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Cycle News 2011 Issue 50 Dec 13

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INTERVIEW P106 FIM PRESIDENT VITO IPPOLITO What the president thin HIGH STAKE POKE BY MICHAEL SCOTT PHOTOGRAPHY BY GOLD & GOOSE G rand Prix racing is at the crossroads. The joint FIM-Dorna proposal of November – to introduce control engine ECUs and a rev limit – has raised hackles in factory race departments and opened the door to a future without factory domination. And perhaps without factories. A crucial mid-December Grand Prix Commission meeting will debate the proposal, a forum that includes the manufacturers association MSMA, teams' association IRTA as well as rights leaseholders Dorna and the FIM, the sanctioning body. The intention is to arrive at firm new cost-cutting technical rules for next year by May. If not, then 106-108 Ippolito Interview.indd 106 Dorna chief Carmelo Ezpeleta has made it clear he will use his dictatorial powers to impose whatever he thinks fit. Two weeks before this meeting, the FIM convened some 40 World Champions (only Casey Stoner was willfully absent, and likely to be fined for it) as well as past heroes, national FIM delegates, Dorna chief Ezpeleta, sundry worldwide racing big-wigs, and a select handful of press for a no-expense-spared televised gala presentation evening. It was the second such, in the nowadays cash-rich Switzerland-based FIM's drive to regain identity, influence and importance in the wake of leasing all their GP rights and most of their GP authority to Dorna. 12/9/11 2:59 PM

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