The brand new Half Distance Sprints have been added to the Saturday schedule to brighten up the present, a tactic which Simoncelli says labored nicely within the season opener at Portimao.
“An attention-grabbing, atypical, generally explosive (in each approach) MotoGP, a MotoGP such as you’ve by no means seen earlier than, the place every thing is about showmanship,” Simoncelli wrote on his Portimao weblog.
“All the pieces is altering, even the introduction of the much-talked-about dash race, for my part, has finished its obligation, which is to maintain the viewer’s consideration on the highest degree. Unique and various, a present in its personal proper, simply what was wanted.
“Clearly, there are issues to settle and others to settle; one thing extra may very well be given to the minor courses as the brand new format means MotoGP riders are busy all day.
The depth created by the Dash has been criticized by some MotoGP riders and groups, however Simoncelli signed off saying his son, who reveled in powerful racing, would have appreciated the minimize and push:
“I favored the fierce spirit I noticed within the Dash race, I do know somebody who would have had a number of enjoyable, even when that point (troublesome passes) was thought of extreme and borderline manoeuvring. .”