After polls among all participants, such as fans, teams, factories and organizers, one thing is certain: in 2023, a half-point sprint will take place in all Grand Prix races on Saturday.
In recent months, Dorna and IRTA officials have been thinking about how to make the MotoGP World Championships more attractive. A global survey was launched among fans, and interviews were conducted with teams, team owners, TV station managers and organizers.
After the recent Grand Prix committee meetings, it is clear that the format will change for the season, but only for the first category. Because on the Saturday after the FP4, Q1 and Q2 qualifying sessions, the sprint race will take place at half the race distance next season, so only half of the points will be awarded.
“It’s an exciting weekend for motorcycles,” revealed Hervé Poncharale at Spielberg on Friday At the press conference about GASGAS’ entry into MotoGP. Tech3 Team Owner and IRTA President purposefully added: “MotoGP is being rocked with a very exciting new format, the Carmelo and Carlos format. [Ezpeleta] It may be announced soon.”
The new format aims to make Saturday more attractive to spectators on television and to attract more spectators to the track on Saturday as well.
Similar concepts with Saturday’s sprint races already exist in Formula 1, in the World Superbike Championship and in the British Superbike Championship (BSB).
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