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#MotoGP, Engine and Aero development froze until 2022

MotoGP confirmed that development will be frozen for 2020 and 2021 seasons to contain costs in a really difficult situation due to ongoing Coronavirus crisis

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#MotoGP, Engine and Aero development froze until 2022
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MotoGP has now officially confirmed a freeze on aero and engine development for 2020 and 2021 seasons to reduce and contain costs in a really tough situation due to ongoing Coronavirus crisis. It was rumoured that something was going on this thread to cut costs and now it is public.

“These changes are designed to reduce the costs incurred by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis whilst maintaining fairness and equality in order to conserve the entertainment value of the sport and the integrity of the competition”, read a statement from GP commission.

So not updates are permitted to the March 2020 homologated parts for the rest of this season and this applies to both Concession and non-Concession manufacturers. All teams will start 2021 Season once again using March 2020 material and after that they will be able to make one aerodynamic upgrade during the year.

Concession team, KTM and Aprilia, will be allowed on 2021 to upgrade their engines during the Season, while non-Concession teams have to use the same engine spec from March 2020 until the end of 2021 World Championship, meaning that normal cycle of engine and aerodynamic development is set to resume in 2022.

All other parts that are not aerodynamics and engines, such as chassis and electronics, are not covered by any development freeze.

At the same time, also Moto2 and Moto3 are going to face some restrictions: on Moto2 side, current 2020 Aero Bodies homologated plus any version homologated in 2019 will be frozen until the end of 2021 season with no further upgrades allowed. Talking again about Moto2, manufacturer may submit any used frame or swingarm for homologations and that design will be frozen until the end of 2021.

Each Team will be required to declare a maximum of 2 specifications of frame and swingarm per rider from their chassis manufacturer homolagation list. Any replacement or substitute rider will be required to use only the declared parts for the rider they are replacing.

Looking at Moto3, no upgrades are allowed for 2020 and 2021 season, with bike specification frozen for 2 years. The number of engines instead will be published concerning revised calendars for both 2020 and 2021 season within revised regulations.

For both Moto2 and Moto3, ride height devices are banned and not allowed, while are permitted in MotoGP and we saw it on the past, also during 2019 season. It is the famous ‘holeshot’ device shown on Ducatis during the starts which we saw also on Yamahas and Suzukis on Winter tests, but we will not see it on Moto2 and Moto3 bikes.

Full FIM Grand Prix Commission statement:

Technical Regulations

In view of the Covid-19 global crisis, and following various conversations with manufacturers and teams in all classes, the GPC has approved the following technical proposals.

These are all aimed at reducing costs globally in all three classes for both manufacturers and teams, whilst maintaining fairness and equality in order to conserve both the entertainment value of the sport and the integrity of the competition.

MOTOGP CLASS:

Currently, all manufacturers that don’t qualify for concessions have to homologate an engine specification for the whole season. Manufacturers are allowed to homologate a different specification for riders in Independent teams.

Until now, manufacturers with concessions didn’t have this limitation and could change specification during the year. In addition, all manufacturers were allowed two aero body designs per rider per season; the one they started with at Qatar plus one upgrade.

The GPC has approved the following changes, effective immediately:

2020 SEASON:

There will be no update of any homologated parts during the 2020 season. This applies to all manufacturers, both Non-Concession and Concession.

2021 SEASON:

Both Non-Concession and Concession manufacturers must start the 2021 season using March 2020 homologated parts. Thereafter, normal upgrade regulations will apply for the rest of the 2021 season as per current regulations meaning no engine evolution for non-concession manufacturers and only one aero-body update per rider for all manufacturers.

For the first event of 2021 riders will be allowed to choose between any engine or aero-body specification that the manufacturer homologated in 2020.

MOTO2 CLASS:

The organisers supply all Moto2 Class riders with equal Triumph 765cc engines.

Until now, the only limitation in terms of allocations of technical parts was the allowance of one upgrade to the Aero Body per manufacturer.

The GPC has approved the following changes, effective immediately:

AERO BODY:

The current 2020 Aero Bodies as homologated by the chassis manufacturers at the 2020 Qatar GP, plus any version homologated in 2019, will be frozen until the end of the 2021 season. No further upgrades are permitted.

FRAME AND SWINGARM:

Each chassis manufacturer may submit any current or previously used frame or swingarm for homologation. These designs will be frozen until the end of the 2021 season, with no further specifications permitted.

Each Team will then be required to declare a maximum of 2 specifications of frame and swingarm per rider from their chassis manufacturer homologation list. Any replacement or substitute rider will be required to use only the declared parts for the rider they are replacing.

MOTO3 CLASS:

Currently in the Moto3 class, the manufacturers must provide all their riders with the same full bike. Until now, riders were allowed to choose 2 gear ratios per season.

The GPC has approved the following changes effective immediately:

Bike specification, as declared by each manufacturer at the Qatar GP 2020, will be frozen for the 2020 and the 2021 seasons, meaning no further upgrades will be permitted on any listed performance parts, chassis, swingarm, engine, aero body, gearbox or throttle body.

The GPC has also approved the number of engines each rider is allowed to use with respect to possible revised calendars for both 2020 and 2021. These will be published within the revised regulations.

MOTO2 AND MOTO3 CLASSES:

RIDE HEIGHT DEVICES BANNED

Ride height devices, to aid the rider during the start of the race, are permitted within the current rules for MotoGP. However, due to possible high development cost that these devices could require, it is felt that this technology does not fit within the ethos of both Moto3 and Moto2 of a cost-effective championship. Therefore, the such technology is banned for these two categories, with immediate effect. The use of any device that modifies or adjusts the motorcycle’s ride height while it is moving is forbidden.

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