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MotoGP: Vinales success means Suzuki lose concessions

Only Aprilia and KTM will have access to MotoGP's technical concessions in 2017.
Another podium finish for Maverick Vinales at Phillip Island means Suzuki will now lose access to the MotoGP technical concessions.

The concessions - which allow nine instead seven engine changes, no engine development freeze and unlimited testing with race riders - last until a manufacturer achieves six concession points.

Concession points are awarded as follows; 3 points for 1st place, 2 for 2nd and 1 for 3rd - meaning Suzuki has now reached six points on Vinales' results alone:

Le Mans: 3rd = 1 point
Silverstone: 1st = 3 points
Motegi: 3rd = 1 point
Phillip Island: 3rd = 1 point

Then MotoGP rules state that once six concession points are reached, unlimited testing is immediately cancelled. The extra engine changes and exemption from the engine development freeze are then lost from the start of the following season.

Due to their past results Honda, Yamaha and Ducati already compete without any concessions. Suzuki's success means that only Aprilia and new manufacturer KTM will qualify for concessions next season.

Vinales is moving to the Factory Yamaha team in 2017.




Tagged as: Suzuki , Vinales

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ZeFrenchAngle

October 25, 2016 8:01 AM

Personally I think losing concessions is THE LEAST of Suzuki's problems for next year. Their riders line-up will be their problem : Andrea Iannone can be unbelievably quick on his day, we all know that, but after a nearly career-ending and potentially life-changing vertabrae break injury, I think there are a lot of question marks as to whether he will ever get back to the very very top. As for Rins, the mind boggles. Just as in Moto3, when he was in sight of the Title, the overwhelming favourite for it, he started crashing and Maverick won that Moto3 Title. This year, same story : gets within smelling distance of the title and immediately starts crashing left, right, and centre to the point that only Luthi is now considered a viable challenger to Zarco for the Moto2 Title. Rins is an elegant rider who unfortunately cannot handle pressure, and being a factory rider is .... PRESSURE - ask Aleix Espargaro ! That's Suzuki's major problems for next year !

mrfill

October 25, 2016 12:55 PM

In the same way as Ducati didn't suffer much when they lost concessions, Suzuki should be OK. They are up there playing with the big boys thanks to the concessions but don't need them any more. Fair enough. It's good to see a set of rules actually working well. Who'd have thought 5 years ago that we'd have 4 race winning factories with 2 more factories coming on stream nest year. The rules have done what they were designed to do. Which is a bit of a shocker nowadays... All that rubbish with CRT bikes and 'production' bikes is gone but it was necessary to get where we are now. Motogp is pretty healthy today. And well done Suzuki...



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