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Decision of the Grand Prix Commission in Valencia

Sporting and technical regulation updates

Tags MotoGP, 2017

The Grand Prix Commission, composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Ignacio Verneda (FIM CEO), Herve Poncharal (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA) in the presence of Javier Alonso (Dorna) and Mike Trimby (IRTA, Secretary of the meeting), in a meeting held in Valencia on 12th November 2016, made the following decisions:

Technical Regulations - Effective Season 2017

MotoGP™ Class Sensors

Currently, MotoGP™ class teams may use non-homologated sensors in all free practice sessions and warm up.  Because  FP1,  FP2  and  FP3  are  timed  for  inclusion  in  QP1  and  QP2  these  are,  in  effect,  qualifying sessions. In future, use of non-homologated sensors is only permitted in FP4 and warm up.

MotoGP™ Class Aerodynamic Evolution

At  the  last  meeting  of the  GPC  in  Motegi  a  limit  on  the  number  of  upgrades  that  a  manufacturer  can make to the design of their fairing or front mudguard during the season was imposed. It has now been agreed that Manufacturers in their first season of participation are not subject to this restriction and can make unlimited changes subject, of course, to designs complying with regulations.

Tyre Pressure Management

Teams are already required to respect tyre use parameters which have been agreed in consultation with the  tyre  suppliers.  A  new  regulation  has  now  been  agreed  that  prohibits  the  use  of  any  device  on  the wheel to control or adjust tyre pressures whilst on track.

Safety Lights

It  is  no  longer  a  requirement  for  the  rider  to  be  able  to  operate  the  safety  light  whilst  on  the motorcycle. (This is managed by the machine electronics).

Track Familiarisation

Previously, riders using road-homologated machines for track familiarisation, that are the same capacity as  the  class  of  the  rider,  were  required  to  submit  details  of  the  machine to  be  used  to  the  Technical Director for approval. To remove this requirement a list of permitted changes to the motorcycle will be included in the regulations which defines which parts may be changed.

Moto3 Chassis

Subject to certain restrictions on upgrades to performance parts and the use of 2017 sensors, teams are permitted to use a 2016 chassis in 2017.


The  regulation has  been clarified and now  states  that  the  machine  may  be propelled  exclusively  by an internal combustion engine.

Sporting Regulations - Effective Season 2017

Interrupted Races and Restarting

The regulations already state that to be classified in the results of a race, whether interrupted or not, the rider  must  enter  the  pit  lane,  riding  or  pushing  their  motorcycle,  within  five minutes  of  the chequered or red flag being displayed. When a race is interrupted after three laps have been completed then the same condition will now apply to be eligible to participate in any restarted race.

Restarted Races - Penalties

Any start position penalties applying to a rider in the first race. e.g. a drop of grid position or starting the race from pit lane, will now be considered to have been served at the original race start and will not apply  to  the  restarted  race,  except  when  the  first  part  was  for  less  than  three  laps  in  which  case  the penalties will carry forward to the restart.

Pit Lane Safety

At the GPC meeting in Brno it was decided to restrict the number of mechanics working in pit lane during flag  to  flag  races  and  to  make  it  a  requirement  that  such  mechanics  wore  crash  helmets.  This requirement has now been extended to the two sessions of MotoGP class qualifying; QP1 and QP2.

Other Matters

Appointment of Official Fuel Supplier for Moto3™ and Moto2™

The Commission approved the re-appointment of Total/Elf as the official fuel supplier for classes from 2017-2019.