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May 9th, 2017, 01:27 PM   #1
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Motogp going electric

Ok so the thread title is a little misleading but a support race coming very soon at least. I know we have to move with the times and all but part of the excitement is the "hear them afore you see them" at the track.

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This does nothing for me, I even moan about moto 2 because they sound shite. Watching bikes circulate a track in silence won't catch on imo.
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This does nothing for me, I even moan about moto 2 because they sound shite. Watching bikes circulate a track in silence won't catch on imo.
Formula E has caught on in spite of the silence around tracks.
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[QUOTE=JPSLotus;434531]Formula E has caught on in spite of the silence around tracks.[/QUOTE
All depends what your definition catching on is. Could it support itself as the main draw of a series, or is it an amusing time slot filler in a much more popular series.
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All depends what your definition catching on is. Could it support itself as the main draw of a series, or is it an amusing time slot filler in a much more popular series.
Formula E does not run as a support race to Formula 1 or any other FIA sanctioned race series. It runs on it's own as they generally are running on street circuits in the middle of cities to attract the urban demographic.

If done right you could do the same thing with a MotoGP Electric series. Run it during the off-season so there is racing in the winter. Who knows, you could get appearances from the regular GP guys.
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Formula E does not run as a support race to Formula 1 or any other FIA sanctioned race series. It runs on it's own as they generally are running on street circuits in the middle of cities to attract the urban demographic.

If done right you could do the same thing with a MotoGP Electric series. Run it during the off-season so there is racing in the winter. Who knows, you could get appearances from the regular GP guys.
Dorna's version would be as support race for each moto GP round.
I can understand the popularity of city centre events for the spectacle, but not at regular tracks.
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At PI in 2009 they had electric bikes as a support race, the bikes then where'nt as powerful as they are now and the field of only 4 bikes was rather lame. Not hearing them as they came by made it much less of a spectacle in all honesty.
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Surely it doesn't matter about the noise its the competition.
It wouldn't make the slightest difference if motogp bikes were silent, its the quality of the competition that matters.
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Dorna's version would be as support race for each moto GP round.
At Indy in 2012 they had a support race of Harley 1200's.

I think I'd rather watch electric.

At least it was easy to get good pictures of the Harley's; you could just run along side them.

And it gave you time to go buy another giant can of beer and deep-fried turkey leg before the real racing started up again.
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Surely it doesn't matter about the noise its the competition.

It wouldn't make the slightest difference if motogp bikes were silent, its the quality of the competition that matters.


I think the sound adds to the excitement if you look at formula 1 it was quite underwhelming when the new engines were introduced, the first thing people noted was the cars sound tame, I have to agree with other posters saying it does nothing for me because the sense of speed is reduced by the lack of sound. I have actually sent a letter to this effect to MCN magazine in the uk, hopefully it is printed in next weeks edition.


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