Yamaha and Honda to receive concessions – even if teams don’t agree unanimously
Dorna had proposed a rule adjustment to give the struggling Japanese manufacturer more technical privileges in MotoGP, but Ducati, Aprilia, and KTM did not support the idea. However, Carmelo Ezpeleta, Dorna CEO, believes the concessions can still be implemented without unanimous agreement from all the teams. He wants to convince the teams rather than resorting to majority decisions. Concessions were previously given to Ducati, Suzuki, KTM, and Aprilia, but as these teams improved, the concessions were gradually reduced. The current rule only allows concessions for teams that haven’t earned a podium finish in a season, but Yamaha and Honda have both achieved this in 2023, leading to the proposed amendment. Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo and Honda’s Marc Marquez are struggling due to the performance of their bikes, which are not up to their level of skill. The possibility of expanding the grid is not desired, but the goal is to have fewer motorcycles, maintaining a total of 22 instead of 24.