MotoMatters.com is delighted to feature the work of iconic MotoGP writer Mat Oxley. Oxley is a former racer, TT winner and highly respected author of biographies of world champions Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi, and currently writes for Motor Sport Magazine, where he is MotoGP correspondent. We will be featuring sections of Oxley's blogs, posted in full on the Motor Sport Magazine website, over the coming months.
Bridgepoint’s announcement that MotoGP and World Superbike are to be run by the same company is the most significant happening in motorcycle racing since WSB’s launch a quarter of a century ago.
Dorna will now run both championships, which will allow them to arrange technical rules, race calendars and so on to the benefit of both. In theory, at least.
It is a huge deal from a commercial perspective that is likely to have a major impact on fans, for better or worse. I am hopeful, even though monopolies are not a good thing and even though I’m not keen on many changes that Dorna have made over the years.
Whatever happens, I believe it had to be done. You cannot have two struggling championships jockeying for position and expect either to come out of it well.
Dorna will certainly strengthen MotoGP’s position as the premier championship, but that doesn’t necessarily mean bad news for WSB, which has always been the number two championship in terms of fan base, media profile and money. It is possible for each series to retain its position and still grow.
Read the rest of Mat Oxley's blog on the Motor Sport Magazine website.