Some sup­port but more anger from race team bosses

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Du­cati Corse Di­rec­tor: “For me the ECU works re­ally well in Mo­togp so I do not see any prob­lems us­ing the same phi­los­o­phy in Su­per­bike. For sure the ef­fort that Du­cati puts on the rac­ing is im­por­tant. It is high in Mo­togp and also Su­per­bike, but I do not see any rea­son why Honda and Yamaha can’t get sim­i­lar re­sults to Kawasaki and Du­cati. I sim­ply don’t un­der­stand.”


Kawasaki: “They de­cided in 2015 to keep things the same for five years. So why do they break this prom­ise? The ru­mour are that Kawasaki and Du­cati is out of bal­ance com­pared to other teams. So they would like to see more com­pe­ti­tion be­tween us and the oth­ers. But my un­der­stand­ing is that this is not com­ing from the tech­ni­cal point of view. My feel­ing is that it is the team, how you ded­i­cate your­self, how the fac­tory ded­i­cates it­self.”


Aprilia Rac­ing: “If they want to do this, which sys­tem will they pro­pose? Our ECU sys­tem is a good one. We are not in prin­ci­ple against this pro­posal but we need to know the de­tails. If the sys­tem were to be some­one else’s sys­tem it would not be good. But if it is new for ev­ery­one, then it is ok. In some pe­ri­ods one team or bike is bet­ter then the other, has some ad­van­tage, so I do not think that we should re­ally pe­nalise peo­ple.”


MV Agusta Reparto Corse: “We are neu­tral on the sin­gle ECU, but we need to know what we are talk­ing about. We need to know what kind it is, what is in­side, what we are al­lowed to do. We don’t use soft­ware in our ECU that we are de­vel­op­ing in the fac­tory our­selves. Not like BMW, who do not agree and who want to de­velop for the street­bike. I am for lim­it­ing the revs on the bike, start­ing from the street­bike red line.”


Yamaha WSB Rac­ing Man­ager: “I do not un­der­stand why there is so much in­ter­est in this. I be­lieve the cur­rent rules work quite well and at Misano we had three (then four) man­u­fac­tur­ers fight­ing for the podium. If we get some pro­pos­als we will eval­u­ate them. But I do not think tech­ni­cal rules will help to re­bal­ance per­for­mance. Per­for­mance is a mat­ter of con­stantly work­ing and de­vel­op­ing in the proper way.”


BMW Althea Team Owner: “The ECU is not enough. We have to mod­ify some­thing in the tech­ni­cal points. The spec of World Su­per­bikes must be dif­fer­ent, much closer to the Su­per­stock specs. Then I con­sider the ECU not com­pul­sory, but use­ful to have a good aver­age be­tween the brands. But I think this is not so easy to im­ple­ment for next year maybe as there will not be enough time to eval­u­ate the new sys­tem.”


Honda Europe Rac­ing Man­ager: “One of the big­gest tools re­cently has been the elec­tron­ics pack­ages so it makes sense to move to a com­mon ECU. But, at the same time it is mass pro­duc­tion rac­ing, so this is a big dis­cus­sion if one man­u­fac­turer wants to keep its own iden­tity and phi­los­o­phy in its elec­tron­ics pack­age. But we need to make the show more at­trac­tive for spec­ta­tors.”

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