Barcelona Likely To Stay On MotoGP Calendar, 19 Race Season Beckons For 2013

Barcelona looks set to remain on the MotoGP calendar for the foreseeable future, despite concerns over the financial viability of the round. In an interview with the Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta has confirmed that the contract, signed for five years in 2011, will be honored by both Dorna and the regional government of Catalonia, which helps fund the race.

Back in March, at the presentation of the Jerez round, Ezpeleta had stated that he expected there to be three Spanish rounds of MotoGP in 2013, with both Aragon and Jerez confirmed, and Barcelona and Valencia alternating. However, in the interview with Mundo Deportivo, Ezpeleta was less certain of the continuation of Jerez, as the agreement he had signed had been with the previous mayor of Jerez of the socialist PSOE party, and he had not yet spoken to the new mayor from the conservative PP party. However, Jerez, like Barcelona, has a five-year contract with Dorna to organize a MotoGP round, and Ezpeleta expect the race to go ahead.

With Barcelona and Aragon confirmed, and Jerez extremely likely, that leaves Valencia as a possible candidate to be dropped from the calendar. Ezpeleta told Mundo Deportivo that he is still waiting for a reply from the circuit in Cheste, meaning that his assertion that there would be only three rounds on the Iberian peninsular is uncertain. There could be just two races next year, or perhaps three - the preferred option for the future - or there could once again be four races in Spain in 2014. That is not a sustainable proposition, however, Ezpeleta said.

With the addition of Texas, Argentina and India, the calendar could expand to 19 races. But the situation is still uncertain, as doubts continue to cloud the future of the circuit in Austin, Texas, with litigation ongoing between the circuit owners and previous principal Tavo Hellmund. There was a proposal to go to Russia as well, Ezpeleta explained, and for 2014 and beyond, Ezpeleta was looking further afield. A round in Brazil was a definite possibility, to be held at a track which has not seen either F1 or MotoGP racing there. "We have to go where they ask us to come and race," Ezpeleta told Mundo Deportivo.

A provisional 2013 calendar will be proposed some time in August - traditionally on the weekend of the Brno round of MotoGP - though if the economic crisis which continues to dog Europe has not abated, there could still be significant changes before it is finalized.

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Any hint as to whether the engine rule allowance will be increased with the additional races?

The fact that the Aprilia engine reportedly makes more horsepower in WSBK guise than in the CRTs speaks to the inappropriateness of this rule.

If CRTs are based on production engines, why do they have any limits at all?

Are their fuel capacity limits in WSSBK?

Total votes: 112

Is turning out to a bit of a joke they would be hard pushed to win in Moto2. An over bored Moto2 bike would have more chance of success in Motogp, maybe Dorna should ask Honda to do them a favour and consider that for next year, even at 800cc it would be more competitive and a site more reliable than the current offerings, even the Aprilia is vastly underwhelming. It really shows the level that the factory bikes are at and what a superb job Honda have done in creating a powerful, reliable and economic engine for Moto2, something that is beyond the reach of the tuner engines and even Aprilia in Motogp. CRT is more like a WSB Superstock than MotoGP, and with the riders they have developing them ie the best of the rest from Moto2, they have precious little chance of turning these into winning machines..... as long and Carmelo has a hole in his..... so what the point. No spectacle apart from the crashes and no translation into more sales or development for the engines involved. Just an opinion, but honestly, if they took the factory bikes out of the series as it stands who the f... would go to watch or pay to sponsor them. Answers on the back of a stamp to DORNA please.

Total votes: 122

1. Honda contracted the development & maintenance of the CBR600 based Moto 2 engines to a third party supplier.
2. The Moto 2 CBR600 engine is detuned from World Supersport spec for longevity, similarly the RSV4 engine in the ART CRT bikes is detuned from WSBK spec for longevity. The problem with that is?
3. The idea all along with the CRT & Moto2 formats is to curtail the hideously expensive engine & electronic development race that only a dwindling number of factories can afford with a development primarily driven by chassis development, something within the reach of private teams. The problem with this is the one tyre rule which means there is only one answer to the chassis question, what best suits the the tyre de jour. Ducati's carbon fibre frame is considered a failure because it didn't suit the control tyre. We will never know if it was actually the way forward as it was hindered by tyre inflexibility, literally & metaphorically.

Total votes: 127

The Moto2 bike is less than a second slower than the CRT's.
Motogp is the pinnacle of motorcycle racing, so what is the point of having detuned WSB engines???? for reliability ! oh yes we cant afford the investment of making the Motogp engines powerful and reliable.
I want to see the best riders on the fastest bikes. Moto2 is close and exciting spectacle every race because of Honda's investment intheir engine, the seldom break and are very powerful, and faster than the WSB Supersports 600's. Motogp is not the spectacle it was, but having production engines with the like of Yonny Hernandez and co hasn't added anything to that spectacle.
Cheaper bikes in Motogp has not curtailed the factory spending, the state of the global economy has.
A quick scoot back through the qualifying times from 2001 shows that the old 500s were as fast as the best Moto2's and CRTs. 11 years development to achieve no speed increase, whats that about? If the old 500's were on new tyres they would be a lot more competitive than the CRT's for a lot less money. The factories wanted 4 stroke racing as thats what the sell, they've got it and now they can't afford it.
If the factories want to make Motogp interesting and competitive, a control engine from all factories and lets do the chassis a la moto2. Any team can enter with a competitive engine and then its down to the chassis and the rest of the package. Guess what, thats not interesting to the factories either.
Its all about money and if things in the global economy carry on as they are, there will be no sponsorship. Wait for next year and see how many Spanish teams are out there. The factories can do it but who else will be out there with them? Thats what DORNA have to work out.

Total votes: 131

Merely one of my favourite bugbears. Can someone explain to me why the IODA Aprilia engined bike is 20 slower than De Puniet's Aprilia engined bike.
320 vs 297.
Point taken Matt. For 20 thousand Euro's, Honda and BMW may be the first claimants just for the hell of it in a nickle and dime sense.
Biaggi would not use Petruci's engine on any given SBK Sunday either.
The thing will probably blow up yet again tomorrow.
A similar disparity within SBK Ducati ranks would be adressed.
19 races next year will be great, but yet again induce a bunch of rule changes.
Did Stoner see this comming ? He surelly did.
As much as I hoped CRT would inject some investment into GP it seems the reverse is being firmly entrenched.
For what its worth, I will miss Valencia like a hole in the head. Aragon is the jewell of the Spanish circuits along with the circuit Catalunya.
Much like comparing Le Mans and Paul Ricard in France. Paul Ricard. What a great circuit.
Economic brains vastly superior to mine hold sway. Regions,taxes,fundamentals governing the wellbeing of the local population etc. Let's enjoy Catalunya tomorrow.

Total votes: 115

Could Ezpeleta be any more incompetent?

As recent as last year he is signing 5 year contracts with Spanish Circuits escalating the problem of too many races in one region and continuing the Euro centric nature of the supposedly World Championship. Further more this region is on the verge of an economic collapse that is virtually unavoidable.

He is painting the Championship into a corner that guarantees that further cost cutting is the only way to prevent the complete collapse of MotoGP. Generating new revenues is impossible when there is so much instability in the rules and the governance is clearly out of their depth.

At the same time he is trying to replicate his mistakes by going with 3 races in the US. Another country destined for a decade of teetering on the edge of collapse and with a population that hardly understands that anything exists outside of their borders unless they are at war with it. With nearly 20 years of dominance in the sport in the not to distant past, if they were unable to generate a following of any significance when dominating, then what makes Ezpeleta think he can do it now.

With 19 races there has to be further changes to the rules to allow for more engines unless he can dumb them down even more so that no stress is put on them allowing them to last longer. No doubt a change that he will use this to leverage the dumbing down in his quest for parity so even the average riders who have bought a ride (about the only new revenues in MotoGP) have a chance to compete.

MotoGP the pinnacle? Not for much longer.

Total votes: 100

18 rounds @ $3M per round = $54M

19 rounds @ $3M per round = $57M

This is what Ecclestone did when F1 ran into money problems. He took F1 out of its core markets and he sold it to the highest flyaway bidder. Ezpeleta hasn't gone quite that far, but he is steadily increasing the number of events. Dorna can sell more TV, more sanctioning fees, raise MotoGP.com subscriptions, etc. Ezpeleta is probably just trying to keep his job.

I think diluting the brand is a bad idea, but I'm sure someone has gathered conflicting data that suggests saturation is the key to brand awareness, thus value.

I doubt the MSMA are particularly worried about the engine life regulations. In fact, IIRC they wanted to reduce engines to five. They are as anxious to change the rules as they are anxious to demand stability from Ezpeleta.

Total votes: 113

I'm sure the Texas race will be jam packed and if they could schedule all 3 US rounds together that would limit their cost of travelling. Also that can get rid of that long break mid season and have a race fill in that time frame. Now they just need to ease the engine limit a bit and let them test more.

Total votes: 117

If memory serves me correctly the Ioda is a steel tube frame chassis not too different than the WSBK Ducati frame. I read an article about the MuZ chassis in Moto2 being the same construction when they started. At the beginning they were losing horsepower because the engine expanded at a more rapid rate than the steel frame. This cause the cylinders to go out of round slightly when the engine heated up causing them to lose horsepower. Could be that Ioda is now experiencing the same thing? I don't have any insight beyond that little tid bit. It would seem that both bikes are running the same engine their theoretical top speed should be similar. Aerodynamics and gearing being equal anyway....sean

Total votes: 114

David can you explain or find out why they are not or cannot giving some of the lesser teams next year a honda /yamaha/ducati from this year at a reduced cost to a smaller team next year .If Carmelo is supporting the CRT teams with all this money surley he could support them with all that money by getting last years x factory bikes and selling/leasing them to a smaller team and we could have x factory bikes and possible closer bikes than CRT ?

Total votes: 105

If I remember right, David's covered this in the past. The issue is two-fold: the factories insist on supplying each team that uses one of their bikes with a technician to help and/or oversee with the satellite bike, which means that the more bikes/teams that are using their bikes, the more it costs them. Secondly, even if there are leftover bikes from the previous year, there wouldn't be enough of them to make it a viable choice for a team. Damage from crashes, or even just wear and tear, mean that parts will need to be replaced frequently, and at that point, you're just making new bikes. Which is what they've all said they can't afford to do.

Total votes: 97

Thanks not12x do they have to supply technicians ? And wouldnt it be that the more bikes you make the cheaper they become like mass production.And what about all the new frames that they change to suit this or that (being rider or tyres) or do they just melt the old ones down and start agian? To someone else these questions sound stupid but it just seems like so much waste to me instead of just passing it down the line as if it doesnt work for Jack then it might work for Jill.

Total votes: 109

The factories are terrified of losing control of their technology. The technician is charged with running the electronics, the teams are only really allowed to change the oil and clutch plates, and not touch the rest. Basically, the factories don't want to supply bikes to satellite teams - especially old bikes - as they fear not being able to manage them. They also don't want second-rate teams on their bikes making them look bad.

Total votes: 105

Fare call thanks David makes things clearer

Total votes: 106