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A Honda generated interview with MotoGP team manager Fausto Gresini

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Rhino

March 15, 2012 11:17 AM
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I think we're witnessing the beginning of the end anyway.
There is no magic wand to wave the global downturn away and bring in more manufacturers. I really can't see Suzuki coming back or Kawasaki
If one more manufacture goes that's the end of Motogp and the chances of that happening in the next 3 years are pretty high.

As for Gresini... my fingers are crossed for them all the way!

Pete - Unregistered

March 15, 2012 11:44 AM

An interesting and insightful interview, thanks for putting that up Crash. Fausto Gresini has always come across as the one of most likeable and personable team managers in the sport. With the loss of Marco still casting a huge shadow over the sport, I suspect it may not be a very easy year for him and his team. Thinking positively, Bautista is a good choice for a GP rider, he is fast and has improved massively since arriving in the premier class. I'm sure he will repay the faith put in him and hopefully get Mr. Gresini to 'love' this great sport again.

jvp - Unregistered

March 15, 2012 1:00 PM

@Rhino:

MotoGP will never end. It's like saying that F1 will also end. There might be a decrease in manufacturers participating but it does not mean that the end is in sight. I think the CRT concept is a great idea, and it will show in the long term that costs can be controlled in a manner that put more competitive riders and bikes on the grid. A very good example is Moto2. Though the engines are standards, the prototype chassis and the brilliance of the rider shows that anyone can win a race. If all the manufacturers decide to leave, I am willing to bet that current MotoGP riders WILL stay and participate on the CRT concepts. Possibly some will leave for World Superbike but the majority will stay in the premier class.

samas

March 15, 2012 2:08 PM

@Rhino
You are the ultimate pessimist.
I've seen much worse.
When one looks at the history of GP racing the only time that there was real mega competition was the late 70s up to the mid 90s.

Southerner

March 15, 2012 4:18 PM

The most intrigueing aspect is Gresini's commitment to Showa suspension across the board. Their commitment to Gresini may well throw a spanner in the factory team's works later in the season coupled to the new Bridgestones.
Tire war is gone for now,as it has been for years. Watch the suspension war hot up !!!
I can't wait to hear the bleating.
Unfair Showa advantage.Heh,heh !!!
Good on you Fausto and all your charges and efforts.

thegreatmunberseven - Unregistered

March 15, 2012 6:54 PM

@samas

are you kidding?

the 1960s were the most fiercely contested years ever as the newly founded Japanese manufacturers fought tooth and nail for a share of the market. The 70s saw a massive decline in factory vs factory battles.

sodesu

March 15, 2012 9:14 PM

Who cares if it's manufacturer vs. manufacturer, it's the battles that make it interesting. I think it's plain for anyone to see that Moto2 has more interesting racing right now and they don't have any factory teams. So why on earth should factory teams be a must in the premier class? Also, even if today's big names leave there are other brands, like Mahindra for example. There will always be a market for motorbikes somewhere, even if the whole US and Europe markets go down the drain.

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