Ezpeleta: "The Electronics Aren't To Blame"

There are many people around the world with opinions about MotoGP - some more informed, some less - but there is one voice that is always listened to, when its owner chooses to speak. That man is, of course, Carmelo Ezpeleta, the CEO of Dorna, the body which runs MotoGP. Ezpeleta is both admired for the huge strides in popularity and exposure that MotoGP has made under his leadership, and despised for what some see as the crippling of MotoGP, by switching from the old 990cc formula to the 800s.

Ezpeleta's critics' greatest fear is that he will continue to meddle with MotoGP rules, in the hope of achieving certain competitive outcomes. Both the new tire regulations and the switch from 990cc to 800cc were done on the pretext of safety, in the hope of slowing bikes down. But the cynics take the fact that both the 800s and the new single tires have seen lap records shattered as proof of their argument that Ezpeleta is interfering in the hope of making the racer closing.

The Spanish MotoGP chief has made no secret of his desire to limit the role of electronics in racing, but in an interview with the Spanish weekly magazine Motociclismo, translated and annotated by Speed TV's Dennis Noyes, Ezpeleta reveals some remarkable insights.

The most remarkable of these is that he doesn't believe that electronics have made the racing any less close. Ezpeleta points out that despite the fact that there have been no last-lap passes for the lead since Toni Elias won a thrilling race at Estoril in 2006, there has still been plenty of close racing down to the final lap further down the field. The lack of passes for the lead "must be because the riders at the front are different," Ezpeleta said. "If there are battles for the other positions, why not for the leading positions?"

Ezpeleta also revealed he has had talks with the factories about limiting the role of electronics, but that the factories were not interested.

The interview goes on to cover the single tire rule and the new Moto2 250 replacement class. Ezpeleta points out that the 250 class had already become a de facto single manufacturer class, with Aprilia deciding who would receive one of the 6 magic RSA 250 machines which were the only real bikes capable of winning a championship.

The interview makes interesting reading, and is in two parts. Read the first part of the interview in full over on SpeedTV's website. And here is the second part of the interview.

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That is the most logic I have ever seen fom the man. Very nice to see.

Now, can we hold him to it?

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So, if I'm reading this correctly, he has been suggesting he needs to "fix" something that he now says isn't "broken".  Or, he's needed to change something that isn't the problem.  Why?

I can't help but think I have already answered that question a few months ago...  but can he suddenly see that a completely homolgated "MotoGP Brand" spec product will not be any more desirable than the F1 one will be?

Perhaps this new tone is in response to Honda's departure from F1 and a closed-room conversation where some HRC brass pointed at the Max & Bernie show and asked Carmelo if he really wants to keep going in their direction...?

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Well Carmelo has got to fix something, right? Let's think up some rules to fix the riders at the front.

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Ah, Carmelo, your new outfit looks stunning. All is right with the world and a battle for 4-7th place makes for interesting racing. I wouldn't look in the mirror if I were you...



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The lack of passes for the lead "must be because the riders at the front are different"

i've been saying it all season. you want to make closer racing at the front? get rid of stoner and pedrosa. or start each race with a grid that's the reverse of the previous race's results, hehehe.

but seriously, the technology has changed dramatically and there's no way to go backwards.

i was watching the 2003 review dvd and it suddenly struck me; is gibernau's return a pathetically desperate attempt to bring back some of that old school good-to-the-last-lap racing? i hope not.

you actually have to go back to the late 80s and early 90s to see the kind of racing we were privileged to see in 2003 and 2004. and i really don't think there's any way that those years can be recaptured by playing with any formulas. 2003 was then, 2009 is upon us.


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