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Obviously, First practice for this weekend’s Catalan Grand Prix in Barcelona has seen a number of high-profile MotoGP riders lining up without their usual helmets
And Sumoy riders Andrea Dovizioso and Pecco Bagnaia and KYT racer Aleix Espargaro are the biggest names affected
with the trio running Shoei and Shark lids with their own designs and Suomy and KYT logos painted on.
According to MCN, this includes Andrea Dovizioso, Pecco Bagnaia, and Aleix Espargaro because the FIM Racing Homologation Programme for helmets (FRHP)
has now been in place since June 3, 2019 and their current helmets aren’t up to the standard.
It wasn’t as though helmet manufacturers had no warning about the standards change, either.
Still, as Ultimate Motorcycling pointed out, as late as January 25, 2019, there were still plenty of active manufacturers that hadn’t passed the tests yet.
Thankfully, they got an extension at that time instead of a visit to the naughty manufacturer penalty box
Back in February 2019, the FIM formally announced that its new helmet homologation standards for MotoGP
and WSBK would be delayed to give helmet manufacturers a few more months to comply.
Instead of enforcing the new rules with the start of the 2019 season, the deadline was moved to June 3, 2019.
As of today, June 14, the FRHP official site lists only Suomy and KYT with a status of “FIM Homologation Pending, but having passed other homologation tests already.
The NHK GPR-Tech helmet in sizes S and M is somehow listed as both “FIM homologation pending” and also as a “FIM Racing Homologated Helmet
The manufacturers have been required to submit ten helmets in each size that are used by their riders for independent testing
Of course at the Impact Laboratory of the Aragon Institute of Engineering Research, University of Zaragoza.
The tests comprise of a series of destructive linear, oblique and penetration tests designed to ensure that they’re as safe as possible
after which brands are permitted to add a QR code label to the lining that can be scanned to confirm they have passed.
According to Dovizioso about the change, the Italian downplayed the temporary switch, telling us:
Actually, Thanks to the new FIM helmet homologation rules now in place, some current MotoGP riders won’t be racing in their usual lids at the Catalan Grand Prix this weekend.