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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Untold Stories - Unregistered

December 21, 2011 11:15 PM

I have read about and watched 500's gps motogp's for approx 40 years ...... It is the meddling by supposed authorities that may kill Gp's
The Media and also the creating of a Motogp God ........
I recall when WSB was first created, how the then controlling Gp Body think it was The Fim that tried to stop WSB!!! As it quite rightly saw it as a competitor ......and soon I suspect WSB will become the Future Of Gps put Stoner/lorenzo/Rossi/pedrosa etc into WSB and there we have the elite motorcycle Racing close thrilling and exciting

shamarone

December 21, 2011 11:18 PM

re: "how else do you explain tv audiences in some countries being down 50%after he broke his leg?"

or selling almost a $1/4 million dollars in tickets at a single venue upon announcing his RETURN from a broken leg. move over ippolito, yzrm10 for new FIM president.

Hemmy - Unregistered

December 21, 2011 11:25 PM

Shamarone, can you explian this 1/4 million dollars in ticket sales becuase Rosi returns after injury? Im pretty sure that Moto GP events easily get those figures anyway? Silvertstone has around 50,000-80,000 in attendance on a race sunday, so times that by GBP40-80 and thats a hell of alot more than 1/4 million dollars thats for sure.

Anyway, i do agree with some of what Rossi says, but i dont exactly think they will be 'low tech' as such. WSB is a huge success in terms of racing action and the close racing we all love. Moto GP lacks that at the moment, for reasons we dont really know, but im usre it has something to do with the top 3 guys JL, CS and DP being head and shoulders above the rest. If all the bikes were equal, it would still be these 3 guys at the front, with BS, NH, AD and VR scrapping for the crumbs.

DaveL - Unregistered

December 21, 2011 11:33 PM

The economic situation is going to get worse - a lot worse before it gets better. One good indicator (in the US) is housing prices: which are now back to 2002 levels and will not stabilize until they hit mid 1990 levels (maybe another 5-7 years).

The looming bogeyman of oil shortages and price hikes is right around the corner.

So - what I don't understand is the move towards bigger (1000cc) bikes, in general and in MGP --- logic would say that since we are heading into a realm of shortages and deflation --- that smaller displacement engines would be consistent with the (coming) times.

There is a reason why classes were 50, 125, 250, 350, 500 postwar. They mirrored the times.

shamarone

December 22, 2011 12:09 AM

re: "Why manufactures have never offered cheap road racebikes"

for the same reason maranello doesn't offer "cheap ferraris". NSA... No Such Animal.

re: "WHY???? Limited productions runs excuse is total BS."

or a total BULL MARKET. is it any cheaper in terms of labor and materials for KAWASAKI to produce an emmissions compliant DOHC 1.5L engine for the latest ZX14, than it is for TOYOTA to produce an emissions compliant DOHC 1.5L engine for a yaris econobox...? or is the value placed upon a company's sweat and ingenuity just exponentially different...?

shamarone

December 22, 2011 12:18 AM

STOP THE PRESSES...!!! this just in... pedrosa and spies want no parts o' wobbling CRT's...!!!

and now back to the dorna offices in spain with carmelo and your originally scheduled program...

shamarone

December 22, 2011 12:52 AM

re: "Shamarone, can you explian this 1/4 million dollars in ticket sales becuase Rosi returns after injury? Im pretty sure that Moto GP events easily get those figures anyway?"

sorry i wasn't clear, the difference is these were sales reported of just a SINGLE DAY. the total number is unknown, but even spanish fans were left scratching their heads. ?como se dice "WTF" en espanol?

JOHN - Unregistered

December 22, 2011 1:21 AM

Rossi no longer has got what it takes to win on todays high tech machines. Hence why he wants less tech. Its the final roll of the dice. Whether he wins again or not remains to be seen but he is not getting any younger.

some1 - Unregistered

December 22, 2011 1:32 AM

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.
Posted by yzrm10

So you only watch the racing to look at the crowd or something?
I couldn't give a toss if there was a crowd or not! I'm only interested in the bike racing.

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