MotoGP™ Basics

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Governing Bodies

The following organisations are the main parties involved in the organisation and production of the MotoGP™ World Championship:


The FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motorcyclisme) is the sanctioning body of the MotoGP™ World Championship and is the overall governing body of motorcycling sport at world level. It groups together 93 affiliated National Federations and six Continental Unions.


IRTA (International Road-Racing Teams Association) was formed in 1986 and is the association of all the Grand Prix teams, representing their collected voice in the decision-making process. The organisation works alongside the FIM and Dorna to maintain high standards within MotoGP™ and improve the sport overall.


Dorna Sports is the company at the heart of MotoGP™, which administrates and organises all Grand Prix. The company manages all commercial aspects of the sport and organises each event, with responsibilities ranging from marketing, media services, security, time-keeping and sponsorship co-ordination to TV production and promotion.


The MSMA (Motorcycle Sports Manufacturers’ Association) takes care of the interests of all the constructors involved in motorcycle racing.

Race Direction

Representatives from three of the bodies mentioned above form the Race Direction team at each Grand Prix, with this group of people having responsibility for such decisions as declaring race conditions dry or wet. Race Direction namely comprises the following persons:

An FIM Representative

A Dorna Representative

An IRTA Representative

An IRTA Riders' Representative

Grand Prix Commission

Meanwhile, the Grand Prix Commission, composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Ignacio Verneda (FIM Executive Director, Sport), Hervé Poncharal (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA), has the authority to make changes to the Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Regulations (the rules of MotoGP).