It was great to see Helmet Camera’s used at the FIM Junior World Motocross Championships held at Horsham on the weekend (25/26 August). Two years ago Motorcycling Australia banned all Helmet Cameras and mounting systems from MA sanctioned events. That meant no camera’s attached to a helmet for practice or competition on an MA licenced track, with MA stating that “all helmets are to remain free from all modifications or attachments relating to the use of cameras.”
A Helmet Camera should be a ‘personal choice’ for any Australian Motorcycling Competitor in Australia, as many athletes use the footage to improve their skill set. And basically, if the FIM and AMA haven’t banned them why should Australia? The stigma behind the baning can be contributed to Michael Schumacher suffering horrific brain injuries due to a helmet camera fitted to his snow skiing helmet while snow skiing in France.
The 2018 Manual of Motorsport states:
188.8.131.52 Cameras may be fitted to the motorcycle provided they are securely mounted. Camera mounts are subject to approval by the Chief Scrutineer. Helmet cameras are not permitted unless the camera is integrated into the helmet, by design of the manufacturer.
The 2018 FIM Technical Rules state:
25.05 Other equipment
The use of data recording devices and automatic electronic ignition is authorised.
No signal of any kind may pass between a moving motorcycle and any person, including radio and Bluetooth communication. The exception is for the signal from the time keeping transponder, automatic lap timing devices or from the approved onboard cameras (with prior written approval from the Championship Promoter/Organiser).
Motorcycling Australia does invite people to suggest Manual of Motorsport Changes each year, which in turn are considered by the committee, the 2019 Rule Change Submission has closed, therefore for anything to happen in Australia about Helmet Cameras updated until 2020 (unless a suggestion has been made to remove the Helmet Camera ban in 2019).