Originally Posted by bikerfish
for the most part, tuning can all be done with electronics, so the basic engines can be made the same. when you have 260+ HP, it's ALL about how the electronics control the engine.
Agree, but as you said 'for the most part'. I wonder at having different things like flywheel weights (for example) and how something like that would affect how the bike comes off corners. I realize that my example is highly simplistic compared to the alien magic smoke harnessed by a 213V, but it seems to make sense that there would be build/design factors that would compliment different tracks.
Plus, on the r&d side of things, testing different versions of this widget or that under race conditions would be added value.
Yes, they want to win championships. But as, or maybe even of more importance, is the return of investment on technologies developed.
I'd love to be a fly on the wall to find out what really goes on, why, and what they gain from it.