if anyone thinks that everything is rosy in the WSBK camp, think again. they're also having the same problems with costs and a diminishing grid. and let's face it, the bikes that Checa and Biaggi ride bear little resemblance to what you and I ride on the road - which is what I thought the series was supposed to be based on. WSBK will also go through the agonies of "dumbing down" as some term it, eventually running rules akin to what control BSB in 2012.
it's easy to criticise the CRT route that MotoGP is going down, however, those that sound so outraged offer little in terms of alternative solutions. it's the factories that are killing GP racing within the existing rules framework, so something has to change. those that stick their head in the sand and demand that GP racing must continue in it's current form are deluded and can't accept that the MotoGP grid would eventually be lucky to have about 12 bikes on it with even less corporate interest than there is now. that is the road to GP racing ruin.
those that acknowledge that the rules have to change are living in the real world - the world where everyone must cut their cloth accordingly. i'm amazed at those on here that are infuriated by the idea of a control ECU and rev-limited engines. i've used this metaphor many times on here before, but do you think that ardent Ferrari F1 fans continually moan that their beloved Italian V8 is rev-limited and controlled by a McLaren ECU, the same standard ECU fitted to all 24 cars?! as others have pointed out, it's embarrasing that F1 seems to have managed their sport so much better technically than MotoGP - and F1 is now far more technically restricted than ever - just look at what they've now banned over the last 20 years.
the route being embarked upon in "Moto1"is to suit the world of 2012 - who's to say that the rules can't be tweaked when the world eventually pays it's way out of the mess of the last 3 years. i'm convinced that, one day, Moto 2 will become a 500cc twin cyclinder formula so that the 250-500-1000 common cylinder approach will be completed. i'll pass judgement on CRT when i've seen it in action, but i'm not going to right it off before the season has even started.
and finally, Ezpeleta is ultimately working for the commercial rights-holder, not the rule makers. he is a businessman with responsibilities to company shareholders. a series that now has three factory bikes, not six as back in the heady days of 2004, and a world championship winning team with no title sponsor in 2011 (though I do think that Yamaha have a bone idle marketing department) is a series that needs radical change. everything is cyclical and if the racing product can be improved, then the commercial interest will return and build the series up again from what is an acknowledged low point.