Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta sent the clearest signal yet about the future of MotoGP and World Superbike - which he will run together for the first time in 2014 - in comments at the Ducati Wrooom preseason media event Tuesday.
Ezpeleta said the selling price for Honda "customer" prototype bikes starting in the 2014 MotoGP season will be approximately 1 million euros ($1.3 million USD), with an 800,000-euro ($1 million USD) price tag just for the engines. An engine-only price was a new wrinkle to the plan previously disclosed by HRC to sell complete "customer" prototypes to support grid numbers and allow the welcome disappearance of much-unloved Claiming Rule Teams production-based bikes.
Drastically lower prices are coming to World Superbike next season if Ezpeleta has his way. The cost of a bike for one season will be capped at 250,000 euros, excluding crash damage repairs, Ezpeleta said. He also proposed each manufacturer must guarantee at least six bikes on the grid.
Ezpeleta also seeks a price cap of 100,000 euros per season for World Supersport machines.
As expected, Ezpeleta confirmed Superstock will disappear in 2014. But the replacement may be a "500" class instead of the rumored 250cc machinery because Ezpeleta said manufacturers are more interested in 500s.