Durability is key in MotoGP™ as two wheels continue to set the standard
World Environment Day is today and the FIM MotoGP™ World Championship is heading towards an ever more sustainable future, using the paddock as a laboratory to propel progress and innovation.
Two wheels are already the most sustainable means of transport and billions of people depend on two-wheeled vehicles. In many countries, two-wheeled vehicles are the engine of society. As the pinnacle of the two-wheeled world, MotoGP™ has a global platform to pave the way for an even greener future.
Working with all of the sport’s stakeholders towards our common goals, MotoGP™ is #RacingTogether to create positive change in the world. Here are some of our biggest initiatives.
MotoGP™ is committed to a greener future
2024 will see MotoGP™ usher in a new global era of carbon-free fuels. Working with fuel manufacturers and suppliers, MotoGP™ is developing an unparalleled selection of long-lasting sustainable fuels, which means they will be ready for use in the billions of standard combustion engines around the world. Developing multiple fuels with multiple partners also makes technology and knowledge as accessible as possible, reaching real customers on the street.
By 2024, fuel in all MotoGP™ classes will be at least 40% non-fossil, and by 2027 it will be 100%. The fuels will either be created in the laboratory, using components from a carbon capture system, or derived from municipal waste or non-food biomass.
This will provide significant savings in greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil-based gasoline. From production to the pump and then to the street, the life cycle of these fuels of the future aims for carbon neutrality – suppliers are also gradually introducing the use of renewable energies in the production of their fuel.
A new global era of carbon-free fuels is ready to begin
Partners in sustainability
MotoGP™ is working with all partners to continue moving towards a more sustainable future, and this includes updating regulations to reflect the sustainability goals of the paddock and all stakeholders.
Official tire supplier Michelin is one of the sport’s most vital partners in the push towards a greener future, and from next season the number of rear tire options available at each Grand Prix will be reduced. This will maintain the same world-class performance and safety, while allowing riders to use the same number of tires on the track, but will prevent approximately 1500 tires from sitting unused. That’s 1,500 fewer units to manufacture and transport, which contributes significantly to the paddock’s mission to promote a circular economy and reduce waste.
Michelin’s mission is to have tires made of 100% sustainable materials by 2050 across all their ranges, aiming for an average of 40% by 2030. Their role as official tire supplier for the Coupe du World FIM Enel MotoE™ is essential in this journey as Michelin uses the MotoGP™ paddock as a racing laboratory, and the progress is already impressive. A new target has been reached in 2022: 46% sustainable materials in all MotoE™ rear tyres.
Then this technology will reach the ultimate proving ground for two-wheelers in the world, MotoGP™, and then its ultimate destination: millions of consumers around the world.
Michelin helps MotoGP™ go greener
Circuits, events and promotion of the circular economy
MotoGP™ works with all circuit promoters to foster sustainable practices and ensure a positive impact on the places where we race – economically, socially and environmentally. From the KiSS project as part of FIM’s Ride Green initiative to corporate Food Waste initiatives and many more, the sport and all stakeholders are committed to making positive progress.
The sport also works with promoters to improve environmental guidelines and ensure that running events becomes more sustainable, year on year. This includes everything from sustainable mobility, transport and logistics to a paperless media center and the promotion of a circular economy on every circuit.
How Circuit de Catalunya contributes to sustainability in MotoGP™
Broadcasting 20 race weekends to nearly half a billion homes in more than 200 countries provides a new opportunity to innovate to further reduce the sport’s carbon footprint.
Dorna is working with partner Tata Communications to accelerate the migration from traditional onsite media production to remote production that will result in a future cloud-based model, which includes increasing the number of video signals from 60 to 110 – some with ultra-low latency – deliver more content to viewers and even enable the innovation of immersive sound produced remotely.
Going remotely uses less energy, more efficiently, and reduces the number of people and equipment traversing the world – reducing the sport’s carbon footprint while ensuring the spectator experience only improves.
Racing Together can mean a lot of things, but for MotoGP™ it’s a commitment to our fans and the rest of the world. It represents the values, efforts and collective dynamics of our sport, each working towards the common goals of increasing the sustainability, inclusion and positive impact of MotoGP™, wherever we race – every time.