Racing is not a democratic exercise. It’s about finding an advantage over your rivals by just about any means necessary, so it is pretty much the exact opposite of egalitarianism.
Yet paradoxically the owners of the premier car and motorcycle championships now spend much time working to equalise performance across the grid, to improve the racing to attract more fans to boost profits.
In MotoGP this process has been underway for over a decade, triggered by two specific events. On January 1, 2007 tobacco sponsorship was banned, robbing the paddock of its richest form of income. A year and a half later, on September 15, 2008, American bank Lehman Brothers went bankrupt, signalling the start of a global financial crisis (GFC) that was still present when COVID-19 struck earlier this year.