Prospective manufacturers “have to dare” to race in MotoGP now

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MotoGP will lose its manufacturer at the end of the 2022 season after Suzuki announced a surprise stop from the series.

The day after Autosport first broke the story, MotoGP owner Dorna Sports issued a statement saying it had a high level of interest from independent teams and manufacturers about coming to the series.

While none of the manufacturers are making public noise about the possibility of coming to MotoGP, Espargaro believes that the current development trends in the series regarding aerodynamics and equipment are very high and the associated costs will deter manufacturers.

This comes amid a debate that has emerged in recent races about how difficult it is to keep up in the current MotoGP, which is blamed primarily on aero and altitude devices.

Asked if he could ban any of these things and what he would do, Espargaro said while before the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello: “Two. Both. Why are we using all this so much faster? It’s, just so much faster.

“We want to be faster in lap time and why do we need three seconds faster in lap time? Some people will say ‘you have to go in the straight end more than 350km / h’, or ‘you have to turn in this corner half a second faster’ ‘.

“I mean, no one is really pushing us to get faster by adding stuff and making it harder.

“I see an extra problem because in the current situation, it’s a new space for new manufacturers to come.

“Whoever the manufacturer is coming up with now, with the rear gear, the aerodynamics that make the bike great.

“You know how hard it is to figure out how the wings can be used on any side, how the rear devices can be used on the front and rear, how the electronics work with aerodynamics?

“It’s really hard and critical to develop, so new manufacturers come in – they have to be very brave, with a lot of money to throw in wind tunnels, make wings and all this, if you take it, it’s just going to be a bike that’s going to be sold.”

Pol Espargaro, Repsol Honda Team

Pol Espargaro, Repsol Honda Team

Photo by: Gold and Swan / Motorsport Pictures

He added: “You’ve seen a very large Ducati on the road, a kind of Ducati on the road – this [the MotoGP bike] very far with a bike on the road when compared to a Honda not far away [from the street bike]or Yamaha.

“But Ducati has more to do with bikes, which is not against anything, because the rules allow it, making the situation very difficult. And for the new manufacturer this is a big problem.

Espargaro acknowledges that technical advances in MotoGP are filtering into the bike, but believes that the current aerodynamic package has no relevance to road engines.

“How many aerodynamic wings are similar to the Ducati you’ve seen on a street bike ?,” he said.

“You only have a small wing in Panigale. But what I’m saying is, what does all this mean? Even for the road, what we’re doing here is trying to make the bike better for people who use bikes on the road.

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“By using these wings and aerodynamics, whether you think you’re making the bike easier on the road or you’re happy with the guys on the road.

“We added electronics, which will save lives on the road; brakes, power transmission, smooth and nice, grip on the bike, braking stability.

“But the wings, what’s the effect on the road? In sight, it makes it more difficult, but also MotoGP, it’s a prototype. So it’s okay.”