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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rotsa ruck - Unregistered

December 22, 2011 5:15 PM

1st off, I agree with some who've posted well thought out and logical arguments. 2nd, some here still don't have a clue despite being here for quite a while.

MotoGP has been dying pretty much since the 800 era began. Same thing happened during the Doohan era, and to some extent during Rossi's time in the sun too. The difference is, Rossi plays the media. Doohan despised it.

I can't think of another rider who has had the effect on the viewing public that Rossi has had. Sheene maybe but not to the same extent. I know people who know NOTHING about motoGP but they know who Rossi is. They don't know what he looks like or what bike he rides but they know Rossi is #46. Name ONE rider you can say that about. Just one.

sourire - Unregistered

December 22, 2011 5:42 PM

motomoto pourquoi seulement le salaire de rossi c est du parti pris ! en tous les cas lui il respecte ses fans et sponsors meme si c est fatiguant pour lui tous ces interviews etc meemsi cela lui rapporte financierement que de jalousie autour de lui

shamarone

December 22, 2011 5:43 PM

re: "Is it crazy how much these guys make? Yes..but they are putting their lives on the line"

exactly. again for comparison, pujols (one man) just signed a 10yr deal with the angels to be DIRECTLY paid $254 million. other than the risk of shooting up too many steriods...? or taking a fastball to the temple...? not much threat to life and limb standing around a baseball diamond scratching one's a$$ for 3 hours. if fans of stick and ball sports don't begrudge their players that level of coin...? then we certainly can't begrudge ours. rossi earns his keep.

someone else - Unregistered

December 22, 2011 5:51 PM

rossi and the like wont be around for ever they have to take steps now.
look at sheene , he sucked up all the attention and once he was gone the media took no more notice of gp's. so no british riders ever got a fair crack on a factory bike.
We need the sport evened up so a bsb champ fresh from the uk can make an impression without someone having to come up with tens of millions .

RonM - Unregistered

December 22, 2011 6:03 PM

As far as I understand the CRT machines are going to be similar to the EVO machines in BSB (and if so)many of them performed very well durring 2011 season noteably the WFR when the young Lowes talent was onboard So I can't see why it will not preserve the MOTOGP class.(but as far as I am concerned the original classes should have been adhered to ie.125/250/350/500--Ah those were the days)

RonM - Unregistered

December 22, 2011 6:26 PM

With all due respect lotsa ruck if it wasn't for Barry Sheene and Kenny Roberts todays riders would not enjoy the improved wages/safety improvements/conditions etc.Which have drastically reduced the mortality rate (before anyone jumps down my throat and starts mentioning Simmoncelli/Katoh )it is impossible to make the sport TOTALLY SAFE by nature of the animal as there are to many variables that can and do happen.And while Rossi is at the forefront of things it was his former Peers that laid the ground rules/conditions.

budoist

December 22, 2011 8:09 PM

@A1 & shamarone
"The glitz, glory and just good old bullpoop is the attraction mode to help todays short attention span generation keep watching the show. -snip- I don't buy the t-shirts, DvD's or the posters. -snip- I refuse to pay good money for a bad seat when I see more at home and don't get caught up in the trying to leave mess thats always waiting for you after the show."

While that may be good for you, try to remember that one the major sponsors of any race is the track itself that the race occurs on. Outside of Qatar, just about every venue has to earn money and stay financially feasible to keep the track surface in good condition, maintain the facilities and pay employees. Getting bodies out to races and buying the swag-which pays the vendors who in turn pay the track-does this. Without it the tracks go away or are dropped and no races occur.

Jiri Simek

December 22, 2011 10:05 PM

Vale is the one who kicks anyone's ass if it comes just to the riding skill and pure race craft! And I cannot wait for those times to come... No more ultra-high-tec specs as we have in the F1 and in the end of the day we see maybe two different winner in the whole season... Come on, get back to the roots... Remember, it's not the money, it's the people who make it fun...

SMN - Unregistered

December 22, 2011 11:08 PM

I love how all you derpers are whinging about Rossi when he's probably the most well-liked & well known GP rider in the world atm. He attracts people to the sport, without a doubt. Pull your heads in & show some respect. That, or get on a bike & show us what you're made of. If you're in a position to criticise him, you MUST be better.

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