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Sports MotoGP plans to stop development by the end of 2021 to save costs

09:55  07 april  2020
09:55  07 april  2020 Source:   de.motorsport.com

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"Nobody wants to spend money now": That is why the development of engine and aerodynamics should remain frozen for the upcoming MotoGP season 2021

With the prospect of a shortened MotoGP season 2020 the racing series plans to freeze the key aspects of development by the start of the 2022 season. Herve Poncharal, President of the IRTA team association, confirmed this to ' Crash.net '. The goal is to cut costs for manufacturers.

"We all unanimously decided to keep the 2020 specs, which basically means that we will keep the bikes we delivered to Doha at the start of the championship," said Poncharal. Dorna, FIM, IRTA and MSMA (manufacturer) agree on this.

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The development stop therefore affects the engine and also the aero specifications, which are to remain frozen until the end of 2021. This not only minimizes the development costs of the six manufacturers who do not have to build a "new" motorcycle. There are also lower leasing costs for the private teams.

development stop good for manufacturers and teams

Poncharal says: "It was a very good decision. It will reduce the investment for the manufacturers because it means that most of the research and development will be completed by next year. It will help the manufacturers in this difficult situation, but also the teams. "

Four manufacturers (Honda, Ducati, Yamaha, Suzuki) have to stick to the engine specification that they introduced and had homologated at the beginning of the season. A maximum of two aero designs are allowed per driver. Manufacturers with concessions (KTM, Aprilia) have more freedom.

MotoGP plans to stop development by the end of 2021 to save costs

 MotoGP plans to stop development by the end of 2021 to save costs © LAT To protect manufacturers and teams, development should be frozen With the prospect of a shortened MotoGP season 2020, the racing series plans the main aspects of development until the beginning of the 2022 season. Herve Poncharal, President of the IRTA team association, confirmed this to ' Crash.net '. The goal is to cut costs for manufacturers.

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For example, you can also work on the engine during the season and introduce updates. However, Poncharal does not believe that they will take advantage of this under the circumstances: "On paper, the concession rule will not change, but I'm pretty sure it will be the least of their concerns."

Poncharal: "Freezing does not harm the show" Herve Poncharal © Provided by motorsport.com Herve Poncharal

Herve Poncharal is himself the team boss at Tech-3-KTM and knows the strain

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"At the moment the question is not how you spend more money. I think the goal for any manufacturer will be to save their company, "says the Frenchman. "More development means spending more money. Nobody wants to spend money now. Everyone wants to freeze what is possible and 'hibernate' for a while."

However, a development stop also worries that it could come at a time when a manufacturer has a clear advantage or there are large differences in performance in the field. Poncharal does not see this danger and appeases: "Freezing the specifications does not harm the show."

"We have incredible motorcycles for this year. The lap times in the tests in Malaysia and Qatar were incredibly tight. So we don’t have to spend any money on this department because we already have incredibly powerful high-tech motorcycles. Let’s leave them that way. "

With images from LAT.

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