Motogp must move on
Like Andy Calton, I’m looking to the racing future – but in my case based on watching DVDS of the 500GP and Motogp races from 1984 to 2009. Racing back then was exciting and entertaining and outcomes unpredictable, unlike the “which of the factory bikes wins” of recent years. Motogp is becoming techno-dominated and overly ruleregulated and going the same way as F1. So some pleas to Dorna: ● Curtail electronics. We want to watch riders competing on motorcycles, not find out who has the best pitwall geeks. ● Stop the incessant moaning about tyres and the dry/wet nonsense. Specify one tyre for all conditions or let the teams pick their own. ● Forget all the silly rules about fuel, etc. If you want to curtail costs, specify a maximum power-to-weight ratio, calculated with the bike ready to go including the rider but without fuel. ● If Race Direction are giving time penalties, they should mean what they say and be consistent. And there should be a requirement for all penalties to be advised within two laps of the incident.
And above all, remember it’s people like you and me who in aggregate pay for Motogp, WSB and all the rest of the racing. We do this by attending races, or subscribing to pay TV channels, or buying racing sponsors’ products. If we get bored and stop doing so, the money will run out sooner rather than later. Michael Price, email