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Sasha

December 14, 2011 11:39 AM

It's not the cost of the engine that is the problem, it is the chip that controls it and can alter it's characteristics when needed, that controls the injection cut-off for traction control.
Listen I am all for the return of twostrokes. Nothing that I enjoyed more than racing a 125 (club stuff), but it is not realistic to think that twostrokes would be cheap or would have stayed cheap. The only reason why they were cheap was because the factories did not want to invest anymore in a dead-end technology.

Bryan G - Unregistered

December 14, 2011 12:55 PM

It would appear that we are at the crossroads for MotoGp - It is plain that changes are essential in the near future to sustain the sport.At the end of 2013 if we are lucky we will have 2 factory teams at most - we will be back to the days when the only interest in a race will be who will be second and third.
We must decide what MotoGP should be - an expensive technical excercise or a cheaper spectator sport.If it continues as a technical excercise it will die as spectators and viewers on whom the advertising revenue that funds the sport leave in droves,
In my opinion what should be tried is to go back to basics - a simple ecu to control ignition and fuel systems with limited inputs - rev limiter and quickshift also. No traction control,GPS,gyros or electronic throttles.Limit bore size to reduce rpm as required then the max rpm will be self limiting.No exotic metals,all engine components to have specified materials.With the reduced rpm there will be no need for pneumatic valve gear.Th

me - Unregistered

December 14, 2011 1:01 PM

Banning the electronics from being location aware would reduce costs as the bikes could not be programmed on a corner by corner basis. It would still allow the factories to develop these technologies which would also become more relevant to road use. It may also produce closer racing.
Personally I'd prefer all rider aids to be banned but I can't see the factories agreeing to that, or to a control ecu.

Bryan G - Unregistered

December 14, 2011 1:17 PM

The factories wishes are frankly not relevant anymore - the sport will survive without them believe it or not.It is the huge factory budgets that have brought us to this stage - now these budgets are unsustainable they are in headless chicken mode.Do you think that Ducati can keep spending tens of millions when the Italian economy is hovering on the brink of collapse?Yamaha sales are falling over a cliff - only Honda are big enough to keep going - do they want to?

Untold Stories....... - Unregistered

December 14, 2011 1:44 PM

Perhaps it is really a time for a complete and Radical re-think Turbo-diesel Solar Electric
remove the need for wild electronics
I believe taking factories out would be a mistake
A standard ecu, definately return the option of different tire manufacturers It is only due to tv etc that there is now an issue about viewers Fanboyism also seems to have removed a lot of interest ...... It is obvious that Creating Brand names etc has become detrimental to many sports The volume of cost for elite sportsman has taken alot away from sports Love has Gone replaced with Greed ......Just raving Have a great x mas

NutBallRacer

December 14, 2011 3:08 PM
Last Edited 989 days ago

One of the biggest problems is distinguishing MotoGP from superbike. Superbike has become another special prototype factory race vehicle thing - something not intended from the start. If factories want to make a limited run of streetable racebikes so they can homologate them for superbike, that's bordering on violating the intent of the series (e.g. RC45's and R7's). If the series wants to allow expensive "cheater" parts to let a deep-pockets factory have an advantage over privateers, that is over the line. The distinction between superbike and GP becomes blurred by caving in to factory pressures to do that. To combat that, and maintain series uniqueness, the GP sanctioning bodies have to divorce themselves from the idea of factory streetbike relevance. That's why it is so bad to banish two strokes from GP2 and 3 formulas. They have kept those junior series competitive by making them "one-make" affairs, but it is a bad precedent. We wouldn't want that in the top class.....Cont'd below.

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