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CarbonFiber

November 26, 2009 5:37 PM

Bad move for Aprilia. As a fan of their riders and equipment I think this is a lousy thing to leave a champion hanging w/o equipment. How about Aspar who has represented themselves and Aprilia so well of late? I think Aprilia is scared to go up against these small teams that might have a better chasis design. If you can't beat them pour your money into the motor! Aprilia can't do that now.
This just shows the unstability of the MotoGP/2/125/Dorna. I'm a big fan of the series, but moves like this are not going to help in the short-term. Aprilia will regret the move.

Doughnuts Anyone

November 26, 2009 6:01 PM

Don't blame him one bit the amount of money/loyalty Aspar has given and show Aprilia over the last 10.
years.

At the moment a feel abit sorry for Aspar if Aprilia said this 3/4 mouth ago fair enough.

But as for Aprilia sorry but that no way to treat your number 1 customer even if they were/are going to build a bike "Aprilia" around a Honda engine.


:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Robert Jones

November 26, 2009 7:59 PM

@waz

Suspect this poor and untimely desicion has been arrived at as a result of internal management wrangling at Aprilia, and not a deliberate, cynical corporate attempt to Kneecap the new series.

It is certain that they were the biggest losers in the series shift, but they really stand to gain nothing by not seeking an active part in the replacement.

Their engineering and general contribution to bike racing is too considerable for them to have behaved in this manner.

"Aprilia will regret the move" - says CarbonFiber - Can't help thinking that he is absolutely correct!!

Cheers

waz

November 26, 2009 8:15 PM

Hi RobertJones, let's hope Moto2 produces some interesting racing but commercially I can't see how it will be a success without other branded motorcycle makers coming on board with their own engines. Effectively it's the Honda CBR 600 cup.

What we might be able to hope for down the track is the existing 800cc MotoGP bikes being downsized to some sort of 600cc Moto2 class, when MotoGP goes big-bore (1000cc proddy or proto) again.

wosideg - Unregistered

November 26, 2009 8:19 PM

Martinez has plenty of money and is the only guy with teams scheduled to run in all 3 classes next year..in fact he will have even more money now that Aprilia have pulled the plug, saving himself approx. £100k a frame.
The only thing Aprilia are guilty of is trying to undermine the class by spouting tripe about the Honda spec motor, conveniently forgetting their past history of using engines from other makers and that they knew about the rules ages ago.
Jorge says it was a surprise, 'honestly'..how come his riders tested BQR bikes at Valencia if they're all so loyal to Aprilia and knew fcuk all?
How many other major manufacturers have their own chassis project for Moto2?
Get over it..

nomas - Unregistered

November 26, 2009 8:41 PM

@wosideg: The riders tested with BQR bikes in Valencia because there was no Aprilia chassis ready for them to test. The previous plan between Aspar and Aprilia saw them only with a first test at Cheste in December, before that they simply didn't have a bike. So the fact that they took the BQR bikes out just to get a feel for the new Moto2 machines does not indicate that Aspar knew about Aprilia's decision beforehand as you (and certain MotoGP sites) are trying to imply.

wosideg - Unregistered

November 26, 2009 8:53 PM

Yamas nomas.
Fair point their squedge, but I stand by the rest of my post.
Aprilia have simply changed their minds with the new Litre MotoGP rules gathering momentum and who can blame them, now they have a serious home built V4 that can be developed in SBK, ready for the crossover. To me it makes perfect sense and a far better long term prospect.

Oli - Unregistered

November 26, 2009 9:26 PM

@waz

I think the single engine rule and the consequential lack of manufacture involvement in the series is a good thing.

Motorsport in general has become far too manufacturer dominated (& reliant) in recent years. It means the little guys never have a realistic chance, so they simply fall by the wayside. In 2008 there were no independently built MotoGP bikes and just two truly independent F1 teams.

This sport should be about passion and a love for racing, not just an advert to sell your bike / car / energy drink. We need more teams like KR, Ilmor, Harris, Moriwaki etc.

Moto2 will be a great platform for that because the manufacturers will stay away.

Oli

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