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FIM, ASO, TEAMS & MANUFACTURERS HOLD RALLY SAFETY MEETING

Tuesday 9th March marked an important video meeting between representatives from the FIM, ASO, teams and manufacturers regarding safety and technical matters, and followed on from a similar meeting held in Lisbon last March.

The following persons attended virtually:
FIM: Jorge Viegas – FIM President; Jean-Paul Gombeaud – Sports Director; Jean-François Wulveryck – CRT Director; Gregory Ricci – CRT Coordinator; Dominique Hebrard – CTI Technical Manager; Mathieu Piccand and Miguel Sanchez – CTI Coordinators.


ASO: David Castera – Dakar Director and Thierry Viardot – Dakar Technical.


Manufacturers and Teams: Jordi Viladoms – KTM; Pierre-Alexandre “Pela” Renet – HVA; Alexandre Kowalski and Marc Bourgeois – Yamaha; David Casteu – Sherco; Wolfgang Fischer – Hero; Ruben Faria and Hélder Rodrigues – HRC Honda; and Henk Hellegers – HT Rally Raid.


The main topics of discussion centred around improving safety in FIM Cross-Country rallies, which resulted in the following decisions:

  • Tyres: The number of rear tyres will be limited to one per race day except for the marathon stages where tyre change is prohibited. Teams entered in RallyGP must announce the brand and model of tyre when registering.
  • Airbag jackets, airbag vests: These have been tested since 2020 and this process has produced good results. The FIM will continue to work in this area in order to reduce trauma in this discipline.
  • Roadbook: The vocabulary of the road book will be re-studied in order to return to the use of traditional icons, in particular when signalling danger.
  • Audible Alerts: The implementation of audible alerts for the announcement of danger levels 2 and 3 has been positive, and hence this systematic application will continue. The warning radius should be increased from 200 to 300 metres from the danger positions so that riders can anticipate their braking at high speed.
  • Number of Sealed Pistons / Engine: For the RallyGP category, the engines will be sealed. A seal on the top of the engine and a seal on the bottom of the engine will be placed during preliminary scrutineering. During Rallies of 5 days of racing, no change of pistons or internal parts of the top of the engine will be allowed. During Marathon Rallies, the top of the engine can only be opened once to carry out repairs. If opened for a second time for Marathon rallies or for a first time for 5 days rallies, a 10 minutes penalty will be applied.
  • Fuel Tank capacity: The total fuel capacity that is permitted to be carried in all tanks remains at 35 litres maximum and the required distance remains at 250km, however on fast and sandy stages, the organiser shall reduce this distance to 220km.
  • Refuelling time: The time allotted for refuelling will be increased from 15 minutes to 20 minutes, in order to give a rest time and to allow the cartridges of Airbag vests to be changed (plus refuelling, water replenishment, roadbook calibration etc…) but no work on the bike is allowed.
  • Maximum speed limitation: In 2023, the 150 Km/h speed limitation will be mandatory. The FIM will work with the manufacturers to electronically (GPS) limit the maximum speed in RallyGP to 150Km/h in 2022 (with an audible alert from 145Km/h).
  • Limitation of digital screens on the tower or handlebars: Only digital screens provided by the organisation (GPS, TRIP, Roadbook etc…) will be allowed to be fitted on RallyGP motorcycles.
  • Improvement of helmet standards: The FIM has already improved the helmet standards for circuit racing championships (FRHPhe-01), and by the end of 2021 the FIM aims to publish the specifications of the standard for off-road helmets. The second phase of the FHRP (FIM Homologation Racing Program) programme for competition helmets should come into effect within a few years (FRHPhe-02: 2025 target). While waiting for the FIM standard to become compulsory, the European ECE standard for helmets is evolving towards version 22.06. The current standard 22.05 is valid until 2023 at the latest.

After the meeting Jorge Viegas – FIM President said: “I would like to thank all the participants for this fruitful meeting. Although the 2020 season was shortened in the field because of the pandemic, we were still able to continue working on the regulations, equipments and solutions aimed at reducing the number and severity of accidents in rally. We are eager to test the adjustments at the start of this exciting season, as everyone involved can’t wait to get back to competition.”

INFORMATION – MOTUL FIM SUPERBIKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – 2021 PROVISIONALCALENDAR, UPDATE 09 MARCH

Please find enclosed the Press Release / MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship/ FIM Supersport and Supersport 300 World Championships

2021 Provisional calendar, update 09 March
The Circuito de Navarra will make its debut on the WorldSBK calendar, while the Aragon Round becomes season opener due to Estoril postponement.

Due to ongoing local restrictions the FIM and Dorna WSBK Organization (DWO) confirm updates to the 2021 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, for what is set to be an exceptional season.

Following a further modification to the 2021 season, a new circuit will join the calendar as the Circuito de Navarra becomes the fifth Round of the 2021 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship. Located in Los Arcos, in the north of Spain, the Circuito de Navarra was opened in 2010 and has already hosted events for both national and international level competition. The Spanish circuit will host, from the 20th to the 22nd of August, WorldSBK and WorldSSP classes.  

MotorLand Aragon will now host the opening Round of the 2021 calendar from the 21st to the 23rd of May, due to the postponement of the Estoril Round, initially scheduled to be held from the 7th to 9th of May. All parties involved are working hard to confirm a new date for the event.

With the Supported Test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya taking place in less than a month, the FIM and Dorna WSBK Organization are constantly working with Government Officials and Circuits in order to continue putting everyone’s safety first.

Any further updates to the 2021 WorldSBK calendar will be communicated accordingly.

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FIM SUPPORTS GENDER EQUALITY

On International Women’s Day, the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) celebrates the achievements of women in motorcycling and highlights the importance of gender equality.

The theme of the 2021 International Women’s Day #ChooseToChallenge highlights that we can all choose to challenge, call out inequality and contribute to a more inclusive world.The FIM, together with its Women in Motorcycling Commission (CFM), are encouraging the national federations to welcome more women within their respective organisations and to empower more women to reach leadership positions. Currently, only 3 out of the 115 national federations have a woman as President, despite the fact that many women are involved in different roles within the motorcycling world. On this special day, the FIM Women in Motorcycling Commission will showcase on its Facebook page several women with responsibilities from all over the world who are working for their national federations. This campaign will continue with a new portrait to be published every Wednesday until the end of the year.

FIM President Jorge Viegas: “At the FIM headquarters, we have 50% women and 50% men working but we need more gender diversity in every segments of the motorcycling world, including within the national federations. Reaching more diversity at national level will enable the FIM to involve more women from different countries at international level. I encourage the whole motorcycling world to join this action and support gender equality as it is very important for all of us.”


FIM Women in Motorcycling Commission (CFM) Director Nita Korhonen: “It is clear that diversity is needed in every organisation and in order to succeed, gender equality should be natural. This year, the CFM will organise an online conference entitled “Paving the Way to Leadership” and provide specific training possibilities for women within our national federations with a view to enabling FMNs to have more talented future leaders.”

FIM-MOTO.COM – THE ALL NEW FIM WEBSITE IS LIVE

The FIM is delighted to announce the launch of their brand-new website http://www.fim-moto.com that brings together the previous FIM-Live.com and FIM-Family.com websites in one easy to access platform.

Benefitting from the latest advances in online technology, content will be refined according to each user’s profile. Use of clear colourisation will differentiate the experience for FIM Family members.

This exciting new development will immediately become the FIM’s flagship digital platform and as such will supply the same rich and varied two-wheel content, though will see it delivered with a completely new modern look and feel. This single source of information includes well-defined categories and superior search functionality. As you would expect, users will be able to find the latest news, up to date event information and be able to access essential resources, plus much more.


During the planning of http://www.fim-moto.com great care and attention was given to improving navigation, this process included valued feedback from regular users from different parts of the motorcycle community and FIM family. The new platform has been built in a way to guarantee fast and efficient access to the relevant information, documents and programmes that any particular user is in search of.


The FIM Family area will provide FIM Commission members, Continental Unions, National Affiliated Federations and valued partners with all the tools and resources they require to fulfil and realise their diverse and important roles.
Very much encompassing all the important two-wheel facets, activities and topics at a global level, the new http://www.fim-moto.com website represents the true and full World of motorcycling.

Marking the launch Jorge Viegas, FIM President said: “Communication and the sharing of information is a very important part of our daily life at the FIM, so I am pleased to see this extensive and central project come to life. From fans through to FIM Family members spread around the World I believe that the new http://www.fim-moto.com website will provide an important service in a time when digital technology has become so integrated into our everyday lives and when the expectation to have easy and instant access to the latest new information has never been higher. I really hope you enjoy exploring this wonderful new platform.”


Fabio Muner, FIM Marketing & Communication Director added: “Starting from the domain name, everything is new in FIM-moto.com. The FIM corporate website is a completely new digital environment where motorcycle enthusiasts, fans, riders, partners and National Federations members will all find extensive information about FIM World Championships, regulations, programmes and institutional activities. The project team have worked hard in order to create an enhanced service for FIM-moto.com visitors, providing them with an improved navigational experience on a more modern platform.


This is one of the main steps of the 2020-24 communication and marketing strategic plan, where digital and social media assets will play a focal and important role in supporting the FIM in achieving its future challenging goals.”

TRIALGP JAPAN CANCELLED

Due to uncertainties related to the ongoing Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the FIM, the Japanese Motorcycling Federation (MFJ) and local organiser Mobilityland regret to announce the cancellation of TrialGP Japan originally scheduled to take place on 14-16 May in Motegi, Japan.

The FIM would like to thank the MFJ and Mobilityland for their dedication and efforts to try to reschedule this major event on the Trial calendar since 2000 and looks forward to seeing the Japanese round return to the calendar in 2022.