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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Jack Mordino

December 22, 2011 11:47 PM

Agreed. And as an answer to the guy who claimed that it is "guys like Rossi who demand a lot of money that raise the costs of MotoGP" I'll remind that Rossi brought so many spectators to the sport with his undisputable charm towards the cameras that he is actually making much more money for all the circus than he is taking.

Don't forget that after every race the sponsors sit down and count numbers about TV attendances to see if their money expenditure is justified. Need I remind how important the sponsors are?

That's why Ecclestone & co over at F1 tried hard to bring him there. They knew the guy means money.


December 23, 2011 2:36 AM

re: "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"

preaching to the choir actually...

geepyone - Unregistered

December 23, 2011 6:00 AM

sure Rossi want motogp going backward as his carrer is going backward, the inception of motogp is about racing the highest degree of machine just like F1,going backward is like we fans going backward,if motogp cannot survive as is it, stop it to protect the legacy of motogp being the pinnacle of motor racing, just name it anew not motogp, because we know motogo being the arena of the best mind of machine racing to the finnest. technology should move forward not backward.just to increase grid sizes,stop and and all shift to wsbk.

A 1

December 23, 2011 9:08 AM

@budoist, the point you make about the tracks needing money is true. The tracks don't just get their income from 1 motoGp round though. Tracks like all good business need to adapt to the times or die like the good old Norton and Triumph factories here in old Blighty because they refused to what was needed. Then we're back to topic about MotoGp rides having to adapt. Crt is the way the sport is going. This will bring new racing, new riders and new interest.
I was hoping that the arrival of Paris Hilton was going to bring more of her "loaded" mates to the races. People want more money into this game then the Ciggie and drugs industry should be allowed to have full adverts. Until I see Valentino smoking a real ciggie riding his duke with a "Mr floppy takes the blue pill for fun times" then I won't start smoking or droppin' anti flopper pills.

Aussie - Unregistered

December 23, 2011 11:50 AM

@BensPies And rotsa ruck I agree with RonM I have been following this sport since the surtees days and I hear the same old gripes year after year when ago left gp racing was finished the same with hailwood and spencer and sheens and roberts and rainy and doohan etc. etc. the same in f1 when shui retired now who mentions him it will be the same when rossi and stoner and lorenza go there will be someone else thats the way GP racing has always been belive me and when the world economy picks up the crowds will pick up again and GP racing racing will change like it has before so guys less of the gloom and doom and as we say in aussi get a grip in other words you worry to much

Djieto - Unregistered

December 23, 2011 3:45 PM

it is easy to judge someone! sit for yourself on the bike and you will know. Why does he has 8 world titles? Try to do that! Compare to F1 and Fernando Lewis and Button and Michael. So shut up and watch what happens. Do you know what happened? as if we alla know what the team gave him!!!! (Sorry for my english bacause i am dutch native)

Vale Old Dog - Unregistered

December 23, 2011 11:40 PM

Is Rossi an analogue rider in a digital age?

Can't teach an old dog new tricks perhaps.

Now that he can't get a Honda or Yamaha to ride, & their bikes have the best tech, he wants "Uncle Carmello" to ban them & their tech.

2012 will be another bad year for Rossi.

Maybe we watched his last MotoGP victory in 2010 and we didn't know it.

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