Dorna's proposals for the next seasons
Dorna's proposals for the next seasons

Last week we talked about Paolo Flamini's ideas (somewhat strange) to revitalize the Superbike World Championship, today we are going to try to synthesize in a single article the ideas that are sounding loudest in Dorna's head to revitalize the MotoGP World Championship. I don't think we discover anything if we say that in recent years the MotoGP World Championship had reached a dead end. With increasingly expensive and faster motorcycles, the grills became depopulated. First, due to the withdrawal of manufacturers who could not face the enormous expense of an official team in the category, and secondly, due to the increasingly serious injuries of riders, injuries that could be related to the performance of the motorcycles.

This is how the CRTs were born, those bikes that come to save the category, but which in pre-season training have proven quite slow. It may have been a mistake to mix them with the current prototypes, although they already warn us that this type of motorcycle will be the future, although the three big teams of the MotoGP World Championship do not like them by any means.

But Dorna's ideas don't end there, because they are already preparing a battery of solutions for the coming seasons. Here's a summary:

Aprilia at the 2012 Daytona 200
  • One motorcycle per rider

With a stroke of the penwe cut the cost of a MotoGP team in half (Well, maybe it's not halfway through, but almost) and we also eliminated the “flag to flag” races since if it started to rain in the middle of the race, they would have to stop it, put all the bikes in the pits and change them In addition to the tires, the discs, brake calipers and bypass the suspension and engine adjustments (thanks to the electronics, the latter is quite easy). In return they will have to invent something to entertain the many viewers who really count in the business, and limit the duration of the remainder of the race so as not to extend beyond the stipulated hours, which also costs money.

  • Five engines per season

At the time, people as qualified as Ramón Forcada said that making a competition engine last longer is not synonymous with making it cheaperIf not the opposite, because you have to use more exotic materials to guarantee the duration with the same benefits. Anyway, someone has thought that with one less engine than the current ones, a budget is saved.

  • Price limit on renting satellite equipment

This limit is said to be around one million dollars or 1.2 million dollars per season. But if on the other hand we are selling the CRT Who is going to buy a second row motorcycle if the black leg costs a little more? Yamaha has only responded in the affirmative to this proposal, Honda is making a mess and one day says yes to say no the next. The opposite extreme is Ducati, which has already made it clear that for that price it is not possible to continue developing a MotoGP or the technology it needs.

Crashed motorcycle
  • One less mechanic

If we eliminate a motorcycle, we can eliminate a mechanic. I don't know what a mechanic in a MotoGP team will earn, but I don't think his salary is the difference between saving the season (financially speaking) or not. Because in a "second division" team there are mechanics who even sleep in the team trailer to save money on a hotel. In addition, if there is one less motorcycle and the rider falls, damaging the motorcycle, the more hands that can work on the motorcycle to keep it ready, the better.

  • Rev limit

We reached a point that seems interesting (or so they have considered it in Formula 1 and it seems to work for them). The proposal is limit the maximum number of revolutions of the engines to 15,000 rpm. In this way, less complicated (and also less expensive) distribution systems than the current pneumatic valves could be used again. This seems to be the same to Ducati, because its desmodromic system is relatively cheap to manufacture and guarantees its operation at many more revolutions than the current ones.

  • Single switchboard

And we come to the last solution, which is perhaps the most interesting and applicable in the shortest term. What happens is that the brands, which jealously guard the data of their electronics, do not even want to hear about someone being able to rummage through that data. Much less want to hear about that everyone has to use the same switchboard and that its engineers cannot give it that special touch that the pilot likes so much in the retentions or the response of the traction control. Although later they do sell us that what street bikes carry is derived from what competition motorcycles use.

Having said all this, and exposed more or less what has been heard around on the subject, I think the only thing that remains is propose that the motorcycles run on atomic batteries and fly over the circuits guided by GPS while the pilot is asleep in the cockpit. Sounds crazy? Yes, but with the blind sticks that are being given in this matter of the regulations I think that any idea, no matter how far-fetched it may be, can and should be taken into account. With how simple it was in the Motorcycle World Championship in the eighties … And don't tell me that now technology has evolved and must be applied to all fields of life. Yes, but if that application means that we are going to stop seeing something that interested many of us, I think someone is making a big mistake. Because you just have to keep an eye on the next door neighbor, Formula 1, which is boring as it is alone and every race they change the regulations to prevent one of the cars from being faster than the others and spoiling the party for them.

My personal experience says that the more limiting a regulation is, the worse for what it regulates. There is always a loophole to stick your technological advancement through until it is banned. It's easier to limit four things and let everyone experiment to get benefits with those basic rudiments. But since there are those who want to win always and at all costs, they begin to invest millions and millions until they dominate without margin for the competition. At that moment that competition ceases to be interesting for others, who simply go to "play something else" with their engineers and their millions.

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