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Interview with Lucio Cecchinello

I believe that when times are hard you need to stop and take time to think what you need to do. It would not be good for our sport to lose the manufacturers from MotoGP, so I hope that Dorna, the MSMA and the FIM can develop technical rules that will keep the manufacturers interested.

I think maybe we have to focus technical development towards the end user, to the people who buy bikes for the street. We need to create a new vision, creating technical rules that can help the manufacturers to market motorcycles for the street.

In general MotoGP is very successful. Worldwide interest is still growing, South East Asia has huge potential, the TV networks are still interested, we have many new circuits that want to host MotoGP races, from South America to India to Russia. I think Dorna do a very good job with the television.

Q:
What do you think of the RC213V?

Lucio Cecchinello:
For me, it's a work of art. The RC213V is the best bike I've ever seen because it's such a concentration of hi-tech. The latest engine management software is just incredible. It's a fantastic bike.

Q:
How do you see the Moto2 class developing?

Lucio Cecchinello:
I think we are in transitional moment – I don't think Moto2 needs to be 600cc forever. I also think it would be good not to have a mono-engine formula – even if the current supplier is Honda – because it's not good to kick out the interest of the other manufacturers.

So, firstly, I would like Moto2 become a multi-engine class in the future and, secondly, I'd like to see Moto2 become a category for twin-cylinder 500 four-strokes. This would make it easier for the manufacturers to develop their engines because the cylinder and cylinder head could be the same for all three classes – four-cylinder 1000s, 500 twins and 250 singles.

And then I would like to see companies selling 500 twin streetbikes at a good price, because at the moment the European market is shrinking because many people cannot afford to buy bikes, even the current 600s. I would be good to attract some new manufacturers, maybe KTM could build a 500 twin, Aprilia too.

Ends.




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