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What now for Tommy Hill and John Hopkins?

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Yamaha r1 - Unregistered

October 15, 2011 6:08 AM

DONT DO IT Tommy don't become a also ran on a rubbish bike in a championship that you can only win if you are on a repsol or yamaha get on a bike in a championship that will give you the chance of winning even if that means staying in bsb going to moto gp you will get forgotten and look at jt it pretty much finished his career and cal isn't having a great time of it I don't see why riders are desperate to get into moto gp just to become back markers and have beens when they could cut a good career in wsbk which didn't do foggy any harm.


October 15, 2011 8:48 AM

Yeah, and Byrne, Kiyo, Brookes and Lowes too. There are so few seats in MotoGP that even current, proven riders can remain without a ride at the end of the year. I think (and hope) that Hopkins somehow will get a place, but if I were a MotoGP team boss, I would search for a replacement from Moto2.
Hill can be happy if he finds a seat in WSBK. And not a factory one, because factory teams sadly prefer MotoGP-unemployees.


October 15, 2011 8:56 AM
Last Edited 1659 days ago


Nothing made up here. It's all on record.

Bird's CRT application has already been submitted to IRTA, with the expectation that Dorna will approve the plans over the next few days. And he's said already that the rider will definitely be a Briton, with Hill, Sykes & Camier being the names in contention. Providing he can secure the RSV4 Aprilia motors as planned, one of those 3 riders could certainly be a MotoGP runner next year.

Hopkins we already know is being sought by GP teams, so that's a distinct possibility too. This could actually all happen, unlikely though it might seem at present.

mike hunt - Unregistered

October 15, 2011 10:13 AM

Whoever rides on a CRT bike in 2012 isnt going to do anything will be a development year for the bikes (and the teams)
WSB is a much better bet for Hill (and Hopper)in 2012 before that series moves to 'evo' rules in 2013.

Stuart Medd - Unregistered

October 15, 2011 11:29 AM

Whats wrong with staying in BSB, "big fish little pond" or "little fish Atlantic" or in the case of WSB and Moto GP " Dead Sea"
I am sure i read somewhere that Rossi and all the other GP riders were glued to the TV watching BSB!!
Bet some of them were thinking "glad we have got our slippers on in GPs".

Bill Nuttall - Unregistered

October 15, 2011 12:22 PM

If you were in their position, and were offered a ride in MotoGP on a CRT team, then boy that would be a tough decision.
Your head would be saying 'don't do it - you're just going to be a back marker', but your heart would say 'This might be the only chance I get to ride in the most prestigious series in the world'.
I don't envy anyone in this position, it's an incredibly tough call. But say you were offered the ride and you turned it down, in ten years time lying awake at night I'm pretty sure you'd have trouble getting the 'what-if?' out of your head.
Bottom line - it could destroy your career, but it could also lead on to much bigger and better things.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

October 18, 2011 12:16 PM

I do wish Mr Bird would try running a Moto3 team first - that way he would have more chance of success and if later he wants to progress through Moto2 to Moto1 (CRT) he could bring some young talented riders with him. A CRT team will almost certainly be a bottomless pit in terms of budget requirements and any rider signing for him will be committing career suicide.

I wonder why he didn't go for the option of running satellite Aprilias in WSBK?

bhp - Unregistered

October 22, 2011 3:46 PM

You really are backwards??? hill beat hopper in a whoever wins the race, best man wins the championship scenario. not really that difficult to understand really. ad to that how many wins hill had over hopkins then its even easier. How many names do you go under unbelievably??

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