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2024 will see MotoGP move to using sustainable fuels

The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) Grand Prix World Championship, "MotoGP", has announced that 2024 will see MotoGP move to using sustainable fuels, launching a new global era of zero-carbon fuels. With a unique position as one of the world's most popular and technologically advanced sports, MotoGP is a racing ‘laboratory’ powered by innovation and development, a global platform with the power to lead the evolution in both the motorcycle and mobility industries.

The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) Grand Prix World Championship, “MotoGP”, has announced that 2024 will see MotoGP move to sustainable fuels, launching a new global era of zero-carbon fuels. With a unique position as one of the world’s most popular and technologically advanced sports, MotoGP is a racing ‘laboratory’ powered by innovation and development, a global platform with the power to lead the evolution in both the motorcycle and mobility industries. In the meantime, the E10 standard unleaded 95-octane petrol (gasoline) grade quality will have to suffice, where available and compatible for two-wheeled four-stroke road vehicles such as the anno 1998 motorcycle pictured above.

Global motorcycle sales amount to 60 million units per annum and two-wheeled transportation is a necessity for a huge proportion of the global population, with over two billion motorcycles on the world’s roads. In many nations two-wheeled vehicles drive society.

As such, two-wheeled transportation has a vital role in the quest for cleaner, safer, and more eco-friendly mobility, with the power to make a significant contribution to the world’s need to cut carbon emissions, increase sustainability and fight climate change.

Working with MotoGP manufacturers, the sport has set new goals for increased sustainability:

  • By 2024, fuel in all MotoGP classes will be of a minimum of 40 percent non-fossil origin;
  • By 2027, fuel in all MotoGP classes will be of 100 percent non-fossil origin.

MotoGP is the platform in which these fuels will continue to be developed and tested, with every premier class manufacturer working with their supplier to develop their own fuel. The development of multiple fuels will ensure that the technology and knowledge will reach consumer motorcycles and fuel pumps on the street.

Biomass, synthetic- or waste-derived drop-in fuels

This will create an unrivaled selection of viable, sustainable drop-in fuels developed by some of the most important players in global energy and tested by the highest level of prototype two-wheeled machinery in the world. With no single proprietor, the initiative guarantees unprecedented global impact.

These fuels of the future will be able to be used in a standard internal combustion engine (ICE) and will either be laboratory-created, using components sourced from a carbon capture scheme, or derived from municipal waste or non-food biomass, thereby achieving significant savings in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions relative to fossil-derived petrol.

In addition, fuel suppliers will progressively introduce the use of renewable energy in the production of their fuel.

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, commented Jorge Viegas, FIM President.

The Moto2 and Moto3 classes will continue to be supplied by a single fuel provider and will also be introducing a part-sustainable fuel in 2024. Both classes will change to 100 percent sustainable fuel in 2027, alongside the MotoGP class.

The FIM, International Road-Racing Teams Association (IRTA), Motorcycle Sport Manufacturers Association (MSMA), organizers Dorna Sports SL, and all stakeholders are committed to creating a more sustainable sport and future, from engineering greater sustainability on track to assessing and reducing the carbon footprint of every single event and aspect of the sport with innovative solutions.

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 endeavor, the global impact is guaranteed. Thanks to all parties involved in making this possible, said Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports

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