MotoGP organisers Dorna have had their first meeting with new Formula One’s new managing director for motorsport Ross Brawn, as the two series set out to increase cooperation and potentially learn from each other under F1’s new owners.
Brawn, a former boss of three different F1 teams and one of the most respected men in the paddock, met with MotoGP top management Carmelo Ezpeleta and Manel Arroyo at last week’s Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.
Among the topics of conversation was an extension of the previous gentlemen’s agreement between Ezpeleta and former GP boss Bernie Ecclestone to prevent major clashes between the series. 2017 sees the final weekend of both championships clashing, something that both series are keen to avoid.
However, speaking to Reuters after the meeting, Brawn was quick to highlight that there’s more than just calendar cooperation to be gained – and even admitted that the car series could learn a lot from MotoGP in certain areas.
"We’re not too proud to consult with other championships and work out the best way forward. It's difficult to juggle dates, and you can’t always achieve what you want, but at least we’re having a dialogue to try and work it out.
"I like the meritocracy that they have between Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP. I like the progression that they have. I think it’s interesting looking at the commercial side, the way they structure the teams and the deals and the way it works for the customer teams. I think it’s an interesting element.
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