MotoGP » Ezpeleta explains MotoGP Rookie Rule change of heart

"After many discussions with the independent teams, we decided that it is better to cancel the rule" - Carmelo Ezpeleta, Dorna.

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Bindun - Unregistered

June 20, 2012 7:50 AM

WSB is for riders who hope to make it into Motogp or stuffed up in Motogp. What IMO is good about WSB is bikes are more equal and more equal top riders, hence more spectacular. Also 2 heats is a great idea. However top rders in Motogp are the best. Pity that only 2 or 3 can win and.... who actually notices CRT?. One way to save money is make motogp 2 stroke only, no electric aids. WSB could then be development arena for electronic rider aids on road-going type machines.

Ron - Unregistered

June 20, 2012 9:26 AM

Why on earth is the rookie rule refered to as the Ben Spies rule.

Based on 09 results

Rossi - 1st WC
Lorenzo - 2nd WC

Pedrosa - 3rd WC (Honda protege, unlikly to be droped for a spies/dovi combo)
Dovi - 5th WC (after first year at HRC/Repsol, possible to drop him I guess)

Stoner - They would have been insane to drop him at this point
Hayden - Bad first season granted

Suzuki - Exempt from rookie rule

I dont see how the rookie rule stoped him getting a factory ride, espcially considering the history of WSBK riders moving to GP.

As for next season, the rookie rule wasnt the major issue, it was the uttly stupid 4 bike per manafacture rule. How does that save money, the manafactures lease fewer bikes, therefore less leasing revenue (dev cost stays approx the same). Some stupid **** rule for the phasing in of CRT'S


June 20, 2012 9:52 AM

Yes it was stupid rule, but this Spanish abuse is something else. The rule hasnt been abolished because he is Spainish, its because of sponsorship issues.

Marquez has an agreement with Repsol, if he joins the LCR team that means that Lucho Cechenello has to throw away his years with Elf. If he joins the Gresini team then that means that Fausto Gresini has to throw away his years with Castrol.

Its not HRC and Repsol Honda pressing Dorna to abolish it, its the whole of MotoGP are trying to get rid of it. The idea of the rule was to come in, and help the smaller teams, where in this case all it will do is hinder the smaller teams for a one year deal before he heads off to the factory team!

As for all the american hardships, who excatly was Spies going to replace in the factory Yamaha side in 2010?? You had Lorenzo and Rossi in the team, both with 1 years on their contract! Were you expecting Lin Jarvis to dump off Lorenzo?!

Just because Marquez is the golden boy it doesnt mean that

Carn Carmelo - Unregistered

June 20, 2012 10:38 AM


Why change the rule, oh wait....because he is the next Spanish hope.
Case in point number 1 - Dani Pedrosa (silver spoon) Straight into Repsol from 250cc, a bit of success but 15 race wins in 6 or 7 years in Motogp on a factory bike is reasonable but not outstanding.

Case in Point number 2 - Jorge Lorenzo has done and continues to take advantage of not having to work his way into a factory ride which he more than likely would have got anyway based on his sheer talent.

Case in point number 3- Marc Marquez. Anybody who says Marquez will not get the facotry ride next year is kidding themsleves. If marquez wasn't in the Moto 2 category the rule would remain and non spanish guys like Luthi and Iannone would have to ride ther ****s off to get a satalite ride just like Bradl did.

To keep this series transparent and non biased to other non spanish riders the rule must continue in force until there are no spanish riders coming through with exceptional talent that are allowed t

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