As the EICMA wraps up, we see news about the best racing series in the world.
MotoGP at Amazon Prime
What, MotoGP is going to stream the races live on Amazon Prime next season? Unfortunately no. But we’ll see a new documentary series airing in 2022 that follows the 2021 season. Here’s how MotoGP described it:
Dorna Sports is delighted to announce a new Amazon exclusive docuserie following the FIM MotoGP ™ World Championship. Produced by THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, in collaboration with Dorna, the Prime Video series will premiere in 2022 and take viewers behind the scenes of the world’s fastest motorcycle racing championship, showing MotoGP ™ like never before.
The new series will include eight 50-minute episodes that will follow some of the biggest names in the sport, including MotoGP ™ legend Valentino Rossi (Petronas Yamaha SRT), eight-time world champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), newly crowned 2021 champion. Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP), runner-up Francesco ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo team), 2020 Champion Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team), as well as team leaders and personalities from the paddock. The series will air exclusively on Prime Video in France, Italy and Spain, and in more than 150 countries and territories in 2022, including the United Kingdom and the United States.
With unprecedented access, the series will take viewers behind doors that until now have often been closed. From training sessions to team meetings and everything in between, the sporty and personal side of MotoGP ™ will take viewers on a journey through the pinnacle of motorcycle racing, providing a unique insight into the day-to-day functioning of teams and riders. .
MotoGP loves these behind-the-scenes video productions, but will it promote road racing? Will this bring new viewers to the series? Or is this a last cynical attempt to cash in on Valentino Rossi’s popularity? Hard to say, but for those of us who already love MotoGP, it’s added value for Amazon Prime customers.
The North America Talent Cup starts in 2022
North American riders – we’re talking American riders, let’s be honest – have been pretty much absent from MotoGP for years. The problem with the organizer Dorna and the teams of the series, long accused of favoritism for the Spanish riders? Or is it because all the suitable gateway series for MotoGP are based in Europe?
Either way, MotoAmerica is now working on the issue with Dorna, setting up the North America Talent Cup. In this series, young teenage riders will compete on Aprilia RS250 machines at race weekends across the United States.
“The new North America Talent Cup will partner with MotoAmerica and aims to provide riders across the continent with a vital link on the MotoGP ™ road, creating the springboard between the FIM MiniGP North America Series and the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup or FIM Moto3 ™ Junior World Championship,“, says Dorna’s article.”The sanctioning body will be the American Motorcyclist Association and the FIM North America. “
Sadly, that means if Canada’s top young riders want a forehand to the MotoGP power chain, they’ll have to leave for the United States to race. Really, this has been going on for years already, but it might make it more obvious.
MotoGP will use synthetic fuels
Electric racing has been down a bit so far in MotoGP, but MotoGP has to adapt to the rest of the world by moving away from fossil fuels. What to do? Easy: Dorna says there will be machines in MotoGP’s premier class running on 40 percent fuel from renewable sources or synthetic fuel. In 2027, the series will run entirely on non-fossil fuels.
There are all kinds of sub-rules on what types of non-fossil fuels can be used. It is not yet clear whether the trucks that carry the MotoGP motorcycles from one race to the next, or the planes that carry teams everywhere, will also have to run on non-fossil fuels at this point …
World Superbike 2022 calendar unveiled
We have a program for the Superbike World Championship next season, sort of.
2022 World Superbike Calendar
- April 8-10, Aragon
- April 22-24, Assen
- May 20-22, Estoril (Portugal)
- June 10-12, Misano
- July 15-17, Donington Park
- July 29-31, Most (Czech Republic)
- September 9-11, Magny-Cours
- September 23-25, Barcelona
- October 7-9, Portimao (Portugal)
- October 21-23, Villicum (Argentina)
- November 11-13, Mandalika (Indonesia)
- Date unknown, TBD, Australia Phillip Island
- Unknown date, Unknown location
Wait, so Phillip Island is yet to be confirmed, and there is another unconfirmed lead on an unconfirmed date? It looks like business as usual these days as COVID continues to make international racing difficult.