Grid Numbers to Boost in 2012, Ezpeleta Hopes

During the Wrooom - Press Ski Meeting held in the Dolomites by Ducati and Ferrari teams this week, Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta stated he has high hopes that the number of riders on the MotoGP grid will boost in 2012, following the decision to increase the maximum engine capacity to 1000cc.

Grid numbers dropped to as low as 17 by the end of the season, but Ezpeleta is confident that it will increase to 22 thanks the new regulations, even if he insists Dorna won't specifically target any company.

“We will not and have never tried to convince anyone to come and compete,” Ezpeleta was quoted as saying by “They should be interested in coming themselves. We speak with everybody from all around the world, but never send anybody to convince a manufacturer to come and compete in our Championship.”

“At the moment we are not contemplating bringing it forward, but if the manufacturers ask for it altogether, we can evaluate it,”
the Dorna boss continued.

Referring to Moto2, Ezpeleta said the replacement for the 250cc class is well on course to reach its planned entry of 39 riders. However, according to the aforementioned source, he added there are no immediate plans to overhaul the 125cc category in a similar way.

“We will see,” he added. “For the moment the category is in good shape, so if it continues in its role of introducing new riders from around the world, this is good. If that changes, we will talk to all those involved – as we always do – and seek a solution.”
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