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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Oh my God - Unregistered

October 11, 2012 2:56 PM

The way I see it if dorna is goin tu push the manufactures to a corner on wsbk they all r goin to pull out n just run domestic series..n they gona leave dorna with 2 new series of motorsport 1is goin to be call motocrt n the next series world crt runing electric bikes to save even more money ...if the manufactures pull out I don't think they should supply any series with anything so dorna n bridge point can really go broke....

Hayden #69 - Unregistered

October 11, 2012 3:02 PM

Reducing the costs is just fine, but what if the manufacturers made the bikes from last season available to teams (with a reduced price from the new version)? Maybe six bikes extra on the grid (if all are willing in MotoGP) and more then enough parts for sale/to use. Using them for just one season and putting them in a museum doesn't make sense to me...

IMHO you have a larger grid with "equal" (more or less) bikes in MotoGP. Now Honda is planning to make a slightly modified version of the RCV for interested teams. Nice move, but why? To pay a lot more probably, because the costs of development.., but not quite the speed probably. So less "show". Take the "old" bike and sell/lease it for less!

In addition to this, hopefully Suzuki will return in 2014 (as stated) with at least 2 factory bikes. Again a few bikes extra on the grid we all love to watch!

I sincerely hope that WSBK doesn't feel the influence from this and goes the same way MotoGP did... So the question is "What's the show

Hayden #69 - Unregistered

October 11, 2012 3:07 PM

The races or the money? Take a look at WSBK every weekend. Great races, great show. Agreed, 39 engines is a lot, that's the rules in WSBK, YOU CAN!

And there's the difference between the two. Don't compare production based bikes with prototypes. Learn to read first: 2 rulebooks! Let's keep it that way. 2 DIFFERENT CLASSES of motorcycle racing we all love to watch!


October 11, 2012 3:20 PM

World Superbikes resemble prototypes more than anything else and that's the fact - the economy cannot sustain two prototype championships competing with each other no matter how much you people whine and complain without thinking.

Electronics are out of control, costs are unsustainable, it's time for Dorna to show the maufacturers who's boss.



October 11, 2012 3:30 PM

@ me
" WSBK does not appear to have a cost problem, the grid is healthy "

How right you are there..... Oh hang on I am sure that at least one team who were fully funded at the begining of this season was not at the last round & forgive me if I am wrong but I seem to remember that Yamaha pulled out altogether + Honda & Suzuki pulled out as factory teams and only stayed as a supplier giving one team each "factory supported" status.

To all you doomsayers that insist cost reduction & possible spec ECU etc will kill racing just take a look at BSB. A couple of years ago BSB was having the same problems as MGP/WSB with teams struggling financially & only 1 or 2 teams in for a win. Now with cost caps, No electronic aids & spec ECU grids have never been fuller with teams waiting for grid slots & the racing is better than ever.

jumbobet - Unregistered

October 11, 2012 3:40 PM

if you don't want Ezpeleta and Dorna to run WSBK, write to Bridgepoint:

(they just want to make money, so they listen if they get good feedback from the motorsport community)


October 11, 2012 3:48 PM

What amazes me that people believe a grid of 19 in WSB is healthy (bear in mind their target is 36) but 19 in Motogp shows that the series is ****ed. Why is it crowds WSB of less than 2000 is healthy, yet crowds of less than 50000 in GP shows that the seires is ****ed.
Why is it that GP need Honda but WSB do not need Ducati?
Anybody who has visited races in both series and particular if you have been in the paddock will see which series is in trouble.
Anyone who actually knows the sanction fees system would know which series is in trouble, particular the farce of India.
WSB may have better racing but it certainly is not the better business, does anybody really think the son of Blatter would would give it up if it was?


October 11, 2012 3:53 PM

Quote Jumbobet
"If you don't want Ezpeleta and Dorna to run WSBK, write to Bridgepoint:

(they just want to make money, so they listen if they get good feedback from the motorsport community)"

That is hilarious.
Bridgepoint a company that has a portfolio of businesses worth billions and got WSB for free, going to listen to a reader.

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