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My reaction to this is mixed. As a top flight category I am philosophically opposed to corralling teams under spec equipment, but I've seen just how much modern electronics have tamed the premier class in the last 5-10 years. It's gotten to the point where if your electronics package malfunctions then the rider has almost zero control over the bike (Hayden in Portugal comes to mind). Electronics have neutered the premier class to the point where someone like Pedrosa has become dominant sheerly because he weighs under 120lbs.
Twenty years ago a guy like Pedrosa would have never made it out of 250s because he just didn't have the mass to control the bike because it was left up to the rider. Now his weight has had the inverse effect and made him one of the riders to beat because of modern electronics. In the past this was nothing to be ashamed of. Angel Nieto made a career out of 50-125cc racing, he was brilliant at it, but his body just wasn't really made for 500cc premier class ridin