Decisions on a few crucial proposed technical regulations, including standard electronic control units, were postponed last weekend at TT Assen, presumably to allow Dorna and the manufacturers to engage in more horse trading.
Factories are vehemently opposed to the idea of a standard ECU, saying it will eliminate a key area of work for their engineers and reduce development of technology that trickles down to road bikes. Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta counters by saying standard ECU's will save teams money on development and also breed more competitive racing by reducing the gap between the have and have-not teams.
Ezpeleta has a valuable PR ally in his desire to make identical black boxes mandatory: Valentino Rossi.
Seven-time MotoGP World Champion Rossi expressed his approval of standard ECU's to Italian media after TT Assen, citing the improved racing in Formula One after identical black boxes were introduced recently to the premier four-wheeled series in the world.
"Until a few years ago, the Formula One was the worse, and now we can see some good racing," Rossi said. "With the right rules, (this) can be changed and the (standard) unit only seems like a good idea."