Short Read: What does KTM’s win mean for their concessions?
KTM’s historic win at Brno does come with potential ramifications for the Mattighofen squad come the end of 2020, when they could potentially lose their concessions.
As it stands, the two manufacturers with concessions are KTM and Aprilia. Concessions can only be lost this season and not gained, so it will mean Aprilia will be the only manufacturer left for 2021, assuming KTM take another win, two-second places or three third places over the course of the season. KTM took 3 concession points for their win at Brno, if a team accumulates more than 6 concession points over a season, they lose their concessions.
So what are the concessions they’ll lose should it happen? They’ll lose the opportunity for their test riders to have up to six wildcards per year, as well as losing their right to unlimited testing. They’ve lost their wildcards for 2020 anyway as Dorna have decided against allowing any more riders on track than is necessary.
The concessions have certainly allowed KTM to close the gap to the top teams, and one could argue they now are in the upper echelons of the MotoGP world. The only question that remains, is will their lack of concessions for 2021 hurt them? If Suzuki are any example to go off, they should be perfectly fine.
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