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INFORMATION – FIM CROSS-COUNTRY RALLIES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AND WORLD CUPS – 2021 PROVISIONAL CALENDAR,17 DECEMBER

Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship & World Cups 2021 Provisional Calendar,17 December.

The FIM, the Portuguese Motorcycling Federation (FMP), the Automotorsport Federation of the Republic of Kazakhstan (AMFK), the Motorcycle Federation of Russia (MFR), Brazilian Motorcycle Confederation (CBM), the Fédération Royale Marocaine de Motocyclisme (FRMM) and the Emirates Motorsports Organization (EMSO) and local organisers are pleased to reveal the 2021 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship & World Cups provisional calendar.

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INFORMATION – FIM MXGP/MX2/ WOMEN’S/JUNIOR MX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AND 65CC JUNIOR MX WORLD CUP – 2021 PROVISIONAL CALENDARS, UPDATE 02 DECEMBER

Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM MXGP/MX2/ Women’s/Junior Motocross World Championships & FIM 65cc Junior Motocross World Cup.

2021 provisional Calendars, update 02 December
The MXGP of Portugal originally set to take place on 09 May at the popular Águeda venue will now be held on 16 May.

Additionally, Infront Moto Racing and the FIM are pleased to announce that the FIM Junior 85cc and 125cc Motocross World Championships and the FIM 65cc Junior Motocross World Cup will be back on 31 July and 01 August 2021 in Megalopolis, Greece.

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INFORMATION – FIM SNOWCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AND WOMEN’S SNOWCROSS WORLD CUP – FIM SNOWCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HEADS TO FINLAND IN 2021

Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM SnowCross World Championship & Women’s SnowCross World Cup

FIM SnowCross World Championship heads to Finland in 2021
Infront Moto Racing and the FIM are delighted to announce that the FIM SnowCross World Championship and FIM Women’s SnowCross World Cup will head to Finland in 2021.

The event originally scheduled in 2020 was unfortunately cancelled due of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) but the much-awaited snow event will take place on the 9 and 10 April 2021 in Rovaniemi the capital of Lapland in the northern part of Finland.

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INFORMATION – MONSTER ENERGY AMA SUPERCROSS, AN FIM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – 2021 PROVISIONAL CALENDAR, UPDATE

Please find enclosed the Press Release / Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship 2021 provisional Calendar, update 27 November.

The 2021 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship schedule has been adjusted to include a third race in Indianapolis, Indiana. Lucas Oil Stadium will now host a trio of races as Rounds 4 and 5 will take place on Saturday, January 30, and Tuesday, February 2 as originally planned and Round 6 will now take place on Saturday, February 6.

The schedule will resume on Saturday, February 20 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona as originally scheduled, followed by the Daytona Beach, Florida round on Saturday, March 6, and then the Arlington, Texas rounds will now be Saturday, March 13, Tuesday, March 16 and Saturday, March 20 at AT&T Stadium. The season finale will take place at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City.

Three Rounds of the 17-Round Championship will be announced later as will the remaining Eastern Regional and Western Regional 250SX Class races, Triple Crown, and East/West 250SX Showdown events.   

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INTERMEDIATE REPORT ON FIM RACING HOMOLOGATION PROGRAMME FOR HELMET – PHASE 2

Twelve months has now passed since the FIM invited all the stakeholders to launch the next phase of development of the protective helmet standard FRHPhe-02. No one could have anticipated a situation like the crisis we are facing right now, but thankfully the impact on the progress of this project is only minor and all remains on schedule.

For the first phase the helmet had to be homologated by size even if some parts were common to the different sizes. However, it became apparent during the homologation tests that some sizes were sharing the same shell and liner, and only the comfort padding was different.


After in depth analysis of the data, it was concluded that the influence of the comfort padding thickness for adjacent sizes that share the same shell and protective padding appears to be negligible. Therefore, to reduce the costs of the homologation tests, the FIM decided to homologate the helmet by the combinations of shell and liner instead of by size.

Some concerns were raised about comparison of the low speed impact and the oblique tests, because the normal velocity of these two tests are close (5.0 [m/s] for linear low speed and 5.657 [m/s] for the oblique test). According to the analysed data from the homologation tests, the low-speed test method might be omitted in the new version of the standard and replaced by the oblique test in order to assess injury risk in low severity impact events.


For the current oblique test, the impact sites are distributed evenly around the central vertical axis of the headform. However, only rotation around the X-axis (270°), Y-axis (0°, 180°) and combinations of them (45°, 135°) are evaluated. According to the directional dependence of the Brain Injury Criterion (BrIC) definition, the lowest critical angular velocity is around the Z-axis.


Therefore, the Z-axis is the most sensitive head rotation axis to generate brain injuries. New orientations need to be defined to assess the behaviour of the helmet in the three axes. Some of the current orientations will disappear and new ones will be introduced to assess the behaviour in the Z-axis.


Unfortunately, the basilar skull fracture is not specifically assessed neither by ECE 22.05 nor by FRHPhe-01. Therefore, a new Method for the Chin Guard Evaluation needs to be defined. The conventional linear impact on the S point will disappear for another more suitable test to evaluate the Basilar Skull Fracture.


During the homologation test from the first phase, it has been noted by the operator that the headform is sometimes difficult to be removed from the crashed helmet. A qualitative assessment of the cheek pad removal is now under evaluation, to reduce the risk of harming a fallen rider when the helmet is removed.


The data analysis of the tests for FRHPhe-01 homologation has shown that the current metrics (BrIC, PRA, HIC and PLA) show low to medium correlation with the kinetic energy breakdown in the impacts. These findings are still preliminary, but they show that the introduction of some energy considerations in the standard may help identifying helmets less protective than others.


With the modifications planned, it is to be expected to reduce the number of samples to be sent for Homologation from ten to 5, which will be more financially viable for the helmet manufacturers.

After some very interesting discussions with different manufacturers, it has been concluded that the timing has to be decided in the most efficient way to allow the research and development department to design new models to be compatible with the new FRHPhe-02. It is expected to make some validation pre-tests, starting from mid-2021. The official publication of FRHPhe-02 is expected by the end of 2021 and the mandatory use of the new helmet regulation will be in 2025.


FRHPHE-02 FOR OFF-ROAD HELMETS
A deep literature review on crashes on circuits and in Off-Road has been made and, given the wide variety of competition environments (natural terrain, inside stadiums, snow, etc…) and competition differences among the off-road motorcycle racing events,  all these variants makes it unreasonable to define a specific off-road helmet testing procedure.


CURRENT FRHPHE-01 NORM AND HELMETS APPROVED WITH THE NEW REGULATION ECE 22.06
As you may already know, the new European regulation for protective helmets is starting next year and some new helmets can be submitted for FIM Homologation. As the linear tests in ECE 22.06 are identical to FRHPhe-01, these tests will not be reprocessed during Homologation tests. Only oblique and penetration tests will be required.