MotoGP rules out 24th entry for 2017 campaign
MotoGP has confirmed the field will not expand to 24 entrants next season.
Earlier this season MotoGP expressed a desire to welcome a new one bike entry on the grid next year.
This would have joined the already confirmed manufacturer backed two bike effort from KTM to form a 24 bike entry.
The championship says five expressions of interest for the grid slot were received while three outfits submitted formal applications.
However, a reluctance from manufacturers to make a bike available to a prospective outfit has ultimately forced MotoGP to abandon its expansion plans.
“Expressions of interest were received from five teams who were then provided with more comprehensive details of the requirements and the financial conditions,” read a statement from MotoGP.
“Three teams subsequently submitted official applications for consideration.
“The Selection Committee considered the applications and concluded that all three had merit and each, in slightly different ways, had elements that could enhance the MotoGP class.
“However, alongside the application process, discussions were also conducted with the manufacturers to establish the likely availability of competitive machinery for the extra entry.
“The conclusion from these discussions was that there was reluctance amongst the existing manufacturers to commit to making additional equipment available, at least for 2017.
“It has therefore reluctantly been decided to postpone a decision on the allocation of the additional entry to a later season.”
It has been reported that Moto2 squad Pons Racing were amongst the favourites to score the spot on the grid.