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Reasons - Unregistered

December 13, 2011 11:51 AM

The Motogp World Championship. The Pinnacle of Motorcycle racing.

What value/Pride/Prestige/Honour do HONDA, YAMAHA & DUCATI attach to this championship ? Judging by spend, I guess quite a bit.

How do you as a rider get to ride here ? Well, you need to be pretty good. It would help if you had a title in a support class, coupled with a few national titles under your belt. Why do you want to get there ? Well you get to ride prototypes, the fastest, most advanced bikes in the world.

The riders that contracted thus for CRT's (Besides Moto GP Regulars,Mr. Vickers and co) are unknown to me, where did they fall out of ? I dont for a minute doubt that there's talent in some form or another but it seems that the normal route to or school of Motogp is compromised as a result.

Motogp is the pinnacle of motorcycle racing. Dont mess with that. Please.

ndhjey - Unregistered

December 13, 2011 12:07 PM

I am not qualified to know what to do about the future of MotoGP but I am qualified to know that it needs to change. Watching a procession of 'the world's quickest riders' with 7 seconds in between them while a couple of satellites bang fairings down the back, has become tedious. I've gone from loving this series and never missing it since the 1990's to not bothered if I never see it again.

cpwmonkey - Unregistered

December 13, 2011 12:17 PM

ndhjey - totally agree. There was a time when I turned to motoGP to escape the boredom of F1, but now its reversed...
As previous posters have mentioned, whatever the changes, I think it would be tragic for the series to deviate from being a pure prototype class. For me, the new CRT bikes are far from worthy of their place on the grid.

Nick - Unregistered

December 13, 2011 12:17 PM

I agree with the idea of reverting back to the 500 two stroke machine. Look at the last race in 2001 at Phillip Island - 8 riders battling for the lead for the whole race. That does not happen with the 4 strokes! Back in those days the bravest rider of the day would win. In recent times it has been dependant upon what bike your on! Remember Macoy sliding it around! Plus rider skill mattered, these days of electronics doing it all for them has ruined it!

SwissJudge

December 13, 2011 12:25 PM

2012 should be a complete mess.

2012 could be the last year that prototypes race in motoGP. Why race in 2013 when the risk of money down the drain is so high?

BMW could be very interesting to watch in 2012. I am sure Rossi will be watching BMW with great interest too.

squired - Unregistered

December 13, 2011 12:25 PM

Motogp needs to remain a prototype class otherwise no reason to exist and everybody should go to WSBK.
CRT is not a bad idea, they are just using the wrong engines. Manufacturers should be made to sell engines at a fixed price - a return to the ROC Yamaha idea. I am not sure manufacturers would be too keen on this - imagine the embarrassment if a factory team was beaten by the same engine but in a Suter or FTR chassis! They should also out a limited on the electronics to keep costs under control

ebaums - Unregistered

December 13, 2011 12:26 PM

it'll never merge! 2 separate classes means double amount of spectators, two different stories to follow, more circuits, more tickets sold, more tv contracts, more jobs, more money. only a fool would merge it! The main thing now is to clear-up the description of MotoGP priority, whether it should be a prototype racing or the fastest motorcycle racing? When WSBK gets more factory attention, ok let it be like that while MotoGP being a prototype racing will always be different in the way of e.g. riding style, type of prototype tires, etc. No reason it should be faster than WSBK.

Dax666 - Unregistered

December 13, 2011 12:37 PM

Is a formula that need competition, the bike and the world should not turn arond the rubber in order to do engine frame etc. Competition mean develop, so we need more tyre supplier and forbide all the tech change that cannot be transferred on normal street bike. Leave the greatest freedom to engineers in order to do the best bike, no limit on cylinder number or displacement, only a fuel limit.

Achoo! - Unregistered

December 13, 2011 1:03 PM

Dont know if this is an original crash.net piece but it is great reading. Wish the writer had sourced and featured factory, team, rider and even fan views beyond the brief quotations of Casey and Rossi.Personally, I don't care the esoteric nature of the technology in the machines as long as they LOOK and SOUND snazzy, the racing is fast, fiercely competetive and dramatic and we have charismatic personalities with pulling or even polarising power like Rossi, Jorge and even Casey. The latter says he will never race CRTs? Well, let him walk!

kimey - Unregistered

December 13, 2011 1:21 PM

Everyone needs to use this time as a time to look back and see what worked and what didn't. We all went four stroke racing for the benefit of Honda, now it turns out it is too expensive. We need to return to a situation (whether it be 2 or four stroke) where a well prepared and ridden private bike stood a chance of a podium. That way true talent will surface and would benefit all. The slow factory riders would need to up their game and backers would find smaller teams more attractive. I think it would be unrealistic for privateers to win championships, but they should be able to turn up and be in with a chance of a good position if they have a good day.

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