PART 1nd - Moto2 engines: Dorna thinks about everything
The investigation of SkeetGP on the business of the companies 'close' or in Dorna area which are suppliers of services . The ExternPro case-study.
It will be the crisis, it will be the "spending review" which has, during the last eight years, hit all the world hard, including the show-biz, also starting with the sport (and including motoring), but, by now, if we talk about MotoGP everything goes through Dorna, the Plenipotentiary structure, which runs the entire Circus of the two wheels ( from the Moto3, from passing through Moto2, up til the premier class: MotoGP).
An example? Can surely be the long standing issue of Moto2 engines. But let's go step by step and let's start from the beginning. In March 2010, Dorna Sports, through its CEO, Carmelo Ezpeleta, announced that the Geo Technology, a Swiss factory run by Osamu Goto, engineer and Honda and Ferrari designer in F1, would carry out the preparation and maintenance of the new engines 600cc Moto2 in order 'to lower the costs of the teams, to do everything, and, above all, to fully manage the processes (from the A to the Z).
In reality the engines are the same for all the teams registered in the "middle class" and to draw so as to less not to favour anyone. The engine has a 140 horsepower and is reviewed every three races (about 1,500 km). It is derived on that of the Honda CBR600RR and is even "sealed", in this way, amongst other things, so the teams cannot modify it and thereby avoid tampering with it.
In 2013, however, the first structural change come. Geo Technology won’t be dealing with the overhaul of Moto2 engines. And after just three years, the Swiss company directed by Goto, in fact left, in fact, the technical management of the Moto2 engines, passing the baton to a reality "closer to Dorna" (already having read about it in the chronicles of the time), which is localized within the Alcaniz Motor technology park in Aragon (Spain).
The company in question is the EXTERNPRO SL which is working hand in hand with the Honda (until 2018 season, then the new British home builder Triumph is expected) for the development of the four-cylinder CBR 600 RR engine, however, considered now be "obsolete" (so that in 2019 the same Triumph will be present with a three-cylindric propeller of the new generation 750 cc engine, which will be able to develop a 160 horsepower).
As stated in the agreement, each engine will be reviewed three times and then replaced by a new one ( from 2016, the ExternPro became always, responsible for renewing of the components, and two technicians of the Spanish company were sent in each test of the championship,to control the regularity of the process.
In the meantime, everything was under the watchful eye of IRTA, the International Federation and especially of Dorna Sports.
Dorna’s success was definitely due to having the main manufacturers of frames (see the Ducati, KTM, Husqvarna, just to name a few) not interested in providing these engines. So the Spanish "centre" found it self free to decide the rules and to manage, we repeat, the processes, with all due respect to everyone.
But let's come back to the Geo-Technology - ExternPro takeover. In 2013 it appears at first to be due, to a further centralization of the Moto2 organization by Dorna, which intends to manage everything in its modern compound of Aragon Motorland (now operational headquarters of Dorna), reducing, according to the fixed goals, even the service costs considered too be too high. Just only for information, in early 2016, this "marriage" between Dorna and ExternPro, is so strong, that they run together the line of a "million km".
In summary, having a single engine supplier allows teams to focus only on the set-up and on rider-bike work. In fact ExternPro is in a dominant market position, because Moto2 engines can be provided to the teams exclusively by this company based at Alcaniz.
(The second part of this report will be published next tuesday on SkeetGp.com)
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