MotoGP’s current crop of independent teams has been secured for the immediate future, after the seven team bosses signed a new deal that will secure their place on the grid for the next five years, as well as bringing a new financial support package.
The price of satellite bike rental from MotoGP’s five (soon to be six) manufacturers has also been capped at €2.2 million, with the new financial support deal set to match that amount to help reduce the teams’ monetary liability.
CEO of organisers Dorna, Carmelo Ezpeleta, speaking as the news was announced at this weekend’s Sachsenring, says the plans will help make the championship more sustainable for the future.
“In Assen we renewed with IRTA for the next five years. Since then we have signed an agreement between IRTA and the seven Independent Teams in the MotoGP class. From now till 2021 this gives the teams the exclusive right to participate as Independent Teams.
Lucio and LCR will have the chance to expand to fill the grid with a second bike for a total of 24 bikes, then all the teams have two slots. Never will there be more than 24 bikes, this is important.
“From 2016 to 2017 the payments to the teams is almost 100% more, with this money from IRTA the teams will be able to cover the cost of the bikes and improve stability in the championship. Thank you to the teams and IRTA for helping and making the championship sustainable.”
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