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Ahead of the Motul TT Assen, Carmelo Ezpeleta, the CEO of Dorna, Herve Poncharal, the president of IRTA and Mike Trimby, the CEO of IRTA, all gathered together to discuss the renewal of IRTA and Dorna’s relationship.
IRTA (International Road-Racing Teams Association) was formed in 1986 and represents the voice of all the Grand Prix teams in the decision-making process. They have worked alongside Dorna and the FIM to ensure that the interests of the teams are protected and raised.
The renewal sees the relationship extended for a further five years, in line with all the previous agreements. This ensures Dorna’s increased financial support for all the teams to continue bringing increased stability to the championship.
Carmelo Ezpeleta, Dorna CEO: “We started in 1992, this is 25 years ago, the first thing we did was agree with the organisation who represent teams and riders on how we need to run the championship. This is the sixth agreement we’ve made, we announced five years ago here in Assen the renewal until now. We are very proud about this renewal. IRTA has been a very important part of the new system of the championship. This agreement will also be a new template with the MotoGP class which we already announced with IRTA, helping the teams more from 2017 to 2021. Very proud and extremely happy to keep working with IRTA, very happy to announce the renewal till 2021. The normal procedure is five years by five years, for me I’m sure IRTA will stay here forever. I want to say a special thank you to Mike Trimby, he created IRTA.”
Herve Poncharal, IRTA President: “As IRTA President I am representing all the teams on the grid, this is incredible news to stay for five years. Everything is now so smooth between the FIM, Dorna, IRTA and the MSMA, which makes our lives like a dream to negotiate the new contract. The new contract is everything we had hoped for, more stability for the teams with financial support. Thanks to the new rules we will have six Manufacturers in MotoGP from next year, this give Independent Teams many more options.”
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