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MotoGP makes rider airbags compulsory in 2018

Rider airbags will become compulsory in 2018 across all classes of the FIM MotoGP championship, which includes the Moto2 and Moto3 series along with the premier MotoGP class. There are two exceptions to the rule, with wildcard riders not having to use the safety system and replacement riders having a two-race exemption. After those two events, replacement riders will be subject to the same requirements and specifications as those of permanent entrants. The airbag should cover and protect at least the shoulders and the collarbone, with the full or central portion of the back being optional. However, if a manufacturer chooses to have back protection, it must cover the whole spine....
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