2010 – 2019: MotoGP's Long Decade Of Change, And What It Means For The Future

2020 sees the start of a new decade (convention has it that decades are zero-based, going from 0-9, so please, numerical pedants, just play along here), and if there is one thing we have learned from the period between 2010 and 2019, it is that a lot can change. Not just politically and socially, but in racing too. So now seems a good time to take a look back at the start of the previous decade, and ponder what lessons might be learned for the decade to come.

It is hard to remember just how tough a place MotoGP was in 2010. The world was still reeling from the impact of the Global Financial Crisis caused when the banking system collapsed at the end of 2008. That led to a shrinking grid, with Kawasaki pulling out at the end of 2008 (though the Japanese factory was forced to continue for one more season under the Hayate banner, with one rider, Marco Melandri), and emergency measures aimed at cutting costs.

The bikes entered in the 2010 MotoGP season

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2019 Valencia MotoE FP2 Result: Smith Takes Control

The second session for the MotoE class got underway under glorious sunshine but chilly conditions, presumably making Bradley Smith feel like home and make a late jump to the top of the timesheets. The British rider set camp at the front and led the way by over a tenth of a second from championship leader Matteo Ferrari. Eric Granado found some more speed to join the top three as the only other rider within half a second of the lead.

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2019 Valencia MotoE FP1 Result: Garzo Opens The Show On Home Soil

The MotoE class started their final show of the year under the beautifully blue sky of the Ricardo Tormo Circuit and with a slight delay to proceedings. Once things got underway, Hector Garzo warmed things up, unusually on a Thursday, to lead the way after the first practice session at Valencia. The local favourite was closely followed by title rival Bradley Smith and championship leader Matteo Ferrari, the trio separated by only three tenths of a second.

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Video: MotoE From An Outsider's Perspective - Cosmic Shambles Investigates Electric Motorcycle Racing

How has the MotoE series been received in the MotoGP paddock? And how is it viewed by outsiders? At Silverstone, the Cosmic Shambles network - a network of podcasts and events for the intellectually curious - paid a visit to the Silverstone MotoGP round, to talk to paddock insiders and the people behind the MotoE series.

Dr Helen Czerski, a scientist and, among many other things, presenter of the Fully Charged Show on Youtube, a channel about electric vehicles, talked to MotoE series Nicolas Goubert, Tech3 boss Hervé Poncharal, MotoGP presenter and pitlane reporter Amy Dargan, MotoGP pitlane reporter and former GP winner Simon Crafar, Grand Prix veteran journalist Mat Oxley, Two Wheels For Life's Andrea Coleman, and myself, David Emmett, about the purpose of the MotoE series, the future, and how MotoGP's electric motorcycle racing series fits in with the future of racing, and electric motorcycles in general.

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