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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 President) and Corrado Cecchinelli (Director of Technology), in a meeting held in Jerez on 6 May 2017, made the following decisions:
Technical Regulations - Effective Immediately
Moto3 Compulsory Engine Management Features
Use of the Bosch LSU 4.9 for the UEGO U2 sensor is now compulsory. The list of recommended engine management features was also modified in response to a request by Dell’Orto.
Moto3™ Internal Engine Inspections
It is already permitted for teams/manufacturers to open the cam cover, under supervision by the Technical Control staff, to make a visual inspection but not to change parts. In future, it is permitted to change cam cover gaskets or seals when reassembling the engine after inspection.
Sporting Regulations - Effective Immediately
Rain on Grid Procedure – MotoGP™ Class
During this procedure, the team may choose to use the same bike, and not the spare bike, for the race start. This leads to possible difficulty in ensuring that the fuel tank is completely full. Accordingly, the race distance will be reduced by one lap.
Quick Start Procedure
It has been recognised that it would be useful to have the ability to utilise the quick start procedure in situations other than for interrupted races for which it is currently specified. For example, a quick start procedure could be used in a delayed start situation.
In future Race Direction may invoke a quick start procedure as necessary in cases other than an interrupted race.
Pit Lane Safety
The requirement for MotoGP class mechanics to wear crash helmets when working in pit lane has been extended to include the Sunday morning warm up when often bike changes are rehearsed.
A regularly updated version of the FIM Grand Prix Regulations which contains the detailed text of the regulation changes may be viewed shortly here