If only Dorna, could & would just stick to their own knitting as the “promoters” & NOT “technical overseers” – & curb their enthusiasm for meddling - by dreaming-up more Rounds around the World & trying to force the MSMA’s hands to turn the Senior Championship into some sort of dumbed-down, made for TV only “Circus”. I quote Carmelo Ezpeleta verbatim: “ to boost the spectacularity (sic) of the racing.” No, Carmelo – left alone, without constant fiddling & changes – racing will find its own “spectacularity” – it certainly doesn’t need “bean counters & rent-seekers” to keep messing-about on the technical side in the quest for profit return! The Senior GP Class has been continuous since 1949 without any wholesale alteration to the Formula. But then, our friends from Spain become involved & BANG - no less than 1 x combustion form change & then 3 x expensive capacity changes in just 7 years? Shouldn’t they, in conjunction with the FIM & the MSMA instead, bring back long-term stability & common sense! It’s entirely possible that the Big Japanese 4 would all compete - AND BMW & Aprilia too! We live in hope ... The FIM needs to grow some ‘cojones & revert to their true & proper role - to nurture, protect & respect the sport it administers – NOT sell-out it out to showbiz dilettantes ...
The media is WRONG here in asserting that Stoner’s retirement is for “family reasons”. Do we sniff air redolent of a Dorna-directed charm & PR offensive to divert from the REAL issue? Stoner’s reasons, motives & rationale for getting out are as real & as apparent as the nose on anyone’s face – he couldn’t have made his disappointment with the direction the sport is moving in any clearer. This is a Red Flag warning or portent of a backlash that could demean & diminish the sport from its rightful pinnacle.
Let’s be crystal clear: – CRT is supposed to stand for “Claiming Rule Team”- insiders & high-level officials are already using the term, “Constructor Racing Teams”. Ezpeleta dropped his bombshell at the end of 2011 - control ECU’s & rev limits – let’s be accurate & honest (for a welcome change) even if Dorna would try to wash our mouths out with carbolic soap - we are really talking Moto1.
Now that the same Capital Company owns both the rights to WSBK & MotoGP – the FIM has more reason to stand-up & be counted. Already, Italian viewers have a change of TV broadcaster (& far lesser number of free-to-air televised races) rammed down their throats. The whole ambience is more & more dictatorial & less & less about historical heritage, respect for fans and/or the actual personnel & mechanical participants who make it all possible. This is not good.
Stoner has fearlessly stood in the door (yet again) to protest what he & very many others see as a wrong fork - leading to a dead-end in GP’s road.
Are we going to have to go back to the future? Stoner is on record as seeing the 2-Stroke 500’s as the “golden years of real racing” – cost-wise, he was absolutely right? Cheers