September 25, 2023
MotoGP teams in disagreement over sprint race bonus payments

In the most significant shake-up to the grand prix format for many years, MotoGP will introduce half-length dash races on the Saturday of every round in 2023.

The sprint is an unbiased race and will not rely as a qualifying for the key grand prix, which will keep on to get position on Sundays.

The introduction of the new format came as a surprise to the riders when it was announced final 12 months as the proposal was for sprints to attribute at all 21 rounds in 2023, as opposed to in Components 1 where by there are now 6 throughout the time.

The environmentally friendly gentle for the rethink was presented by collection promoters Dorna Sporting activities and the governing overall body the FIM at previous year’s Austrian Grand Prix, however by this time most of the grid had presently signed their contracts for 2023 or had pre-current agreements in place – which did not element sprint races.

With an further contest included to the weekend, riders have lifted problems about the extra threat component of doubling the amount of money of racing, which has led to many brokers in the paddock to argue that their riders ought to be paid out a reward for their performances in the sprint races.

This is noticed as remaining anything of much more relevance supplied the simple fact that most foundation salaries now are scaled-down than they applied to be, with overall performance-primarily based bonuses favoured.

All through previous weekend’s very first pre-year take a look at of 2023 in Malaysia, many conferences took place between some workforce bosses in get to take a look at a feasible consensual remedy to the sprint race reward issue with the teams and the promoters.

Remy Gardner, KTM Tech3

Remy Gardner, KTM Tech3

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Motorsport.com understands, possessing spoken with many figures, the first concept was to establish a common funds pool divided similarly in two: just one 50 percent would be compensated by the teams in equivalent components, although the other fifty percent would be paid out by Dorna.

Even so, this proposal will not even be offered to Dorna now because of to a lack of consensus amid teams and companies as some really don’t seem favourably on the risk of getting to spend the prize for a rival to earn in the dash race – an understandable placement given the uneven grid spread in 2023, with eight Ducatis, 4 Hondas, Aprilias and KTMs, and two Yamahas.

With just about a thirty day period to go until the year starts off in Portugal on 26 March, every little thing details to teams having to agree separately with their riders to set their own bonus payments for sprint races – if they are keen to do so.