MotoGP Gets Closer to F1 – Riders Can’t Make a Difference
MotoGP has come a long way in recent years. While the riders are still looking to make their mark and bravely tackle the regulations and tireless opponents, the real battle lies with the teams and engineering. MotoGP’s close resemblance to Formula 1 has been noted, and the two championships have been compared on numerous occasions over the years.
Tightening Up Regulations
The regulations are becoming increasingly stringent in terms of production of parts and materials as well as the performance of the machine and the riders. This means that riders’ skills and talents almost don’t matter, since their potential is restricted by the machine.
The same regulations that apply to MotoGP teams are being imposed on F1 teams, and many of the components are identical. This means that the difference between MotoGP and F1 is becoming more subtle.
The Need for Investment
As with any motorsport discipline, the teams at the top of the pile need to invest heavily in the highest quality parts, components and technology. F1 teams have access to the largest resources, with mega-sponsors on board each series. This leaves smaller teams in MotoGP having to look to lower-cost items, compromising their overall performance.
Differences in Performance
Regardless of the regulations, some riders still make the difference. The most successful riders are those who are able to use the machine and rules to their advantage, taking their performances to the absolute limit.
However, the majority of the racers are on the same level and merely take advantage of the current technical regulations to put in those outstanding performances. There’s only so much a rider can do with the same machine.
New regulations will be introduced in both disciplines in the near future, and these may set the teams’ performances apart once more. At present, MotoGP teams are working hard to close the gap between themselves and the FIA-funded F1 teams, and the latest regulations may help them to reach that goal.
Only time will tell if MotoGP can truly compete with F1, but for the time being it appears that the riders have little power to sway the regulations and their performances are limited.
MotoGP is slowly becoming more like F1, with identical machines and ever-tightening regulations. Teams must invest heavily in order to remain competitive, and riders’ performances are often limited by these regulations. The future will determine if MotoGP can truly stand alongside F1 as a competitive championship.