and despite my comment below, you've got to admit he's got a very good point.
If you don't ride one of four bikes from two manufacturers in MotoGP you're fked. As a racer and having put life and limb on the line to get to the supposed pinnacle of bike racing, that's just not right.
The Honda dominated MSMA is singularly responsible with it's insistence that GP is a R&D tool for technology development which trickles down to production in the name of safety. Just look how powerful they are with their big fat fingers in every class. GP would fold without Honda and this is why Ezpeleta is a fool for having let them take control of the rules, then back his business into a corner.
It is horse-shit..with rules such as 21 litres of fuel, limited engine use and open electronics, they have bumped up the cost to take part at the exclusion of competition. MotoGP is all about marketing their brand in the winners circle and it is a closed shop.
The racing is hugely dull and more akin to an endurance economy trial. How ridiculous will it be if Lorenzo has to start from the pit lane at Valencia, champioship in the balance, because Bautista torpedoed him and one of his engines got lunched? Running the whole season for it to go up in a puff of smoke and end like that? All the money, man hours and effort..it's fkin sick.
GP has traditionally always been the blue riband class but I forget how many times recently I've shouted at the TV, Missus and dog. "FFS..why do I bother with this shit!"
A mass exodus of riders to WSB would suit me just fine. I'm old enough to remeber when the series was all about men who rode the machines. Now it seems to be about faceless geeks who programme the machines so the man can't ride it like he wants, to save that precious commodity fuel and go easy on the engines.
It's total fkin bullshit and unless radical changes are rolled out to improve the sport, opening it up to closer competition, it WILL die.
If hardcore addicts like myself are thinking of biting the bullet and going cold turkey to come off the GP drug, what the hell does does a casual viewer think of the spectacle? Will the snotty nose kid watching be inspired and end up riding a bike for life, or will he turn the telly off? Will the bean counters who control sqeezed advertising and marketing budgets commit to sponsoring teams that are a side show?
Is the racing world big enough to accomodate Honda and Yamaha's agenda for contrived superiority, while sustaining two top level racing series in WSB & GP?
Uncle Carmelo's brave but seemingly toothless rhetoric, insisting he will take on the REAL powers that run GP may be too little, too late.