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MotoGP considers 1000cc future

"This is the end of an era, but that doesn't mean the era was wrong"
Reflecting on the 'pure' four-stroke MotoGP prototypes, initially of 990cc (2002) and then 800cc (2007 onwards), IRTA president Herve Poncharal insisted that they had been right for their time - but that times have changed.

“The bikes we have been using have been good, I don't want to criticise, but we need to look at the future and the future is different,” said the Frenchman, during an exclusive interview with “The perception of motorsport is different. We don't want to copy F1, but just look at the changes they are going through.

“This is the end of an era, but that doesn't mean that the era we went through was wrong.

“That era was matching a certain philosophy, a certain way of life at that time. And now things are changing. Global warming is an even bigger issue, we have the Copenhagen summit coming up, consumer consumption is down and the economic situation is difficult.

“We have to cope with all that and come up with MotoGP rules that match the new global situation. We need to come out of our bubble and have our feet firmly in the ground and always be connected to reality.”

That brought the discussion back to the potential use of production engines, a 'crazy' debate Poncharal wanted to stay clear of.

It was put to the MotoGP team owner that making use of more technology already 'bought and paid for' by the factories for production bikes was an obvious way to cut costs.

“The MotoGP championship and MotoGP class will always be the pinnacle. It will always be the place where we want to see the factories showcasing their know-how, their skill and their technology. Clearly it will always be the highest technical level for the bikes, also,” Herve replied.

“I don't want to add fuel to the [production engine] debate, which is completely crazy at the moment, because nothing other than what I've told you [in part one] was discussed at the meeting. The only thing I'm saying is that the main point for the new rules will be to reduce the technical cost by a lot.”

Poncharal, who ran the most successful satellite team and satellite rider in the 2009 world championship, then went on to explain that MotoGP also needs to consider its level of dependence on big manufacturers.

Tagged as: engine , Herve Poncharal

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Hi - Unregistered

December 02, 2009 11:17 AM

Surely the best way forward is a prototype 4 cylinder with either no electronics or regulated ECUs? I know a lot of money goes into that, and we get to see proper bike skills :)

Jake - Unregistered

December 02, 2009 11:58 AM

All these rule changes are silly and overkill and won't accomplish anything but ruin the show. As has been said countless times, ban the electronics (and yes it can be done), emphasize fuel economy, ban certain materials and that will cut costs more then these stupid engine and bike restrictions

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