On paper, the fight at the front of the WSB class this year was supposed to involve Yamaha, Honda and Aprilia – not just Kawasaki and Ducati.
But all that ‘on paper’ competitiveness has been turned to ashes by the efforts of the two top teams, and their alien-level riders.
And all this against a backdrop of more standard engine parts and no split throttle body trickery unless they come on the stock bike.
The FIM and Dorna technocrats have taken great care and effort to make sure brakes, suspension, tyres, electronics and software are accessible to all. But arguably the gap to the podium has never been bigger than now.
Expect rule changes of some kind again because some are complaining that the top two have too much of an advantage.
Spec ECUS and software, like in BSB or even Motogp can’t be discounted, but seem unlikely. More likely is some form of manufacturer-by-manufacturer balancing rules, rather than just twins and fours. Or some kind of extra testing or greater engine allocation for those bikes and teams that are struggling to reach podium level.
And it may not take any formal action from the non-podium teams to get things moving, simply because Dorna – the series promoters – will not want the same four riders and two manufacturers hogging all the podiums, glory and TV time.
Watch this space...
‘We may see rules to equalise the field’