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The 2012 MotoGP riders so far

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some1 - Unregistered

June 09, 2011 5:30 PM

Seem 3 big factories has secured their their main riders to make the 2012 bike development to meet the dateline. So it was set on the stone Honda factory team has been filled. So do the Yamaha and Ducati.

The day to introduce the 2012 bike is around the corner at Mugello round, Suzuki has yet secure their 2012 rider. I wonder if they're quitting MotoGP or they still shopping for a better factory rider? They're definitely need a very good rider who know how to set a balance to the new bike. Who else left that have such a know-how skills? Probably, a new home for CEII or Troy Corser. Or both, since both of them has vast experiences in finding balance. Since young guys didn't know a squat about balancing a prototype bike. That was a fact.

Merdeslinger - Unregistered

June 09, 2011 5:44 PM

I'd sign me.. besides it will be a lottery even for the signed guys with the new rules, everyone wanted to be on a honda or a yam when they moved to 800s espesch a honda didn't work out too well. A satellite duke could well be a very good bet next year.. as they run the closest to factory and you'd have to be half mad to think they won't do it. They're already faster than Casey was last year.

Kiyo Rulz - Unregistered

June 09, 2011 5:54 PM

"There aren't enough competitive riders for a 24 bike grid" (or along those lines)

It's only in the last few years that the standards have got so high. If you go back to 2005, with Byrne, Ellison and Battaini, the standards weren't so high then. Even in 2006 you originally had Pitt and McWilliams on the Ilmor bikes, so the standards weren't so high then. I think that standards for MotoGP have got too high and that is perhaps one of the reasons for the low grid numbers. Nobody said that the GP riders had to be all the best riders in the world and that will never be the case. As long as they are properly professional and have some good ability (and won't get left behind) that is what matters.


June 09, 2011 6:14 PM
Last Edited 1632 days ago

Haslam is locked into a 2-yr WSBK contract with BMW...

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.


Interesting. If BMW wants to enter motoGP then there may be little to stop modifications to the BMW Haslam contract, i.e switching from WSBK to motoGP. Only the sponsors could get in the way of that if BMW wants it. Yes if Marquez is in the frame. He does seem a little immature at the moment though. But he has the speed. No doubt about that one. The great riders seem to bin it a lot when learning in a new class of racing. Anyway if Marquez follows the others then he will join motoGP in 2013. One year to learn, the next to get the title. JL didnt have much opposition and won two. Remember Alberto P saying how 250cc racing had...stagnated...he was right. Who came out of 250cc after JL?


June 09, 2011 6:30 PM

@ SwissJudge

Quote from BMW Motorrad's General Director, Hendrik von Kuenheim just last month:

"As things stand we see no reason to query our involvement in the Superbike World Championship. We have to win in Superbikes before thinking of anything else. MotoGP is not an issue right now."

The Suter project meanwhile is independent and nothing to do with the BMW factory. I don't honestly see Leon H. being anywhere other than in WSBK again next year. And the year after that of course he'll be turning 30, which is becoming a little old for a MotoGP newcomer..

NitroMike37 - Unregistered

June 09, 2011 7:05 PM

Some interesting comments here.
I personally think that next year is an oppertunity to re-set moto gp- rider wise and as a competition. The top guys will always be the top guys. I cant see anyone beating Stoner, Lorenzo, Rossi or Pedrosa in a dry race for a while. (The only chance I see this year is Spies at Laguna or Indy or Simonchelli at Mugello or San Marino)
Next Year as far as I can see Johnny Rea is in. He tweeted as much a few months back saying that Honda had some very exiting plans for him next year. And Crutchlow has tweeted a few times to him saying when you're here next year. I personally think Haslam should be on his way to, but can't see it happening.
The Likes of Capirossi, Edwards and Elias should leave(all good riders but better riders around and age)
Moto GP needs a priveteer cup or something for 3 reasons.
1/A whole other race within a race 2x exitment bigger crowds
2/More TV time + success = More money, which brings more riders sponsors etc
3/Competition for every

go fast! - Unregistered

June 09, 2011 7:25 PM

i don't see any reason why marquez or rea would be in motogp next year. crt or not. where is this idea coming from? neither one is currently proving anything.
marquez is still too young/inexperienced. rea doesn't have it together yet. although that 10kate honda is a hunk of crap. and he is probably forced to override it.

BenSugden - Unregistered

June 09, 2011 7:56 PM

Toseland? Did you just say that? He had his chance, choked and then choked again on a factory R1. I don't think he'll be back to form. Too busy with his band these days

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