'MotoGP is struggling' says Checa

Checa believes the power struggle between the MSMA and Dorna needs to be resolved before it damages the series

Posted: 9 March 2012
by Visordown News

MOTOGP is currently facing a 'power struggle' between Dorna and the manufacturers, as noted by 2011 World Superbike champion and former GP rider Carlos Checa.

A proposal for a new rules for 2013 onwards is being drafted by the manufacturers association, MSMA, with an aim to keep costs down whilst maintaining the development of exciting prototypes. The deadline for the final proposal is during the three-day test at Jerez in two weeks time.

Commenting on the current issues facing the premier class to GPOne.com, Checa said: "It's the victim of a power struggle between Dorna and the manufacturers, especially Honda. It is clear that MotoGP is struggling right now. A true world championship needs manufacturer participation, and they don't really have that now.

"If you look at any motorcycle parking lot, you see all of the manufacturers represented, but it's not like that now in MotoGP.  And even Moto2 has the same problem: you can't have a single engine series on the world level."

The Spaniard also added that the manufacturers and Dorna need to sit down and discuss the production-based CRT spec bikes, saying that there is a risk of damaging not only the MotoGP championship but also the World Superbike series.

Previous article
Texas MotoGP round in doubt?
Next article
Lorenzo passes his bike test

motogp, checa, 2013, rules, dorna, msma

Discuss this story

Checa i agree there is no fun in having one manufacturer dominate or have so much money to spend. Racing has to be down to riders as much as machinery to make it interesting.

Posted: 09/03/2012 at 10:28

We can all start bashing HRC, and mostly, we're right to, but, the fact remains, they are the biggest dog on the block, always have been, always will be. And as such, they usually get their own way. Look at the 800's.........

I was made up that it took them 5 years to win a title with the capacity THEY pushed for, and even then, they had to have 3 bikes, out there to do it..

If you want a good read and a bit of an in sight to all this nonsense, have a look at this:


Posted: 09/03/2012 at 10:53

Pagik, no, Honda didn't need three bikes it just needed a capable rider which it got in Casey Stoner.

Posted: 09/03/2012 at 13:26

always blame Honda!

Posted: 09/03/2012 at 14:50

Because its usually their fault Fred!!!!

Posted: 09/03/2012 at 18:01

Well now lets see what this brings up !moto gp superbike mx whatever all are struggling at min but one thing that has bugged me for yrs and i did write to mcn yrs ago about this and they said i was talking bull but im not! You ask whats this got to do with checa comment but think about this ! Ago , sheene wittham ,mick grant senna decoster noyce hill schummacher dunlop ,parrish gardner schwantz,hailwood , roberts etc etc all had one thing in common in that you knew who they where at a glance ! Even my mum or girlfriend or mate new some of them . But what the fuck has this got to do with moto gp u say ! well unless your a petrol head you have no idea who they are unless you read the caption stoner ihave to study the picture co s they all look like clones riders take note give yourself an identity ie your helmet design and keep it the same yr in yr out and learn that public recognition is much more important in a career ,thats why if you show a non petrol head a yellow arai he will say joey dunlop or the peeler says to you on hard shoulder well now barry sheene lets see your licence ! Moto gp is crap because they want the money so do the pc thing and the general public cant identify with it even if they have no interest people buy things to be associated with a product nothing else! Rant over!

Posted: 09/03/2012 at 21:47

I think I agree with most of what JT said.....just not sure if I read the shorthand right. Motor sport in general now seems to be full of corporate clones, all suited and booted, clean cut and following the party line...and that includes the pit crews. That's the price you pay when big money takes over the show and calls the tune. Rossi may have been the last character left in Moto Gp, and when he goes that's the end of that era and the anonymously dressed Power Rangers will take over. All motor sport is expensive, even more so when major manufacturers decide to win at all costs. Moto Gp will surely lose viewers and spectators if the classes degenerate into production and one make races no matter how good the racing is, simply because all the purpose and history will have gone. Who can name one driver from the Renault Cup or any single make racing formula? I think I've seen the best of bike racing, sorry for all the rest of you who missed it.

Posted: 10/03/2012 at 09:08

Supersic was probably the best think happening in MotoGP, but unfortunately we lost him. In the UK, we've got Guy Martin who is a character, but he's mainly involved in road racing, and most petrol heads don't even follow that series. And of course, Guy is not overly happy playing the media luvie, preferring to do overtime mending trucks!

F1 drivers on the other hand are all over the place, especially Button and Hamilton. The bike firms could learn a lot from the F1 marketeers.

Posted: 11/03/2012 at 11:42

and its Ducati 'fault' for winning WSBK every year?!??!?

Honda won 2 years, after Yamaha and Ducati, and it's because Honda have money, power, influence... thats not about making a better bike/riders.

I just dont understand why people have to 'deify' a rider. It´s better a Guy Martin than a Ian Hutchinson or McGuiness... Better Vale or SuperSic than Stoner/Pedrosa... Most people prefer gods of personality and full of media/attention whores than a silent talented rider. It must be because you can buy their equipment and looks like them, and feel better, awesome and a better rider.

Posted: 11/03/2012 at 15:44

I don't think "deify" or to make "god like" is the correct term! For what ever reason race fans and viewers like to identify with certain riders. A poor film or tv program is one that you don't give a shit what happens to the characters. Equally there's no point in watching a bike race that you don't care who wins. If that's the case then there's no excitement and it's just a bunch of people riding round and round on motorbikes until they stop. I think certain people have a charisma that attracts and makes others interested enough to watch and follow their careers. Others enjoy immense success in spite of lacking this quality and this just boosts the intensity of rivalry in any competitive sport. I'm sure we can all think of sports men and women who would fit this description; make your own lists! Just my two pennyworth.

Posted: 12/03/2012 at 13:48

Aside from the blame game, motogp is struggling due to loss of spectacle ,whoever is winning,remember the 1 st two motogp seasons , backing in, sliding, then electronics came and it was no longer such a spectacle, bsb' s move, I suspect will be watched with interest by organisers and manufacturers to see what it provides and at what cost,and by riders by how level it makes the playing field.....

Posted: 14/03/2012 at 09:59

Talkback: 'MotoGP is struggling' says Checa

Which do you think is the best adventure bike from our shortlist? Vote now in our Readers' Choice Awards

Thanks for voting!

KTM 1190 Adventure (26%)
BMW S1000XR (16%)
KTM 1290 Super Adventure (11%)
Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally (7%)
Suzuki V-Strom 650XT (4%)
Ducati Multistrada 1200 (7%)
BMW R1200GS/GS Adventure (11%)
KTM 1050 Adventure (13%)
Triumph Tiger 800 XCx (6%)
Which do you think is the best super naked from our shortlist? Vote now in our Readers' Choice Awards

Thanks for voting!

Triumph Speed Triple R (34%)
Kawasaki Z1000 (15%)
Suzuki GSX-S1000 (5%)
Yamaha MT-09 (6%)
KTM 1290 Super Duke R (17%)
Ducati Monsters 1200S (9%)
BMW S1000R (9%)
Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 (5%)
Which do you think is the best sports tourer from our shortlist? Vote now in our Readers' Choice Awards

Thanks for voting!

Kawasaki Versys 650 (38%)
MV Agusta Turismo Veloce (9%)
Ducati Multistrada 1200 (3%)
Yamaha MT-09 Tracer (3%)
BMW R1200RS (4%)
Triumph Tiger 800 XRx (11%)
Honda VFR800 (5%)
Kawasaki Versys 1000 (7%)
Honda VFR800X Crossrunner (12%)
Kawasaki Z1000SX (8%)
Which do you think is the best cruiser from our shortlist? Vote now in our Readers' Choice Awards

Thanks for voting!

Harley-Davidson Street 750 (54%)
Yamaha XV950 (7%)
Moto Guzzi Audace (7%)
Ducati Diavel (5%)
Kawasaki Vulcan S (8%)
Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight (8%)
Triumph Thunderbird LT (3%)
Honda Gold Wing F6C (5%)
Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 (4%)
Moto Guzzi Eldorado (0%)
Which do you think is the best A2 bike from our shortlist? Vote now in our Readers' Choice Awards

Thanks for voting!

Kawasaki Ninja 250 SL/Z250 SL (26%)
Suzuki Inazuma 250F (6%)
Yamaha R3 (11%)
Kawasaki Z300 (8%)
Honda CBR500R (5%)
KTM RC 390 (16%)
Honda CB500F (1%)
Kawasaki Ninja 300 (11%)
KTM Duke 390 (12%)
Honda CB500X (2%)
Which do you think is the best tourer from our shortlist? Vote now in our Readers' Choice Awards

Thanks for voting!

Honda Gold Wing F6B (41%)
Harley FLHX Street Glide (17%)
Honda ST1300 Pan European (3%)
BMW R1200RT (1%)
Yamaha FJR1300 (2%)
Triumph Trophy (3%)
Honda CTX1300 (6%)
Honda Gold Wing GL1800 (5%)
BMW K1600GT (10%)
Harley Electra Glide Ultra Limited (13%)
Which do you think is the best retro bike from our shortlist? Vote now in our Readers' Choice Awards

Thanks for voting!

Yamaha XJR1300 Racer (47%)
Royal Enfield Continental GT (12%)
Yamaha SR400 (4%)
Triumph Scrambler (7%)
Honda CB1100EX (4%)
BMW R nineT (8%)
Yamaha XJR1300 (6%)
Ducati Scrambler (3%)
Moto Guzzi V7 II (5%)
Triumph Thruxton (3%)
Which do you think is the best newcomer's bike from our shortlist? Vote now in our Readers' Choice Awards

Thanks for voting!

Honda CB650F (31%)
Kawasaki Versys 650 (5%)
Honda NC750S (2%)
Yamaha MT-07 (4%)
Triumph Street Triple R (3%)
Honda CBR650F (4%)
Ducati Monster 821 (7%)
BMW F800R (4%)
Kawasaki ER-6n/f (16%)
Honda NC750X (24%)
Which do you think is the best 125 from our shortlist? Vote now in our Readers' Choice Awards

Thanks for voting!

KTM RC 125 (41%)
Honda MSX125 (4%)
Suzuki Van Van (5%)
Yamaha YBR125 (5%)
KTM Duke 125 (10%)
Honda CBF125 (8%)
Yamaha YZF-R125 (6%)
Aprilia RS4 125 (9%)
Honda CBR125R (3%)
Yamaha MT-125 (11%)
Which do you think is the best sports bike from our shortlist? Vote now in our Readers' Choice Awards

Thanks for voting!

Honda Fireblade SP (37%)
Suzuki GSX-S1000F (16%)
Yamaha YZF-R1 (8%)
BMW S1000RR (7%)
Ducati 1299 Panigale S (5%)
KTM RC390 (6%)
Kawasaki Ninja H2 (2%)
Yamaha YZF-R3 (2%)
Aprilia RSV4 RF (14%)
Ducati 899 Panigale (2%)
Which do you think is the best scooter from our shortlist? Vote now in our Readers' Choice Awards
Which do you think is the best new product of the year from our shortlist? Vote now in our Readers' Choice Awards

Busiest motorcycle review conversations