MotoGP updates safety rules to combat increased deaths

The last time I touched on this topic MotoGP was considering stricter regulations for the race series on behalf of the mortality rate of young riders. But I haven’t released anything yet.

Well, the report from Cycle News Revealed that change Dorna Sports We have plans to keep racers on the track safe. The changes seem to include forced airbags.

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For those who don’t remember, I saw the weekend from September 24th to 25th The unfortunate death of young World SSP300 racer Dean Berta Viñales (a cousin of MotoGP rider Maverick Viñales) Through an accident on the truck.

This was the third death in the last five months (Moto3, FIM Junior World Championships, Viñales) and occurred on the MotoGP lawn, so the organization naturally withdrew to consider adjusting race regulations. ..

WorldSSP300: Lineup of riders leaning on Twisty

“There is also ongoing discussion to improve the quality of the rider’s equipment, especially for chest and neck impacts,” the report said.

“In addition, work is underway with technology suppliers on how to implement a” near-instantaneous warning system “for riders in the event of an accident in orbit. “

WorldSSP300: Lineup of riders leaning on Twisty

Neil Morrison, a popular Dorna Sports broadcaster, said, “If you have a guy who lost 10th or 2nd place or higher in the back section, you can grab a slipstream because it’s so noticeable. It stays and causes confusion. ” MotoGP practice session.

“I have to do something with my bike and tires (to expand the field).”


The first press release from MotoGP also commented that the Permanent Authority has worked closely with all road and circuit racing stakeholders, including IRTA and MSMA, for many years to create the safest sport possible. I am.

NSere is a more detailed breakdown of the original press release about when and exactly what is placed.

WorldSSP300: Lineup of riders leaning on Twisty

2022 age limit proposal

  • For talent cups sponsored and / or supported by Dorna, such as the European, British, Northern and Asian talent cups, and the Moto3 and earlier series, the minimum age has been raised to 13 and the maximum age. There are 30 competitors on each grid.
  • The minimum age for Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup players will be raised to 14.
  • 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.

WorldSSP300: Lineup of riders leaning on Twisty

2023 age limit proposal

  • Minimum 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 14 years old should be applied. ..
  • 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.

WorldSSP300: Lineup of riders leaning on Twisty

Rider safety and 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 and boots to FIM-approved helmets and innovative airbag systems. I’m continuing. 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 medical personnel, and the next step towards increasing the level of protection provided by rider equipment will be from shock to competitors. The emphasis was on protecting the helmet. From another rider or motorcycle, especially the 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.

View of the World SSP300 racer entering the track

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. For 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.

WorldSSP300: Lineup of riders leaning on Twisty

I pay tribute to Dorna Sports for taking the issue seriously. See if these adjustments will improve for the next season.In the meantime, be sure to check Other news from MotoGP – And as always, keep it twisty and safe.

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