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Liberty Insider Addresses Potential Joint Event of F1 and MotoGP

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A few days back, Liberty announced it had acquired 86% ownership of Dorna Sports and MotoGP as part of a deal valued at €4.2 billion. In a recent interview, Dorna Sports executive Carmelo Ezpeleta discussed the possibility of a joint event between MotoGP and Formula 1. Recently the owner opened up about his plans which raised the veil over uncertainty.

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While a joint event is not currently part of their immediate plans, it’s not entirely ruled out for the medium-term future. MotoGP and Formula 1 have distinct fan bases. Their events attract different audiences, which impacts the feasibility of combining them into a single weekend.

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Ezpeleta acknowledges that organizing a joint event isn’t on their immediate agenda. The complexities involved, including differences in fan bases and logistical challenges, make it a project that requires careful consideration.

“But having said that, the reality is that it makes limited sense, because at the end of the day we have some events with our own fan base, which is a different fan base in most places to the Formula 1 fan base,” said Ezpeleta.

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How will the Superbike event affect MotoGP?

The concept of combining MotoGP and Superbike events has been discussed for a considerable time. However, the practical benefits of such a collaboration remain unclear.

While a joint event could enhance exposure for Superbike racing, it might not significantly impact MotoGP. The two series share a fan base, and many attendees at Montmelo (a circuit in Spain) likely attend both types of races.

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Ezpeleta expressed .“There is quite an important crossover of fans and I don’t know if the people who go to Montmelo for Superbikes… I think they also go to MotoGP.”

Organizing dual events involves costs for both Superbike and MotoGP. Given the limited potential for attracting additional spectators, the financial rationale isn’t compelling.

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I'm Moin Akhunji, a passionate sports writer renowned for my unique storytelling approach. My expertise spans across various sports, notably NASCAR, F1, and IndyCar. I hold a profound admiration for athletes like Chase Elliott and Dale Earnhardt Jr. When I'm not crafting articles, you'll likely find me trekking in the hills, indulging in my favorite hobby.
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