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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Greener02 - Unregistered

July 09, 2010 8:40 PM

@ Bugsy

Actually John Hopkins won 2 AMA championships in the same season the season before he got in to GO's so he got a motogp ride by merit not sales. And Hacking had been at the top of various AMA championships for years and a true servant to Kawasaki thats why he got his ride. And dont say that the AMA hasnt produced talents because a man riding with the number 69 won the AMA sbk championship before coming to motogp and what do you know he is a world champion :p

lemmy - Unregistered

July 09, 2010 9:54 PM

People seem to forget that GP riders used to ride superbikes every year at the Suzuka 8 Hours Race. Rossi partnered Edwards on a Honda SP1 when Edwards was a superbike champion. Guess who was faster? Rossi!

There is a reason he is the greatest! 800cc, 990cc, 1000cc doesn't matter. Unless your special (read Spies) then learn your trade through 125cc and Moto2. Bradley Smith is the brightest UK GP hope! And I'd like to see Haslam go to Moto2, sink or swim to a Motogp ride!

Poldarn

July 10, 2010 1:14 AM

Bike companies go racing to sell bikes and WSBK has been more popular in the UK in recent times. UK riders are more wanted on superbikes than in Motogp. Top selling sportsbike this year in the UK? BMW S1000RR. I agree with lemmy. Bradley Smith is the brightest hope because he's taken the right route. Lorenzos success this year is down to 8 years experience in the motogp paddock. Until there is a decent route through the classes for British riders Motgp will allways be a poison chalis! Ask Chris Walker and Leon Haslam what they think of the Shell Honda!!

RawDawg

July 10, 2010 1:50 AM
Last Edited 1378 days ago

"Bike companies go racing to sell bikes and WSBK has been more popular in the UK in recent times. UK riders are more wanted on superbikes than in Motogp. Top selling sportsbike this year in the UK? BMW S1000RR."

So let me get this straight - Bike companies use WSBK to sell bikes, UK riders are in demand, yet the top selling bike in the UK is a bike that hasn't won any races and ridden by a Spanish and a Aussie rider?

You know who sell bikes? These ball rubbing ass licking Bike Mags who sucks the c0ck of any manufacture that releases a new model. Be it the R1 or Aprilia or BMW or Ducati EVERY new model is the best thing since sliced bread and you're a f'kin' loser if you don't run out and buy it NOW! I can literally look at a mags cover of a bike comparison and can tell you what bike is going to come out on top - the newest one. How many times have you seen a bike win "Bike of the Year" and

RawDawg

July 10, 2010 1:50 AM
Last Edited 1378 days ago

THE VERY NEXT YEAR it finishes at the bottom on the heap because others have released a new model?

Last year EVERY bike mag was gushing all over the new R1. Now I've seen this year that it's too slow, too fat, too this, and too that. What happen in 12 months?

and FYI - the Brits that are in WSBK are there because they earn it. They were in demand because they performed. If they peform at the top of WSBK they will be in demand for MotoGP.

MotoGpMortals - Unregistered

July 10, 2010 6:10 AM

A lot of us are comparing the wsbk riders with motogp immortals like rossi. They don't have to be that good to be on a GP bike. Biaggi, haga, haslam, corser can be better than Kallio, Aliex, and some other low-end satellite bike riders. The top WSBK riders get good money to ride in WSBK... switching to MotoGP satellite ride isn't going to make them happy with their pay.

bugsy - Unregistered

July 10, 2010 7:58 AM

A mountain of contradictions on this thread. So winning a few AMA titles qualifies you for GP rides but a guy like Crutchlow who has won WSS easily is slammed has not having proven anything to justify a chance in GPs? KR Jnr had rubbish results for many years before winning the title - certainly bad enough that he would have been panned on here and dumped after a couple of seasons.
Most european riders don't come from strong domestic series because if they show promise they are on a 125 in GP's as teenagers and rise from there. I'd guess there are more champios taking this route than any other in recent years.

bugsy - Unregistered

July 10, 2010 8:07 AM

Stoner came to Europe with his parents on borrowed money and lived in avan so he could race. Not many factories were taking note of Kallio winning finnish ice-racing championships and offering hiw ride.
My point is not that the best American racers didn't deserve their chances, but that too many American fans paint their riders as being at a huge disadvantage earning opportunities and I disagree.
If the US racing scene hadn't been so strong and wealthy then maybe more racers would follow Stoner's route to the top instead of racing at home until they are too old to move.

aeolus

July 10, 2010 12:04 PM

So, to ride in GP you need to be a multiple WSB champion or live in Europe. To move to Europe as a young teen requires parents that either have plenty money are an awful lot of faith in one's ability. As I said, don't expect any more Americans in GP.

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