So it appears most people think the new capacity will be good for safety, the engineers will have a field day and the racing should be as fast and furious as ever but what about the cost? Will it be more expensive to design build and race the new breed of MotoGP machines?
"I would like to think that it would help in reducing the cost of the machines, but I don't think we can achieve this," admitted Pons. "It's always difficult to prevent the costs soaring when you are exploring new technology. Every time you want to win you have to spend more money and everybody wants to win. The only limit to this spending is the money that you have available."
With costs soaring every season, more and more teams are feeling the pinch as MotoGP continues to explode across the world. Keeping those costs down to an acceptable level is an important component to the future success of the championship as is the reduction in the engine capacity.
"Only when we start testing the new machines will we know if we can reduce or at least maintain the costs," revealed Pons, a former double 250cc World Champion. "It's vital to the future of our Championship that we keep costs down because more inflation just makes it tougher for our partners, sponsors, manufacturers and teams."
And so, despite preparing to march into yet another new era, it appears MotoGP is facing the same questions and the same problems...