Statement on MotoGP rule changes

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The Grand Prix Commission have released a full statement on changes made ahead of the 2016 MotoGP season. 

The main changes are the compulsory use of tyre pressure sensors and the new panel of stewards to work alongside Race Direction.

New Sporting Regulations:

Race Direction and Stewards 
The composition of Race Direction will remain unchanged with three members; Mike Webb (Race Director), Franco Uncini (FIM) and Javier Alonso (Dorna). However there will be a new appointment of Graham Webber as Deputy Race Director who will deputise for the Race Director when he is otherwise occupied. 

Race Direction will continue to be primarily responsible for the efficient and safe running of events. However, the competence of Race Direction concerning the application of sanctions and penalties will be limited to those offences that can be considered as being indisputable matters of fact. These would include such offences as pit lane speeding, passing under yellow flags, etc. 

All other issues requiring further analysis of actions, including any incidences of dangerous riding, will be reviewed by the Stewards who will exclusively be responsible for issuing any sanctions and penalties on those matters. The Stewards will also be responsible for hearing any appeals and receiving any protests. 

The panel of Stewards will comprise three members; Mike Webb and two other members appointed by the FIM. Mike Webb will be responsible for co-ordinating the activities of the Stewards, maintaining records and communicating decisions. 

In future, any sanctions imposed by Race Direction or the Stewards will be communicated to the affected team by a secure E-mail system with automated confirmation that the message has been read. Confirmed penalties will also be displayed on timekeeping monitors and advised to the media.

Promotional Obligations for Riders
A number of obligations for riders to participate in promotional activities, already contained in the Participation Agreements between IRTA and the Teams, will now also be included in the Grand Prix regulations. Such obligations include the requirement for riders to participate in autograph signing sessions, press conferences, parade laps, etc. The effect is that non-compliance by riders can now result in sporting penalties in addition to the financial penalties contained in the Participation Agreements.

Technical Regulations:

MotoGP Class Electronics 
The procedure which enables the Technical Director to check specific maintenance channels on the internal data logger, together with the precise list of compulsory channels available to him, was approved. 

The homologation procedure for sensors available from third party suppliers as well as those made by the motorcycle manufacturers was approved. 

MotoGP Class Minimum Tyre Pressures 
Existing regulations on this matter have been reinforced enabling the Technical Director and his staff, assisted by the engineers of the official tyre supplier, to check that minimum tyre pressures are respected. 

Ultimately, such information will be recorded automatically via the datalogger and be available via download by the technical staff. However, as the equipment and method of electronically recording the information has still to be finalised the technical staff and the staff of the official tyre supplier are now authorised to manually verify tyre pressures at any time. 

Moto2 Class Quickshift Equipment 
It has been identified that certain gearbox malfunctions in the Championship supplied engines are largely attributable to some of the quick shift components produced by third party suppliers. 

The Technical Director, in consultation with Externpro, will specify a brand and model of a proprietary quick shift product from a third party supplier that will be mandatory for this class. Actual implementation of this regulation will be enforced when the Technical Director is satisfied that all teams have had sufficient time to acquire the new material.