The proposed 24th place on next year's MotoGP grid has been withdrawn due to a 'reluctance amongst the existing Manufacturers to commit to making additional equipment available'.

The current MotoGP grid contains 21 entries, with KTM having reserved two further places for its 2017 debut. That left the sport one short of the target 24 grid places.

IRTA, FIM and Dorna invited applications for the final place, with a deadline of April 29. Three teams submitted applications for consideration, with Sito Pons tipped as favourite.

However despite manufacturers being 'obliged' to supply two satellite machines if requested from next season - Suzuki and Aprilia do not currently supply any satellite machines - it seems the additional bike could not be found.

Ducati currently supplies eight machines, with five from Honda, four from Yamaha and two (Factory team) entries each for Suzuki and Aprilia.

The obvious question will be why the availability of 2017 bikes was not thoroughly checked before starting the application process.

The full statement explaining the situation can be seen below:

"On the 21st of March it was announced that applications from existing MotoGP Championship teams to provide a 24th entry in the MotoGP class from 2017 would be invited. The deadline for applications was the 29th of April, on which date the Selection Committee, comprising delegates of FIM, IRTA and Dorna would consider the applications.

"Expressions of interest were received from five teams who were then provided with more comprehensive details of the requirements and the financial conditions.

"Three teams subsequently submitted official applications for consideration.

"The Selection Committee considered the applications and concluded that all three had merit and each, in slightly different ways, had elements that could enhance the MotoGP class.

"However, alongside the application process, discussions were also conducted with the Manufacturers to establish the likely availability of competitive machinery for the extra entry. The conclusion from these discussions was that there was reluctance amongst the existing Manufacturers to commit to making additional equipment available, at least for 2017.

"It has therefore reluctantly been decided to postpone a decision on the allocation of the additional entry to a later season.

"FIM, IRTA and Dorna wish to thank the teams who complied with the application process and apologise that the offer has had to be withdrawn."



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