MotoGP » Honda vows MotoGP withdrawal over ECU plans


'Should MotoGP go for a control ECU, it's 99 per cent sure Honda will leave' - Shuhei Nakamoto

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teamgreenzx6

December 19, 2013 1:58 PM

While there needs to be some limits on costs it is the pinnacle of racing and too many restrictions make no sense. Dorna need to get tough with restricting world superbike , this is where cost should be reigned in. it would be bleak in motogp with no Honda .

JimmyTheRealOne

December 19, 2013 2:05 PM

I understand this. Honda is no charity. It's a company competing on the market able to throw almost unlimited funds to racing and they do not want to give anyone chance to beat them. Besides, control ECU has nothing to do with 'prototype' racing. There must be other ways to cut the costs...

Gecko

December 19, 2013 2:06 PM

This is one of the exact reasons Casey Stoner has left the sport. They are trying to dumb it down, and that takes away all the history and make it nothing. This was started when CRT came into play. The bikes are supposed to be the pinnacle of technology, and they are just a control class that makes all the technologies the same, just in different colours and different stickers.

And unfortunately the public will mainly go along with the story and believe it. F1 has already started down this path, and you can see how boring a lot of the races were this season. Only you the public can bring back real racing.

Shame.

JimmyTheRealOne

December 19, 2013 2:19 PM

Gecko: This is one of the exact reasons Casey Stoner has left the sport. They are trying to dumb it down, and that takes away all the history and make it nothing. This was started when CRT came into play. The bikes are supposed to be the pinnacle of technology, and they are just a control class that makes all the technologies the same, just in different colours and different stickers.

And unfortunately the public will mainly go along with the story and believe it. F1 has already started down this path, and you can see how boring a lot of the races were this season. Only you the public can bring back real racing.

Shame.

Hardcore motorsport fans are a minority among all viewers. Most people don't care about rules or 'purity' of racing, they just wanna see 'show'.

Peter Light

December 19, 2013 2:35 PM

The thing is if Honda feel no need to remain in Motogp because of the lack of scope to develop the others would soon follow. The introduction of the open class should provide 'reasonablly' competative machinery at a 'reasonable' price. The manufacturers have supported this very well in my opinion (if you think about it what do Honda get out of supplying customer bikes? The development costs will be much graeter than the fees they charge so they are not making money).
So my point is the extra 4 litres of fuel put the open class bikes roughly in the ballpark speed wise at a decent cost so why should the manufacturers not be able to carry on with their devlopment programs on 20 litre prototypes?

arthurs

December 19, 2013 2:46 PM

1./ This is just politics as usual and shouldnt be confused with reality.

2./ Make the Ducati the spec. bike for MotoGP. That wallowing lump would definitely sort the Aliens from the boys :)

bck333

December 19, 2013 2:47 PM

I represent the new to the sport fans as this was the first season I followed every race and read all the articles and comments on this site. I am a die hard AMA SX/MX (25 years plus) fan and in that sport there strict production rules that allow for close racing regardless of the riders "kit". I want to follow a riders championship not a manufacturers race. My solution would be a fast lap championship held on Saturdays where the factories could use there latest prototypes. I say that because i find the qualifying very exciting. This might be a noob comment but I just want close fair racing.

RSMick

December 19, 2013 2:57 PM

He said they would pull out if they went to spec hardware and look what happened, most of you moan that Honda dictate the rules in Motogp, then when they are being rejected and told no everyone says its the end and criticise Dorna.

Honda do not have an unlimited budget and the point of reducing fuel and engines was their idea along with Yamaha to get money from R&D to go racing, without that they wouldn't. It is all accountable, they can not spend more than the profits and marketing dictate.
Motogp does not need Honda, not sure whether Honda need Motogp, if they do go it would be a sigh of releif for other manufacturers. As for Stoner, whilst being probably the fastest rider I will ever see, he has a an attitude problem, dosen't like the way Motogp is going but has just signed up for more testing, so why ride the bikes?

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