MotoGP, Beyond China... (Original Posting 6th May 2007)
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? NO, It’s Stoner!?
Ducati and Casey Stoner are setting the pace for the MotoGP, with 4 rounds over and 3 wins now it will only be a matter of time when victory is all but assured if they keep up this pace. But with the championship returning to Europe with many riders returning to favourite and familiar tracks the racing can only get better, which is hard to believe after such an exciting start to the season.
More importantly though, Ducati is setting an important precedent. A relatively small European manufacturer is taking on the biggest and most powerful motorcycle firms and leading the championship. With firms like BMW and KTM looking at joining the MotoGP grid they can now see that with some talented riders and with small but dedicated factory support these firms can be at the top.
Imagine a “fantasy grid” packed with the big Japanese four, Ducati, BMW, KTM, Triumph, MV Agusta, Aprilia…and so on. Not forgetting privateers! The future of MotoGP looks bright. Once it is affordable for these teams to run in MotoGP then it will be also possible for them to run WSB teams and BSB etc! Eventually the technology that these teams are using at the top level will also eventually come to the average road user.
So in an age when motorcycling is being attacked on one side by health and safety concerns and an obviously anti-bike biased media and ever increasingly frustrated road going public looking for someone to blame. We are pushing forward doing what we do best…being individuals who love living life.
Keep the rubber side down.