It's clear MotoGP has many problems for four years, five years and every year it's too difficult, the financial end of it is too difficult. There is no money and every year the cost of the bike increases and the cost of the rider. And every year the number of MotoGP riders decreases. This is clear.
For Dorna it's an emergency. It's necessary because it's clear the manufacturers are not working to increase the number of riders and in that case for Dorna it's necessary to work in another different way. If not, for sure MotoGP is finished. We need a big change. And the reason is to decrease the cost and invest in new and young riders. This is a process.
The manufacturers, for me, don't have a good focus on the problem. It's not a problem for the manufacturers, but for Dorna. It's clear now that it's difficult in the financial World. And it's clear they have to decrease the cost. The manufacturers decrease the cost, the budget for racing, but they didn't decrease the cost of the bike. Why? This is the problem.
It's clear in this situation, for the teams it's impossible to continue. Sure, CRT represents a new story. I don't know if it's good or not. It's clear now it's not a competitive bike, but for me now it's necessary to have a complete grid, to have riders, to have the possibility to start in this new story.
Would you have preferred to continue with two prototypes?
I prefer to continue this year with two prototypes, but I don't have a way. And so I changed my way.
It's clear it's necessary. For the manufacturers, Dorna, and the FIM, they realise the new system is a good combination. For the manufacturers, for the teams it's important they have a chance to continue. And for three or four years it's been too difficult to continue with the show.
Everybody made sacrifices, tried to cut the costs here and there. For sure, we couldn't continue like that. We wouldn't have had any possibility to continue. For sure it was the end of the championship. There was no possibility for me to continue with this team, at least. For this cost it's impossible.
You also made the choice to switch back from Ohlins to Showa suspension.
For me, Showa is a good company. We had a ten year working relationship with Showa and have good memories of Showa, winning races on very competitive material. All the teams have Ohlins…and for me, it's important that Showa represents only one team, and we're their top team and they're working with us. This is our strategy for my team. And sure, Showa has more motivation to re-enter in MotoGP. And my team gives Showa the key to enter MotoGP; a good bike and a good rider. It's a positive point.
But it could be difficult for Alvaro Bautista to do all the development.
We signed an agreement with Showa for Moto3, Moto2, CRT and MotoGP, so the whole family is Showa. I think it shows that they want to start anew. This is the positive point. They have the interest to stay in all categories. The strategy for Showa in the long term is to have more riders, I think. But we're very happy to start with Showa.
You seem to have a very good relationship with your sponsor, San Carlo, the Milan-based multinational snack food company.
The basis of San Carlo is the love of the bike. This is very important for the president, Alberto Vitaloni. We're working with this company for seven years; for 2012 it's the fifth year as my main sponsor. And we have a good connection with this company. It's a leader for chips in Italy.
And they have distributors in Spain, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, and many other countries. Africa. Two years ago they started selling in Qatar. And it's a big company.