MotoGP » MotoGP riders air standard ECU views

“The bikes are very powerful, more than 250 horsepower, so we have to take care of those things” - Jorge Lorenzo.

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September 28, 2012 12:45 AM
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It's a fine balance between the importance of the "show" and the manufacturer's R&D playground. I lean towards the fan's perspective, give us a f***ing show!

Billy's got a gun - Unregistered

September 28, 2012 1:16 AM

A one-for-all ECU? Hmmm, i can't help myself not to smell something fishy here.. Business as usual?
Why not try one-for-all bike next time?
Man, it's prototypes that everyone's dealing with here, not production bikes, so why not let each manufacturer be free to create/invent their own electronics?
*Pls disagree as you like, but i don't watch F1, it's boring as f**k!

roman - Unregistered

September 28, 2012 1:46 AM

@ raafrebel How can we put a spending limit on a manufacturer? These companies operate independently of any race series. The one with the most money does the most r&d, period. Do you propose we send motogp mind police to the factories to make sure their engineers don't ever think about the correlation between the street and the track? lol at that one.

Footballers don't ride motorcycles on the pitch but you can bet your ass the equipment they do use is controlled.

jfc1 - Unregistered

September 28, 2012 2:05 AM

This is a dumb idea that is only going to fly because there is only one MotoGP and only one set of rules.

Spies rides the same bike as Lorenzo, Hayden the same as Rossi, Crutchlow the same as Dovi. Just look at their relative performance. You will see the same thing with a standard ECU with regards to the CRTs vs the prototypes. They can still pour a fortune into the chassis, the engines, brakes, testing, you name it. Money will always buy a performance edge.

bjr - Unregistered

September 28, 2012 4:57 AM

Actually when you think waaay back, the bikes were really dumbed down to not more than 4 cylinders, not more than 6 speed gearbox etc, when compared to the multi-multi-cylinder/16speed gearbox/fourstrokes that Honda was racing.

WSBK needs to go back to racing street bikes on street tyres, so MotoGP can go back to racing race bikes on race tyres....

fads - Unregistered

September 28, 2012 6:02 AM

this is a good thing people if people have no choice but to use this in 2014, you will see other factories coming back since they can compete on a even playing field even if their bikes are a few years behind in technology, but in another few years when the economy gets better they can lift these restrictions and things will be good like the old days since it will be much easier to find sponsors

some1 - Unregistered

September 28, 2012 8:06 AM

MotoGP has become a specs monopoly. By 2013, a third of spectators may already gone due to Stoner retirement. That's leave 60% Rossi fans and 40% hardcore GP fans around lurking around in a boring competition. By 2014, 50% of Rossi fans and 20% of hardcore GP fans will gone looking for other highly exciting motorsports.

The sponsors will be reduced to 30% due to tight room to evaluating their products which were restricted only to the specs parts providers. Logically, they unwilling to sponsor the team that using their competitor's product who distribute the specs parts.

A short term solution how to kill the popular motorsport.

herewego - Unregistered

September 28, 2012 8:25 AM

No way will a third of spectators have gone because Stoner has retired!! They will just have got sick of the dull, boring racing - Stoner isn't THAT popular! To me, anything that makes all bikes on a MotoGP grid more competative is a good thing as that is the big problem at the moment! There are only 4 bikes capable of winning races and they belong to only 2 teams. The rest might as well race on a different day as they are in a different league altogether! Sponsors will be unwilling to sponser teams whos bikes never even get a look in, or whe never even feature on any televised programmes as the cameras only focus on the top group! Electronics have been the downfall of what used to be a fantastic sport, so in their endeavour to produce better, safer racing, they have only suceeded in just about ruining it! Back to basics, man and machine against man and machine and get rid of all the rider aides. If B.S.B. can do it, so can these lot!!

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