After leaks in the paddock, the topic was largely deflowered and the riders even had the opportunity to comment on a measure that had not yet been released with mixed opinions: from 2023, the MotoGP world championship will include Sprint races on Saturday , in addition to the traditional Grand Prix on Sunday.
But what is it exactly? What frequency? How far ? What implication in the starting grid of the Grand Prix?
This Saturday, a press conference that brought together Jorge Viegas (FIM), Hervé Poncharal (IRTA) and Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna) came to provide all the clarifications.
The main lines:
- Sprint races will take place at every Grand Prix!
- Speed races will not count towards the Grand Prix starting grids.
- The Sprint race will be half the distance of the race.
- All teams are for this measure.
- The speed races will replace the FP4, so as not to give additional work.
- Kilometers traveled, engine and tire assignments remain unchanged, so costs remain unchanged.
- The teams were informed. Some have announced this measure with their pilots, others have not.
- Jorge Viegas recalls that in Superbike there are three races per weekend (to counteract the argument of physical exhaustion put forward by some riders).
- Hervé Poncharal reminds that this project is a work basis and that the opinion of the riders will be taken into account to finalize the details.
- The idea of creating a pilots’ association is debated but it should go through Dorna…
- The televisions support the Sprint races and will broadcast them.
- Sprint races will provide half of the Grand Prix points.
- The Grand Prix number will not be reduced.
The FIM, IRTA, MSMA and Dorna Sports can now announce a new sporting format to be featured for the FIM MotoGP™ World Championship from 2023. Sprint races will be featured at all Grands Prix, creating an exciting and action-packed program for fans. every day of a MotoGP™ race weekend and maintaining a consistent format throughout the calendar.
Sprint races will take place at 3pm on the Saturday of each Grand Prix and will account for approximately 50% of the total race distance. The Sprint race will have a 15-minute grid procedure, and the sporting rules will be the same as for a full Grand Prix race on Sunday.
In Sprint races, points will be awarded as follows:
▪ 1st Place: 12
▪ 2nd place: 9
▪ 3rd place: 7
▪ 4th position: 6
▪ 5th position: 5
▪ 6th place: 4
▪ 7th place: 3
▪ 8th place: 2
▪ 9th place: 1
Speed races will not determine the starting grid for the Grand Prix race. Riders should be free to race on Saturday, regardless of their grid position on Sunday. The grids for the Sprint race and the Grand Prix race will be established from qualifying, which will maintain its Q1-Q2 format.
The introduction of Sprint racing allows each day of a race weekend to give fans and broadcasters the best possible experience on and off the track, with on-track action on Friday, Saturday and Sunday focused on maximum spectacle. to showcase the best of MotoGP™. Additionally, the new format will provide more engagement opportunities for fans, broadcasters and media throughout the event and will raise the profile of the MotoGP™ class without lowering that of Moto2™ and Moto3™.
Race Weekends 2023
The MotoGP™ category will have two practice sessions on Friday, which will be longer. The combined timesheets from these sessions will determine the direct attendees for the second quarter, ensuring that Friday gets the most prominence and exposure.
On Saturday morning, the MotoGP™ class will have a 30-minute free practice session (similar to the current FP4), followed by Q1 and Q2 for qualifying. The Sprint race will take place at 15:00, creating an incredible program of action on the MotoGP™ circuit on Saturday.
Sunday will continue to be a spectacle for fans and broadcasters alike, with Moto3™, Moto2™ and MotoGP™ Grand Prix races. The aim will also be for MotoGP™ to be the last race on Sunday at each event, which will enhance the podium ceremony, on-track celebrations and the possibility of track invasions by fans at each venue.
The MotoGP™ sessions will be the last of each block, further standardizing the race weekend format and maintaining the same order throughout each event. Moto3™ will be followed by Moto2™, then MotoGP™.
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