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

09:40  07 april  2020
09:40  07 april  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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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.

"We all decided unanimously to maintain the 2020 specifications, which basically means that we will keep the motorcycles 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.

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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 per racing year. A maximum of two aero designs are allowed per driver. Manufacturers with concessions (KTM, Aprilia) have more freedom.

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."

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Poncharal: "Freezing doesn't hurt the show"

"At the moment the question is not how to spend more money. I think the goal for every manufacturer is to save his 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 us leave them there. "

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