Rossi Wants 70 Percent Reduction in MotoGP Electronics
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Amid reports that the MotoGP series are ready to make some engine changes for the 2012 season and switch to 1000cc bikes, Rossi could not be more delighted with the news. The man who publicly criticized the FIM for bringing the premier series from 990 cc to 800 cc a couple of years ago insisted that 1000cc bikes would make the sport more fun to watch for the fans.
“I would return MotoGP to 1,000cc and I would remove 70 per cent of the electronics. That's a fair reduction, I'd say,” said Rossi in an interview with Rai Sport, reiterating his belief that it's the rider that counts, rather than the bike.
That's actually one of his main concerns when speaking about his future in the series, as he repeatedly told the media he will not give up MotoGP racing unless it will become boring. And that's exactly what electronics do, namely the minimization of the rider's input and the maximization of the equipment he uses.
“Unfortunately, for motorized sports it's difficult; until recently there weren't many rules and everyone pushed to the maximum. We need to impose limits, but in an intelligent fashion,” added the Italian rider.
Despite being incredibly critic of the championship's switch to 800cc machineries, Rossi won both titles under the new engine rules – 2008 and 2009 – after previously failing to secure a championship crown in back-to-back seasons (2006 and 2007). As for the new 1000cc engine rules, the idea is still to be accepted by the FIM, but the majority of the teams have already showed support for the idea in recent days.
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