FIM boss gives thumbs up to 1000cc engines

"The 800cc formula hasn't worked," says Vito Ippolito

VITO Ippolito, the president of motorcycle racing's governing body the FIM has stated he would like to see a return to 990cc engines, saying "the 800cc formula hasn't worked."

Speaking to Motosprint, Ippolito said: "MotoGP manufacturers want 1000cc engines, so that's the way now.

"The 800cc formula hasn't worked because power is more or less the same but cornering speed has increased. And costs have increased too."

Ippolito was keen to make clear this would not lead to conflict with the World Superbike Championship, despite World Superbike promoter Infront Motor Sports' reaction to the return to 990 engines. Read Visordown's take on the WSB angle here.

"We are satisfied with both series, because they meet the requests of the fans," said Ippolito. "SBK offers the opportunity of racing and showing off to people who have less resources, while MotoGP is the global image of motorcycle racing.

Earlier this month Dorna Boss Carmelo Ezpeleta also stated he wanted to see a return to big-bore MotoGP racing. Read Visordown's story on the hot MotoGP topic here.

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