According to Dorna Sports CEO, it’s time for riders to put aside their professional wages, and to prioritize humanity.
MotoGP is experiencing a crisis, as many as the first seven series of the highest motorcycle racing competition has been postponed. None other, the cause is the Coronavirus pandemic or COVID-19. Until now there has been no clarity about the continuation of the competition.
Obviously, the MotoGP satellite teams this season are experiencing a financial crisis, the article they are still obliged to pay the salaries of the riders as well as other staff following the ongoing contract. While revenue is reduced because there are no races going on.
Because of this, Dorna Sports, as the promoter of the MotoGP season, has committed to spend 9 million euros to help the MotoGP satellite teams and all Moto2 and Moto3 teams.
However, Carmelo Ezpeleta seemed not satisfied, according to him the riders also had to contribute by cutting salaries, especially those who had agreed on a new contract.
“I think all will negotiate a salary reduction, not only riders who have not yet gotten a new contract. Rider can have a contract, but all agreements are always for normal conditions. In the current situation, the conditions are different and I don’t think it will be a problem, “he said via Onda Cero.
Meanwhile, of the 22 MotoGP riders this season, there are at least five who have agreed on new contracts including Tito Rabat, Maverick Vinales, Fabio Quartararo, Marc Marquez and Alex Rins.
Ezpeleta realized that professional contracts were still running, but in a situation like this, there was nothing much to do, no one wanted conditions like this.