With 20 races, the 2022 MotoGP calendar is the longest in the class, however Dorna doesn’t intend to cease there. A twenty first race was initially scheduled in Finland earlier than being canceled for the third consecutive season and whereas the destiny of this occasion stays unknown for the subsequent few seasons, the championship has already introduced new journeys in saudi arabia and in India, on dates to be decided. Last 12 months, MotoGP additionally introduced a Grand Prix in Hungarywhich might change into a actuality as early as 2023.
In cost of the composition of this calendar and the agreements with the promoters, Dorna plans to make room by tackling journeys to Spain, which at present quantity 4 per season. Alternation between the totally different circuits is deliberate and Barcelona’s new contract already foresees a presence every other year. jerez may suffer the same fate.
Still, the variety of Grands Prix is set to extend and on this context, Remy Gardner is delighted to quitting MotoGP for WorldSBK next year. “There have been 12 weekends this 12 months [en WorldSBK]”recalled the Australian. “In the future, it shall be ten conferences lower than in MotoGP so for me it’s cool. I’ve different pursuits, which is good. This 12 months is already very intense and the 12 months Next, with yet one more race on Saturday, it shall be even more durable. We are getting nearer to the restrict.”
Last 12 months, Fabio Quartararo and Joan Mir had already warned of the dangers of too long a timetable, between the accumulation of fatigue and the problem of discovering dates guaranteeing optimum climate situations. So that every race can discover its place, it is due to this fact changing into essential to hyperlink the journeys and the drivers are at the moment at the coronary heart of a really dense sequence, made up of three Grands Prix in as many weekends.
This interval is all the extra making an attempt as it makes the pilots change continents, passing from Spain to Japan. For having skilled a number of sequences of three races in three weekends in 2020, when the calendar was reshaped after the first confinements, Johann Zarco however sees some good in it, the threat of dispersing being decrease.
“It can be very good because you don’t go off topic”estimated the pilot Pramac. “You have to start well [chaque Grand Prix] ! But at least you don’t have time to scatter yourself elsewhere. We go abroad, we find ourselves alone with the person who accompanies us. We still make beautiful trips because it’s going to be a good trip [du monde]. You can see it’s positive for me.”
This new tempo might change into the norm over the subsequent few years, whether or not the riders like it or not. But the latter may even rethink their strategy to weekends with the arrival of sprint racesthat are additionally probably a supply of fatigue, a fear mentioned by several pilots.
The new weekend format has been welcomed with some enthusiasm by the drivers and Álex Rins is not afraid to vary his habits. “It seems quite different from the program we currently have”judged the Spaniard after the publication of the new format by Dorna. “It’s a good motivation that everything is different. We are going to change all the times, the times to eat… There are two races so it looks good.”
With Charlotte Guerdoux