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Liberty-owned MotoGP won’t race on same F1 weekend – report

Greg Maffei, CEO of Formula 1’s commercial rights holder Liberty Media, has nixed rumours the series will race together. The four-wheel race cars will not be amalgamated with their two-wheeled equivalents from MotoGP. As The South African reported over the Easter Weekend, Liberty has since confirmed that it has acquired MotoGP, following reports of a potential $4-billion deal.

Moreover, there had even been more than a few rumours that Liberty might start hosting joint F1-MotoGP race weekends. However, in its media statement, Liberty said MotoGP will be run ‘independently’ out of Madrid with its long-time supremo Carmelo Ezpeleta still at the helm. Maffei then nixed reporters by saying: “The only thing we are not going to do is run MotoGP and Formula 1 together on the same weekend, Both for regulatory issues and for the structure of our agreement with F1 partners and teams.”

MOTOGP AND FORMULA 1

Valentino Rossi and Lewis Hamilton ran an F1 and MotoGP demo a few years ago. Image: Motorsport.com

Maffei then went on to explain that the main goal is for MotoGP to ‘catch up’ with F1 in several areas. “I’d like to think that we have an idea of how the media landscape is evolving, and how to make the product attractive to partners outside of the traditional base of Italy, Spain and France,” said the Liberty CEO.

“But as MotoGP is in a better position than F1 was when Liberty intervened, there won’t be as many changes. The existing format, with the longest race being 45 minutes, is already perfect for the young American public, both male and female. As soon as it gains some resonance, they will love it. And MotoGP and F1 will remain separate,” insisted Maffei. – with GMM.

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