Brivio hopes MotoGP cuts are temporary

Yamaha team manager Davide Brivio hopes that some of the cost-cutting changes being implemented in MotoGP can be reversed when the recession is over

Brivio hopes MotoGP cuts are temporary

Practice and testing time has been reduced for 2009, with more dramatic technical alterations set to be announced for future seasons.

While Formula 1's budget-reducing plans are intended to be long-term measures, Brivio wants MotoGP to return to its previous format - particularly regarding track time - when the worldwide economy recovers.

"Some of the changes we've had to make from a sporting point of view are a little bit sad, because we've cancelled all the testing, we'll do less practice during the race weekends, and we're not happy about this," he said.

"But hopefully it will just be for these couple of years, 2009 and 2010. We have to continue to do the best possible for our sport.

"It's an emergency situation, but with prototype bikes we need time to improve and develop."

Brivio does not think the reduction in mileage will have any effect on the MotoGP show.

"I think probably when the races start the spectators will not feel these difficulties," he said.

"I hope that the riders will continue to provide a show, but I also hope that things get back to normal as soon as possible."

While being frustrated by the cut-backs, Brivio acknowledged that the FIM and Dorna had to do whatever it took to maintain a full field at present.

"This situation with the economy at the moment is quite critical," he said. "It's forced everybody to reflect and to think about how to cope with this.

"We are changing many things because at the moment the priority for everyone is to remain in the game. The target for all the manufacturers and all the teams is to remain here in MotoGP, so we are forced to reduce the costs because sponsors are coming in less.

"But this is normal in every business and every company in this difficult situation."

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