Please, no more "spec" talk!

For those fans of MotoGP who aren't properly afraid of Dorna's desire to imitate Formula One, rather than maintain a superior product, perhaps this news tidbit will shed some light on the road we have feared all along.

Now that Formula One already have spec-tires and spec-ECU's, and now that Dorna are seeking to establish both in MotoGP, this haunting promise/threat was issued from the Great Fiasco Machine himself, Max Mosely (speaking of a spec-engine formula, where "manufacturers" simply "re-badge" a spec powerplant, and presumably KERS is no longer life-threatening):

"I know there are those who say this is not the right move, but I'm talking about the real world. If Volkswagen, say, can buy a {road car} engine less expensively {than to build one}, they'll undoubtedly do it. After they put a VW badge on it, it's all the same. Unless we think very seriously about cutting costs, in the next 10 years, we'll be in trouble."

Considering that I proposed something akin to this a year ago for MotoGP - as a joke - I wonder why Mr. SS thinks people will pay to see a world-wide spec series any more than they didn't to see a U.S. one. 

Please, Mr. Ezpeleta, see this path for the foolishness that it is and quit now while you are still ahead!

 

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I hope that MotoGP manufacturers will remain alligned with their current positions; in MotoGP they are still powerfull enough to keep it the way they want after all.

In the end, the fans have little to say here, since from a pure business perspective, there will always be more people willing to see some gladiator games with lots of blood than a less-exciting-to-watch technology-driven series. In short, I don't think Max or Ecclestone cared a single bit for the historic F1 fans in love with those machines (like myself); what they want is millions of "soccer style" fans ready to put their money just to feel their "chosen" team (themselves) are better than the rest of the world.

You can't blame them though, when most automobile manufacturers are following that approach with their commercial vehicles: "why not getting cars from the competition and sell them with your own badge if that can help increase your profitability?" I guess that not many passionate engineers work there anymore... otherwise they might be quite frustrated to be selling something they haven't even designed themselves. In a decent world that would be called "a lie", but apparently nowadays everything is allowed. I wonder if one day we could see: "The all new VW Routan, designed-engineered and built by Chrysler" in VW commercials.

Trust me - I do not like Max Mosley.  His contribution to F1 and the FIA have been good at times, but like Bernie, as he has grown old and as he has seen that point in the future when his power would disappear, he has tried all sorts of machinations to keep that power, no matter how strange they appear.  Actually, it is quite sad to look at Max and Bernie.  Both were very respectable, and we all owe a big thanks to Bernie for literally saving F1.  But neither is bigger than the sport and in the last ten years I think they have actually been worse for F1 than better (especially Bernie).

Having said all of that, let us be civil.  Like I said, I do not like Max, but let us keep his sexual choices out of the picture.

As for your plea - I echo it, since as a prototype class, MotoGP lags only behind Le Mans; F1 does not come close.  I cannot remember where I read it (probably here), but Burgess' (sp?) comments on the subject, about MotoGP being a prototype class and a place where engineers and riders alike can push the limit and where diversity is what helps push the limits - they were so spot on.  How can people ignore his comments - the man who is almost as responsible for the phenomenon known as "Valentino Rossi" as the man himself!

This will NEVER happen. The manufacturers would pull out of the series and it would fail miserably. Anyone of average intelligence knows this, so Dorna knows it, too. This is a dumb, dumb, dumb argument against the spec-tire rule. It won't happen so don't worry about it.

It's in the news around the world for the worlds financial markets. If a bad business model can not be sustained then either change or failure must ensue. If those questioning the business model of prototype racing are correct, then changes will have to come one way or another. MotoGP is not a charity. The sad death of the 250s and homogenization of the class signals a possible blending of WSBK and Grand Prix efforts. This makes the most sense from a business and development perspective. As long as they produce the biggest spectacle with the best riders, the fans will watch. The barriers to this kind of merger or blend? Dorna and the Flamini's. Again, it's all about money. Hopefully it will not come to one side going broke before action is taken.

For some reason I knew the Spec Tires Ruling was coming.  Michelin kind of helped it along these past two years by being sloppy in their development leading most riders and teams wanting to jump ship over to Bridgestone.  Bridgestone won out the contract in Formula 1 long ago.  What I am surprised about is how long it took before Dorna, FIM, (or whoever is over the rules), forced it on Motogp. 

 

As far as Spec ECU, that can only really be pushed after getting everyone on the same tires.  That way all the manufacturers have to develop their bikes around one tire maker.  The Spec ECU would be hard to push without the Tires all being the same.  Too many variables.  In Formula, the Spec ECU and lack of Traction control have made it a MUCH better series to watch.  It went from Racers stating they were bored MID to the END of the race.  To, having to race for all they are worth until the end, with battles from the mid point and sometimes in the dying laps of a Race. 

 

Motogp does not need the Spec ECU because there is plenty of action anyway.  But I have to admit, it would be interesting to see rider riding around with NO Traction control.  To see who adapts or rises above, and who relies heavily on the System.