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New concessions in MotoGP: free engine development for Honda and Yamaha

The manufacturers are divided into 4 classes depending on the points collected in two time windows: limitations for Ducati which will not have wild cards and fewer tyres for testing

MotoGP: New concessions in MotoGP: free engine development for Honda and Yamaha

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MotoGP has introduced a new concession system for manufacturers, with immediate effect starting from the allocation of test days for the 2024 season, which begins tomorrow. Approved by the Grand Prix Commission before the Valencia GP, the new system covers test days and riders, wildcard entries, number of engines, engine specifications and development freeze, aerodynamic updates and number of tyres provided for testing. Manufacturers will be classified into four groups - A, B, C or D - depending on the percentage of maximum points accumulated in each time window.

There are now two windows in which each manufacturer's performance is evaluated: from the first event to the last event of the season, and from the first event after the summer testing ban to the last event before the summer testing ban of the following season. This allows manufacturers to gain or lose concessions more quickly based on their most recent performance. All the manufacturers, through the MSMA, have approved the proposal and below you can see the new system summarized in a table.


Concessions are calculated in two windows:

Window 1: From the first event to the last event of the season.

Window 2: From the first event after the summer testing ban to the last event before the start of the summer testing ban in the following season.

If a manufacturer changes rank during Window 2, the following permissions are granted:

Immediately

- The amount of tyres for testing will be reduced/increased based on the ranking position, unless the manufacturer has already used a higher number of tyres than the reduced number.

- Private tests with or without riders under contract.

- Testing at any GP circuit or at three circuits nominated by the manufacturer for the remainder of the season.

- Increase or decrease the number of wildcards. This includes the cancellation of any already approved wildcards for the period following the testing ban.

- Aerodynamic upgrades will be reduced/increased based on their rank (unless the manufacturer has already used more aerodynamic specs than the reduced ones).

- If moving from position C to D: the number of engines is increased, the introduction of new engine specifications is free and a further aerodynamic upgrade is permitted if a previous iteration is discarded.

For the following season:

- If moving from position D to C: engine quota reduction, engine upgrade freeze unless manufacturer moves back to position D by the end of the season.

This being the case, Ducati is in 'class A' having won 96% of the points available in 2023 (700 out of 728) and therefore will have no wild cards and only an aerodynamic update. Aprilia and KTM (with 51% and 45% of the total points respectively) are in group C, so unlike Ducati they will have 6 wild cards available and more tyres for testing (220 instead of 170). Finally, Honda and Yamaha are in group D: which means free testing (with the limit of 260 tyres), 6 wild cards, 2 aerodynamic updates, but above all the possibility of developing the engine during the season.

 

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