MotoGP » Hernandez surgery ahead of MotoGP season


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Ben1

December 06, 2011 2:36 PM

@ Nick636

Thanks for the detailed comment, now I understand your point better. The signing of Hernandez (and West's) surprised me too. He (they) is surely not the best available option, but being in MotoGP is not about "deserving", and it's sure that some Moto2 top riders, like Marquez or Iannone rather stay a year in the lower category, hoping they will get a "MotoGP" (non-CRT) ride. Hernandez spent two years with the same team, it's a factor too wich you should consider. He wasn't so slow, rather inconsistent and crashed if he was in good place (remember Valencia 2011 and Estoril 2010!). Anyway, there wasn't any official announcement, it's not even sure that he will be in MotoGP next year.
As for the performance of CRT's: wait for the first race of next season before we can make any judgement!

Rick - Unregistered

December 06, 2011 4:18 PM

"Now Dorna if you could only trim a bit on the amount of Spanish tracks...
Posted by Spartacus"

Do you have any suggestion of world class FIM approved tracks anywhere but in Spain that Dorna has refused to race at?

JK - Unregistered

December 06, 2011 4:50 PM

Nick636, yes he finsihed 19th, buts out of 42 riders, thens not so bad considering the difference in equipment. Its mid pack, just like a 7th/8th is mid pack in moto gp.

As someone else said, every bike cant have a rider on board thats wons x amount of races and championships etc.

On another note, the front end of that bike is nasty!

Spartacus

December 06, 2011 5:25 PM

"Do you have any suggestion of world class FIM approved tracks anywhere but in Spain that Dorna has refused to race at?"
Posted by Rick

I am sure there are other circuits that qualify as being suitable for motogp. There is no denying that the sport as it stands is unbalanced regarding racing locations, perhaps as you imply there are not many other tracks that have the same standards as the ones in Spain, I don't know. In any case my point was that Dorna seems to be making an effort to branch out the sport regarding their riders and they could also do the same for their tracks. Cheers

patrick hummel

December 06, 2011 6:01 PM

hungary has a good track so dose china and turkey dose germany hase 2 moore rusia wil have one next year if i recal india,s brand new f1 track is savety aproved porutgal has portimao witch is epic and there are many many moore tracks that are save yet spain is the country of choise they realy wanted to go to hungary but the track wasent finish,d in time so they took aragon as back up and just stay,d there are plenty of other tracks asept spain but not al have the money

RawDawg

December 06, 2011 7:17 PM

Just because there are other tracks that meet the standards doesn't mean MotoGP will race there. Someone has to pay the sanction fees to host the race and do the promoting. MotoGP just doesn't show up somewhere because there is a track there. This is a business not a hobby.

Pam

December 06, 2011 7:29 PM

A lot of these teams probably can't afford a top rider that's in demand. And you never know, one of these lesser riders may be better suited to the bigger bikes. Certainly if you went strictly by who won in the lower classes, most have failed to make a big impact in motogp.

Spartacus

December 06, 2011 10:16 PM
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@RawDawg
Last time I checked Spain was not doing so well economically. Perhaps one of the worst economies in all of europe. Therefore this still does not answer the question why such an unbalanced amount of races towards Spain?

RawDawg

December 07, 2011 2:44 AM

@Spartacus

For the same reason MotoGP is having 3 races in the US (Laguna, Austin, and Indy) and the same reason Qatar has a GP with a few hundred people are in attendence - someone is paying to have the race there. It doesn't matter what the economy is in Spain if the promoter has 100,000 people in the hills of Jerez and makes money. MotoGP probably is 2nd only to soccer in popularity in Spain and if Spain has the tracks and promoters willing to up the cash to host the races year in and year out then good on them. Is there a line at the Dorna offices of track owners and promoters with checks in their hands to host races or something??

shamarone

December 07, 2011 3:30 AM

re: "It doesn't matter what the economy is in Spain if the promoter has 100,000 people in the hills of Jerez and makes money."

exactly. spain comes off the dime. they are the motorcycling's equivalent of a nascar fan. i contend if the rest emulated rather than envied, we would have the "good ship MotoGP" righted and sailing true inside of 6 months. the fix is so easy, it's laughable the majority can't seem to figure it.

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