MotoGP » Dorna boss talks MotoGP, WSBK

“We think that a championship derived from production bikes that is using 39 engines during one season, and in MotoGP you are using six - to be honest it's not very correct” - Carmelo Ezpeleta, Dorna.

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yanto - Unregistered

October 11, 2012 12:47 PM

i agree softy i used to look forward to motogp rounds but over the last few years wsbk has been the one to watch but now it will get all the stupid rules to spoil that too


October 11, 2012 12:49 PM

Bring the Superbikes back to the technical level of the Superstock1000. The performance hit is minimal and the costs are a fraction. Australian Superbikes did that several years ago and the racing has been better.

Markko - Unregistered

October 11, 2012 12:51 PM

Seems logical what has been said ref: engines in WSBK. If cost cuttings are reduced in WSBK then who is to say that this will not follow down to domestic championships - in turn making the sport more accessible and appealing to everyone at grass roots, as well as BSB teams finally making the step to WSBK because its affordable.

My only concern is the comment regarding the "show" - we have had numerous people in the WRC trying to make things in to a show. Please don't make it in to F1, when out the car, a wave to the fans, then off to talk to the press. We all love to see the relaxed, friendly atmosphere of motorcycle racing - lose that and you will lose your show Dorna.

As for the ECU and electronics - as longs as we see bikes sliding and an even playing field for all the teams, then to be honest I don't care!

The Bad Guy - Unregistered

October 11, 2012 1:00 PM

Very simple..if the production bike doesn't have TC or fly by wire throttle then the superbike shouldn't have it!! If suzuki and Honda want to stay competitive they we need to build more advanced machines for us the consumers not too mention it will make for better racing.

tm - Unregistered

October 11, 2012 1:02 PM

"we are in favour of (...) increasing the show"

And therein lays the main problem. Everything they do while thinking that will only serve to screw things up, regardless of what class we are talking about. This is supposed to be a sport, not a show. A healthy sport will provide a good show, but trying to make a good show will destroy the sport.

But these guys only think of the show, because show will create $$ and they are so in love with the $$ that they forget about the sport.


October 11, 2012 1:13 PM

I also agree!! Wsbk must be like superstock 1000, i whant to wach bikes with a little kit but one kit that i can go to a Kawasaki dealer and say i whant one zx 10r with SBK kit and he say pay X, one reasonable cost but then i come to home with one bike that is one superbike replica and thats Motogp have to be the big deal, Prototips the best bike him the World build with the best of each Manufactor only for racing..


October 11, 2012 1:31 PM

All the problems with Moto GP started when Dorna ditched the 500cc two strokes in favour of 4 strokes and then knackered it for good changing to 800s.This class lost its identity when they lost the 2 strokes.At least those bikes were cheap to use for teams and privateers could run a production bike with the aid of a van and a mate.Now you need millions just to run a private team,and as for CRT,totall waste of time.Get rid of those and put a dozen or more 500 two strokes on the grid like 10 yrs ago,at least the 500s didnt get lapped !!

me - Unregistered

October 11, 2012 1:32 PM

WSBK does not appear to have a cost problem, the grid is healthy. If they want to dumb it down to open a gap between MotoGP and WSBK then the BSB model appears to work quite well.

Engine limits do not save money, it costs more in development to make an engine to last than it does in parts to build engines for every race. Although this development may be useful to the manufacturer.

Pit stops will not work, more than just the tyres need to be changed.

Control ECUs are appropriate for production racing. The alternative is stock ECUs, but do you really want to pay extra for your road bike so the manufacturers can fit race spec ECUs to them?

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