Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: the business end of a CAD station.
oh definitely it is. I just see 2 different extremes in racing.
In snocross that I grew up in, factory teams were known to hold back on using the trickest new components because a supplier (Brembo in one particular instance that jumps into my head, Ohlins in another.) wouldn't be able to tool up to have those components available on the next years base model showroom floor machine. I've seen braking systems, suspension systems, not to mention chassis and engine stuff deliberately held back from factory race team sleds because there'd be a public outcry if it wasn't available for consumer purchase within 6 months on a stock machine.
On the other extreme we've got F1, where I'm hard pressed to think of a single advance from the last 20 years that has made it's way to a production vehicle of any type.
Once upon a time GP was much more like the former, and it's very rapidly slipping towards the latter. This is one of the very few things that has actually made a difference in the consumers life, and I'm not sure that taking it away is improving the MotoGP or motorcycling as a whole.
Lets face it, billet frames and pneumatic valves aren't gonna be finding their way into your R1 anytime soon. A faux big bang and traction control are the only 2 things to trickle down (that I can think of anyhow) since the 4-strokes came in. Even chassis stuff has stopped trickling down, billet frames don't find their way into a streetbike.
HAIL TO THE KING!!
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