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Brian Clark - Unregistered

February 03, 2009 10:40 AM

This sounds like a good idea. We cannot expect factories to go on spending vast amounts of money on racing at the expense of jobs in the factory that rely on the bread & butter product sales.
Maybe we should get back to where a privateer could afford to go GP racing like in the 1949 to 70s era.

Zack - Unregistered

February 03, 2009 10:45 AM

With this proposal, is there any effective difference between MotoGP and Superbikes?
MotoGP is supposed to be about prototypes and technology platforms, and all that is being eroded on the grounds of cost savings.
MotoGp should be the premier, glamour class. If that is no longer viable in the current economic climate, better to postpone it to better times rather than dumb down.

ZeR0 Kun

February 03, 2009 12:08 PM

could not agree more, except would like to eliminate pneumatic valves. this would drive the cost down and attract more manufacturer to come in. the technology is so expensive to be developed and not all manufacturer has the expertise.

to further cut costs, don't focus on standardised equipment but instead set certain parameters on each equipment and introduce competition to its supply (take wtcc with its gearbox supply as the best example).

just back to basics - pure and simple...

Jon M - Unregistered

February 03, 2009 12:43 PM

There would still be a huge difference between Moto GP and WSBK.

WSBK is still production based, with frame, silhouette, bore x stroke and plenty of other things as per the road bike- not least minimum weight.

I think the proposal sounds excellent, but a 16,000rpm red line seems a little low when we have bikes currently running nearly 20,000 rpm?

Even the 1000cc WSBK bikes are over 15,000rpm.

Sounds like a very solid suggestion, and I don't think many teams would complain about it.

(well, maybe Ducati as it removes some of the desmo advantage...)

Bob Butta @ Work - Unregistered

February 03, 2009 1:41 PM

Here's how I read the story -
Yamacka:We believe there are now many people who can potentially beat Valentino (one make tyres). We already have X world championships to our credit, and we have nothing to lose, so let's change the rules to put the others off balance before they find their feet and make us look Team Joe Average.

Leave it the **** alone! The series needs stability or more will leave. I love this sport, but **** me, it is becoming irritating. This Brivio knob should donate half his salary back if it's keeping him up at night!

Terry McCall - Unregistered

February 03, 2009 2:03 PM

About time that gps was banned,it is ridiculous that the top teams use it to control traction control on different parts of the same circuit.
Too much electronic technology is ruining the sport, while I believe moto gp should remain a prototype series lets try and keep it real!

Jimmy Mansi

February 03, 2009 2:48 PM

To be fair, things can't get worse at the moment..

A possible 17 bikes on the grid in the pinnacle of motorbike racing...just doesn't seem right to me, at the same time, this is a prototype sport with development being the key...also it is interesting to see what each team can produce, the perfect example being ducati in 2007..

Seems at the moment were stuck between a rock and a hard place, we all want more bikes on the grid and at the same time we want to keep the production side of things the way they are...

What about riders taking a paycut? Team managers, technicians.

I'm just hoping that this time next year were not looking at the end of motogp and something has been sorted

Gary M - Unregistered

February 03, 2009 3:49 PM

At last the backlash against Dorna begins from within. The sooner MotoGP is taken out of the hands of an organisation that is solely interested in exploiting commercial gains at the expense of common-sense and genuine series development the better.

Marc - Unregistered

February 03, 2009 5:23 PM

Sounds like what we've all been talking about. Reduce admin costs, restrict engine rpm, restrict electronics and other rider aids and sensors to reduct costs and to make the racing more interested. These changes will not restrict development or make this a non-prototype class. It will allow other teams to get involved and make it more competitive for more riders. The changes should go into affect in '10.

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