MotoGP » Six new MotoGP 2012 entries announced

The decision was taken to focus on existing grand prix teams when considering who to include on next year's MotoGP grid.

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David - Unregistered

June 15, 2011 4:59 PM

It's a step in the right direction. 15 man grids are now good when there is 15 point paying positions. It goves those who are perinial backmackers nothering to fight for, as basically they are guaranteed a point just for showing up....

Anyway, I did have a mini-rant about this a couple of days ago on my website.


June 15, 2011 5:06 PM

Crikey,@ Westminster, give it a break. Remember the the lashing Karel Abraham got for getting a deal to race GP1 this year. Last weekend,he was dissapointed by being unable to stick with Valentino.
An Aprilia engined CRT with Iannone on board may well deliver another surprise or two. Bradl on a BMW engined Kiefer/Kalex.
Someone is going to raise Toni Elias/LCR ride this season and for what ?
We are not talking the 'establishment',rather opportunity for the new generation. Teams and racers.
I hope the transition is smooth and the competition from confirmed CRT outfits adds to the quality of the game.
Era's die hard,but they do die.New life springs up out of the ashes. 500 2 strokes ain't comming back.
Good old days are replaced by good new days is the general idea,rightly or wrongly.

mick - Unregistered

June 15, 2011 5:19 PM

I stated last week that it is all very well increasing the numbers on the grid,but as someone has pointed out,it is no good if they have no chance of winning and will be just making up the numbers.We had the situation,albeit due to weather,last weekend where riders were getting lapped by the leaders.I do not want to see this becoming a regular thing by adding non competative bikes and riders to the grid.

Liam - Unregistered

June 15, 2011 5:27 PM

I think instead of these teams taking stock engines and then developing them, I think the factories should lone their engines to these teams and they develop a chassis around it just like Honda did at the end of the 500cc era and the Robert team did well at the end of the 990cc era, it'll make them more competitive... probably!

fan - Unregistered

June 15, 2011 5:57 PM

Wow, what a bunch of negative Nancy's.

I believe that reviewing applicants is a good thing. I would immagine that Dorna is making sure that the teams they allow to take the grid will in fact stay on the grid for the entire season, hence the reason they went with established Moto2 teams first.

As for the "we don't need more people fighting for 10the place" crowd. I hate to break this to you, but this is the top of the food chain, you rarely get to see 4-6 riders fighting for the top step in a race, simply because the best of the best are a cut above everyone else.

For the "Factories to lease engines" argument. You are doing nothing more than putting another 5-6 LCR Hondas or 5-6 Pramac Ducati's. DO you think the factories are going to support the latest and greatest to the CRT's? No.


June 15, 2011 6:06 PM

C'mon, let's be honest here - the factories (mainly Yamaha and Honda) don't want any other competitive teams dancing at their party.

If they did they would lease more bikes (looking at you Yamaha) or at the very least offer some engine deals to the chassis makers. Once Honda saw Kenny Roberts team have some success with the V5 you see were that went.

Hopefully these teams will have some clever guys working on the engines and electronics who can take advantage of the extra liters of fuel. If Dorna wanted to even the playing field more they would follow F1 (Christ did I just say that?) and ban TC and have spec ECU's.

tonyed - Unregistered

June 15, 2011 6:18 PM

What's it going to be a big 'bore' kit on the MOTO2 bikes.

Come on give it a rest, more of the same. Time MOTOGP went to 'Dignitas' for a dignified end.

Abacus - Unregistered

June 15, 2011 6:33 PM

Give it a break all you nay-sayers.There has been a lot of moaning on these threads for more bikes yet here comes even only just six and now the mob is traducing them for only making up the numbers.I for one will be very happy to see more numbers.Now, Casey will have even more blighters to kick, punch and lash out at.Let's be honest, these Casey tantrums are often more entertaining than the "racing" we get to endure!Furthermore, in over twenty years now, how often has the series had more than two or may three bikes consistently scrapping for top honours?Ironically, in this year when the grid is at its smallest ever, we are having perhaps the most top end competion we have seen in years. So, relax guys and try to enjoy even only the colour scheme of the new bikes!It will in any case still be about only Casey, Jorge, Rossi, Simo and maybe Dani and Spies or Dovi, Not a bad deal huh?

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