Originally Posted by azkiwi
Prototype racing at this level consumes cubic dollars and without the factory support the performance level would plummet.
Someone has to bring the cubic dollars, either the manufacturers have to pay out of their own pocket, sponsors have to pay for the exposure and associated glamour, or Dorna has to pay through the sale of TV rights.
At the moment, only the TV rights are generating any cash, and the TV rights only do that by offering an entertaining spectacle. So MotoGP has to go down that road, unless the factories - all of them, and not just Honda - want to spend a ton of money to go racing.
The comparison with the AMA / DMG fiasco is not valid, IMHO. The AMA had just a single market, in a non-bike-friendly market. MotoGP has a global audience, and relies much less heavily on manufacturer input.