Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Dorna: un favor, por favor is delighted to feature the work of iconic MotoGP writer Mat Oxley. Oxley is a former racer, TT winner and highly respected author of biographies of world champions Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi, and currently writes for Motor Sport Magazine, where he is MotoGP correspondent. We are featuring sections from Oxley's blogs, which are posted in full on the Motor Sport Magazine website.

Dorna: un favor, por favor

Here’s a special MotoGP request ahead of this weekend’s Jerez GP

I’m often a bit mean about Dorna, because they’re the people in charge of MotoGP, so they’re in the firing line. But they are big enough to take it. I fully realise that much of the time they do great work, but I’m only a journalist, so, as Pavarotti once said, “when a journalist write about the positive he write fives lines; when he write about the negative he become a poet”.

Dorna’s greatest act over the past year or so has been to admit that MotoGP is too expensive to survive entirely on outside sponsorship, so it has wisely and kindly decided to underwrite the poorer end of the grid for the foreseeable future. This is in stark contrast to Formula 1 and top-level football, where those in charge only seem to care about the headline teams.

Dorna’s plan to bankroll the back half of the MotoGP grid for the foreseeable future could raise its annual investment in the class by a massive £20 million, which will be spent on those teams that run the twelve non-factory riders on the 24-strong grid. This investment is necessary because the poorer teams have always struggled. And if Dorna can keep those teams fully competitive, the racing will be better, so the show will be better, so more people will turn on the TVs, so their investment should be repaid.

So, major props and big-ups to Dorna. They are great people, honest. But why I am being nice to them? Because I’m after a favour…

This is going to take a bit of explaining, but my request involves Pink Floyd’s brilliantly weird album Wish You Were Here, which has been part of the soundtrack to my life since it hit record shops in the summer of 1975. By sheer fate, the album is now part of MotoGP’s soundtrack, because Valentino Rossi chose the title track to make a heartfelt tribute to his late friend Marco Simoncelli at Misano in September 2013.

Read the rest of Mat Oxley's blog on the Motor Sport Magazine website.


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One of my fav memories is waking up in a tent to a foggy morning high up on the hillside above turn 9. This was the final test at the dawn of the 800 era. We'd found the hole in the fence that let us camp illegally inside the circuit. Anyway, as the fog began to clear, the tannoy fired up and played Kiley Minogue's "I should be so lucky".