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By Grand Prix Commission

Decisions of the Grand Prix Commission in Qatar

Some updates to technical, sporting and disciplinary regulations

Tags MotoGP, 2017

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), Vito Ippolito (FIM), Steve Aeschlimann (FIM) and Corrado Cecchinelli (Director of Technology), in a meeting held in Losail on 25th. of March 2017, made the following decisions:

Technical Regulations – Effective Immediately

Machine Construction Materials Moto3 and Moto2 Classes

The ban on the use of titanium has been extended to include the entire chassis including the swinging-arm, suspension, handlebars, swinging arm spindles and wheel spindles. For wheel spindles the use of light alloys is also forbidden.

Sporting Regulations – Effective Immediately

Pit Lane Safety

It was previously announced that the number of team staff working on a MotoGP class machine during bike changes in flag to flag racing and during QP1 and QP2 is limited to four, each of whom must wear a crash helmet.

After representations from the teams it has been confirmed that during QP1 and QP2 a maximum of six team staff are permitted, each of whom must wear a crash helmet.

The maximum number in flag to flag bike changes remains unchanged at four.

Disciplinary Regulations – Effective Immediately

Penalty points

Taking into consideration that the FIM MotoGP Stewards have many penalties options, the penalty points were no longer necessary. The Grand Prix penalty points are now withdrawn from the list of penalties.

Appeal against a decision of the FIM MotoGP Stewards

It was clarified that no appeal may be lodged if the FIM Appeal Stewards confirm the previous (disciplinary) decision of the FIM MotoGP Stewards. In this case, the decision of the FIM Appeal Stewards is final.

A regularly updated version of the FIM Grand Prix Regulations which contains the detailed text of the regulation changes may be viewed shortly here.