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IRTA head Poncharal explains cost reduction decisions

IRTA head Poncharal explains cost reduction decisions

Last week’s Grand Prix Commission confirmation of cost reduction measures to help the teams in MotoGP was warmly welcomed by IRTA president and Tech 3 Yamaha boss Herve Poncharal.

Always a pro-active thinker and positive figure, the owner of the Tech 3 Yamaha satellite structure and IRTA President Herve Poncharal is pleased that the Grand Prix Commission – of which he is a member – are helping to reduce the costs of competing in the MotoGP World Championship.

A meeting last Wednesday (18th February 2008) at the FIM’s headquarters in Switzerland, saw Poncharal meet his fellow Grand Prix Commission colleagues from MotoGP organisers Dorna, the FIM and the MSMA to ratify cost reduction proposals put forward and agreed on unanimously by the MSMA in meetings held earlier this year in Japan and Malaysia.

The moves included reducing track time during GP weekends and a reduction in post-race testing dates during the season, along with additional measures as listed here.

Poncharal said of the amendments, “Mainly what has been decided for 2009, because there was already quite a bit in place and we have already received our bikes for this season, was to have less track time. This will help us to reduce our costs in terms of traveling and testing. These were the only measures we could take for ’09 but I am sure this is only the beginning and we will see some more drastic changes for 2010.”

The Frenchman also clarified the new regulations relating to post-race tests, commenting, “The only thing that will be allowed will be a day after Catalunya and a day after Brno, but only for factories developing their 2010 machinery with test riders and no MotoGP riders. So no racing teams will be involved in those tests, and once we start the season there will be no test for the teams until the post-championship Valencia test.”

MotoGP, 2009

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