Friday, March 23, 2012

Yamaha boss says tensions over MotoGP's future easing between Dorna and teams

Yamaha racing boss Lin Jarvis says the MotoGP manufacturers and commercial rights-holder Carmelo Ezpeleta are now finding more common ground over the future shape of the world championship.

There have been tensions over the rules for 2013 and beyond in recent months, with the manufacturers sceptical about Ezpeleta's Claiming Rule Teams system and reportedly offering a commitment to provide cheaper customer MotoGP bikes as an alternative.

But Jarvis said the impasse between the two factions was easing.

"There are a lot of ongoing discussions and I think what's important is that perhaps at the end of last year there were some different positions and frictions emerging between the participants and the promoter," he said.

"That situation has changed since the beginning of this year. Now you see an area of greater collaboration. I think there's more common understanding now. We're in this together, from different angles and different perspective."

Jarvis insisted that the manufacturers were aware of the pressures on smaller teams and of the current economic realities.

"I think we need to see a championship where the promoter can grow the business by running the sport, but also where manufacturers can be present - I think it's very important for manufacturers to stay in the sport - and where private entries can join," he said.

"What's important now is to have good discussions in the coming months and make the right plans for the future. Surely we will have to make changes, and this will be based on cost saving. Everyone's aware of the current economic situation.

"We need to create a sport in the future that will provide excellent racing with good global coverage, but for an affordable cost."

Yamaha's lead rider Jorge Lorenzo said he was content with the direction the rules were heading in, and that his priority was to see as many competitive bikes as possible even if it meant a wholescale switch to CRT-style regulations.

"CRT is a good decision, because we didn't have enough bikes in the last two years," he said. "In some races with so many crashes we only had 14 riders finishing the races and it wasn't enough.

"I think [CRT] was an emergency rule to have more teams, bikes and riders on the grid. Of course we all would like to have more competitive bikes and now CRT are not, but in the future I hope and I wish we will have 20-22 bikes that can fight for the podium. This would be the ideal category."

source: autosport

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