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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Poison - Unregistered

June 20, 2012 3:48 PM

Yes, Carmelo L L.........what you are writing as a joke will SOON become reality!!! All the MotoGP circuits will be in Spain only, and all the Hondas, Yamahas and Ducatis will be re-labelled "Montesa", "Bultaco", et al, so that the Spanish-only spectators will know what's happening............!!! !!!


June 20, 2012 4:32 PM

some people on here are something else. Nationality has nothing to do with it! Its because of the long term benefit to the sport!! Why cant you take your anti spanish blinkers off and see it!!

If anything this rule is helping satielitte teams, who can contuine with relationships they have built up with sponsors, keep team members and progress themselves rather than have to cater for Marquez and all his party?! MARQUEZ TO GRESINI WOULD BENEFIT NOBODY! MARQUEZ TO LCR WOULD BENEFIT NOBODY! We all know he would be on a factory bike painted differently anyway!

You moan about Spainish riders taking the best seats, because they are the best riders maybe? had that crossed anybodies mind? The reason that Spain features prominatley is the same reason as why it was all Italian 10/15 years ago. They have funding at club racing, they are getting young riders in and have the public love it! the riders love Jerez, they love Montemelo, because the fans love it! Look at sponsors on the bike, Spainis


June 20, 2012 5:31 PM

So if an American corporation were to buy MotoGP and then began hold four races in the US, a couple in Canada, and one in Mexico, all the while giving special treatment to American riders at the expense of the others, you would not have any problem with that? This thread would be several thousands posts long if this was true and they would not be posts of support! The only exceptions made to the rookie rule was done in favor of Spanish riders, FACT! Of course Spanish companies are going to back the series, Spain hosts four events so it is wise marketing to their consumers but in the process the international corporations have been alienated and see it as a less viable avenue for their marketing and it is hurting the sport. It is a self serving mindset, concerned only with Spanish matters.

Carmelo loves Lappers - Unregistered

June 20, 2012 5:49 PM

@ Rowles in 2010 Dorna implemented the Rookie Rule. Note: I did not name it the Ben Spies Rule, the press did. In 2010 Spies was the only rider affected by this new rule. Marco Simoncelli went to Gresini with Factory Support and Alvaro Bautista (a Spaniard) was allowed to go straight to the factory Suzuki Squad. At the time Ben's Stock was quite high having thoroughly trounced the WSBK crowd and he (in theory) could have gone to a Factory team. This half thought out and poorly executed rule was hurried into place to stop that from happening. Now we find ourselves with a new crop of potential talent and when it benefits Dorna most they decide on a whim to undo themselves again. My rant is not against the Spanish it is against Dorna and the ever fluid rules they fumble at like an 8th grader with his first Bra! The rules instability is the very reason factory participation is at an all-time low my friend. And that is the first thing that BMW, Aprilia, Suzuki and dare I say it Kawasaki wan


June 20, 2012 6:57 PM

I wont sit here and lie no, I would have a problem with that, BUT if the money coming from America was keeping the series alive then yes id be grateful! I dont really care where the races are, I go to the GB round and maybe a Europe one if im lucky, but it doesnt matter where! Dorna yes have 4 spanish rounds, but Aragon wasnt meant to happen, they were let down twice by Hungary so thats one of the rounds, and the they are trying to get rid of another and Jerez was the one most in danger there. Would it still be such a strong bias despite also 2 Italian rides and 2 american? I dont understand how the rule has only benefitted Spain riders? Suzuki didnt have a satelitte team, and they signed the contract prior to the rule so that explains the Bautista, and I dont have to explain again about Marquez! the whole Ben Spies thing doesnt make sense, he was put in a satelitte team because first and foremost there wasnt a factory seat. Will everybody have a problem if Iannone jumps on a factory D

dutchpy - Unregistered

June 20, 2012 11:58 PM

It is simply piling up with another unpleasant thing. The atmosphere is bad in MotoGP. Casey leaving is not such a big surprise to me. He is a decent person who doesn't like it anymore. Few will understand why he once stated that MotoGP riders hate each other. This is spanish school. It takes the king of Spain for these kids to shake hands. Battles on the circuit and gentleman off the circuit. This is what we want. Can be done with the right cultural mixture. USA riders are an example of old school, how it should be done. Just hope that it won't be too late and MotoGP revives again.

Ron - Unregistered

June 21, 2012 1:36 AM

I find it kind of funny that people bring up Spain having 4 races and it being unfair, (which was looking to drop by one), and comparing it to a hypothetical US equiv to Dorna, staging multiple races in the US, meanwhile it looks like Laguna Seca, Indy, and Texas are scheduled (weither or not they all go ahead, or we get another Hungry) for 2013

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