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Entertainment the priority for MotoGP 2013

“If you have to choose between technology and entertainment, you choose the show” – Carmelo Ezpeleta.
During a visit to the Ducati/Ferrari Wrooom press event at Madonna di Campiglio, Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta spoke about his vision for reinvigorating the MotoGP World Championship in 2013.

A new class of privateer 'Claiming Rule Teams' is already being introduced for the 2012 world championship, with nine of the superbike-powered entries accepted to compete alongside twelve factory-built MotoGP bikes, divided equally between Honda, Yamaha and Ducati.

That means the first 1000cc season should see 21 full-time entries, compared with just 17 (all factory-built) machines during 2011, although the performance gap between the full prototypes and CRTs is set to produce a race within a race.

But speaking on Wednesday Ezpeleta, as quoted by, confirmed that the real changes will come in 2013, when he wants regulations in place so that "there is little [performance] difference between the CRTs and the factory bikes and that costs for factory-built bikes cannot spiral out of control".

The Spaniard added: "Motor sport is based on two pillars: technology and entertainment. If, in a moment of crisis, you have to choose between one or the other, you choose the show, because that is what brings in proceeds from television and the circuits...

"I want 2013 to be completely different from 2012."

To achieve his goals, Ezpeleta has targeted a maximum price of 1 million euros a year for all 'customer' bikes, whether CRT or satellite, and set an unofficial deadline of May for the final 2013 regulations to be agreed upon with the factories.

Limiting factories to two full prototypes and forcing them to sell, rather than lease, their satellite bikes to customers (these would need to be CRT-style machines to stay within the 1 million euro price tag) plus a control ECU, rev limit, new restrictions on engine development and even a weight handicap system are among the proposals.

Tagged as: Honda , Yamaha , Ducati , Dorna , 2013 , CRT

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Bridgestone - Unregistered

January 11, 2012 3:17 PM

This guy make's changes faster then Lucky Luke can shoot. Only this guy doesn't know were to shoot at, so he keeps on shooting untill he kill's MotoGP. Less fuel, Less engine's max rev limit more weight controle ecu max bore (81mm) max price 125cc 2 stroke = 250cc slomo 250 2 stroke = 600cc Honda class This realy = MotoGP? This realy = a prototype class? The only thing he needs to change now is the name, i got one for him "ControleGP" Now Thats sounds great :-(


January 11, 2012 3:16 PM

The problem is that "superbikes" have fully benefited from all the trickle-down technology from GP to the point that the SBK series is running near GP in performance. This line has been blurred to the extreme. Now is the time for GP to use the CRT formula by tuning street-based engines to the limit and sticking them in a custom chassis. All the while, SBK should be limited to as near a showroom bike as possible. The relevance of both series will be clearer. What's wrong with watching a stock Pinigale with 190+ HP blast around Imola?! We've just become spoiled.

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