Many people are alarmed at Dorna's consolidation of promotional and organizational power in MotoGP and World Superbike, but Aprilia Technical Director Gigi Dall'Igna said Dorna's new role as czar of worldwide motorcycle racing could attract more manufacturers to MotoGP.
Aprilia hasn't fielded a MotoGP prototype since 2004, when it abandoned its volatile RS Cube project. But the Italian manufacturer dipped its toe back into the premier-class surf in 2012 through the Claiming Rules Team rules, fielding versions of its World Superbike RSV4 in the new production-based formula.
"This is a time of big changes, (which) can represent the way for tomorrow's MotoGP," Dall'Igna said to Italian media.
Those changes include new rules and stability that could lure back wayward MotoGP manufacturers such as Suzuki, Kawasaki and Aprilia, Dall'Igna said.
"I think it can be done, and within reasonable time," Dall'Igna said. "Dorna now has a big chance, a big advantage it didn't have before. It manages both series, so it can draw regulations that suit both. With a bit more imagination on Dorna's part - in fact, let's call it a bit more resolve - it can really reach that objective (returning manufacturers) now."
But much like PTR Honda World Supersport team boss Simon Buckmaster, Dall'Igna thinks the spec ECU proposed by Dorna won't reduce costs enough to attract more works teams.
"I don't think the control ECU is a great idea the way it's been conceived," Dall'Igna said. "It's no advantage from a money aspect because what costs is not so much the ECU itself, it's the software development."