MotoGP » What would be your dream MotoGP 2012 grid?

For a bit of fun, we've compiled a 'dream grid' for MotoGP 2012 - not with the rider line-ups we expect to see, but the rider line-ups we would like to see...

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Hotwheels - Unregistered

September 14, 2011 2:48 PM

Repsol Honda: Stoner, Simoncelli
Yamaha: Lorenzo, Spies
Ducati: Rossi, Hayden (Alliminium frame)
Gresini: Pedrosa, Marquez (Works spec bikes)
Tech3: Crutchlow, Bradl
Suzuki: Bautista, Hopkins
Pramac: de Puniet, Sykes
Aspar: Barbera
LCR: Iannone, Takahasi
AB: Abraham

Forward Racing: Edwards, Laverty (with Tech3 Chassis and Works R1 motor.)

Mark VDS BMW: Redding?

Aprilia RSV4 Motor, Haga?

Jim - Unregistered

September 14, 2011 2:58 PM

4 Yamahas
4 Hondas
4 Ducatis
2 Suzukis
2 Kawasakis
2 BMWs
2 Aprilias
2 KTMs
2 Nortons
2 Triumphs
2 MV Agustas
and all the best riders from MOTOGP WSBK and MOTO2
not the ones with the biggest bank balance,


September 14, 2011 4:00 PM


Sigh... Nowt happening? Um, yeah Whatever you wanna believe sweetheart.

As for the one bike, one tyre etc... NO THANKS.

There's already a series called the Red Bull Rookies cup, and the racing is as much about the bike as the rider.


September 14, 2011 5:02 PM
Last Edited 1691 days ago

I'm going to get real dreamy. I'd like to see a more formal two-tiered MotoGP package - a factory tier and a satellite tier with some recognition for performances in the satellite tier. I'd like to see 8 factory bikes, 2 for each manufacturer. I'd then like to see 4 satellite machines for each manufacturer. 8 factory bikes + 16 satellite machines for a 24 bike grid. Keep the factory bikes the state-of-the-art prototypes. Make the satellite machines adhere to some sort of lower cost rule package while still allowing the bikes to throw up the necessary challenge and assessment platform for MotoGP new-comers. One idea, keep the fuel restrictions for the factory bikes, but give the satellite bikes some leeway in this area to cheaply gain some horsepower while saving costs in higher technology, higher cost areas - we don't want the reduced cost of the satellite bikes to lead to such a reduced performance that the satellite bikes are being lapped. The 8 fac


September 14, 2011 5:02 PM
Last Edited 1691 days ago


The 8 factory bikes are for the 8 best riders. The 16 satellite bikes would be for up-and-comers and guys good enough for a factory bike but waiting for a seat to become available. Forget this journeyman stuff where guys like Edwards and Capa are hanging around for years going nowhere and not threatening to go anywhere. Give new guys the opporutinity to come in and succeed or fail. If guys are good enough to keep their factory seat for years, good on them. But there's little reason to let jouneymen occupy satellite seats for years when there's up-and-coming talent that could be given the opportunity to prove themselves. Oh yeah, and each pair of factory bikes is equal with no special treats between team-mates with regard to parts, engines, tyres, etc. With the lower cost of the satellite bikes, maybe Kawasaki could put 4 satellite bikes on the grid? Have some sor


September 14, 2011 5:03 PM
Last Edited 1691 days ago


Have some sort of recognition (not a world championship. maybe a satellite riders championship?) for the top satellite rider and have a separate constructors title for the satellite bikes. If this dream scenario actually happened, what would we get? Larger grids. A secondary competition with some interest there for the fans. A great platform for assessing up-and-coming talent. Still retain the concept of a competition between state-of-the-art prototype machines. I'm not going to try to address all possible flaws and challenges with this idea in the few words available, but it's an interesting dream I reckon.

For the fac


September 14, 2011 5:04 PM


For the factory rides, seeing we're "dreaming", I'd encourage some contract breaches to allow the following -

Honda - Stoner, Rossi. The final showdown

Yamaha - Lorenzo, Pedrosa. Pedrosa is too quick to be on anything other than a top machine.

Suzuki - Dovi, Spies.

Ducati - Simo, Barbera. Simo is crazy enough to maybe get something out of the duke. Barbera is earning his money.

Former Employee - Unregistered

September 14, 2011 8:01 PM

They sack me and come up with this as an analysis? If I were still at Crash, the article would have made much more sense:

Repsol Honda - Stephen Hawking, Ronnie Corbett. I hate Repsol Honda and want them to fail. Everyone jumps on the Honda bandwagon. Hawking would have some difficulty controlling the bike and Corbett couldn't reach the controls. Hurrah!

Yamaha Factory - Jorge Lorenzo, Usain Bolt. Lorenzo a proven Yamaha champ, Bolt, the fastest man on Earth. Nuff said. Go Yamaha, the underdogs!

Ducati Marlboro - Valentino Rossi, Toni Elias. Rossi has a job to finish and a record to break, Elias has surely earned his MotoGP stripes by now. This is his chance to finally prove his worth.

Triumph MotoGP - Bradley Smith, Colin Edwards. A British entry with a mentor and a protoge.

Cont'd . . .

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