Glass half full?
How many here have looked forward to their GP weekend of racing, to be left cold by the show on Sunday?
Since the start of 800, 21 litres of limited fuel and the expolosion of electronics in racing, it's been dull..simple as if your honest..unless you are a purist geek.
Take away Rossi - haha - and how many battles have Jorge, Casey and Dani been involved in against eachother, racing at the front?
Go on!..list them, you can do it it on one hand.
The factories made the rules that are responsible for this anemic state of affairs..NOT Dorna. They made them to exclude competition and to give themselves an advantage. Only Honda and Yamaha are capable of winning. They are the MSMA.
Their deal with Dorna to make the technical rules for the sport ran out on Jan 1st this year, after 10 years, and it was not renewed. They cannot make the rules anymore. They promised to fill grids, supply bikes and engines at reasonable cost but they lied. 3 million to lease a bike then give it back so it can go in the crusher.
Ask yourselves..Why don't they sell last years crusher bound race bikes to race teams? They are scared of the competition and they don't want to give their secrets away and jepordise top dog status.
Ezpeleta has had enough of the MSMA and Honda in particular. CRT may not be perfect yet, but without the bikes we'd have just 12 prototypes on the grid. That is not enough to command world championship status..It's like the Americans calling the winner of Superbowl football world champs and would be a joke.
Honda have got the right royal hump about having no power anymore, they are struggling to get their head's around the fact and, like the kid in the park whose football is used, they are threatening to take their ball home if they don't get things how they want..
Problem is..it's not their ball game. Ezpeleta has a spare behind the goal. It may not be a world cup spec Sondico or Adidas, but the boys can still play and the game can go on.
On the other side of the park there's another game - world superbike - and Honda threatens to jump ship with the shiny ball and go and play with them.
Problem is..they already have a nice football and worse for Honda, they used to play with there and left in a huff too. Supebike are wise to the tactics and will let Honda play..but not with their ball.
BSB changed it's technical rules and points scoring system. Not everybody is happy about the points, but the bikes are ace and we have some cracking racing. No horrendously expensive electronics that automatically ensure you're a contender IF you can afford them. Full grids.
If the FIM, who sanction world championship bike racing, could roll out the same set of rules globally..Superbike would go back to its roots. We'd have wildcards once more. It may even be possible to see a return of some Transatlantic type matches.
Imagine a bike racing world cup..USA, GBR, AUS, ITA, SPA etc. their 3 top riders on similar spec bikes, racing to be crowned world team champs in the closed season?
Superbike des Nations.
Take the tournament to emerging countries, let them host it with their own teams entered..We might see some interest and more importantly some sponsorship dollars forthcoming.
GP can have more free rules but NOT open electronics and limited fuel. Their lap would be faster, the bikes more exotic and they would retain the blue riband status. Manufactureres for GP. Teams for Superbike.
Open your minds and think about the possibilities instead of being so negative. Something had to be done to re-align world championship bike racing.
Fuck Honda..it's a brave new world.