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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mattbloke - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 2:22 PM

translated to "well, we removed the rookie rule because I am Spanish. the championship is owned by a Spanish company, Marquez is a Spanish rider, and Repsol is a huge Spanish sponsor. so for us, the rule no longer makes any sense,"

"oh and did i mention we are spanish?"

just my take on it...


June 19, 2012 2:26 PM

marc is repsol backed and thus has them as main sponsors

marc has his own team

so basically for marc to go to satellite, they would have to remove their current sponsors and team and that too just for 1 year

this rule change was supported not only by honda but also by yamaha/honda satellite teams

SAM - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 2:45 PM

You can't blame Carmelo for these dumb decisions as his job before CEO of Dorna was just the manager of the Jerez circuit. Also the TV contract manager Manel Arroyo was an electrician but best friends of Carmelo gave him 2nd in command at Dorna.

The CEV championship is also one sided for the spanish just ask Wayne Gardner how he's liking the series in Spain for his son Remy.

knowfukall - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 3:15 PM

This of course would not be such a political hot potatoe if the grid was solely CRT machines - which in the current financial climate is the best way forward, and there is nobody enjoys full prototype racing more than myself, but right now CRT makes economic sense and is the only way forward...just my two penneth worth.


June 19, 2012 3:17 PM

@ Damon

Rossi would not have been at Repsol ANYWAY!

Besides, I would worry about where he's going IF DUCATI DECIDE THEY NO LONGER REQUIRE HIS SERVICES.....

I do think it's terrible that they have changed this so suddenly just to satisfy Repsol though.

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