Aprilia Motorsport Director Massimo Rivola does not rule out that MotoGP will have to think about measures to reduce costs
Restrictions to contain the coronavirus pandemic also have major economic consequences. It remains to be seen how this will affect motorsport in the long term. However, those responsible for the scene fear that the sports world as a whole will change because less money will be available.
Formula 1 has already postponed the planned new technical rules from 2021 to 2022. As a rule, the MotoGP prototypes are constantly being developed and not a completely new model comes every year. A development freeze has already been discussed.
Aprilia Motorsport Director Massimo Rivola is of the opinion that the Motorcycle World Championship must consider cost-cutting measures. “In the current situation, we do not yet see the light at the end of the tunnel and the forecasts are critical. So it would be wrong if you only think about the performance. We have to think about how the situation is currently worldwide.”
Saving potential for spare motorcycles and personnel
“I think what Formula One did was right. We should also think about it. I don’t think it would be crazy to drive the 2020 motorcycles in 2021 if that allows us to cut costs,” said Rivola talking to ‘Motorsport.com’. In his view, the measures could also continue.
Massimo Rivola can imagine various measures to reduce costs
“There are a thousand ways to do that. For example, you could only allow one motorcycle per rider. Or you can limit the kilometers, because the cost per kilometer is important with these motorcycles. There are different ways.” Since the 2012 season, only one motorcycle per rider is allowed in the Superbike World Championship.
The big superbike teams in the trucks have enough spare parts in practice to be able to build a completely new motorcycle. The extent to which the one-motorcycle rule actually significantly reduces costs is controversial. Another saving possibility concerns the staff, although a MotoGP factory team is significantly smaller than a Formula 1 racing team.
“Formula 1 also limited the number of people on the track. I think that’s right,” says Rivola. “It is true that we are fewer people, but in principle that is correct. If we did not have to concentrate on a second motorcycle for every rider, then we should also think about it.”
“If we have the problem that we have an amount X available today and only half of it tomorrow, then we have to find a way to save our work and the spectacle. We can go on, even if the conditions are slightly different “the Aprilia motorsport director believes for the future.
With images from LAT.