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 11, 2010 9:33 PM

There's a worldwide financial crisis - chimp. Why is it you think that motorbike sales would survive this WORLDWIDE FINANCIAL CRISIS - Chimp? Everyone's sales and production figures will be down during a WORLDWIDE FINANCIAL CRISIS but that doesn't necessarily mean that a specific manufacturers percentage share of the total number of bikes sold in a country (during a WORLDWIDE FINANCIAL CRISIS) won't have increased at due to celebrity endorsements or whatever. The manufacturers wouldn't race or pay telephone number wages to people like Rossi if it didn't. He's dead famous in europe y'know, especially in the latin countries. Kids will buy anything with his face on.


July 11, 2010 9:54 PM


"It's from Sept of 2009 - not the first quarter. Ducati sales were down in the US BY 50 PERCENT."

Yes, but Nicky would have been new on the job in the first quarter. Later the economy tanked.

"And US Honda wanted Nicky in HRC because he has been a Honda guy and racing on a Honda his whole professional career. They would have looked like Suzuki who let Ben go off and win a World title on a Yamaha when he's been racing Suzuki's all his life. And how dumb does Suzuki look now? US Honda didn't make that mistake.'

So they figured a negative backlash that would hurt sales if he didn't stay on a Honda.


July 11, 2010 10:12 PM


So if racing sells so many bikes than why is that

For one thing the economy has suffered a serious reversal so any kind of conclusions will be distorted.
I don't think there is any way to correlate rider appeal to sales but no question the factorys see the rider as a representative of the firm and part of the advertising package that they invest in to increase sales. Advertising is what pays for racing with the object to move the product. Why would a tobacco company invest in racing? Because millions of viewers will see the brand on TV and associate it with virility. OK so tobacco is banned but it was a huge supporter of MotoGP.

Westminister - Unregistered

July 12, 2010 4:34 AM

@ Rawdog

Your post prove nothing more than, you are living in an isolated little nowhere town, and that the americans, or at the least the ones around you are an ignorant lot. Not to mention shallow as well.

Let me understand you clearly. Americans don't know what Repsol is, or even about Nicky Hayden, and only rich A-holes buy Ducati's...

I believe you my friend.

Because I also hear most americans could not find the USA on an atlas either.

Question - Does anyone in the USA know or understand the global economical situation? Because you sure seem oblivious...

Bob Buttamasangy

July 12, 2010 6:31 AM

I apologise for adding this post to an English sight, however, the brits in superbike other than Haslam have shown too much inconsistency, despite having top notch support and equipment, and it's not as though this is their first year on a superbike either! BSB is currently under seige from a Jap and an Aussie! Why the f*** do you think the brits deserve to have ANY right to a freeride into the top tier of racing? I'm all for a pom in GP, but too many hopeless brit bints in WSBK has ruined it somewhat. Don't be bloody greedy!

The Kenlucky Kid - Unregistered

July 12, 2010 1:11 PM

Thank you "Facts are Facts" the link & saving me a LOT of time to explain what is- (should be) self evident to thick Hayden fans :rolleyes:

It should be settled that Honda AND Ducati hired "Golden Boy" Hayden for his excellent marketing skills, marketability.Hats off to Hayden and Co who certainly fight like no other - perhaps more off track than on track.

Hayden & Co have been very successful in gnarling a loyal "good ol boy" following whereas TKK can do no wrong, and if anything goes wrong "it aint mah fault" along with a plethora of strategic excuses-often drummed up by rabid following & great marketing.Dont matter if Hayden finishes 8th or worse in the will come up with


July 12, 2010 1:35 PM

I await RawDog's rebuttal. I agree a rider's markertability is a factor in hiring. Whether it will work for Nicky another year will be the test of that theory. But if Rossi goes to Ducati, he will lobby for Nicky I'll bet as VR doesn't like competition and the other obvious choice for Ducati is RdP

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