MotoGP » Ezpeleta hopeful new regs will boost grid numbers

Carmelo Ezpeleta talks new regulations and new manufacturers following decision to raise maximum engine capacity for 2012.

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Kimey - Unregistered

January 15, 2010 1:10 PM

Next he will want a GP in his home country i.e. Cloud Cookoo Land. Why would a manufacturer go to Motogp 1000cc 4 cyl when you have WSBK which is already a top proving ground for them?

Motogp needs to differentiate itself from WSBK, not morph into it.

I know it will never happen but if it switched back to 2 stroke 500s at least then there would be a clear difference.

There must be a way of getting back to full grids - unfortunately I can't think of it!!


January 15, 2010 1:24 PM

I think we will end up with a Moto 2 version of Moto GP. Prototype chassis with "stock" engine based on road bikes. I would like to see an immediate reduction in electronics, that will save a fortune and hand back the advantage to the riders with the most skill. This may not change the top 4 riders but should make things closer. We need to face facts, the money has run out, manufactures cannot justify spending millions when they are loosing millions flogging bikes/cars. What ever they do it has to be different enough from WBK.

sarge - Unregistered

January 15, 2010 2:05 PM

Yeah Phil lets get rid of the electronics so talentless bums like Valentino Rossi will stop winning titles :?

As has been said many times electronics can stop lesser riders crashing but it can't make them faster. I really wish people would stop calling for them to be banned/removed, they are an advancement in motorcycle technology just as disc brakes, radial tyres and telescopic forks were. If expesive tronics should be banned anywhere its WSBK which is supposed to run with production machines anyway.


January 15, 2010 2:19 PM


Go back to bed mate, you dont know what you are talking about. I recognise that "racing improves the breed" But technology will still advance if its not developed in racing. F1 has dropped antilock brakes, TC and further back active suspension yet look at the latest Ferrari 458 it has the lot and active suspension has not been used in racing since 94. The point is looking for expensive things to drop whilst preserving the racing, electronics cost millions but is invisible and does not improve the show. As for stopping lesser riders crashing perhaps they should take up darts instead.

evel ken evil - Unregistered

January 15, 2010 3:15 PM

"Yeah Phil lets get rid of the electronics so talentless bums like Valentino Rossi will stop winning titles :?"

was this meant sarcastically ?

of course traction control can make you faster ...if youve got the trottle nailed where you shouldnt and TC is saving you from bining it ..then your faster than you should be!

Cubikrube - Unregistered

January 15, 2010 3:35 PM

The problem in my view is that MotoGP is trying to steal manufacturers from WSBK, they are also trying to steal the excitement too. Not content with Moto2 and the obvious comparisons with WSS they now are going back to 1000's as well.
I think 1000's are the right way to go but not at the expense of WSBK which is in rude health. Putting either series at risk is not a good thing as it will reduce the amount of bikes racing on the tv and at the race track.
As for talentless bum's like Valentino...he was racing and winning before TC and the like. There a fair few others out there that would suffer big time without these "rider aids"

Stelvis - Unregistered

January 15, 2010 4:23 PM

22 riders is garbage, how can 22 be ideal for motogp and 39 be the number for moto2. We need a grid of at least 30 in motogp, obviously this is beyond the comprehension of Espaleta because he can't take his blinkered ****ing eyes off his golden boy Rossi. Its also interesting that he says he's never encouraged anyone to enter motogp, and when he says 'anyone' he's refering to manufacturers, well **** manufacturers, that ***** should be encouraging independant teams to enter motogp, thats where the future of this sport lies in fact its always been like that until the ****wit took over and tried to turn it into Formula 1. Espaleta has ****ed up motogp and he hasn't a clue how to fix it.

Stelvio - Unregistered

January 15, 2010 4:31 PM

One easy way to increase grids is to stop all manufacturers from leasing bikes and getting them back at the end of the year. Bikes should be sold, then teams can sell them on at the end of the year, cutting their costs and allowing smaller less well financed teams into the premier class. This is how it used to be and it worked well, allowing new riders to progress up the ranks.
The current system doesnt work, thats just a fact, you can see that by the numbers on the grid, the teams folding and the satelite teams basically paid for by the manufacturers and Dorna. Its b******* and about time we had a major longterm shakeup and not this shortterm tinkering that this **** keeps doing.

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