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Dorna boss explains MotoGP, WSBK deal

“We think that a championship derived from production bikes that is using 39 engines during one season, and in MotoGP you are using six - to be honest it's not very correct” - Carmelo Ezpeleta, Dorna.
Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta spoke to the media at Motegi on Thursday, answering questions on the surprise announcement that Dorna is to run both MotoGP and WSBK from next season.

Private equity group Bridgepoint, majority shareholder of Dorna since 2006, acquired Infront Sports & Media last September, which included WSBK organiser Infront Motorsports.

Last week's announcement revealed that the organisation of both MotoGP and WSBK will be moved under 'one roof' - Dorna's roof.

The long-time rivals thus find themselves working directly, in pursuit of shared goals.

Ezpeleta explained the background to the decision: "Since Bridgepoint's acquisition of Infront Sports and Media, we have been having several meetings with Infront Motorsports to try to adapt the technical rules of both championships.

"We had several meetings during last year... trying to accommodate the rules first of all. And this was impossible.

"So finally the decision of Bridgepoint was to maintain two separate championships as two separate companies, but both under the umbrella of Dorna Sports.

“We are still talking with the people to know exactly who will run WSBK [but] at the top of both championships there will be Dorna.”

As previously indicated, the move will have little direct impact on the 2013 World Superbike Championship rules.

"For 2013 the WSBK regulations will be the ones that have been approved between the FIM and Infront Motorsports. For 2014, we will obviously work together with the manufacturers and the different bodies involved to change the regulations."

2014 is when Dorna plans to introduce new cost-cutting/show-enhancing technical rules for MotoGP - and now WSBK. "It's obvious that the technical regulations, in my opinion, in both championships are so expensive," he said.

The MotoGP cost-cutting options currently being discussed include the possibility of a standard ECU and rev limit. Ezpeleta insisted they are just one way of reaching the main goal.

Tagged as: Dorna , infront , Bridgepoint

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tm - Unregistered

October 11, 2012 1:02 PM

"we are in favour of (...) increasing the show" And therein lays the main problem. Everything they do while thinking that will only serve to screw things up, regardless of what class we are talking about. This is supposed to be a sport, not a show. A healthy sport will provide a good show, but trying to make a good show will destroy the sport. But these guys only think of the show, because show will create $$ and they are so in love with the $$ that they forget about the sport.

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