Event News: Rock Island Grand Prix Bans Helmet-Mounted Cameras

The Rock Island Grand Prix has announced that it will not allow helmet-mounted audio/visual equipment at this year’s race, September 5-6.

“There have been a number of serious injuries in motorcycle racing this year that may be attributed to helmet-mounted cameras. There is also concern that drilling holes in the helmet for the mounting bracket may affect the structural integrity of the helmet. Suction cup mounts will also not be allowed on the helmet or kart,” said a statement released by the Rock Island Grand Prix Friday.

“This issue is being studied by several safety equipment manufacturers and we expect a more fact-based decision before our 2016 race. Insurance underwriters may also eventually weigh in. But in the interest of safety, helmet-mounted cameras will not be allowed this year. Racers may still use their helmet with only the bracket attached. Kart-mounted cameras can still be used but they may not block the number plate as stated in the Supplemental Rules.”

This issue will be addressed in both pre-tech and at the Driver’s Meeting. Drivers’ helmets will be checked on the pre-grid. Questions regarding this rule should be directed to grandprix@qconline.com or (309) 292-8133.

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