MotoGP » Poncharal talks MotoGP calendar expansion

“When Argentina and Brazil are knocking on the door and Russia might be interested you can't just say that we have enough races” - Herve Poncharal, IRTA.

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September 09, 2013 2:40 PM

Having read the article, am I right in thinking that Dorna actually supports financially the cost of teams travel expenses around the world?

If so then the more circuits the merrier as will be good to see South America back on the calender.

May have to make the summer break a bit shorter though!


September 09, 2013 2:46 PM

Voice, you are exactly right, Dorna take care of all that. But any new teams joing Motogp without merging or buying an existing team will have to pay their own. Also fom 15 the last 2 places will as well, that sucks. One round pays for all the transport, I am sure you can guess which one. Bridgestone also pay for all the tyres, these 2 deals WSB can only dream about at the moment, although originally the first 16 in WSB used to qualify for travel fund.


September 09, 2013 3:38 PM

As someone who watched races when there were only 8 (yes eight) in a season I'm happy with so many these days.
If Spain had less, and the numbers were made up with a round in other countries we would get new riders emerge from those countries. Got to be a good thing.
If there are going to be more 'flyaway' races then the logistics have to be carefully thought out.


September 09, 2013 3:57 PM
Last Edited 885 days ago

Codger I don't think less rounds in Spain would make any difference, Spain produces great riders because bikes and scooters are a big part of the culture and they get assistance. We (UK) have more riders in WSB but we don't win it, for which no one moans about, we also have 2 rounds. I too witnessed the 8 round era, the more the merrier wherever the are and if its a go kart track like Valencia then so what, GP is all about testing the bike on any type of track.

Logistics is not a problem apart from making sure you have enough gear to do the rounds, Dorna have the crates collected from the last round or central point, transported to the airport where they charter 3 jumbo jets, Javier Alonso has done many interviews on this.


September 09, 2013 4:31 PM

RsMick....I agree, the more the merrier if the riders and teams can stand it. (and you and I have seen some terrible tracks being used)
The Spain thing, I was thinking if there is a need to drop rounds (to stop the number of races escalating too high, for example) then limiting each Country to one round should be considered.
And Logistics need to be watched, imo, to limit unneeded miles being racked up, for the teams and riders health as well as keeping costs to a minimum.


September 09, 2013 4:45 PM
Last Edited 885 days ago

Codger, the riders I would think who will suffer more are the ones who don't get paid, the others will be fine I would have thought, I have had to travel more in a year than these guys do, so long as continent hopping every wekend is not the norm they should be fine.

Nunnmeister have you read the article?

lean two

September 09, 2013 6:46 PM

there are plenty of sutters for motogp like Thailand Wales, Africa, Russia, and of course Brazil and Argentina. But, in order to facilitate more rounds they will need to re negotiate the Qatar deal and move them down the calender, currently they hold the exclusive to the opener... and in order to squeeze 2 more races in they need to start the season sooner like they used to, which was February, but is either to cold at night, or to hot or too windy in the day for Qatar...

If Drona is looking for more money (greedy bastards lol) maybe they should allow for more teams like moto2, n pack another 10 teams on the grid... plenty of good riders moving up, but is there enough privateers/sponsors to be competitive.

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