Honda LCR boss Lucio Cecchinello believes that MotoGP can weather the current financial crisis - providing it offers on-track excitement.
A series of cost cutting measures have quickly been put in place to help stabilise the premier-class grid, following the winter withdraw of Kawasaki, but Cecchinello believes the best response is to preserve and hopefully enhance MotoGP's entertainment value.
“The current situation is not easy, however, drawing on a sentence from [FIA president] Max Mosley's speech during the Motor Sport Business Forum in Monte Carlo, I agree on the fact that: stock markets quotations can come down, the currency values can drop, the economy can slow down but if we continue to offer the show I'm sure the number of TV viewers and fans following us on the circuits around the world won't drop,” said the Italian.
“When we think of the future we must think of keeping up with the show made of overtaking, breathtaking races, close finishes, burn outs, wheeling and so on... These are all show aspects that can be offered to our public watching us on Saturdays and Sundays, even within the cost-cut policies.
“And if we are willing to give space to the use of new technologies we must make sure they satisfy a Factory's objective and substantial interest. Referring to the cost saving we made a big step forward yet, but I am sure there are furthers actions to do without reducing the show!” he added.
LCR's rider Randy de Puniet also believes that track action is 'the life blood of this sport'.
“Maybe these [cost cutting] changes won't [affect] us as riders or maybe they will… it's too early to say it,” said the Frenchman. “What I'm sure about is that the costs involved in the participation in a MotoGP season are really high and I wish the situation can improve keeping up with the show, which is the life blood of this sport.”