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 12:41 PM

That's what I was saying. It's going to take British team owners to get a Brit on the grid is seems. Americans get a shot because of the motorcycle sales level there. Both Nicky and Colin are popular in the US and are good salesmen for the bikes. Spies will be too especially if he does well. Why else would Nicky stay on year after year otherwise. Yes bike sales are down, but they won't always be.

Gaz - Unregistered

July 09, 2010 1:09 PM

I dont think he will ever get the chance to go back to MotoGP but its interesting that a former World Champion and a World Champion elect both mention Toseland. Hayden said how close he was to becoming established and Lorenzo would like to see him back.

Especially after a lot of the armchair critics slagged him off :rolleyes:


July 09, 2010 1:34 PM

"It's going to take British team owners to get a Brit on the grid is seems. Americans get a shot because of the motorcycle sales level there."

No it's not going to take a Brit team owner.

It's going to take the same thing that got the Americans there - WINNING.

How did James get his shot? He won 2 titles. How did Colin and Ben get there shot? They won titles.

James has been the last brit because he was the only one who deserved a shot. What Brit has won anything recently that should have gotten a shot at GPs?

And when are you dumb bells going to realize bike sales and MotoGP riders have nothing in common? And why are only the Americans (from the country with the less amount of GP interest) credited with getting their riders because of "bike sales". If "bike sales" meant so much their would be at least one rider from South America, at least one from Africa, and more than one from Asia.

wolfspider - Unregistered

July 09, 2010 1:39 PM

sam do you really think 2 seconds off the pace gets you on the second row in a normal wsbk race, i know valentino would be on pole most of the time if he was fit in wsbk, but be realistic with your posts. his time would have seen him 22 on the grid at misano.


July 09, 2010 1:44 PM

Saying Americans get rides because of "bike sales" is an insult that what they have achieved before they got their riders. And it's a totally cop out and excuse used ONLY BY Brits as to reasons why Americans have gotten rides and Brits haven't. I've never seen that excuse used for any rider from Europe - don't they sell bikes there?

I guess since their are 5 Italians and 5 Spanish than the manufactures only sell bikes in Europe in those countries......

The manufacturers have proven time and again that they could careless about the entertainment factor in MotoGP and it's all about the technology and R&D and beating their competitors.


July 09, 2010 1:55 PM

I'd love to see Haslam & Camier & Crutchlow move up, but I think they need to be in Moto2 ASAP if that's their desire - not running round in the WSBK paddock.

Britain needs to reign in it's love affair with production racing if we're serious about having another MotoGP WC. I seem to remember the Italians calling us the "superbike Isle", and unfortunately thats true. 125 & 250 races are seen as little more than support races in alot of Brits eyes.

We need a domestic moto2 series in the UK, open to younger riders, then maye we can start producing some homegrown talent, with the experience of setting up prototype machines.

kirk66 - Unregistered

July 09, 2010 2:02 PM

Nick's right about Pro Racing in America. We simply start the kids too late. I know the USGP series is there, but only on the club level. They need owners like Erion, Jordan and Ulrich to bank roll a "real" feeder series in AMA. Without exposure these kids rarely will make it to the pro level without leaving the US and heading to Europe. While that may be fine for developing the rider it does nothing for the AMA's future. I miss the 125s in the AMA. Even if they switch to a M3 style of platform it would be better than what we don't have right now.
As for the brits and GP. I think it's an across the broad thing. There are a few Americans that could certainly compete at the same level.

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