WSB’S rule rev­o­lu­tion

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Dorna chief Carmelo Ezpeleta has put a grenade un­der the WSB pad­dock, say­ing the se­ries should go to a stock for­mat. But speak­ing ex­clu­sively to MCN at La­guna, WSB se­ries di­rec­tor Dani Car­rera, said Ezpeleta wasn’t be­ing com­pletely lit­eral.

“When he was hav­ing con­ver­sa­tions with the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the man­u­fac­tur­ers, he asked them if they’d go in this stock di­rec­tion – but to go com­pletely stock is im­pos­si­ble. With these com­ments it is giv­ing a clear di­rec­tion where we want to go. The fi­nal line will be de­cided in the fol­low­ing months with all the peo­ple in­volved in this pad­dock.”

Car­rera said the in­ten­tion is to take the cham­pi­onship closer to its pro­duc­tion roots and help dif­fer­en­ti­ate it from the world of Mo­togp and its pro­to­type ma­chines.

He said: “This is the main as­set of our cham­pi­onship - to be as close as pos­si­ble to the real prod­ucts that the fans that fol­low the cham­pi­onships are us­ing on the road.

“Also the main rea­son of that is to pro­vide a bet­ter sport, bet­ter com­pe­ti­tion, bet­ter par­ity be­cause at the end of the day our in­ten­tion is to in­crease the im­pact of the cham­pi­onship, in­crease the part­ner­ships, al­low the teams to have bet­ter spon­sors.”

He said it is dif­fi­cult for the se­ries to grow its grids and in­flu­ence at the mo­ment be­cause it is so chal­leng­ing for smaller teams and spon­sors to get to the front.

‘We want to pro­vide bet­ter com­pe­ti­tion, bet­ter par­ity’

Ezpeleta is con­sid­er­ing a ma­jor shake-up to boost com­pe­ti­tion

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