MotoGP » Baker's Dozen: Sepang MotoGP test

In the first edition of a new feature for, MotoGP rider manager Phil Baker answers 13 questions from inside the paddock on anything you want to know!

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... - Unregistered

February 16, 2012 6:09 AM

Some interesting OPINIONS by Phil but I think some people will jump on these opinions as facts and ignore some of the facts he also said.
I do question his opinion about Smith, who in my opinion, has achieved much more with his work ethic and talent than Redding has so far AND has a MotoGP ride lined up, those don't get given to any Tom, **** or Harry...

SMU - Unregistered

February 16, 2012 6:12 AM

So reading between the lines Yamaha will not have a title sponsor this year partly because the likes of Rizla slashed the value, the US TV coverage is crap, everyone thinks there are too many iberian rounds, motogp still doesn't know how to sell itself to sponsors, suzuki were never in a position to offer spies a full time ride (d'oh) and people in the paddock seem to rate redding (surprises me as he hasn't done much for a few years).

slider - Unregistered

February 16, 2012 7:27 AM

@Phil. I have a question. Are the best motogp riders 'conventionally' intelligent or is it not so important. I've heard some people say that certain motogp riders won't win races because they are 'not intelligent enough' but does that really matter?

Following on, what do the riders usually do when they are not on track - any strange habits or do they just surf the internet and post endless updates on twitter like other people their age?!

The Voice of Reason - Unregistered

February 16, 2012 7:34 AM

Dorna and their policy to remove recorded footage from YouTube etc... is proof that they do not want to publicise MotoGP to it's maximum.

I have uploaded recorded races, previews and reviews just to have them removed. I would have suscribed to but refuse too because of their petty policy regarding copyright.. so they lose.

I wonder how many folk who stumble across MotoGP on YouTube would become fans then paying punters?

Because Dorna have messed up my favourite spectacle with rule changes and control freakery I will not part with my cash.. so they lose.

Costs may have increased but so has greed.. Dorna lose.

copyright-copywrong - Unregistered

February 16, 2012 7:44 AM

Agree with @Voice. Dorna need to wake up and not be so petty about use of online content. They just seem to be trying to follow f1 and music industry in clamping down on everything on internet. Ridiculous!

All these big media rights companies think if someone watches something for free then it means they are losing or missing out on money. Bulllllllsh*t.

I listen to songs for free on you tube, but I would NEVER buy the song if I had to pay. If it wasn't free on you tube I just wouldn't listen to that song. End of story. No lost revenue as I'm not prepared to pay.

If Motogp put more content up (non-live) for free then it would expand wider knowledge of the sport. no-one brand new to the sport is going to pay for live coverage right away are they? They need to know what the sport is and if they like it first.

@Phil - your views?

Monty - Unregistered

February 16, 2012 7:46 AM

It seems like when Casey wins, the bike is automatically considered to be the best & fastest on the grid. ('07 Ducati, 11' Honda). In your opinion, was the Honda, the outright fastest bike last year or was the difference Casey?

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