US News johan stigefelt: budget planning difficult, but corona also saves money

17:15  23 april  2021
17:15  23 april  2021 Source:   de.motorsport.com

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in times of corona pandemic is the budget planning for a motogp team not easy - some expenses rise, in other areas money is saved

The sepang racing team is in All three classes active. In the MotoGP you work together with Yamaha and goes with Valentino Rossi and Franco Morbidelli. In the Moto2 one sets on Kalex and occurs with Xavi Vierge and Jake Dixon. And in the Moto3, John McPhee and Darryn Binder sit on motorcycles from Honda.

With Petronas, the Rennstall from Malaysia has a potent main sponsor for all three classes. Nevertheless, care must be paid to the budget, especially in times of coronavirus pandemic. The financial planors have not been a simple task for a year before.

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"If you set up the budget for a normal season, then you know more or less the fixed costs and the running costs," says Team Director Johan Stigefelt. "The past year was very difficult for budget planning because we did not know the exact costs."

2020: Some costs increased, some dropped

There were only 14 races in the 2020 season, but it was long planning uncertainty. At the end of July, there was certainty that there will be no overseeing. Since no guests were allowed in the Paddock - and still today - the teams are divided at the Hospitality.

on the other side PCR test had to be organized and paid for all team members to enter the paddock. This is still true at the beginning of 2021, although most of the paddock has been vaccinated in Qatar.

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Johan Stigefelt (Li.) Has Superstar Valentino Rossi in Team

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"In the previous year, costs in certain areas, in other fell "says stigefelt. "For this year we hoped that it will be a more normal year, but that's not. Qatar was a great edition for us because we were there for a month with many employees."

Following the MotoGP test drives, test days took place for the two small classes. Then followed two Grands Prix on the Losail Circuit. Some from the Paddock traveled directly to Portimao and then returned home.

"We always have a reserve and an emergency plan, if you need more budget," says stigefelt. "We tend to stay below the budget frame. It's not that easy in these times."

cost savings in the two small classes

than a year ago, that you will not have a full calendar 2020, some cost reduction measures have been decided. In the MotoGP, the engine development was frozen, and also in the two small classes there was a development stop .

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The Petronas team is in all three GP classes at the start

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"We should save a total cost, especially because many technical components are frozen. Especially in the Moto2 and in the Moto3 we save ourselves cost ", confirmed stigefelt. "Honda [Moto3] does not provide a new motorcycle available."

"Kalex [Moto2] remains at the same chassis. We can still use many parts of 2020. On a technical side and at the ongoing costs we save some money." It remains open whether the planned overseas races can take place in the fall of 2021. If you are canceled, the teams would save high travel costs in all classes.

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