But, really, is that what we want? The two smokes were mad bikes with a power band so wild it could have been thought up my someone in a mental asylum. But still, those bikes had roughly 200 BHP at it's peak. Today we're talking 250+ BHP plus rockets on wheels, I wouldn't be surprised if we're in the 270-280 range. These bikes are goddamn insane. Just as the two-strokes were insane.
But back then the riders weren't bunched up. Now we've got the closest grids ever. The 1-15 gap in races was 15 seconds at Qatar, the lowest it's ever been. And that gap has been plummeting for the past few years and will probably continue to tumble as KTM and Aprilia closes the gap (wait, replace "as" with "if).
Riders coming down and being hit by other bikes is currently the biggest danger in MotoGP now that the circuits are so safe. Shoya Tomizawa and Simoncelli are examples of that, and Salom died as a case of a poorly designed circuit combined with a tiny mistake on his own part. We could say that they should ride to the conditions, and leave it to their right hand, but I don't agree. I for one would not want to see drivers poodle around at 60% of the pace that they could run because they're not given the tools to ride 100%.
I don't think that they've gone overboard with the aero, DORNA is keeping a close eye on it and they've scaled it back to a point where it still allows the riders to slow the bikes down with excessive wheel hopping and bikes coming out from under them. If the price to pay for that is tiny winglets, then by all means, go for it, if the option is removing the unified ECU and allow Honda to run away with things and increase the gaps between the bikes.
This does not mean that we're even close to going down the F1-route where the cars are boring to watch, and besides Monaco and Singapore, not especially challenging to drive. These bikes are incredibly challenging to drive with a poor ECU and constant threat of wheelies. You still need to be extremely sublime and skilled to ride these things on the edge, wings or not.
Plus, like I've stated before. Riders like Rossi and Marquez is far too valuable to have killed. Sure, they risk it every time they go out there, but there's no need to increase that risk ten-fold.
2018 GTP Accuracy champion.
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