Sweet Moses! Will Cal continue to use the new fuel tank and seat pad?!
Nostalgia can be a disease, Kenny Roberts once said, but in this case we wonder if he wouldn't give everybody a pass into the wayback machine.
The romantic images of Superbike racing icon Pops Yoshimura porting cylinder heads in a poorly lit racetrack garage somewhere, of mechanics bringing carburetors on the airplane as carry-on luggage or of new exhaust pipes being tagged together with a gas welder in back of the garage seem well behind us now. Currently, MotoGP engines are sealed up tighter than your iPhone, and user modification is highly frowned upon by the sanctioning body. On the positive side, MotoGP engine life is measured in months, not races and who can deride a series which features motorcycles putting out over 240 horsepower?
That said, the two top technology stories in MotoGP today--Cal Crutchlow using/not using the new fuel tank design and seat section, and Yamaha's still not ready for prime time seamless transmission are pretty tame if not outright boring in comparison to technological stories seen ten years ago in MotoGP.