exactly Saturn, by the time the upgrades come the works bikes will still be streets ahead.
How long must we put up with a few (well 2 basically) factories calling the shots and making it a series for factories, not for fans?
FFS, just supply engines like F1 and let the small teams fight it out, the impetus then for Honda et al to produce a winning engine for all will mean more power for everone on the grid but of course Honda can't let go for fear other engines might just beat them.
Appaling way to run a series but as long as Dorna get their cut the racing will be boring and we'll have another Rossi/Doohan era that all but fanboys and factories will cream their pants over.
In this day and age MM is merely a product of marketing, not racing, yes, he's good but only because the factory deem it so.
Remember that we pay MM and the aliens wages, MM will be on 15-25 million for boring us shiteless.
We did the same for Doohan, Criville was a decent team mate who didn't play the Honda game, Pedrosa does and gets his pocket money for it.
Crap racing, crap bikes outside the top 4, we may as well give MM the win every weekend and toss a coin for the minor places (obviously with the Honda/Yamaha 2 headed coin for the second teir places and chocolate coins for the other places).
Ducati stepping up?
No chance, Gigi might have clout but he needs the money to go with it and Duke dont have it so we'll be waiting for years for competition as long as Dorna hold the purse strings.
The way it's going Dorna will implement weight "penalties" for winning bikes just to make it the slightest bit interesting.
Or reversing the qualifying places to try and make a race of it, all ridiculous concepts when all that's needed is for Dorna to insist there are at least 4 works bikes of equal quality on the grid from each manufacturer.
Honda will baulk, Dorna will fold (they're more interested in money than competition) and hey presto, MM becomes a legend, more importantly, a Honda legend.
So, Dornas/Hondas/Yamahas atitude will result in one thing: control tyres, control engines, control ECU's, you can see the seeds already in Moto2.