MotoGP » 1000cc to open MotoGP door for Brits?

"If they limit the 1000cc electronics, Superbike will be a great path to MotoGP and we'll see some Brits back here" - Nicky Hayden.

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July 09, 2010 10:45 AM

"Indeed, when Fiat Yamaha needed a replacement for the injured Valentino Rossi, it was Crutchlow who was offered the ride, "

Oh really? But were there Brits in GP when the bikes were 1000cc? Checking in 2006, there was only Ellison and in 2005 Byrne and Ellison. the word then was finances as there were no British teams. so what will have changed? Not that there aren't a lot of fast Brits as was stated.

Sam - Unregistered

July 09, 2010 11:15 AM

Not meaning to be too cynical but they just aren't fast/good enough. Rossi got on a WSB and set a time only a few seconds off the super pole time.....injured, does that not say something! Come on we need to stop living in a dream world! Until the ACU promotes grass root riding and get british riders into Moto 2 and 125's then we have no chance. On the plus side though it would be nice to see bigger grids

Kerpen - Unregistered

July 09, 2010 11:44 AM

@ Sam

No one has seemed to take notice of the fact that Valentino ran Brigdstone tyres on the R1, delivering at least 1 second in laptime over the pirellis.

sam - Unregistered

July 09, 2010 11:56 AM


Even if they do add a second its still pretty amazing that his time would have put him second row!

id liked to be proven wrong and see an english guy in Moto GP i just dont see it happening any time soon!

Kerpen - Unregistered

July 09, 2010 12:02 PM

Yea, I'd like to see a Brit also in GP. But who was the last brit to have a decent bike? Ellison, Byrne, McWilliams and Burns all had sh!t bikes. James To52land had a decent bike in GP and qualified 2nd and finished 6th in his GP debut, also had a decent 1st season but lost confidence in 2009 after his pre-season highsides.

Provided that one of the Brits gets a decent bike I dont see why not they could challenge for top 8's In MGP


July 09, 2010 12:12 PM
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Rumor has it the Aprila is planning to enter GP with their RSV 1000cc bike on a GP version. This is a potential seat for a Brit I would think. Camier might have the inside track if he can improve.


July 09, 2010 12:24 PM

It doesn't matter if the formula changes to 1000cc and the electronics are reduced or not - it all depends on the perception and attitude of the team owners.

The team principles pull guys from 250cc because they saw them week in and week out and rated that series better (rightly or wrongly). The last 2 guys to go to GPs from WSBK was Spies who had to have an all time great type season and JT who had to win the title twice. It's more difficult to go the WSBK to GP route.

Even when MotoGP was 990cc for a number of years it wasn't an overflow of WSBK riders. Only champions (Colin, Bayliss, and Hodgson) and Haga and Xaus.

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