FIM Delays Implementation Of New Helmet Standard In 2019 World Championship Competition

FIM Delays Implementation Of New Helmet Standard In 2019 World Championship Competition

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Important update on FIM helmet homologation

The Grand Prix Commission, composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Paul Duparc (FIM), Herve Poncharal (IRTA) & Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA), and the SBK Commission composed of Messrs. Gregorio Lavilla (Dorna, Chairman), Franck Vayssié (FIM) & Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA), in electronic meetings held on 5 February 2019 have decided to make use of FIM homologated helmets by riders in all Grand Prix and WorldSBK Championships mandatory from 3 June 2019 rather than from the first events of the 2019 season as announced earlier.

This decision is due to the large number of late requests for FIM racing homologation received from circuit racing helmet manufacturers since the beginning of the year and allows time for the helmets to be tested in the laboratory.

This means that until 2 June 2019, Grand Prix and WorldSBK will allow the use of ECE, Snell, JIS and FRHPhe-01 helmets.

Starting from the first Circuit Racing 2020 event, the use of FIM homologated helmets will be mandatory without exception for all Circuit Racing disciplines (see table below). Many events have privateer riders, so helmet manufacturers are solicited to find ways of providing them with helmets through retail outlets or other channels.

No assurance is given that a helmet will be homologated for the 2019 season unless it reaches the laboratory, with the necessary paperwork approved, before the end of February. is being updated daily with the listings of homologated helmets and helmets under testing.

The timeline and the thresholds concerning the second phase of the FIM Racing Homologation Programme for helmets (FRHPhe-02) are put on hold until the next meeting with helmet manufacturers is organised, tentatively mid-2019. 

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