At a meeting of the Grand Prix commission on 29th November, a number of changes were made including technical regulations, new trophies and new championships amongst others.
The members of the Grand Prix commission, which includes representatives from Dorna, MSMA, IRTA and the FIM met in Mies, Switzerland to discuss changes to the regulations for the championships as well as technical regulations.
Changes to the technical regulations include cementing of the rules around the Virtual Pit Board which allows teams to send short text messages to the bikes which can be read by the riders. The rules state that messages which are sent to the rider must replicate exactly what is sent to Dorna and TV so that accurate information is given. All teams will have access to this technology from 2018 onwards, with some teams having had access in 2017, most notably Ducati.
As well as updates to the technical regulations, sporting regulations have been updated and the biggest change is around the championships and trophies available throughout the paddock. At the moment, there is an FIM World Championship for MotoGP teams and this concept has now been extended to Moto2 and Moto3. A team championship will now be awarded to the team which acquires the most points throughout the season, including points from substitutes and replacement riders. New trophies will be introduced to MotoGP with the addition of the MotoGP Class Independent Team Trophy and MotoGP Class Independent Team Rider Trophy which will be available for all eligible teams. Whilst not an FIM award, this is still an important addition.
A number of other items were discussed, including the approval of KTM’s application to enter their test rider Mika Kallio as a wildcard in five races next season: Spain (Jerez), Catalunya, Germany, Austria and Aragon. As KTM have concessions available to them, they are allowed up to six wildcard entries per season, and it was also agreed that if a team were to lose their concessions then the number of wildcard entries will not be revoked until the following season.