MotoGP » Yamaha: No official team orders

"We've never given official team orders and have no plans to do so" – Yamaha.

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August 25, 2011 1:49 PM

The situation last year at Montegi with Rossi and JL was different. JL title was not in jeopardy with a top 5, rossi giving him a position would have had no benefits whatsoever. Remember JL scored the most points ever in a season, last year.. so the battle was not just for Rossi to back off because JL could have backed off as well instead of fight for a position he does not need. But since he decided to fight for the position, then he should not have complained about it because he got a hard fought race that he lost.
If they were in the same position now with the title challenge in jeapordy then I would say yes..give JL the position instead of risk taking each other out.

wr86 - Unregistered

August 25, 2011 1:53 PM

Spies is a professional who's been around long enough to not have a big ego, any help he can offer to Lorenzo will be given without having to be told.

He gets the big picture and will always be a good soldier for the Team.

Trigger - Unregistered

August 25, 2011 2:50 PM

So if 'Ben is smart enough to not need team orders', 'like he showed lasr round', then luckily for Spies that Fabrizio is not so smart. If Fabrizio would have been a bit smarter, then Spies would have never won his WSB title.

So luckily for Spies, Ducati/Fabrizio had no team orders in 2009. If they did, then Spies would not be a world champion.


August 25, 2011 3:05 PM

First of all, I think Stoner's statement is laudable. A team shouldn't pre-determine a finish, and neither should they be allowed to command the competitor by radio or otherwise during the race to yield a position for their own purposes when the man in back is not really able to contest the position - re Schumacher/Barrichello. That is what happens in F1, and it is so obvious to the fans, and so dishonest to the spirit of competition. Isn't it a common sense and respect thing, though, really? A fellow should have respect enough not to take out his teammate with a risky move if his teammate is in a critical stage of the championship and the fellow has really nothing to gain/prove - re Pedrosa/Hayden in '06. A fellow should have enough common sense to know that engaging in a fairing bashing contest with a determined teammate is a low-odds idea if that teammate is already out of the championship, and the fellow himself is in a comfortable championship lead and simply needs to maintain it


August 25, 2011 3:10 PM

I guess ultimately I mean let racers be racers. Certainly there are going to be idiot moves. Its part of racing. But let racers race, and let teams bark at them later for their idiot moves and lack of common sense and respect, but do not have teams "protect" racers from each other, or pre-determine results. Let it be a sport, for chrissake....

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