Today, the FIM announced that the Grand Prix Commission had decided on revised engine allocations for both the MotoGP and Moto3 classes. And in doing so, they gave a hint at how many races a 2020 MotoGP calendar might contain.
The GPC announced that in the MotoGP class, concession manufacturers (Aprilia and KTM) would be allowed 6 engines per rider for the season if the season consists of 11 races or less, and 7 engines if the season consists of up to 14 races. Non-concession manufacturers (Honda, Ducati, Suzuk, Yamaha) would have 4 or 5 engines in the respective cases.
The Moto3 engine allocation is a little more complex. Normally, Moto3 riders have 6 engines to last a season. If there are between 12 and 14 races held in 2020 - including the first race of the season, which was held back in March - then the riders will have 4 engines, and if there are between 14 and 18 races, then they will have 5 engines. If it isn't possible to hold a total of 12 engines, then this year's engine allocation will be combined with 2021, giving a grand total of 9 engines to last for both seasons.
The MotoGP engine allocations seem to point to a realistic calendar, with two possible scenarios: if MotoGP can only race in Europe, and no races can be held overseas, then a calendar of around 11 races seems likely. If it is possible to travel overseas - Thailand and Sepang seem the most likely candidates to host a race in 2020 - then there could be up 14 or so races.
The Grand Prix Commission also stepped in to ban private testing by the Moto2 and Moto3 teams. The decision was made on the grounds of fairness, and of finances. Budgets in the smaller classes are already under very heavy pressure due to the COVID-19 crisis, amplifying the advantage of the richer teams over the poorer teams. Add in the fact that travel restrictions vary hugely from country to country, and it is obvious that some riders and teams will be able to test, while it will be impossible for riders who can't travel. Add in the limited availability of tracks, and it made sense to ban private testing altogether.
A test is due to be held on the Wednesday before the Jerez round on July 19th, with all three classes getting sessions on track.
The FIM press release containing the new engine limits appears below:
FIM Grand Prix World Championship
Decisions of the Grand Prix Commission
The Grand Prix Commission, composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Paul Duparc (FIM), Herve Poncharal (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA), in electronic meetings held on 22 and 27 May 2020, made the following decisions which are consequent on the impact of the coronavirus epidemic:
MOTOGP CLASS ENGINE ALLOCATION
Even though the FIM, IRTA, MSMA and Dorna are optimistic about restarting the Championship, it’s still uncertain how many events it will be possible to hold in 2020. For this reason it has been unanimously approved that the MotoGP Class engine allocation would be decided before agreed before publication of the revised calendar and would be per-event as follows:
|Remaining Events on the 2020 Calendar (Qatar Grand Prix excluded)||ENGINE ALLOCATION PER RIDER|
|Non-Concession Manufacturers||Manufacturers Qualifying for Concessions|
|up to 11 events||4||6|
|up to 14 events||5||7|
MOTO3 CLASS ENGINE ALLOCATION
Similarly, for the Moto3 class, the engine allocation has also been agreed unanimously:
- If the total number of events in 2020 is lower than 12 (including Qatar), both 2020 and 2021 will be considered as only one season and the combined maximum engine allocation for both seasons will be of 9 engines.
- If the number of races in 2020 is 12 or more, then the allocation for the 2020 season will be separate and as follows:
|Total Events on the 2020 Calendar (Qatar Grand Prix included)||ENGINE ALLOCATION PER RIDER|
MOTO3 AND MOTO2 CLASS PRIVATE TESTING
With immediate effect, riders in these classes will not be permitted to make further private testing in 2020 until further notice.
The following considerations prompted this decision:
With team income being significantly reduced, a ban on testing for all riders will level the playing field between those teams that might have better funding and those that might just be surviving on the monthly subsidy payments.
Availability of circuits is going to be even more limited than normal and may be subject to government restrictions. Furthermore, travel restrictions in Europe and around the World, still vary between countries meaning that only some teams might be permitted to move with vehicles and staff to a test. Most of the travel restrictions seem to be applicable until, at least, the end of June.
FIM, IRTA and Dorna are hoping to have a significant number of events, hopefully starting in July. These events will be condensed into a short period of time meaning that, in any case, there are limited days available for testing once racing is resumed.
It is the intention of Dorna to hold additional test sessions, for all classes, during the week of the first event.
Dunlop activities are currently limited with many key staff being furloughed. They have already indicated that they will not be able to provide a service at private tests.
A regularly updated version of the FIM Grand Prix Regulations which contains the detailed text of the regulation changes may be viewed shortly on: