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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lean two

June 21, 2012 2:41 AM

the only rule change they should make is to have all rookies on CRT's after all doesent Carmelo Ezpeleta want to promote the new crt bike and make it cheaper for everyone to compete? this guy is ruining the sport there was a day when he knew what he was doing but that day has passed mover over old man and quit messing things up!

UncleSam

June 21, 2012 3:46 AM

@Ron
Spain is more than 18 times smaller and has 7.7 times less population than that of the US. Given the size of the US, it is common sense that multiple races are needed. But for arguments sake, DORNA's current schedule would translate to the mythical US DORNA holding six races within the state of Texas, as it is 1.5 times the size of Spain, in a single season. Do you really think that would be embraced by the fans globally? I am sure that there would be a number of Texas sponsors that would gladly sponsor teams but the international sponsors would see little value for their money. Do you think any manufacturers would find it worthwhile to compete in this model? The fact that DORNA are not putting forth any value for the sponsors or manufacturers is why this sport is stagnating. They are only concerned with their country and have no global vision, it is obvious and glaring for all to see. Not quite as funny from that perspective, now is it?

Ron - Unregistered

June 21, 2012 4:54 AM

@UncleSam

True, however the number of motorcycle racing fans in Spain may still out number the number of fans in the States (my suspicion, have no numbers to back it up).

Speaking as someone who only watchs by TV (no races in NZ, and its hard to justify a Trip to Aus or Malasyia for a race), I care more about the qaulity of the tracks used (eg do whatever it takes to dump Motegi for Suzuka).

UncleSam

June 21, 2012 6:08 AM

@Ron
I doubt that the number of Spanish race fans exceeds that of the US, but west to east Spain being approximately only 400 miles wide and north to south being approximately only 450 miles long, it is far more accessible to all Spaniards. I have been to Indy for all the racing events held there, but it isn't viable for me to travel to Laguna Seca being over 2100 miles away from me. Indy has averaged 73,285 race day fans and Laguna Seca averages around 52,000 on race day, which are low when compared to most venues, although Phillip Island usually is around 45,000 spectators on race day. The major obstacle for fans stateside is the vast distances across our nation, so like you, we watch on TV. That being said, actual race day ticket sales reflect little to the bottom line profitability of a series and for a global series to be successful, it needs to actually be global. Catering to the home crowd will not sustain the series.

didntweallknowit! - Unregistered

June 21, 2012 8:36 AM

WELL ANYONE WHO DIDN'T SEE THIS COMING IS LIVING IN THE REAL WORLD OF HONESTY AND INTEGRITY.
BUT DIDN'T WE ALL KNOW IT WOULD HAPPEN!!?
NO PRESSURE FROM THE WORLDS BIGGEST ENGINE MANUFACTURER THEN EH??

WHY DON'T HONDA JUST RUN THEIR OWN PREMIER CLASS SERIES AND BE DONE WITH IT? THAT'LL BE REALLY EXCITING WON'T IT NOT....

ROTTEN TO THE CORE!

Smile35 - Unregistered

June 21, 2012 11:26 PM

That's surely a risk for Honda if they were to replace Pedrosa with Marquez. Ignoring Stoner since he'll be out of the pic next season, Pedrosa is still the 2nd best rider at the moment and Marquez can be a bit wild.

Yes he was beaten in his rookie year but he still won as many races as Hayden that year. How many people said Dovi would beat him and that didn't happen and Pedrosa was beating Stoner up until his accident last season. I think Pedrosa is a lot better than people think.

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