News 22 Jun 2010

MotoGP: Burgess calls for 600cc engines in premier class

Valentino Rossi’s crew chief Jeremy Burgess has stated he’d like to see a 600cc engine capacity for MotoGP in a revealing evening as a guest on ONE HD’s British Grand Prix television coverage.

Aussie Jeremy Burgess has said he'd like to see 600cc engines in MotoGP.

Aussie Jeremy Burgess has said he'd like to see 600cc engines in MotoGP.

Valentino Rossi’s crew chief Jeremy Burgess has stated he’d like to see a 600cc engine capacity for MotoGP in a revealing evening as a guest on ONE HD’s British Grand Prix television coverage on Sunday night.

The Australian who has been instrumental in all seven of Rossi’s premier class titles, along with those of Mick Doohan and Wayne Gardner in the 500GP era, joined Greg Rust and Daryl Beattie in the studio, commenting on the sport’s future.

“We’ve been at 990s, now we’re going to 1000s, and why are we doing it? To reduce costs to try and increase more teams to come onto the grid and participate – we don’t know if it will be successful,” Burgess said of the 1000cc regulations that are in the works for 2012.

“If I had a blank sheet of paper, I’d make MotoGP 600cc. The world base for racing from what I see is 600s. It doesn’t matter if you’re in Italy, Australia, United States or Germany – throughout the world the entry level for road racing seems to be 600s.

“I think we could probably develop all the way through with different levels of machine and technology to [make MotoGP] a prototype class at 600cc. Bring MotoGP to 600s, make some adjustments perhaps in the Moto2, and work with those two categories.”

Burgess also revealed that injured Italian megastar Rossi could return to racing as soon as the German GP on July 16-18 at the Sachsenring, however he also mentioned that he wouldn’t mind seeing Rossi return after the Sachsenring and Laguna Seca rounds, instead waiting for Brno in mid-August since it’s a less technical circuit.

Another revelation was Burgess’ comments that a third car at Ferrari in Formula One also isn’t out of the question in the future for Rossi if that series is to revise its current two-car regulations, the belief being that a third car is Rossi’s if he indeed wants to switch to the pinnacle of four-wheel motor racing after retiring from motorcycle racing.

And although it’s yet to be confirmed, Burgess stated that he believes American Colin Edwards will likely be confirmed as Rossi’s replacement while he’s out injured, a scenario that’s been speculated since the incident.

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