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GP Week : Issue 152
With new rules for 2013 due to be finalised at the end of June, with further dumbing down and technical restrictions certain in 2014 or 2015, satellite team owner Lucio Cecchinello has urged a major rethink on the philosophy of the rules. The Italian former racer, who introduced Casey Stoner first to the 125 class and subsequently brought him into MotoGP, believes that the premier class should follow the example of F1, and instead of taking cheap technology from street bikes should instead be leading the way in development. This year’s introduction of CRT bikes had been successful, he said, “because it gives the opportunity to some teams that don’t have a tremendous budget to come into the paddock and set up for a future in this category. “But I don’t think this is really the future,” he told GPWEEK. “I wish that MotoGP could involve the biggest manufacturers. I really wish to see them in the championship,” he said. The thrust of all automotive development was towards greater efficiency, and MotoGP should be leading the way in developing low-pollution technology for the street, rather than borrowing technology to boost the racing, he said. “In F1, although not every manufacturer is keen, in 2014 they will have very small engines, turbocharged, because they are looking for developing technologies for the automotive industry. Some constructor like Ferrari might not be happy, but Ferrari is very small in the industry. With this kind of F1 rule they will attract more constructors. “I think we need to sit down and think what do motorcycle manufacturers really need to make their business more successful for the end users. “We need to have a proper vision, what the end consumer will want for the next ten years – cheaper bikes, less consumption, safer bikes. “The manufacturers – not the engineers but the company directors – need to do good market research, and indicate to the racing management that they want to move in this direction. “Motor sport must be entertainment,” he continued. “But also it must be always a platform where we can develop technology for the end users. For example I don’t really see in the future motorcycles with pneumatic valves for the street, or with 20,000 rpm. “We need to focus on reducing CO2 emissions.” With this sort of formula, it would be possible for two-strokes to return, if they could match four-stroke emissions.” “RACING NEEDS A MAJOR RETHINK” Team Owner Lucio Cecchinello at BRIEFLY » Unconfirmed reports in the German media say that BMW is already at work on a MotoGP project, even though future technical regulations are still in the melting pot. BMW did part-develop a three-cylinder 990cc engine at the start of the MotoGP four-stroke era, only for the capacity to be reduced to 800cc before it had achieved fruition. » The calendar may grow from the current 18 races to 20 in the near future, in spite of past reassurances from Dorna that it was already at its maximum. The expansion will be able to accommodate eager new candidates India and Argentina without losing existing European races. The Japanese factories are also eager to add Indonesia to the schedule, and there are currently three US circuits – Laguna Seca, Indianapolis and Austin, Texas – contracted to run races next year. » When Valentino Rossi left Honda on bad terms at the end of 2003, he frequently said it was because he wanted to prove that “it’s the rider that makes the difference, not the bike.” He later crowed that he had done so, continuing his winning form with Yamaha. His unsuccessful move to Ducati suggests a different answer, however, as underlined by HRC vice-president Shuhei Nakamoto, in an interview with Japanese journalist Yoko Togashi, published on the GPOne.com website. “Now it is time for him to prove it,” said Nakamoto. 13 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: MOTOGP >>> NEWS