Earlier this year, I talked about the F1-esque revolution MotoGP was not ready for, dealing with the protest lodged by four constructors against Ducati after Dovizioso’s win in Qatar. Having a victory revoked, being handed a penalty, considering to appeal are not as common in MotoGP, and the fact that the protest was prompted by Aprilia’s Massimo Rivola (former Ferrari sporting director) says a lot.
However, aside from the rules becoming more crucial, more analogies with F1 have come in MotoGP’s way, perhaps indicating that the two categories are set to join forces and become more similar to one another.
It has been announced that in 2022 the MotoGP calendar will include 22 races in a record-breaking season, reaching the level of F1’s monster 22-race season starting from 2020. The new venues are yet to be announced, but speculation always comes freely, especially with a number of circuits recently pushing to make their return to the MotoGP calendar.
Concerns were raised about F1 personnel and logistics, given that seven back-to-back races will definitely be a challenge to face, having to put up with transfers, days in the factory, preparation at the track, time off. It would be no exception to MotoGP crews, as the dynamics would be very much alike, but the calendar expansion in the two-wheel universe is not as frowned upon as it is in F1. Why? Because the limit calendar-wise has not been reached yet in MotoGP. A total of nineteen races will be the highest ever amount of legs in a MotoGP season, and it is going to happen next year. On the contrary, F1 is a step forward in the process, having already developed thick skin after a stressful triple header last year and staggeringly stressful back-to-back races.
But, as much as drivers and riders are busy juggling between their on-track commitments and training, F1 and MotoGP are now closer in terms of interactions and ‘crossovers’ as well. The two sports have publicly endorsed each other on multiple locations, not only through on-track appearances and sponsorship-related links but also on social media. This opens up an interesting scenario for both categories, which may turn out to be beneficial for motorsport on a whole. Not only will this sort of cross-fertilization created between F1 and MotoGP make the two pinnacles of motorsport more popular, but it will also promote motorsport as an engaging, open and prestigious reality, which could entice youngsters into the fanbase.
Therefore, the Liberty Media design got a whole new meaning owing to the extra boost that an unintentional mutual promotion between F1 and MotoGP has provided.