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The 2012 MotoGP riders so far

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jake - Unregistered

June 09, 2011 12:58 PM

the last thing I'd like to see is guys like Hopkins or Melandri coming back. They have shown what they can and can't do and it's time to move forward. I guess I'm the only one not surprised by Elias' form. I like him as a rider but is his performence any different then before? I mean he ended up in Moto2 for a reason.

I don't agree that the 10 best in the world are in MotoGP but that is a different argument. What isn't though is in MotoGP more then any other series it doesn't matter how good you are if you don't have a good factory bike, there really isn't a point. You really don't have a chance of winning. 24 bikes or not the top stop is still going to taken by the same 4 or 5 guys

BenSugden - Unregistered

June 09, 2011 12:58 PM

Haslam might be worth a shout on a decent bike. BMW does seem to be struggling for him so far in WSBK. Maybe a satellite Honda or something?

Hopefully whatever happens, we'll have a few more Brits on show in MotoGP! We have enough up and coming stars Rea, Laverty, Haslam, Leon Camier, Scott Redding etc

Looking forward to 2012!

Seth - Unregistered

June 09, 2011 1:04 PM

Dovizioso already burned the bridge to Tech3 by acting all prima donnaish about the Tech3 being a satellite.

Stephan Bradl is first on line for that ride.

aeolus

June 09, 2011 1:08 PM

I was about to write that the cream has been signed up but then I thought ...Nicky. But as long as he is not consistently beaten by a Ducati satellite bike he's safe and at this point it doesn't look like he has any worries. If he can hang on until the bigger bikes he just might make his retirement on the red bike.

Don-R

June 09, 2011 1:30 PM
Last Edited 1296 days ago

@BenSugden

Ben, I'm not sure there'll be any more Brits on the MotoGP grid in 2012. Haslam is locked into a 2-yr WSBK contract with BMW, Camier is being groomed by Aprilia to continue in WSBK, Laverty will almost certainly also be staying in WSBK to try and win the title for Yamaha in 2012. Redding meanwhile has yet to win on a Moto2 bike, while Smith looks odds-on to lead Tech 3's Moto 2 team next year (with Bradl currently favourite for Tech 3's second MotoGP bike).

The most likely British rider to move up next year is Rea, but it depends on who his competition is for a satellite Honda. If Marquez is in the frame, it's going to be a lot tougher for him to get the ride, maybe forcing him to a CRT team.

mick - Unregistered

June 09, 2011 1:58 PM

It is all well and good to have extra riders on the grid but what serious chance do they have of winning?
What i do not want to see is a bunch of no hopers bimbling around just to make up the numbers and being potentialy lapped by the leaders.That will not be fun to watch.

Doug - Unregistered

June 09, 2011 2:07 PM

These guys shouldn't be resigned based on their last couple of years results.
Nicky Haydon
Lois Capirossi
Colin Edwards
Randy DE Puniet
John Hopkins
There are so many that show great potential at a fraction of their cost.
It's almost as if teams are more interested in PR exposure than actual race result exposure.

TDS - Unregistered

June 09, 2011 2:17 PM

@ jake, Totally agree! I have always said that MotoGP is only about a select few riders who just shuffle their positions about on the podium. The rest would be better of flogging a dead horse as they don't stand a cat in hells chance of getting a look in!! MotoGP is not competative enough to have a full grid of riders. Most of them can only dream of a podium finish which is a real shame! Put them all on the same bike - that would be a race to watch !!!

Elton - Unregistered

June 09, 2011 2:46 PM

'I disagree that the 10 best in the world are in GP'

Interesting statement. 1-6 are a given (alphabetical order)

Lorenzo
Pedrosa
Rossi
Simoncelli (Has talent, needs to deliver)
Spies
Stoner

After that its more difficult, but its probably

De Puniet
Dovi
Edwards
Hayden


Which makes it an all GP top 10. Crutchlow shows some promise but we'll have to wait and see. Checa's one off GP10 ride at Valencia was very unimpressive and I doubt Marco or Biaggi would do any better. Hard to say any of the rest are current top 10 material until they put the runs on the board. Same with Moto 2, the jump to GP is too big to call any of them current top 10 in the world.

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