On Friday throughout the Austrian Grand Prix, Autosport revealed MotoGP was planning to introduce Formula 1-style sprint races at each event next season.
At a press convention on Saturday morning on the Crimson Bull Ring headed by Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta, FIM president Jorge Viega and president of the Worldwide Race Groups Affiliation (IRTA) Herve Poncharal, dash races have been formally unveiled.
When the concept was put to the riders by the media on Friday on the Crimson Bull Ring, the response was combined, with reigning world champion Fabio Quartararo calling it “totally stupid”.
Many riders additionally revealed that they’d not been aware about any discussions about dash races, with it thought they got official affirmation in Friday night’s security fee assembly.
The dash races will happen at each single grand prix in 2023 and will likely be run on Saturdays to half-distance of the principle race, with half factors awarded.
MotoGP has confirmed that the addition of dash races in 2023 is not going to swell the quantity of monitor time on grand prix weekends.
It’s thought that one observe session and the 20-minute warm-up on Sundays will likely be eliminated for the MotoGP class to make room for the dash race. In consequence, engine and tyre allocation is not going to change from what’s used presently.
It was additionally confirmed that the dash race is not going to have any bearing on the beginning grid of the principle grand prix, that means qualifying will stay in place.
Qualifying will nonetheless be used to set the grid for the principle race on Sunday
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That is completely different to F1’s dash format, which makes use of the quick race as a qualifying, whereas the principle qualifying session is used to resolve the grid order for the dash contest.
All of the producers and all of the groups have been in favour of the proposal when it was first talked about again in the summertime break.
Tech3 boss Poncharal famous that MotoGP has checked out different motorsports for concepts to enhance the spectacle, and stated it was “silly” not to consider methods to vary even when the racing in MotoGP is usually thought of to be thrilling.
This adopted a remark made by the FIM president, who admitted MotoGP “wants extra spectators” and a “higher present”.
Ezpeleta additionally stated no consideration has been given to lowering the calendar measurement to accommodate the extra races.