MotoGP » Ezpeleta: 15 million euros for a MotoGP team

"Honda now spends 40 million euros in its official team every year" - Carmelo Ezpeleta, Dorna.

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March 30, 2012 5:49 PM
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"The cap per team I'd like is 15 million, excluding the salaries of riders and marketing"

Nice thought but as long as there are factory teams I can't see this happening. For starters manufacturers aren't going to open their books for rule makers to see what they actually spend. Rider salaries are dictated by market demand. If one area is capped them teams will find somewhere else to spend money - motorhomes, hospitality areas, marketing campaigns, additional R&D at the factory, additional personal, etc.

Yzr-M1 - Unregistered

March 30, 2012 5:52 PM

If they keep cutting and slashing this series it wont take long befor wsbk sets faster laptimes then motogp and wsbk will be the pinnacle of motorsports.

For many year this was THE motorsport to watch.
Real prototypes!!!
Max performans motorcycles!

2013 laptimes will be the same as wsbk.
after 2013 wsbk sets faster laptimes.
Motogp will die as will ezp.....

cyclopathic - Unregistered

March 30, 2012 6:15 PM

@T..also stated that BMW intends to join MotoGP if the costs of creating a competitive project are more affordable..

so they don't have problem with "competitive", they have problem with "affordable"????

Mick - Unregistered

March 30, 2012 6:35 PM

I think all the manufaturers have a problem with affordable, particular euro. Thats why they take their prototypes to WSB because they cannot afford to battle against the might of Honda. This in turn has driven out the teams that WSB was designed for the importers, so you get factories in WSB spending big bucks and the same is happening there because they are not tackling spiralling costs. The reason their is no Yamaha is simple the cost to get it competitive with the Aprilia and Ducati is too much for an importer without factory backing. Not what Mr Maclaughlin wanted at all.
I like the beauty of fantastic machine like the Honda ridden by demigods but its not sustainable, so lets go back to the roots, their will still be big gaps like their used to be but maybe more natural racing, WSB should do the same.

Ridgeracer - Unregistered

March 30, 2012 7:07 PM

budget caps sounds fine and dandy in theory, but it is not practical. How do teams such as the CRTs or even Ducati catch up to Honda/ Yamaha with a capped budget? And restriction on development is hard to do you limit what can and cannot be developed? this will just drive manufacterers off as they see racing as a test bed for new tech, though the new tech developed will not necessarily be translated to road bike use

Nate - Unregistered

March 30, 2012 7:28 PM

I don't get what this guy is trying to do? Why not reduce cost to a realistic target of 1.5mil and nbot limit manufacture's to 4 bikes and create a reasonable restriction on the tech side, not turn it into a suped up street bike series

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

March 30, 2012 9:03 PM

The figures sound low to me. I agree with Mick that costs would need to come down in WSBK and MotoGP - and also in national series.

From what I have read it costs about 5 million Euros to run a couple of riders in WSBK and about half that in BSB (competitively).

Re the comment on Rossi - the article states costs excluding rider salaries. Ducati have a sponsor with big pockets and my understanding is that the sponsor foots the bill for the Ducati race operation, but the Japanese factories have traditionally funded most of their race costs with title sponsors just topping up the kitty.

lean two

March 30, 2012 9:08 PM

hes trying to roll the clocks back n make it cheaper for others to compete... Not gona happan, things just cost more... the only way its ever gona happen, is with a full crt based grid, but even with that, cost will go up, an in a few years they too will be spending millions of euro's to compete.

hello moto - Unregistered

March 30, 2012 9:41 PM

Carmelo is not interested in reducing manufacturer expenditures. He is interested in reducing the amount they spend on the track. His hope is that they will spend more in the grandstand, and more money on marketing and sponsorship activities.

MotoGP is turning into a cesspool. Several equally wretched groups of people trying to ruin the sport for their own personal gain. They don't even have the intelligence to question their own motives.

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