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Strong interest in 2012 MotoGP World Championship.

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Moving chicane - Unregistered

May 01, 2011 10:16 AM

Ridiculous.
Folk go to see the top riders on the factory machines. This is just like having an EVO class of second rate riders and bikes having a meaningless fight between themselves, whilst getting in the way when the quick boys are trying to get through.
Such a shame the premier class has declined to such as this.

strex - Unregistered

May 01, 2011 10:46 AM

@ Moving chicane.

Better to have more teams than the boring racing we have today, its almost as bad as formula 1, although i will adnit this year is slightly beeter. I think some of the poorer funded teams will surprise a few people. Can only be good for the series..

Joeski

May 01, 2011 10:54 AM

I see the possibility of the field being diluted but there are only so many factory seats and private teams financially capable of entering this championship! Hell...even the current crop of privateers are struggling for podiums much less wins! I think anything is worth the effort to bolster the racing and the machine advantage of more fuel and engines may provide the incentive or possibility, of once again seeing non-factory teams win! We cannot sit here and complain about small and a dwindling grid and when an idea is introduced to rectify that, we simply shoot it down! The hope is that we will see a few talented riders coming over from other championships and shine but that will not happen if we sit and wait for a factory seat to open...there are only a few factory seats and few teams currently in the championship.
If you disagree then give a better idea...any idiot can click disagree, make this a constructive argument instead of a complaint forum.

Don-R

May 01, 2011 10:57 AM

This is only a very early registration phase though. Most of those 14 teams will fall away when more thorough proposals are demanded by the FIM. That and budgetary constraints will dramatically thin down the registrants.

Consensus at the moment is that 2 or 3 teams at the most will make it through the whole process to join the grid next year.

190mph - Unregistered

May 01, 2011 11:20 AM

Moving chicane, they could always introduce a percentage rule for qualifying (if there isn't one already) to ensure new teams have a reasonble amount of performance and backmarkers aren't met too early during a race.

Lets not forget that Cal Crutchlow was mocked by many for being given a ride in MotoGP because according to those same people he had no pedigree and didn't deserve to be there. Look how that's turned out.

More bikes on the grid mean more chances for new talent to come through.

DW - Unregistered

May 01, 2011 1:00 PM

@ Joeski

You can't have a race with 2 sets of rules for competitors in the same class, & having 2 classes is the wrong way to go.
Current factories may have agreed because of the small grids, but let one of them get beaten by a 'claiming rule' team & you'll hear the complaints start.

It's also the wrong way to go about increasing numbers & it's not sustainable. When MotoGP started there were 6 manufacturers & at least 16 factory bikes. Slowly Honda & Yamaha spent them out of the sport & we now have 3 factories teams.

Then there's the budget issue.
This is a class where the current world champion team, with the number 1 plate rider, couldnt find a sponsor ... & they get most of the coverage. What hope does a privateer team making up the numbers have?

DW - Unregistered

May 01, 2011 1:05 PM

The only way to guarantee decent grid sizes is by having sustainable business model, where the team that finishes 12th gets enough from revenue share that they can cover their racing budget for a season.

Patrick D - Unregistered

May 01, 2011 2:58 PM

We have yet to see how the new rules will level the field. But the decisive issue at MotoGP is traction control which will dictate the haves and inte nots. More bikes might clutter things up, as we rarely have back markers any more.

monster

May 01, 2011 3:14 PM

What the FIM need to is have a practice day with all the potential CRT teams at a track currently on the calender and see if these bikes (in raw form) are within 2 seconds a lap of the current MotoGP lap record. If they are then that is great, with development these bikes will become competitive.

If not it will become a farce with the CRT bikes just getting in the way of the factory bikes

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