MotoCzysz founder Michael Czysz, whose E1PC electric motorcycles took first and second places in the 2011 Isle of Man TT Zero race, has offered the following vision for future technical rules in MotoGP and WSBK competition.
Czysz has given Crash.net
permission for his ideas, posted on MotoCzysz.com
earlier this week, to be reproduced in full below.
Negotiations are ongoing between Dorna and the MotoGP manufacturers for the post-2012 rule changes, with the end of May targeted as the deadline for an agreement...
Is MotoGP lost: 500 > 990 > 800 > 1000 > CRT > ?
Companies race for only a few reasons: R&D, Sales & Marketing and hopefully passion. Fans watch for even fewer; to witness the greatest competition known to man.
In an era where it is more important then ever for companies to innovate and differentiate themselves from the competition, the race track for a motorcycle company should be as central to their operation as the boardroom.
If companies no longer deem racing essential, it is because the formula is no longer relevant.
Worse, if racing classifications are not clear then fans fail to connect and eventually even care. Ask even a loyal fan to explain the difference between DSB and SuperSport or WSBK and a CRT.
Racing directs development and to make it relevant in the 21 century, efficiency should trump top speed. Every company (and individual) should be focused on doing more with less and fans should easily understand the structure and goals of each class. What is needed is new architecture, a solid, stable foundation that can scale from Moto3 thru MotoGP and WSBK while maintaining each classes unique individuality.
Go to the heart...
Motorcycles go faster because every aspect improves but at the centre of this improvement is the cylinder, the heart of the machine. Cylinders have evolved to a diametric science of laminar flow and turbulence. The heart has moved far beyond simple porting and polishing of cast heads.
The design and development of the cylinder (airbox to exhaust) is a serious, expensive endeavor and with every seemingly random displacement or bore/stroke change the entire expensive cycle starts over.