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Within the greatest shake-up to the grand prix format for many years, MotoGP will introduce half-distance dash races on the Saturday of each spherical in 2023.
The dash is an unbiased race and won’t depend as a qualifying for the primary grand prix, which is able to proceed to happen on Sundays.
The introduction of the brand new format got here as a shock to the riders when it was introduced final 12 months because the proposal was for sprints to characteristic in any respect 21 rounds in 2023, not like in System 1 the place there are at the moment six throughout the season.
The inexperienced mild for the rethink was given by collection promoters Dorna Sports activities and the governing physique the FIM finally 12 months’s Austrian Grand Prix, although by this time many of the grid had already signed their contracts for 2023 or had pre-existing agreements in place – which didn’t characteristic dash races.
With an additional contest added to the weekend, riders have raised issues in regards to the added threat issue of doubling the quantity of racing, which has led to many brokers within the paddock to argue that their riders ought to be paid a bonus for his or her performances within the dash races.
That is seen as being one thing of extra significance given the truth that most base salaries now are smaller than they was, with performance-based bonuses favoured.
Throughout final weekend’s first pre-season check of 2023 in Malaysia, a number of conferences befell between some workforce bosses with the intention to discover a potential consensual resolution to the dash race bonus situation with the groups and the promoters.
Remy Gardner, KTM Tech3
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Motorsport.com understands, having spoken with a number of figures, the preliminary concept was to ascertain a standard cash pool divided equally in two: one half could be paid by the groups in equal components, whereas the opposite half could be paid by Dorna.
Nonetheless, this proposal is not going to even be offered to Dorna now resulting from an absence of consensus amongst groups and producers as some do not look favourably on the potential for having to pay the prize for a rival to win within the dash race – an comprehensible place given the uneven grid unfold in 2023, with eight Ducatis, 4 Hondas, Aprilias and KTMs, and two Yamahas.
With simply over a month to go till the season begins in Portugal on 26 March, all the things factors to groups having to agree individually with their riders to set their very own bonus funds for dash races – if they’re keen to take action.