Below is a letter from the FIM director of sport outlining their reasons for changing back to Non-Stop rules. Although he refers mainly to this years World Championship events this will still be of interest to all trials riders. The big question however, is still what they will deem to be a "stop".
Dear Madam, Sir,
When I presented my report at the last General Assembly, I informed you about the
agreement that had been signed between the FIM and the Trial Manufacturers with the
aim of revitalising this discipline which is going through the most critical phase in its
history. We are working together on a comprehensive project to help Trial to recover and
thrive again at all levels.
We recently received several questions in this connection and I am therefore writing to
you to give you some more in-depth and detailed information.
First of all, I must inform you that it is a long-term project. It is not just a test for one
year, and the results will not be immediately apparent.
The first decisions were taken at the sporting and technical levels, for immediate
application in the 2013 FIM Trial World Championships. However, these are not the only
points in the agreement. As a next step, we shall be meeting the Trial Manufacturers in
order to work out further actions that can help this project to succeed. You will be
informed of these new points as we go along.
The Sports Regulations are changing drastically and going over to the use of the Non-Stop
rule, with an increase in the number of the kilometres for each round and an increase in
the overall number of sections for each event counting towards the 2013 FIM Trial World
Championships. We have also envisaged a reduction in the hours allowed for testing at the
venue, and we shall involve all the riders in promotional actions that will help the
The CTR Technical Adviser for Sections (CTRS) will arrive at the events in advance to help
the organisers prepare their sections in an appropriate manner.
As regards technical matters, the sound level of the motorcycles will henceforth be
checked using the 2 Metre Max system. We are also increasing the minimum weight of the
motorcycles and the fuel tanks will have to have sufficient capacity to allow them to
complete a round without refuelling. Refuelling will only be possible in the riders’ paddock
in order to protect the environment and improve safety. We no longer wish mechanics to
transport fuel in their back packs or refuelling to take place at inappropriate places such
as in the middle of a forest.
As you can understand, with these changes we are trying to modify the philosophy of the
In the next few days, you will receive the final wording of the Sports Regulations. We shall
also be publishing on the FIM web site a DVD explaining the basic principles of the Non-
Stop regulations. This DVD, which is being produced as I write, will help to train the
We are also in the process of preparing an FAQ document which will be sent to you once it
has been finalised and which will answer the various questions we have received, directly
I would like to conclude by assuring you that we shall be happy to receive any questions,
suggestions or comments you may have. Please do not hesitate to contact us!
Executive Director, Sport