Ta, again Benny H ...
Thanks for the Moto3 info – those times are impressive – especially so when one considers that I posted some months back Rossi’s old 125cc Class winning Aprilia was capable of 157 mph. Some seemed tres surprised – maybe the kiddies here on MCN never viewed anything outside the Senior GP Class as either FAST or even “proper” racing machines ...
Don’t want to depress you - but the cost thing is pretty-much “same as it ever was”. EG: the much-vaunted new for 2012 & allegedly “cheaper” CRT/MotoGP Class: – just a single WSBK spec Aprilia engine will set you back 500,000 Euros, how much BMW might charge is unknown as yet. Add whatever chassis you are going to bung the thing in, (NB: get eye-watering quotes from FTR, Suter, Moriwaki or Kalex etc) - then add 100,000 Euro for TC & fuel management systems software & another 100,000 Euro for the hardware. Of course, then you’ll need 2 x electronic ‘Techs -estimated @ 80,000 each! Getting the picture...?
Then budget on flying about the World AND hotel & associated catering & (+ in Europe –transporter/staff) incidental costs. Scary, eh? A Million Pounds Sterling might cover it all. At least Moto 2 and Moto 3 are more affordable & realistic, albeit - still bloody pricey!
In the old 250cc Class, it got to the stage, because of a lack of factory competition & numbers & choice, about 1 Million Euro’s to lease a factory-spec works machine. Motorcycle racing at peak Championship level – if one is serious about it – is horrendously expensive & only the deeply committed need apply.
So, this Spanish dolt, Carmello Ezpeleta is doing his damnedest to “dumb-down” the Premier Class into some sort of latter day TTF1 – a flashier & shinier version of WSBK (which is fine as is, thanks), present it as the uber- peak in engineering expertise, wrest control from the factories & the MMSA & make it a gladiatorial contest for the lowest common denominator & tech- moron fan. Pity we are returning to the bad, old days of half the field being lapped fairly post-haste after the start! Backmarkers - Casey Stoner head guards, mouth guards & boxing gloves – BIG discounts sale on now!
This is ALL about money – Dorna money – note the number of GP’s in Spain or immediately adjacent? We are rapidly morphing Moto GP into the Spanish and, oh a few other places, World Championship. Had my whinge – happy now. Cheers