Seven time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi believes the global economic situation will 'oblige' the premier-class to swap 'super technology' for cheaper machines with less performance and more fun.
Rossi was speaking during a 30-minute live webcast on Dainese.com (pictured), when he answered a selection of fans' questions.
“It's a difficult period in general for motorsport,” explained the Ducati star. “The economic situation means there are not many funds.
“Of course we would like to race with our bikes as they are now: Super technology and super performance. But there are less funds around to buy them, so it's not a choice - we're kind of obliged...
“If we want more bikes on the grids and a good show we are going to have to ride bikes with less performance, which cost less and [are] maybe more fun. Let's hope for the best for MotoGP.”
2012, which marks a return to 1000cc after five years of 800cc racing, will be a transitional season, with a new breed of privateer constructors - known as Claiming Rule Teams - created to boost grid numbers alongside the dwindling supply of factory-built bikes from Honda, Yamaha and Ducati.
The Superbike-powered CRTs will have fuel and engine-change concessions to help them stay within sight of the full prototypes, but most predict a tough debut season for the newcomers.
Rossi agreed, but believes the CRT concept is here to stay.
“I think the first year will be difficult [for CRT] - a lot of difference - but then they will test and improve... they will have a future in MotoGP,” said Rossi.
In terms of his own 2012 prospects, after a hugely disappointing debut season at Ducati, Rossi would only give vague goals.
“I hope for the best, we've worked a lot this year to find out how to make it better,” he said of the Desmosedici. “We have a lot of new ideas to try with Filippo Preziosi and all the guys at Ducati.