.

The minimum age for Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup players will be raised to 14 years.

At the FIM Moto3 ™ Junior World Championships at FIM CEV Repsol, the minimum age limit will be raised from 14 to 15. Up to 32 athletes are allowed in each race.

In the World SSP300 class of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, the minimum age limit will be raised from 15 to 16. Up to 32 riders can line up on the grid.

In the 2022 season, there will be exceptions to allow riders who are already in the same class in 2021 to continue the race.

After 2023, the proposal is to raise the age limit further as follows:

At least 14 for all races on Grand Prix type circuits, including all circuits that have or had grade A, B, or C homologation, including Asia, UK, Europe, Northern Talent Cup You need to apply the age.

The minimum age for athletes in any class of the FIM MotoGP ™ World Championship will be raised to 18. This includes Moto3 and Moto2, which currently have an age limit of 16.

Winners of the FIM Moto3 Junior World Championships and / or the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup will be able to participate in Moto3 at the age of 17. For the 2023 season only, riders who have already entered Moto3 in 2022 will have an exception to allow them to continue the race.

The minimum age limit for the FIM Moto3 Junior World Championships and the Moto2 European Championships at FIM CEV Repsol is 16 years. The Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup will also raise the minimum age by another year to 15 years old.

With the same philosophy applied in 2022 (for riders who have already competed in 2021), exceptions have been granted to riders who have already participated in the Talent Cup in 2022 and will race in the same class in 2023. You can continue.

The minimum age for World SSP Championship athletes will be raised to 18.

Rider equipment:

From 2022, airbags will be mandatory for all Sprint Circuit Racing FIM Championships.

At the FIM Sidecar World Championship, tests are underway to determine if known algorithms are valid for passengers. These tests will give you an idea of ​​whether all participants from 2022 onwards will be able to use airbags.

Rider safety devices have been significantly improved over the decades, thanks to industry-wide improvements, from leather, gloves, back and chest protectors, boots to FIM-approved helmets and innovative airbag systems. Continues. Driving a motorcycle at high speeds is safer than ever, and these improvements help protect the rider from injury and often lead to life without compromising the ride safety inherent in truck safety. Helps to save.

At the Aragon GP, ​​the first meeting will be held among all partners, including leather and helmet suppliers, technical staff and healthcare professionals, and the next step towards increasing the level of protection from rider equipment will be from the influence of competitors. Emphasis was placed on the protection of. Another rider or motorcycle, especially chest and neck.

All parties are committed to improving these areas, addressing this challenge as safely and quickly as possible, while ensuring that the current high level of protection is not compromised.

Rider communication:

In recent years, the ease and speed of communication between riders, pit walls and race directions has improved significantly, and dashboard technology, circuit high-tech light panels, and instant channels of communication between martial posts and race directions are all safer. It contributes to the environment. All competitors.

The next step in increasing the safety of everyone on the track focuses on telling the rider or bike as soon as possible that a crash has occurred.

The first meeting has already been held between all partners and technology suppliers to discuss the installation and implementation of the required technology around the rider equipment, motorcycles, and / or each circuit. Its purpose is to implement it automatically and almost instantly. Warning system for all subsequent riders / motorcycles. The first test will start at the start of the 2022 season and the system must be applicable to all levels of the championship, including the Talent Cup.

Source: Dorna; Photo: © 2014 Daniel Lo / Corner speed photo – all rights reserved

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