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Paris – The International Motorcycle Federation announced on Thursday that it will not allow development work for this season on bikes participating in the Moto GB World Championship that was approved at the beginning of the year.
Teams will keep the same bikes at the start of next season, as part of cost-cutting measures to reduce the financial impact of the crisis triggered by the emerging Corona virus epidemic.
The outbreak of the “Covid-19” virus resulted in the postponement or cancellation of the first eight races in the 2020 season, and the German Grand Prix to be held at the Sachringring circuit on June 21, may witness the same fate after the ban on public events in the country is extended until August 31.
The tournament was scheduled to start on the eighth of March with the Qatar Grand Prix, but Lusail Circuit only embraced the Moto 2 and Moto 3 races after the International Motorcycle Federation decided to cancel the first category race due to the “Covid-19” virus and the restrictions that he had started to impose. In time, on the movement of travel.
“These changes are aimed at reducing the costs imposed by the current Covid-19+ crisis, while maintaining equity and equality in order to maintain the recreational value of sport and the integrity of competition,” the Motorcycle Federation said in a statement.
“There will be no update for any parts that were approved during the 2020 season. This applies to all manufacturers.”
“Manufacturers must start the 2021 season with the parts approved in March 2020. After that, a regular development of laws will be applied to the remainder of the 2021 season according to current regulations,” the statement continued.
This means that large teams such as Honda, Yamaha, Ducati and Suzuki will not be able to develop their engines during the 2021 season. The number of bikes will be limited to only two per season per rider.
As for the Moto 2 and Moto 3 categories, implementation of the development freeze decision will be until the end of the 2021 season.
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