MotoGP pitstops: exploring the future

Sunday's MotoGP race at Phillip Island was a bit of a mess but with some proper thought and planning, it could be the future

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Submitted by Ben Cope on Mon, 21/10/2013 - 11:54

The consensus is that Bridgestone screwed up by not testing at Phillip Island. I know that Marquez was dealt a bad hand and I know that things looked scrappy out there. Whatever the tyre, whatever the race distance, the conditions were the same for everyone. HRC messed up.

However, Sunday's MotoGP was the best race I'd seen in ages. Sure, the on-track battles weren't golden but seeing how the teams dealt with the bike swap, shone a glimmer of tactics onto a sport that has only given us a completely predictable top three and a completely predictable bottom five. For the past 5 years.

There has to be a future for pit-stops and bike swaps in MotoGP. What if we followed the world of F1, which now offers some of the most exciting, tactical and multi-dimensional circuit racing I've seen. Despite Vettel's dominance, it's not just a case of getting to the first corner first, then pounding out a monotonous run of identical laps. Anything can happen, does happen and that's what makes it worth watching. You don't know who's going to be on the podium.

If MotoGP had slightly longer races and teams could choose what tyres they ran and therefore what pit strategy to use and the fuel load too, it wouldn't just be fastest bike x fastest rider = the win. It would be about the fastest riders, adapting throughout the race and being the smartest riders. Lose the traction control. I'm not a luddite but these riders don't need it and without it, we wouldn't see loads more crashes but we'd see loads more action.

All top flight motorcycle racing is the same: 20 or more laps, go hard then go home. Am I alone in thinking that outright fastest races are almost always boring races?

Shouldn't Dorna raise the bar and try something new? The current run of 800, 1000 and now CRT has completely lost my interest and questions the ability of Dorna to know their arse from their elbow.

Thanks Bridgestone for getting it wrong, your mistakes made the race exciting. Shouldn't that be what it's all about?

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