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Do you know how many bikes were on the grid just before Dorna took over GP? I doubt it. The Austrian GP in 1991 there was 14, 10 of them were factory supplied bikes along with the Millar Yam lease private bike for Laycock.
After a few years of large grid numbers in 1999 Dorna set the limit to 24 (Just the number this year) and signed 5 year contracts with 5 satellite teams to give them security where they could sell/lease their grid slot if they weren't used, this gave them a fair share of the purse. To get a slot using a CRT at the moment is as much about getting a grid place for the future as the last year in 250,125.
The most that the grid has dropped by in the last few years is 7, look at the WSB figures again, they allow 36 bikes but last year managed 2 more than Motogp although for most of the season 22, thats 14 down, this year at the moment 20 down.
WSB needs a similar stable structure for the teams and it needs common SBK rules globaly rather than different for every country.