I'm prompted to start this after reading articles in various Motogp related websites. The current 4 stroke Motogp era was started in 2002 to increase participation of manufacturers, reduce costs and allow manufacturers to market products related to their racing machines. Initially there was talk about how power would never be a problem, as the tyres in 2002 would be the limiting factor. 220hp was around the maximum and this could be achieved by any competent manufacturer. Aprilia was rumoured to be making the most power, but in a package that was totally unrideable. Still, a small company from Italy was there and not just making up the numbers. Over the next couple of years, tyres caught up and the manufacturers were using electronics to harness 240hp machines. Speeds increased and laptimes reduced. Still, there were 20+ bikes in a field and a second string team could still win a race. Honda and Yamaha were dominant and there was a mix of engine configurations. For 2007 there was a push to change the formula to 800cc, ostensibly to reduce speeds. The 800's were labelled 'Safety bikes'. At the same time as reducing capacity, fuel was also reduced. For some reason, Dorna thought this was the way to make bikes safer, instead the manufacturers came up with ever more elaborate ways to make the bikes as fast as before. Corner speed is now critical as is fuel economy. Circuits now have fuel maps for each corner and Ducati are rumoured to have used electronics to reduce the fuel supply when bikes are in different parts of the corner. Electronics are now so important that the much talked about traction control is really more a variable fuel mapping service. Get the map wrong and the power comes on so strong and so hard that bikes now flip riders off. High sides had almost disappeared with the 990's as the power was so great and the torque curve so fat, that light switch power bands were a thing of the past. During all of this, the costs have risen so greatly that an 18 bike grid is the maximum size. Honda and Yamaha supply more than their factory effort, but even a Schwantz /Spies team cannot raise enough money to run a bike from Suzuki. Roberts, who ran a 3rd string team in 2006 and still managed the occasional podium is unlikely to return. All of this in an era of a boom economy, with charasmatic riders and large crowds, yet sponsors are hard to find. Now Dorna are proposing a spec ECU in an effort to improve the show. Where does a spec ECU sit in a prototype series? A series where the rulebook is really quite small (I reviewed it and there isn't much there!). If a spec ECU doesn't improve the show, lower the costs or increase participation, where to next? And how long will Kawasaki and Suzuki continue to sink tens of millions of US$ into a sport that doesn't seem to provide a return for them?