I have often commented that the motorcycle industry should learn or copy many things from the automotive industry. I even made a video titled "10
I have often commented that the motorcycle industry should learn or copy many things from the automotive industry. I even made a video titled “10 Things that motorcycles should copy from cars”. A video with less controversy than I expected. And in which, by the way, I forgot one thing: Why do motorcycles all have such ridiculous horns? I do not ask that they carry a horn like that of a truck, but I do ask that they carry a horn that is audible and does not provoke laughter from those who hear it …
But let’s get down to business: How many car brands are there in F1? I say car brands, not teams. Well, there are only 4: Honda, Mercedes, Renault and Ferrari. And how many motorcycle brands are there in MotoGP? Again I say the same, brands, not teams: Aprilia, Ducati, Honda, KTM, Suzuki and Yamaha. That is, 6 brands, 50 percent more in absolute numbers. But if we take into account that all those brands can aspire to the podium -with the third place of Aprilia they have all done it- and that the motorcycle sector is much more modest than the four-wheel sector, we will all agree that this difference is not 50 percent, in reality it would be much greater.
A complete success. Chance? Some will say “is that motorcycles are cheaper.” Well no, because you have to compare what F1 or MotoGP costs against the income statements of each brand. Yes, MotoGP is cheaper than F1, but in proportion to the business they move… nope. That is not the cause.
A boss of mine always repeated a phrase: “I believe more in causalities than in coincidences.” Like me. This situation is to the credit of the MotoGP managers, from the Dorna team, who give facilities to modest teams that can do training whenever they want, have more engines, can open them up and have a better chance of having guest drivers, the famous “Wild Card”. That doesn’t happen in F1. And frankly, they could really use doing this kind of thing. It would be a way for F1 to be more entertaining. Although I doubt it will ever be as fun as our Moto2, Moto3 and MotoGP races. Don’t you think?