MotoGP » LCR boss wants satellite MotoGP trophy.

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E=mc2 - Unregistered

February 11, 2009 12:05 PM

Exactly what I have been advocating since the proposed cuts in MotoGP budgets! Let the satellite teams have their own championship,even a ceremony on the podium? This will effectively mean two races within one, but at least the privateers will have something to aim for instead of just making-up the numbers on the grid.

Maybe Dorna could allocate a bigger share of the prize fund to the satellite championship too!

Isaias Rosario - Unregistered

February 11, 2009 1:40 PM

Cecchinello cames out with a good idea, but I do not think that a championship inside another will be possible. Maybe something like what is been done in the WTCC, with Independents Throphy, will be more acceptable.

pp916 - Unregistered

February 11, 2009 3:32 PM

The idea is OK but it would need a full grid of bikes to make it it is with a pathetic field of 17 bikes there's a strong possibility that every finisher will get points then award a separate trophy for a satellite rider would look kind of limp...hell, why not put all the finishers on the podium and give them a medal, there'll be enough space!

Steve,USA - Unregistered

February 11, 2009 4:43 PM

We had this in the early days of Motocross in the USA.
Any time our guys race European riders, there was a trophy for First American. After our guys learned to play the game it was no longer necessary

Jaz - Unregistered

February 11, 2009 6:00 PM

So what's being advocated here? There are only 17 riders, maybe less before the end of the year. 8 factory bikes (four of them more factory than the others) racing in one championship and 9 in the satellite championship. Perhaps there should even be a third championship for the teams that don't get updates throughout the year due to a serious lack of funds. As I understand it, the BBC got the TV contract so as MotoGP would attract a mainsteam audience. Round One: 500000 viewers (I'm in a generous mood) Round Two: 5000 diehards. Joe Public fell asleep during Round One and has never woken up again.

Paulius - Unregistered

February 11, 2009 7:16 PM

newbie here

Having only recently "discovered" motogp last year, I'm still trying to understand all the facets of the sport.

If I understand the satelite teams correctly, are their bikes are "intentionaly" inferior???

What are the motivations of a privateer team. Are they out there to try and beat the odds. Are they filler? Why wouldn't a factory team offer the same spec bikes to all participants :?

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