WTF HAS DORNA DONE ...(2)???
Next, Dorna (already guilty of a breach of faith) has just announced a stop-gap measure appeasing deeply offended Honda & as alibi &attempt to assuage others, like Hayden etc, marooned down the grid on numbers-fodder they were led to believe would be competitive. This is “Factory 2” ( a 3rd category) which will have “stricter” Rules to try & level out a confused & confusing playing field & waters that have become muddier by the minute. May I remind you all that the first Round @ Qatar is just 14 days away? This **** fight has now become ridiculous & is a direct result of Dorna’s “meddling”!
Without damning with faint praise, this situation has had some amusing outcomes: “only” a Test of tyres etc? Yeah, sure! Flossi had the 2 Ducs ahead of him for hours @ Phillip Island.
Ducati’s problem has always been their running-wide/understeer under throttle, thus ruining lines & drive. They certainly never lacked speed & power & the “embroidered” Open CPU & spec has given them a huge leg back up. Especially since flicking-off JB like so much navel lint & given Flossi’s embarrassing flop @ Ducati over 2 long, excruciating years; his face must have been beetroot-esque! Especially since flicking-off JB like so much navel lint, forcing him to a face-saving quicker Lap @ the death. Other egos have also been dented & need TLC & massage.
I never claimed prescience or to be eidetic - but I did tell you so about Dorna. They drove 2 Factory players out & ****-up & lost the original $multi-million Movistar sponsorship by allowing a clash with Repsol & Pedrosa et al. Now this shambles!
You have to now take seriously Casey Stoner’s several points about the “politics, rule-meddling & tinkering” that so frustrated & motivated his retirement. He isn’t the first. Kiwi ace, & fabulous entertainer, Graeme Crosby also walked away for similar reasons in 1982. Stoner claims the way to go is “simplify” via 750cc two-strokes of around 300 HP & no or very minimalist “TC & management controls”. He’d come back for that. Given the present Dorna debacle – he’s making more & more sense. Agreed?