Earlier today at Motegi, Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta spoke to the media about the future of both MotoGP and WSB, now under common ownership with Dorna’s parent company Bridgepoint, and the operational control of Dorna.
Several interesting quotes emerged, including:
– “So finally the decision of Bridgepoint was to maintain two championships, two separate championships as two separate companies, but both under the umbrella of Dorna Sports.”
– “It’s obvious that the technical regulations, in my opinion, in both championships are so expensive.”
– “We are not ‘in favor’ of ECUs or limit of revs or whatever, we are in favor of reducing the costs and increasing the show. This is the main aim of both championships.”
– “We think that a championship derived from production bikes [WSB] that is using 39 engines during one season, and in MotoGP you are using just six – to be honest it’s not very correct, and we need to set up both championships with their own spirit…One is from bikes based on production motorcycles, and another is for prototypes. This is something we will do with the FIM first, and then with the manufacturers who are involved in both championships.”
The impression left by Ezpeleta was that big changes will likely come for both series in 2014, when the “production bike” nature of WSB and the “prototype” nature of MotoGP will be reinforced, but both series will see new rules designed to decrease costs and increase competitive participation.