MotoMatters.com 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.
MotoGP’s Spanish rights holder has done some great things and some not-so-great things during its 25 years in charge
This year Dorna celebrates 25 years as lord and master of motorcycle Grand Prix racing. During that quarter of a century the company has done some good things and some bad things, some clever things and some stupid things.
Staying true to the journalist’s mantra of ‘comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable’ I won’t trumpet Dorna’s achievements. After all, CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta and his coterie don’t need me to say nice things about them. All they need do to bring a smile to their faces is check their bank accounts. (Or receive news that Valentino Rossi has renewed his contract for another couple of years.)
Instead let’s have some innocent fun examining the worst thing it’s done and the most stupid thing it’s done.
The one thing for which I will never forgive Dorna is killing off the 250s. This was an act of grave motor sport philistinism; a bit like an art gallery burning its collection of van Goghs and replacing them with a load of production-line Damien Hirst dross, reasoning that the world has moved on from post-impressionism.
The ‘bike that won the last 250 world title in 2009 – Hiroshi Aoyama’s Honda RS250-W – was the neatest, prettiest race bike ever created. It was a petrolhead’s Mona Lisa.
Not for nothing were the 250s, in their dying days, known as the ‘connoisseurs’ class’. No one has ever made a better racing motorcycle than a 250 GP bike. If I had my own racetrack and a vast garage that included all the best racing machines of the last few decades, I would ignore the rest and keep doing laps on the 250s, day after day after day.
Read the rest of Mat Oxley's blog on the Motor Sport Magazine website.