Motorcycling 2012, from the economic crisis to the moral crisis
Motorcycling 2012, from the economic crisis to the moral crisis

I never thought a situation like this would come, or at least not so soon. In recent years we have seen how, inevitably, the pinnacle of speed motorcycling has collapsed victim of the economic crisis or, why not say it, of mismanagement. Participation costs have been growing to figures that cannot be assumed by major brands such as Suzuki or Kawasaki and the path of the new regulations points to a future MotoCRT rather than GP. Despite this, there is something that hurts me and worries me more than technology and companies: the pilots. Doing an exercise in sincerity, the modern motorcycling world is showing the same humanity as the fashion site's goalkeeper (Sorry for the generalization, I already know that Iker is good).

When I started to be really aware of the Grand Prix And having a true passion for racing, everything about it was simply amazing. On Sunday you could see the exciting battles of those Repsol painted Honda carried by men elevated to divinities. People who had passed an unimaginable filter to get there, to the top, to the sky of speed. It did not matter if they ran at two in the afternoon or at six in the morning, which, server, would set one, two or three alarms if they were necessary to, between sobs and nods, see my heroes.

It was all worth it for them. until Don Dinero began to gain importance. And I do not mean that it has happened now, over the years, but that from my personal experience it has been in the last decade when I have been better able to know the shed that is assembled. Motorcycling is an expensive sport, very expensive. Although it was nice to think that there were people who, thanks to brutal effort and innate talent, could reach the queen class. An illusion that with recent events has gone, speaking in silver, to hell.

The arrival of Moto2 responded to an unsustainable economic situation and has been a resounding success. Mechanical equality began to wreak havoc, teams and some drivers who had dominated the intermediate category for years were suddenly struggling to score. Were they suddenly worse? I doubt it. Express packages with sender from Noale had simply stopped arriving and champions were no longer decided by a man who listened to the best offer and had fun distributing opportunities. In Moto2, the difference comes from the professionals: mechanics, engineers, the rider and all the people behind a project for a competition chassis. The arrival of Moto3, however, is a little more different due to the greater or lesser commitment - that is measured in euros - of the brand that you have on your back.

Dorna has done well, although the fan likes to see more brands involved.

Shortly after the CRT debuted. Economic cut bikes that aspire to be the new queen class. In a matter of numbers, it is another point for the Spanish company. However, like in Moto2, someone has forgotten something very important.

I realized in the past Misano Grand Prix. We all remember the unique figure of Marco Simoncelli, a pilot so beloved in this blog, but there was a detail that was conspicuous by its absence. And it is that in those days it was two years since the death of Shoya Tomizawa, that Japanese kid who appeared out of nowhere at the head of the classification as the best example of the change that Moto2 meant. We have not forgotten, no, Shoya left his life in a damn accident on that same circuit. It would have been welcome to have also honored him, or to make a small gap in the event's agenda for the pilot with the infinite smile.

It was, without a doubt, a sample of the inhumanity of the championship. Unfortunately, the treatment they receive the pilots has been getting worse to the point of becoming simple puppets at the service of great teams.

Before writing these lines, I wanted to make a count of the casualties and signings that have occurred in the Moto2 category during what we have been in the championship. But I got tired very soon. And the thing is that your blood starts to boil when you see that someone does not run a World Championship for being one of the best but for having a good wad of bills. Many teams have become leisure platforms for characters with very expensive hobbies, others have evaded responsibility and dedicated themselves to fire your pilots as if they were used handkerchiefs.

The last example is that of Claudio Corti. I am not your friend. I wasn't even able to put a face on it at first. He is tenth - with second place at Le Mans - on a grid of 27 drivers and yesterday he found out that he has no team, that he is fired. No one called him to tell him. His place will be taken by Toni € lías, the same one who, after not hitting the ball with Aspar, terminated his contract and tried his luck, again, in MotoGP.

Let no one believe that today I woke up wanting to put Dorna back and a half. Things are no better at Superbikes, where the Effenbert Liberty Racing team has turned into a circus, in the CEV or in the British Superbikes - without sponsor, there is no gap and usually no salary -.

In today's paddock there is something that is not working too well. There is a group of people who continually drain the buck and who manage to keep swarming around there moving chips and making the wonderful passion of motorcycling the biggest business.

Postscript: I like MotoGP, Aspar, Toni Elías, Claudio Corti, Marco Simoncelli, Shoya Tomizawa, the Effenbert Liberty, Superbikes and the BSB because, I simply love motorcycling, but my love is not blind and less when there is someone who destroys it.

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