Liberty Media’s Acquisition of MotoGP: Preserving Tradition Amid Speculation

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Formula 1’s owner, Liberty Media, recently acquired majority ownership of Dorna Sports and MotoGP in a substantial €4.2 billion deal. This acquisition has sparked speculation about the future direction of MotoGP and whether it will mirror certain aspects of Formula 1.

One significant point of differentiation between Formula 1 and MotoGP lies in their feeder classes. While Moto2 and Moto3 are standalone world championships featured in every MotoGP weekend, Formula 2 and Formula 3 have separate schedules and paddocks from Formula 1.

Carmelo Ezpeleta, speaking to’s Spanish-language MotoGP podcast, emphasized that Moto2 and Moto3’s integral role in the weekend won’t change. He highlighted the importance of these classes in enhancing the overall event experience, with fans identifying and engaging with the riders.

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Ezpeleta dismissed rumors suggesting that the Moto2 and Moto3 races might be excluded from some MotoGP events, which is akin to the separation between Formula 2 and Formula 3 from Formula 1 weekend. He stressed the significance of these feeder classes and their deep integration into the championship fabric.

Liberty Media has asserted it has “no plans” to make any sporting side alterations to MotoGP. Additionally, the FIM, MotoGP’s governing body, publicly supported Liberty’s takeover, signaling a unified stance within the sport’s regulatory sphere.

The future trajectory of MotoGP under Liberty Media’s ownership remains uncertain, with observers keen to see if any aspects of Formula 1’s model will be adopted. However, assurances have been made regarding the preservation of MotoGP’s existing structure, including the continued prominence of Moto2 and Moto3 within race weekends.


By Annie Linardos

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