FIM president Vito Ippolito has hit back at criticism from Valentino Rossi that MotoGP is ‘boring’, claiming that the championship is working to place a greater emphasis on rider skill and ability.
Ippolito, speaking at an event in Doha, claimed that MotoGP is making a raft of changes for 2014 to limit the influence of electronics, which are designed to prevent a handful of bikes and riders dominating the championship.
The comments come after Rossi hit out at the championship, claiming that it was “boring” and “too perfect”.
The former champion, who has since moved from Ducati to Yamaha, previously claimed that MotoGP needed to be revamped in order to become as competitive as Moto2 or Moto3.
The recently retired Casey Stoner voiced similar frustrations in his final months in the sport.
But Ippolito refuted the claims, saying: “I think he’s talking about technology. Sometimes too much of technology diminishes the human flair (on a bike). But this is under discussion.”
“I hope, especially, in 2014 we will have new regulations which will allow to the riders to show more of their (natural riding) skill.” When asked if MotoGP was going to get better, Ippolito said: “Yes!”.
Ippolito hoped Rossi would, who hasn’t won a Grand Prix since his victory at the Malaysian GP in October 2011, would turn things around in the new season set to begin at Losail International Circuit next month.
“Valentino Rossi is coming back with a very competitive bike and I think the new season will be really, really interesting,” Ippolito said.