MotoGP towards a 100% non-fossil fuel – GP Inside

The MotoGP World Championship is evolving and aims to set an example to create a more sustainable and less polluting sport. By 2024, at least 40% of the fuel used in all categories will be of non-fossil origin. The goal is to reach 100% by 2027.

Dorna Sports press release: MotoGP: The race for the fuel of the future has begun

From 2024, MotoGP will use more sustainable fuels, with the aim of reducing carbon emissions.

The FIM MotoGP World Championship is a global platform with power: to change the sectors of motorcycling and mobility. Due to its status, which makes this discipline one of the most popular and technologically advanced, MotoGP is a true laboratory of innovation and development.

No less than 60 million motorcycles are sold each year worldwide. In fact, two-wheelers are a necessity for many, as evidenced by these two billion motorcycles on the roads. This motor vehicle, which is one of the most sustainable, therefore plays a key role in this process of transition to cleaner, safer and greener mobility. The aim is to contribute to this global need, reduce carbon emissions, increase sustainability and fight climate change.

Thus, together with the manufacturers of MotoGP, the sport has set the following goals:
– In 2024, at least 40% of the fuel used in all categories will be of non-fossil origin.
– In 2027, 100% of the fuel used in all categories will be of non-fossil origin.

MotoGP is the platform where these fuels are developed and supplied at the highest level; each manufacturer involved in the main category will work with their supplier to develop their own fuel. The diversity of solutions offered by these global energy actors will then guarantee the general public access to these viable technologies. ‘Without a single owner’, this initiative will thus have an unprecedented global impact.

These fuels of the future can be used in a conventional combustion engine and will be created in the laboratory using components of a carbon capture system, or derived from urban waste or non-food biomass; significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuels. In addition, suppliers will gradually incorporate the use of renewable energy in the production of their fuel.

The Moto2 and Moto3 categories will continue to be supplied by a single supplier, which will also introduce a partially sustainable fuel in 2024, before moving to a fully sustainable product in 2027, on the same basis as MotoGP.

FIM, IRTA, MSMA, Dorna Sports and all stakeholders are committed to creating a more sustainable sport in the future and engineering, thus reducing the carbon footprint of each event with innovative processes.

MotoGP joins forces to drive global innovation, while creating and reflecting positive change.

Jorge Viegas, President of the FIM: “I am very proud of this announcement, of having reached an agreement after so many months, if not years, of negotiations with the oil companies and the manufacturers. This will allow MotoGP to truly lead this sustainability revolution. […] We want to show all motorcycle manufacturers that it is possible to have fun, but with sustainable fuels. We hope that by 2027 we will use carbon-free fuels in our competitions, lead the way and show that while motorcycle racing accounts for a small share of emissions, we must be the leaders in this change. Thanks to all stakeholders in the negotiations, we can now announce the good news. »

Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports: “We are very proud to announce this incredible new adventure and we want to thank the FIM, MSMA, IRTA and our manufacturers for their support in this revolutionary step that we are now taking towards a more sustainable world. Together we will make MotoGP an engine of this global change […] Motorcycles and two-wheelers in general are a vital asset to society. Sustainable fuels are essential in this achievable and viable transition to a more environmentally friendly world. Given the number of manufacturers involved, the overall impact is guaranteed. Thanks to all the parties involved for making this possible. »

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