The FIM’s Grand Prix Commission announced some new rule updates for the 2018 MotoGP season.
The most notable change is the addition of two new trophies for independent teams and riders. Had this change been made before this season, the trophies would have gone to the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha team and rider Johann Zarco.
Other notable updates include regulations on virtual pitboard signs on bikes and approval for Mika Kallio to race five rounds next year for KTM as a wild card.
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FIM Grand Prix World Championship
Decisions of the Grand Prix Commission
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 Vito Ippolito (FIM President), Carlos Ezpeleta (Dorna), Mike Trimby (IRTA, Secretary of the meeting), Corrado Cecchinelli (Director of Technology), Mike Webb (Race Director), Danny Aldridge (Technical Director), Fabio Muner and Steve Aeschlimann (FIM), in a meeting held in Mies, Switzerland on 29 November 2017, made the following decisions:
Effective Season 2018
Road Racing Wheels
New proposals for the testing and approval of road racing wheels were confirmed. Details can be seen in the updated technical regulations.
Virtual Pit Board Signals
In the 2018 season teams will continue to have the ability to send messages to the dashboard of the rider using the same system as already in place for Race Direction messages, as some of them have been doing towards the end of the 2017 season. Regulations have now been introduced to ensure that teams using this system comply with the protocols issued by Dorna timekeeping. The main requirement is that any message sent to a rider dashboard must be precisely replicated in the message received simultaneously by Dorna timekeeping and TV.
Effective Season 2018
New Championships and Classifications
There currently exists an FIM World Championship for MotoGP class teams. Two new FIM World Championships have now been introduced for Moto3 and Moto2 teams. Results will be based on the combined points of all riders in the team including substitutes and replacements.
Awards will also be introduced to recognise the highest ranked Independent Team in the MotoGP class and the highest ranked rider in an Independent MotoGP class team. These will not be World Championships but eligible teams and riders will compete for:
- MotoGP Class Independent Team Trophy
- MotoGP Class Independent Team Rider Trophy
MotoGP Class Wild Card Entries
An application from KTM to enter Mika Kallio as a wild card entry in the MotoGP class in five 2018 events was approved. The events are those in Spain (Jerez), Catalunya, Germany, Austria and Aragon. Teams using machines from Manufacturers with concessions have the right to have six wild card entries per season as opposed to only three. It has been decided that if a Manufacturer loses its concessions, this right won’t be revoked till the following season.
Best Grand Prix of 2017
The Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang was chosen as winner of the best Grand Prix of 2017.
Insurance for Permanent Pass Holders
For several years, holders of permanent working passes have been insured in case of accidental death whilst travelling to or from an event or actually during the event.
With effect from 2018 this policy is being extended to cover up to €100,000 of medical or repatriation costs of holders of all permanent working passes; IRTA, Dorna, FIM and Media. This cover will include the pre-season official tests in and outside of Europe.
The premium for this new arrangement will continue to be paid by the FIM.
A regularly updated version of the FIM Grand Prix Regulations which contains the detailed text of the regulation changes may be viewed shortly on: