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INFORMATION – FIM GRAND PRIX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – 2020 CALENDAR, UPDATED 05 MARCH

Please find enclosed the Press Release /FIM Grand Prix World Championship 2020 Calendar, updated 05 March

Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the OR Thailand Grand Prix was recently postponed.

The FIM, IRTA and Dorna have evaluated alternative dates for the event later this season and can now announce that the Thai GP has been rescheduled for the 2nd to 4th of October.

The Aragon Grand Prix will now be held a week earlier, from the 25th to 27th September.

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INFORMATION / MOTUL FIM SUPERBIKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Lauretana Water Qatar Round to be rescheduled

External travel restrictions force postponement of Round 2 of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship.

The FIM and Dorna WSBK Organization regret to announce that the Lauretana Water Qatar Round of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship is to be postponed until further notice.

As the global coronavirus outbreak continues, travel restrictions to Qatar have been enforced, primarily affecting passengers from Italy, amongst others. People arriving directly from the country or who have been in Italy in the past two weeks will be taken directly to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days.

Italian participation in WorldSBK – both on track and off – is vital, thus the decision has been taken to postpone the Lauretana Water Qatar Round until further notice.

Further updates will be published in due course.

FIM MEETS WITH ASO,ORGANISERS, TEAM MANAGERS, RIDERS AND MANUFACTURERS REGARDING RALLY SAFETY

As previously planned yesterday in Lisbon, Portugal – FIM President Jorge Viegas, FIM Sports Director Jean-Paul Gombeaud and FIM colleagues met with representatives from ASO (Organisers of the Dakar Rally), organisers, team managers, riders and manufacturers from the discipline of rally. The main objective of this important meeting was to reduce the number of accidents involving both riders and the public, and to increase safety in all rally events, but with a particular focus on the Dakar Rally.

Attendance: FIM President, Jorge Viegas; FIM Sports Director, Jean-Paul Gombeaud; CRT Director, Jean-François Wulveryck; CRT Member, Jose Rita; CTI Coordinator, Dominique Hebrard; ASO – Dakar Director, David Castera; ASO Competitor relationship Technical, Charles Cuypers; ASO – Dakar Technical, Thierry Viardot; Honda Team, Manager Ruben Faria; Honda Team Manager, Helder Rodrigues; Yamaha Team Manager, Alexandre Kowalski; Yamaha Team Manager, José Leloir; Yamaha Rider, Adrien Van Beveren; KTM Team Manager, Jordi Viladoms; KTM-HVA Tech, Stefan Huber; KTM (Extern) Heinz Kinigadner; KTM Rider, Sam Sunderland, HT Rally Raid Team Manager Henk Hellegers; Hero, Wolfgang Fischer.© FIM
 
 

During the meeting the following factors were identified as potentially increasing the risk of accidents, those being: Fatigue; dehydration; speeding and heightened confidence; hyper-thermic; navigational error; distraction; course – limited visibility of obstacle; and Road Book accuracy.


Following positive and constructive discussions between all parties, a number of proposals were put forward to address the points raised. They included:


Course: In future all courses at  FIM championship events will be designed with the collaboration of a former motorcycle rider.


Road Book: A ‘course inspector’ team to be appointed – to develop the Road Book for all rounds so that all riders / teams have the same level of information and a truer interpretation of the actual level of difficulty of the course.
Speed reduction: More variation of the styles of course in order to have lower average speeds.


Air intake restrictor – the installation of the air intake restrictors, as per FIM 300 WSBK – in order to reduce engine power and also reduce speed. A test period will apply until June.


Rider protection equipment: Adopt airbags as soon as possible. Imminent meeting planned with relevant manufacturers, with 2020 being used for development in order to implement fully in 2021.


Navigation: A new instrumentation tower is being developed, with more visual and audio signals, and more compact / less obtrusive to avoid injuries.
 

Pleased with the progress made during the meeting FIM President Jorge Viegas said: “I am satisfied with this very constructive meeting in an attempt to reduce the number of accidents in Rally, which is a priority for the FIM especially in the Dakar rally. We will test solutions from the start of this season and we will make a plan at the end of the season to adjust as necessary. The participation of ASO, KTM, Husqvarna, Hero, Honda, Yamaha and also the riders Sam Sunderland and Adrien Van Beveren allowed us to work hand in hand to take up this challenge to ensure the sustainability of this spectacular and unique championship.”

INFORMATION – OR THAILAND GRAND PRIX POSTPONED

Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the decision has been taken to postpone the Thai GP.

As the global outbreak of coronavirus continues to develop, the Thai government has communicated that it won’t be possible to hold the OR Thailand Grand Prix on its original date. The FIM, IRTA and Dorna therefore regret to announce that the event, due to be held on the 22nd of March in Buriram, has been postponed.

The FIM, IRTA and Dorna are currently evaluating if an alternative date is possible for the event later this season.

Further updates will be published as soon as available.