News 25 Aug 2017

MotoGP field to trial revised new bike swap system

Updated process to be tested following FP2 at Silverstone.

Source: Supplied.

MotoGP riders will trial a revised bike swap system following the conclusion of Friday’s FP2 session at Silverstone’s 12th round of the 2017 MotoGP World Championship this week.

After the chequered flag comes out at the end of MotoGP FP2, riders will return to pitlane and swap bikes using the new trial system. They will then exit pitlane to do one more lap of the track, and may do a practice start on that lap.

This new bike swap process will have signs on pitlane indicating the point at which riders may turn in, and a new bike position for all teams. It will also include a mechanic with a lollipop whose sole task is to observe pitlane traffic during the bike swap and ensure his/her rider is released safely.

The trial will see some small changes to Friday’s schedule at the British grand prix, with the Moto2 FP2 session being delayed a further 10 minutes.