As with most companies and sports, customers and fans are rapidly expecting more green credentials, whether it’s baked beans from your supermarket or the finest petrols for motorsport use. The latest news sees the MotoGP championship move to a new sustainable fuel from 2024 with the aim of zero-carbon. Hard to believe that the jet setting, globe-trotting championship can go green, but picking a zero-carbon fuel, is a great start!
With the MotoGP championship having so many entrants, and huge companies involved, R&D is constant, making it one of the most technically advanced sports globally. What better place to develop and test a new advanced fuel set for the future the on some of the fastest and most abused engines.
Long term, these fuels can make it’s way to us two billion motorcyclists, and while green fuels will be safer, cleaner and more eco-friendly, hopefully, they will become cheaper and less dependent on traditional crude oil-based fuel.
The FIM MotoGP championship has set the goal that by 2024 all classes will run on a minimum of 40% non-fossil origin fuel, raising to 100% non-fossil origin in 2027.
“We are very proud to announce this incredible new venture and we would like to thank the FIM, MSMA, IRTA, our manufacturers and fuel suppliers for their unequivocal support in this ground-breaking step towards a more sustainable world. Racing together, MotoGP will be a driving force for global change and increased sustainability. Motorcycles are a vital asset to society, making two-wheeled vehicles a crucial part of the solution. Sustainable fuels are key to creating an attainable and viable path to a more eco-friendly world, impacting billions of people, and with a number of different fuel manufacturers committed to this endeavour, global impact is guaranteed. Thanks to all parties involved in making this possible.Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports
While most championships use a control fuel from one supplier to minimise issues between teams and bikes, MotoGP teams work with their own fuel suppliers to develop the best fuel they can, which suits them best. Multiple fuel companies all working on their fuels furthermore helps the technology and formulas trickle down to every day road users at the local pumps. This aims to create a usable fuel, tested at the peak of motorsport, without a company monopoly controlling supply.
The fuels will be created either in a laboratory or derived from biomass. Laboratory fuels will source from carbon capture schemes and biomass schemes from municipal waste or non-food biomass. Manufacturers will also increase the amount of green energy used in creating the fuels—both of these methods archives significant savings over conventional fossil fuels, currently used in the championship.
Moto2 and Moto3 championships will continue to use the fuel from a single supplier, who will provide 40% fuel for 2024, and 100% fuel in 2027 along with the MotoGP class.
“I’m really proud of this announcement, after many months and even years of negotiations with petrol companies and manufacturers, we’ve reached an agreement. This will allow MotoGP to be the leader in this real revolution for sustainability. We want to really show the way to all the motorcycle manufacturers that it’s possible to have the fun we all like but with sustainable fuels. We hope by 2027 to have completely carbon free fuels in our competitions, leading the way and showing that, even if the racing is a small part of emissions, we must be the leaders of this change; show the way. Thank you to all the stakeholders for the negotiations, finally now we can announce the good news.Jorge Viegas, FIM President
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