The Grand Prix Commission have released updated technical and sporting regulations for the 2018 and 2019 MotoGP seasons, along with a provision for Moto 2 testing with Triumph engines.
Starting in 2018, all riders will be required to ride with race suits fitted with an airbag safety system. Tech specs and testing methods have been approved also with regard to this rule.
Testing protocol received the most attention. For the 2018 season, there will still be a two day test following the 2017 finale at Valencia and three, three-day tests at non-European circuits. There will also be three one day tests on the Mondays following events.
There will be no testing allowed with contracted riders during the summer break from July 16 to August 2, 2018.
Contracted riders are also limited to five days of private testing. No testing can occur within 14 days of an event at the same circuit, and after the winter test ban lifts teams only have three days of testing available prior to events. Other testing is only permitted at circuits that have already hosted an event.
Test teams get a bit more leeway. Manufacturers can select three circuits at which to test at any time, except within 14 days of the actual event at the circuit. They are also allowed to test during the three days before the official test after the winter ban lifts, and are able to participate in all official tests.
In 2019, regulations remain the same except there will be only two, there-day, non-European tests. Two days of private testing will need to take place between the final event of the season and November 30 as well.
Wild card regulations are updated for 2018 onward, with each manufacturer limited to a maximum of three wild card entries per season. Manufacturers that still qualify for concessions will be allowed six wild card spots per season. Those entries can’t be at consecutive events, however.
As for Moto 2 engine testing, each chassis manufacturer may only test the new Triumph engine for a maximum of 10 days. Any rider can be used in the test, and the number of riders able to test is not limited.