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 2:23 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.

Looks like all the Moto2 riders came from the 250cc field. It's going to take an effort by British teams owners to develop home grown talent if you want to see a Brit in GP. Kenny Roberts was supposed to field an American in a team but it looks to have fallen thru.


July 09, 2010 4:07 PM

@ all you brits

Relax Cal will be there soon. Even if he is a tool, he is a man on a mission. Just look at how he rides, not his results, they will come eventually. But I think he is your man to watch. If not Haslam.

....and stop lumping Eugene Laverty with you damn brits! He is an Irishman, and a southern one at that!

bugsy - Unregistered

July 09, 2010 4:09 PM

If Americans only get to the top level by winning then how do you account for KR Jnr, Kurtis Roberts, and John Hopkins? Roger Hayden and Jamie Hacking both got wild card rides recently - what did they ever win?
I agree that Spanish and Italian riders have an advantage from sponsorship and feeder series but Americans and Japanese have plenty more exposure and opportunity than most other nations. Look at Stoner and Kallio's road to the top class compared with Spies, Hayden and Edwards.

wr86 - Unregistered

July 09, 2010 5:35 PM


The answer should be clear - because the AMA is the most respected domestic series in the world. It's the only domestic series where if you had success you could grab a ride on a motogp factory team. Well you used to until the rookie rule.

With the exception of Kurtis (I owe it all to my generous daddy) Roberts :rolleyes:, they all earned everything they received.

and those motogp wildcards - including former AMA rider Chaz Davies - were given because the teams knew they could step up and they all did - Fact.

Guntown - Unregistered

July 09, 2010 5:45 PM

I live in the US and I'm not really sure about all the 'sales' approach comments about why Americans are in GP. I think it's more of awareness of GP by having American riders in the series, which is why we have GP races here lately. I'd be more likely to buy a Rossi R1 replica or a Bayliss Ducati vs a Hayden Repsol replica - I've seen one still sitting on the floor at a local Honda dealership recently (4 or 5 yrs old!).

Screechin' Weasel - Unregistered

July 09, 2010 6:17 PM

@wr86: The AMA WAS the most respected domestic series in the world, once upon a time. It has been in decline for a decade or more, and the sale of the series to Daytona Motorsports Group was the final nail in the coffin, marking the death of its relevance.

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