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Ezpeleta outlines 2017 MotoGP proposals

MotoGP commercial rights holder outlines proposals for next contract with MotoGP manufacturers.
Carmelo Ezpeleta has outlined the main points of Dorna's next contract with the MotoGP manufacturers and private teams.

Spanning 2017 to 2021, Ezpeleta told that the contract contains the following proposals, which will now be studied by the other parties:

• All technical rules will be fixed from 2017-2021 with no changes unless everyone agrees.

• The six confirmed manufacturers will enter two factory bikes and “be paid a certain amount of money” by Dorna. Each manufacturer will also have an “obligation” to lease another two to four bikes to private (satellite) teams.

• Dorna will pay almost the entire cost of leasing these satellite bikes to the private teams, for an agreed maximum price. This will provide the teams with greater financial security. “In total we will put almost 30% more money into the grid than today.”

• No new teams will be accepted, unless a team leaves, with a maximum of 24 riders. That would work out as an average of four bikes (two factory, plus two satellite) from each of the six manufacturers. “Every private team will have the right to lease a satellite bike from the manufacturers.”

• The maximum number of races will be no more than 20 (currently it is 18). The new race in Austria is confirmed for next year. Dorna are still talking with Thailand and another unnamed SE Asian country.

Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki and Aprilia already compete in MotoGP, with KTM making its debut in 2017.

A single ECU system will become mandatory from 2016, when the championship will replace the Factory and Open class with one set of technical rules, albeit with concessions continuing for manufacturers that do not claim a podium finish.

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April 19, 2015 3:34 PM

@Guna4699 No they don't share garages. When there is space, they all get a garage, yet the moto2 and 3 have to share a small space (but only one bike) however in other places, with less space, some or all end up in another paddock, working out of a tent like they do at the TT or BSB.


April 19, 2015 3:35 PM

@Professor Cleary your professorial chair is not in maths, as that is the cost of the bikes only. Now they pay for freight too. Furthermore the factory teams get financial support now. The sat teams will be thus more sustainable (plus factory teams tend not to struggle to get sponsorship with the star riders moreover tend to have less demanding sponsors as they have the budget so balance demands with income, despite the nonsense you spout about Repsol, which can’t be the case for the sat teams) but still have another few million to cover the cost of running the team. See Scott at MVDS. However some riders, like Pol and Jack, are paid by the factory, further helping the team coffers. Should mean we get full grids all with factory standard bikes. That has to be better than now. And if you close down the rules and add more financial support, it should be a lot closer. That's good. Fairer racing. Not that it will stop people moaning that one factory gets its act together better than the

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