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June 27, 2010 3:44 PM


I have no problem with MotoGP now because I watch it on TV. It's the fans trackside that are going to leave with the small grid. Dire as one fan at Silverstone said. And yes, a fast Brit in MotoGP I am sure will garner more TV viewers just a Spies has in US. . Perhaps next year Crutchlow or Haslem will join Tech 3 to revive the Brits interest.

DW - Unregistered

June 27, 2010 3:48 PM

InFront have done a damn good job making sure the racing is good & attractive to manufacturers & sponsors.

It wasnt too many years ago they were the ones to go with a single tyre & change the engine capacities. All the Jap manufacturers left & we had a few years of Ducati Cup, but look how correct their decisions have been proved. All the manufacturers are back & others have joined.

Dorna on the other hand, allowed their championship to become a tyre competition, with custom tyres for specific riders eventually making fair competition impossible ... & privateer teams left.
Their constant bowing to Honda's wishes have seen the 800cc debacle & factories leave.

Now they want to copy WSBK!?

python - Unregistered

June 27, 2010 3:57 PM

Clearly, Suzuki should quit MotoGP, but Ducati should as well. They already proved they can beat the Japs, now they should go focus on WSBK because Superbike titles sell bikes. If Suz and Duc quit, MotoGP would fold. Where do you suppose Rossi, Stoner, etc would race then? That would be a spectacle!!!


June 27, 2010 4:00 PM


"Dorna on the other hand, allowed their championship to become a tyre competition, with custom tyres for specific riders eventually making fair competition impossible ... & privateer teams left."

It really got crazy didn't it with the tires being custom made per top riders wishes. But luckily Michelin cut staff and the debacle of riders using rain tires in the dry at Leguna because the slicks were designed for the very hot condition the last year and the now the breeze off the ocean temps were much lower. American riders told them this was a probality but they were ignored.

DW - Unregistered

June 27, 2010 4:14 PM

At the very beginning of MotoGP, the small under-funded WCM team arrived with a R1 motor that had undergone serious modification to run to MotoGP specs ... & Dorna stepped in to disqualify them & prevent them from racing.
What did they care, they had a new championship with lots of manufacturers & all the top riders.

Now, after killing their golden goose, they want to race exactly what they said 'wasnt a racing prototype' in a prototype championship. It shouldnt be allowed.

InFront has built it's business model & brand successfully, & now Dorna want to hijack it & run a world championship for 1000cc's with a feeder 600cc class.

Sorry, that already exists, it's called WSBK & WSS.


June 27, 2010 4:14 PM


Yes, Ducati one a championship with Stoner when they surprised the Japanese with a more developed bike. But where are they now? And their WSBK isn't going well now either. Why Suzuki and Ritzla stays in is a mystery but at least they look good in blue and help fill the grid.
I wouldn't be surprised to see Ducati develop a 4 cylinder for WSBK and drop MotoGP. They are just not going to get back with 2 cylinders now that the rest of the 4s and particularly Aprilia have out gunned them.


June 27, 2010 4:14 PM
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Be careful what you wish for, because if Motogp was to fail and we only have WSBK....then all Top 10 riders from Motogp would get rides in WSBK. The Brits 7 would get their last paycheck. Failure to produce a good showing woud results in the back pack being moved out for new talent from the feeder series. You m0rons don't do long term thinking/planning, do you?

Md Zane

June 27, 2010 4:15 PM

Do you not think the tyres are designed to the requirements of certain riders.I would prefer it if motogp tyres could only manage 200hp,that would make a good leveler for the constructors and satellites.

DW - Unregistered

June 27, 2010 4:23 PM

@ Dray

I would much rather see 1 championship, & I'd much rather that was WSBK.
If that means a few average Brits that don't belong in World Championship competition need to move back to their domestic championship, so be it ... along with a few Italians & a few Aussies.

If you believe that championships exist for a few average Brits to go riding around at the back, you're with one with the long-term vision problem.

A single championship might also weed out all those undeserving Spaniards in the MotoGP paddock, those who are eating from Carmelo's silver spoon.

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