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Dorna boss names his price

"Honda now spends 40 million euros in its official team every year" - Carmelo Ezpeleta, Dorna.
Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta wants to see each MotoGP team limited to a budget of 15 million euros per season - less than half the amount being spent by reigning world champion's Honda.

During an interview with AS, Ezpeleta said: "The cap per team I'd like is 15 million, excluding the salaries of riders and marketing."

This would be achieved through "technical regulations that disproportionately punish [expensive] bike development”.

Such regulations would include the proposed 'restriction' of each factory to no more than two official and two satellite bikes (the present level), enforcement of the previously revealed target of 1 million euros maximum for a customer bike (satellite or CRT) and the planned move to a single bike per rider.

“What cannot be is that Honda now spends 40 million euros in its official team every year,” Ezpeleta added.

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

The end of May has been targeted as the deadline for agreement on the post 2012 MotoGP rule changes, designed to heavily reduce costs - and improve the show - without driving out the three remaining manufacturers (Honda, Yamaha and Ducati).

The new MotoGP season starts in Qatar on April 8.


Tagged as: Honda , Yamaha , Ducati , BMW , Dorna

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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.....

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.



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