The FIM is not only imposing an age restriction for racers in the World Supersport 300 Championship (WSSP300) but is also putting forward new rulings and decisions in the interest of safety for future racing events.
The last fatal accident to happen this year involved a young and up-and-coming rider. Dean Berta Vinales died in a WSSP300 crash that happened in September, and he was only 15 years old at the time. As such, the FIM is steadfast in putting good measures forward in order to ensure that riders are mature enough and have the necessary experience to race. The accident also caused an uproar from former WSBK riders, requesting better safety regulations for young talents in the sport.
The following year after 2022, the FIM will then change the age requirement once again from 16 to 18 years old.
Maximum time to qualify for a race
Riders must achieve a maximum time of 105 percent of the fastest rider in their class. The previous rule was pinned at 107 percent, resulting in a two percent reduction in the requirement.
Airbags as standard
All classes will be required to field riders with airbags. It will only be until this year that an airbag is a “highly recommended” piece of equipment.
Dedicated transponders for all riders in SSP and SSP300 classes
Trickling down from MotoGP and WorldSBK, the transponders will be able to transmit urgent info to the riders via their dashboards.
Reduction of tires in SBK class
The total number of tires allowed for use in a weekend is now 21, down three from this year’s 24. More on this decision at a later date.
Supersport “new generation” class
There will be a renewal of the Supersport class, with new technical rules to be published soon.
Helmet analysis after a crash or head injury
You might have heard of the FIM Homologation for helmets. One of the safest standards around, the new ruling will further the FIM Helmet Project. Helmets that have been in a crash will be retained by the medical personnel or CMO attending to the rider.
The SBK Commission has also agreed to facilitate the further development of the FRHP program. An updated FIM FRHPhe-02 standard will be in the works until then, with the update slated for 2025.
Following a crash, the helmet will be sent to the University of Zaragoza for analysis. Helmet manufacturers will be allowed to attend the analysis. After that, the helmet will be returned to the rider, the team, or even the manufacturer.
FIM Superbike & Supersport World Championships
Changes to the Regulations for 2022
The Superbike Commission, composed of Messrs. Gregorio LAVILLA (Dorna, WorldSBK Executive
Director), Franck VAYSSIÉ (FIM), Andrea DOSOLI (Yamaha), Paolo MARCHETTI (Kawasaki), Gigi
Dall’Igna and Marco ZAMBENEDETTI (Ducati), Marc BONGERS (BMW), Brian GILLEN (MV Agusta), in the presence of Jorge VIEGAS (FIM President), Paul DUPARC (FIM, Secretary of the meeting), Scott SMART (FIM WSBK Technical Director), (Dominique HÉBRARD (FIM CTI Sporting Manager) made the following decisions in a meeting held in vis-à-vis and by electronic ways on 12 November 2021:
EFFECTIVE SEASON 2022
Age limit and number of entries for events
The minimum age for participation in the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship will be increased from 15 to 16 years, in order to have more mature, experienced riders;
The maximum number of riders permitted in the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship and Supersport classes will be limited to 30 contracted entries plus two wild cards.
In 2023, the age limit of the new FIM Supersport World Championship will be increased from 16 to 18 years old.
These changes formed part of a comprehensive change to minimum ages across a wide spectrum of FIM World Championships. Full details have already been announced by the Permanent Bureau.
Similar decisions have been taken by the respective Commissions managing the FIM Circuit Racing activities.
Maximum time to qualify for the race
To qualify for the race, the riders will have to achieve a maximum time of 105% (reduced from 107%) of the fastest rider in their class.
Airbag equipment for all riders
The use of an Airbag system will become compulsory in all the classes (until this year it was highly recommended).
Dedicated transponders for all riders of the Supersport and Supersport 300 classes
In order to be able to distribute urgent information to the riders via their dashboards, specific and dedicated transponders will be on board each motorcycle.
This equipment is already in use in the WorldSBK and MotoGP™ classes.
Reduction of tyres in the SBK class
The maximum number of tyres used per weekend in the WorldSBK class will be reduced from 24 to 21. This will be the subject of a separate press release.
Supersport “new generation” class
The Technical rules for the renewal of the Supersport class have been approved. The philosophy guiding
these new rules was to find better balances (capacity / power / weight ratio) and to offer new machines that can compete in this new generation "Supersport" class.
The technical rules will be presented shortly.
Helmet analysis after a crash or a head injury
It was found essential to permit the expert technical examination of helmets post incident to formally declare, as necessary, the helmets unusable with the appropriate recording of this information and also to facilitate the ongoing FIM Helmet Project. The helmets of all riders taken to the medical centre for assessment following a crash must be retained by the medical personnel or CMO for control by the Technical Director or Technical Stewards before being returned to the rider or the team manager.
In the event of head trauma, including concussion, the SBK Commission agreed to facilitate further development of the FRHP programme and to allow the development of the next FIM FRHPhe-02 standards for helmets for 2025. The helmet will be sent to the FIM Laboratory at the University of Zaragoza for an expert examination and a non-destructive analysis. The Helmet manufacturer will be allowed to attend this analysis. After inspection, the helmet can be returned to the rider, the team or the manufacturer.
A further Electronic SBK Commission will be held before the year’s end to ratify the 2022 FIM Superbike, Supersport & Supersport 300 World Championship Regulations.