Electronics to ruin 1,000cc MotoGP slides?

Nicky Hayden doubtful that 1,000cc MotoGP engines will increase excitement

THE introduction of 1,000cc engines to MotoGP may save the dwindling grid size but an increase the excitement factor is questionable, thinks Hayden.

The major factor holding back the tyre-sliding entertainment is the progression of the electronics that the modern generation of MotoGP bikes have become dependable on. In an interview on Superbikeplanet.com Nicky Hayden voiced: "The electronics are still going to have a huge part. You know, just compared to the level of electronics that we had in 2006 versus now, they have developed so much. It's still going to take away a little bit of excitement."

For years there have been calls for controlled electronics in the prototype series and Hayden recognises the need to limit the advantages of the different systems and regulate the electronic functions. He added: "Hopefully one day they can come up with a way to limit it, so it really puts the control back in the riders' wrist. But at the moment that doesn't really seem possible."

On the other side of the garage, after the Ducati pairing tested the GP12 machine at Jerez Valentino Rossi commented in a team statement that the 1,000cc generation of the Desmosedici was able to do 'some nice slides'. We will just have to wait and see...

Even if there are no dramatic sliding antics to be seen we can still enjoy the glory of 990s sliding in the gallery below.

Via Soup

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