FIM and Dorna reveal changes to MotoGP Race Direction Structure
The introduction of the sprints not only means more work for drivers and teams, but also for the Race Direction, which has to manage twice the number of races.
For the new season, the number of races in MotoGP will increase to 42 – and with it the workload for everyone in the paddock.
In order to reduce the workload for the Race Direction, the FIM and Dorna are now reforming the Race Direction Structure.
Longstanding Race Director Mike Webb will remain the Race Director for the MotoGP™ class as competition expands to include the MotoGP™ Sprint on Saturday afternoons.
However, since the workload has doubled for the New Zealander, the FIM and Dorna would like to relieve the renowned Race Director.
To ensure this, former deputy race director Graham Webber will take over Webb’s post in Moto2 and Moto3.
He will also continue to head the Race Direction in MotoE.
And the junior classes will also see a new face in the Race Director’s seat. In the Red Bull Rookies Cup and the Talent Cup, deputy Race Director George Massaro will be promoted to Race Director.
FIM and Dorna hope: “This experienced, cohesive team will create continuity throughout the competitions in the Grand Prix paddock, with each bringing their specialist knowledge to their respective classes and ensuring another year of sporting success for MotoGP.”