MotoGP » Valentino Rossi predicts low-tech MotoGP future

“We are going to have to ride bikes with less performance, which cost less and [are] maybe more fun” – Valentino Rossi.

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8=> - Unregistered

December 21, 2011 6:53 PM


"think most of the ppl posting comments here need to remember who singlehandedly brought the crowds back to motgp and made it interesting again"

I've been watching GPs before Rossi came along and there were crowds and it was interesting!

Dutch69Camaro - Unregistered

December 21, 2011 6:53 PM

I agree with him that CRT is the way of the future, but disagree about the fact that they will be "lower" tech. The technology that there is at the moment will not dissapear and continued to be used. The technology itself is not that expensive, its the design and engineering what is. The leaseprice of 4 million for an RCV212V is not because of the price to actually make one. It's the R&D that's makes the bike so expensive. Materials and labour are a fraction of that. For CRT's that only will mean that progress will be slower because of the smaller budgets. Less performance is out of the question, that can be compansated by changing the rules. Like fuel limits en minimum weight.

norville2 - Unregistered

December 21, 2011 6:54 PM

It is such a shame that all of the posters here have never ridden a Motogp bike but have such harsh guys don't have the balls to get on one of those bikes, you are only good with your keyboards.

yzrm10 - Unregistered

December 21, 2011 6:58 PM

@8 you think the Doohan era was interesting?im sure if you check the crowd attendance at any gp during his unchallenged reign and the figures will confirm that not many ppl gave a toss about motogp till Rossi came along.after Rainey n Schwantz left,it was dying a death.


December 21, 2011 6:59 PM

Rossi has not left the building yet and when he does we will see a drastic dwindle in the fan base of Motogp. If you doubt this then check back to 2010 when he broke his leg. With that said, Rossi is not an idiot. He knows he cannot talk smack now because he has a mission in front of him in the shape of the Ducati (I agree this could be humble pie but even that is a matter of time). There are very few people that Rossi actually dislike (only Biaggi comes to mind). Everyone else just tries to get status off this rivalry. Rossi creates these rivalries to improve the drama of the sport...that is why he is loved/hated by the fans.
Simple stated neeed to make excuses.. CRTs are the future, in some shape or form, because we need to cut cost!!

SupaHeroz - Unregistered

December 21, 2011 7:04 PM

Wow, what has Rossi done to deserve so much criticism?
Here is a guy who is regarded as the greatest of all time, who has successfully managed to become a household name in a relatively niche sport and has proved his competitiveness on not only a bike but in both WRC rally cars and an F1 car and people still question his talent.


December 21, 2011 7:18 PM

"Lower tech" may be the incorrect verbage, i think he is referring to less electronics that have been sky rocketing the cost of MotoGP.

@ Spiesunderdog
I appreciate straight up racing, but when my favourite rider albeit Rossi/Spies/Casey et al wins, and especially when they win over someone with whom they have a bitter rivalry or doesn't matter who it is, the victory seems so much better/emotional. So whether u admit it or not, drama is indeed part of this sport and does help and make for better viewing. Biaggi vs Rossi, Schwantz vs Rainey, Doohan vs Criville, (Spies and Mladin). Check the history...I have! and may explain why no one cared when Casey beat Spies at the line in was great racing, but happened and was done. Nothing historic about it. Rossi beat Lorenzo at catalunya 2009!! now that was breath taking and emotional and exciting! man! I am hyper ventilating thinking about it! P.S. Spies is one of my favourite riders along with Rossi and


December 21, 2011 7:19 PM

Ta Dah!.... Well, if low tech means no big manufacturers involved in the near future, then I agree. It's heading that way anyway. If the sport has a decent open formula, innovation will thrive and come from someplace other than factories. However, I do not believe in regulations specifically to "cheapen" the entry to competition in what was intended to be an "ultimate talent and equipment" series. So for my money, please, governing bodies, simplify your formula and make it more open and less "street-bike relevant". Yes, stone-axe brutal technology might rule at first, but innovation will follow with the sophistication the series deserves, and at a competitive cost to compete appropriate to the way the series is marketed.

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