Friday 24 November 2023

Dorna boss plans to change MotoGP rules to save Honda and Yamaha


Boss of Dorna Sports, Carmelo Ezpeleta is reportedly ready to change MotoGP rules to save Japanese motorbike manufacturers Honda and Yamaha.

It is known that Yamaha cannot defend its MotoGP title in 2022, while Honda last won the MotoGP title in 2019.

Both manufacturers are not even able to keep up with motorbikes from European manufacturers such as Ducati and Aprilia.

As a result, discourse emerged to grant concession rights. With these rights, manufacturers who receive special rights have the freedom to develop motorbikes with more tests.

Even manufacturers who have concession rights can involve the main racers when testing motorbikes.

“My concern now is that Honda and Yamaha can be at the top again. Other things have been done, and there will be lots of incentives for next year, but we don’t think much longer,” explained Ezpeleta, quoted from Diario AS, Friday (24/11/ 2023).

Dorna said concessions had to be changed to save Honda and Yamaha. Points for concessions are based on constructor points.

Another leak from the contents of the proposed concession is the number of engines each racer will have per season, currently each racer has an allowance of seven engines.

In the case of a team that gets concession rights, it will have more quota. The exact number has yet to be determined.

“This is long-term in nature. The concession (results) will be seen later,” he stressed.

Ducati Boss Responds to Dorna’s Discourse

Previously, Ducati Corse Boss, Gigi Dall’Igna, once stated that Dorna’s desire to save two Japanese manufacturers which were in decline must also be based on justice.

“I agree that the championship should be made as balanced as possible and compromises should be found to ensure that everyone can fight for the top positions,” Dall’Igna told GPOne.

“But the best must always win. This is sport and sport works like this. Helping a team that is experiencing difficulties is the right thing, but it must also be done fairly,” he continued.

The man who serves as Ducati’s general manager admits that it was very difficult to struggle from difficult times in the previous MotoGP to finally be able to enjoy the success he is today.

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