Rossi: MotoGP is too perfect
Valentino Rossi was in the mood to provide "360° feedback" today in Japan, as he prepared to start a string of three consecutive races which will essentially conclude his time at Ducati. On a day in which Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta shared his views on the future of the sport, Rossi was eager to voice his own opinion: "MotoGP has changed a lot compared to 6 or 7 years ago. The races are boring now, they lack excitement - the Doctor commented - Maybe it's not too important for the factories, but it is for the people manage the series and have to sell the sport."
The most obviously two areas where Rossi would make changes? "The tires and electronics. The tires made by Bridgestone are too perfect, but I don't know how we could ask for less effective tires. In terms of spec electronics, we would have to see the final product. It would be important to find the right balance between limiting the rider aids and maintaining the currently level of safety. Currently the electronics are programmed based on every single corner, so it's not the rider who controls the power, but the computer. Just taking this option away would already make them less perfect."
Valentino knows that change isn't easy, but it's also not impossible: "I know there was a lot of resistance to limits on the electronics, but that was also the case in Formula 1 and it went through. Dorna must get involved, because it's right for a championship's organizers to make decisions."
The Ducati rider had some advice for WSBK as well: "I'm a big fan of the series, and I never miss a race. I think a good move could be to bring the bikes closer to production machines, but while still maintaining good performance and exciting races."
And on the Motegi race: "On paper this is our best track from the remaining GP's. In Malaysia our first test went well, and the second test badly. Phillip Island is a difficult track for us, and Valencia is something of a question mark."
Translation by Sean Sedacca