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Dorna boss explains MotoGP, WSBK deal

"We are not 'in favour' of ECUs or limit of revs or whatever, we are in favour of reducing the costs and increasing the show. This is the main aim of both championships."

Either way, it would make little sense to restrict electronics in grand prix racing and allow open electronics in WSBK for example.

Ezpeleta avoided questions about a WSBK electronic clampdown - "It's too early... there will not be any changes for 2013" - but did highlight the issue of engine durability.

MotoGP has a limit of six engine changes per rider, per season - but WSBK teams can presently use as many engines as they like.

This not only reduces the already slim performance gap between MotoGP and WSBK, but means that a privateer CRT MotoGP machine (twelve engine changes per year) has a lower level of tuning than the same engine in WSBK.

"We think that a championship derived from production bikes that is using 39 engines during one season, and in MotoGP you are using just six - to be honest it's not very correct, and we need to set up both championships with their own spirit," he said.

"One is from bikes based on production motorcycles, and another is for prototypes. This is something we will do with the FIM first, and then with the manufacturers who are involved in both championships."

Ezpeleta added that discussions with the MotoGP manufacturers over the 2014 rules would continue and played down any big showdown with Honda, which vehemently opposes a control ECU but has seen its position weakened by the MotoGP/WSBK restructuring.

"With Honda it is always easy to talk," said Ezpeleta. "We are happy to talk with all the manufacturers about the ways to run the championship."


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tm - Unregistered

October 11, 2012 1:02 PM

"we are in favour of (...) increasing the show" And therein lays the main problem. Everything they do while thinking that will only serve to screw things up, regardless of what class we are talking about. This is supposed to be a sport, not a show. A healthy sport will provide a good show, but trying to make a good show will destroy the sport. But these guys only think of the show, because show will create $$ and they are so in love with the $$ that they forget about the sport.

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