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MotoGP, GP Commission: a rule to prevent any electronics trickery

The Technical Director will be able to download data directly from the ECUs to prevent any tampering. Single homologation for helmets is introduced

MotoGP: GP Commission: a rule to prevent any electronics trickery

The Grand Prix Commission met at Sepang with several technical issues up for discussion. Various adjustments to the regulation have been made in light of the meeting, to be implemented as of 2019:

ANTI-TAMPERING CONTROLS- the Technical Director will be able to download data directly from the ECU of each bike onto his 'official' PC. In this way, he can check that original recordings have not been altered. Once data has been verified, it will be cancelled.

It has previously been announced that, as of 2019, in addition to the single ECU, the inertial platform (IMU) will also be the same for everyone. Now, the GP Commission has decided that all bikes will also use the same CAN decoupler.

FUEL AT THE RIGHT TEMPERATURE - Up until now, the ambient temperature of reference for races (the figure that teams use to calculate to what extent they can cool fuel, 15° lower than the ambient temperature) was communicated 60 minutes prior to the start of the race. As of next year, this will be announced 75 minutes prior, to give teams longer to complete the fueling process.

SINGLE HELMET HOMOLOGATION - The International Motorcycling Federation has established a single standard for helmets. Some manufacturers have already finished the foreseen tests, while others will do so in coming weeks. At Valencia, a list of both the already homologated helmets and those still awaiting homologation will be published.

HIGHER FINES FOR SPEEDING - As of now, the fine for speeding in pitlane is set at 200 euro. From next year, the FIM stewards will be able to increase this figure or inflict a greater penalty if a rider is a repeat offender either during one GP or during the season.

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