Why Massimo Rivola Is calling For A Power Reduction in MotoGP
The new MotoGP technical regulations are to be voted on in the course of the coming season. Massimo Rivola explains why a power reduction is necessary.
It’s been four months since the MotoGP manufacturers listened to Dorna’s proposals for the post-2026 technical regulations at the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang.
In addition to the already decided changeover to 100% synthetic fuels in all classes, topics such as the banning of ride height and holeshot devices came up, too.
Even a possible reduction in engine displacement, and taking a step back from the 1000cc engines used since 2012, was discussed.
Aprilia’s race director Massimo Rivola sees the meeting as a big step forward toward a set of regulations that will suit all manufacturers in the premier class of motorbike racing.
Now it is up to the manufacturers to “agree on and discuss the proposals” made by Dorna, the Italian explained to SPEEDWEEK.com.
“In general, we think that Dorna’s proposals are a good basis for discussion. We also agree to talk about limits on aero development.”
Aprilia would like to “give the riders more leeway again and reduce the intervention of the electronic systems.”
The Days Of Top Speed Records Could Be Over
On top of that, the safety of the riders, who ultimately bear the entire risk of the enormous speeds in MotoGP, is an issue.
Rivola is openly in favour of a reduction in development until the new regulations come into effect in 2027.
Should things continue at the pace they have been going in recent years, the risks will hardly be bearable for any rider. He fears MotoGP would then hardly be able to race safely on any track.
“If MotoGP development continues at the current pace over the next four years until the end of 2026, the circuits won’t be big enough for our bikes.”
The Italian wants to end the days of ever-new top speed records, such as Jorge Martin’s from Mugello (363.6 kph) which meets with widespread approval among manufacturers.
“We expect the engine power to decrease. That’s why I don’t expect there will be a reduction in displacement.”
“Maybe the bore will not stay at a maximum of 81 millimetres; maybe it will get smaller. However, on the whole, we agree that we should reduce the performance of the bikes.”