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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pcxmac - Unregistered

October 11, 2012 6:50 PM

4 strokes are better anyways. 2 strokes evoke some false romantic notion that motorcycling was better back in the day, and the only reason that might be is because there was not as much money in racing back then as there is today. You want good racing go buy a suite and do some track days/club stuff. Otherwise you will always feel like your being cheated by watching money racing, where politics and money talk louder than the riders and privateer teams.

Spock - Unregistered

October 11, 2012 6:58 PM

The move to 4-strokes was logical for many reasons. Racing 2-stokes would be like racing steam trains or dinosaurs with saddles.

Since being introduced, 4-stroke racing has thrived in every country & just about every championship - everywhere except MotoGP.
That says more about the running of MotoGP than it does about the technology.

oddyMob - Unregistered

October 11, 2012 7:08 PM

is a strange one, however from an investment POV, and investors are only interested in $$$ it sort of makes sense. WSBK has the racing, but i ask anyone who watches it on TV to say they didnt notice the lack of fans even at UK circuits, whereas Motogp gets huge crouds, but perhaps not the best racing for TV...though you could argue watching two racers at the limit is in fact a great spectacle. I think if anything its to push WSBK closer to BSB, ie restrict the costs, and not the racing, and this will in turn allow MotoGP to stay faster than WSBK once the full extent of the rule changes and cost cutting take effect. WSBK has always been the black sheep in racing, but for the Brits (Fogarty days) and now the Italians, we have a some what biased view to this class. In my honest opinion i was sad to see the 250cc and 500cc class go. Watching those bikes compares to nothing else, and you could never own or ride one which adds to the thrill.

Longterm i think you are going to see one ch

Riley - Unregistered

October 11, 2012 7:37 PM

If you determine "success" as exciting and non processional racing, i.e multiple race winners (what was it 10 in wsb this year!? motogp has had approx 10 in 10 years!) and a championship that ends with only 1/2 point in it, then i think we know which one is more "successfull". Don't get me wrong- i like motogp as much as the next fan, but we have all seen what this spanish nobber has done to it, and i don't want WSB to end up the same way.


October 11, 2012 7:45 PM

re: "Racing 2-stokes would be like racing steam trains or dinosaurs with saddles."

no, racing ONLY 2-strokes would be like racing steam trains or dinosaurs with saddles.

however (comma), allowing them to race and continue to be developed for those inclined (not outlawed) alongside the new 4-strokes would've been brilliant since one would've been differentiating their franchise from their competition ALL ALONG. i've only been saying for a minute now that MotoGP and WSBK were in effect "competing". wasn't anybody listening...? only NOW do we see more clearly.

listen to his words, ezpelata's basically HELL BENT on correcting the error first made back in 2001. i mean, either it was his series to run or it wasn't...? bad workmen always blame their tools.


October 11, 2012 7:46 PM

So Riley, why is the WSBK grid shrinking? Why is there no Yamaha? Why are race attendance figures poor? Why are TV ratings mediocre? Why is Effenbert racing such a farce?

I like World Superbikes, that doesn't mean we can make it out to be better than it is.

Carmelo Ezpeleta is not the boogeyman, he didn't appear a few weeks ago either, he was around during the 500 and 990 days, when people didn't care who he was.


October 11, 2012 8:02 PM

re: "Why is Effenbert racing such a farce?"

i dunno, why are CRT's and the avintia team such a farce...?

re: "I like World Superbikes, that doesn't mean we can make it out to be better than it is."

don't need to. just stating it's better than MotoGP is all. like democracy, it ain't perfect, just better than most other things. who's copying who here... i don't see the flammini's sourcing engines from grandprix to prop up THEIR championship...!?!?

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