Jonas Folger, of the Tech 3 Yamaha team, couldn’t race in the final four races of the previous season. He had to skip them because of an illness that he’d been suffering from. And due to his medical condition, he won’t be racing in the 2018 season. Considering this happening, authorities of MotoGP has declared that a full medical is compulsory for all riders.
This new rule will take effect from the upcoming 2018 MotoGP season. Riders of all classes – MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 – will have to go through a full medical before the season begins. In fact, the rule was followed before the beginning of the official test at Sepang International Circuit. All MotoGP riders went through a medical checkup. Now, for the upcoming test at Jerez, all Moto2 and Moto3 riders will undergo the same procedure.
According to crash.net, a MotoGP official confirmed by saying, “These examinations not only ensure that each rider is in peak physical condition and healthy but also form a database of important information that can then be used as a reference for officials.”
The medical checkup of all the riders will be done by MotoGP Medical Director Angel Charte, who is the head of the Department of Internal Medicine at the Hospital Universitario Dexeus – Grupo Quirónsalud in Barcelona. The FIM Medical Officer and staff from Clinica Mobile will carry out the examinations with tests used from the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix regulations. Riders will also have an electrocardiogram to record heartbeats and heart patterns.