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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June 19, 2012 3:21 PM
Last Edited 1328 days ago


If you are concerned with budget, clearly MotoGP, THE "PINNACLE" of motorcycle racing is not for you. CRT IS NOT THE WAY FORWARD FOR THIS SERIES. They are slower than SBK, I actually think a superstock 1199 Pannigale would give them a run at some tracks... They need to find ways to involve the factories again, as that is where the heart of PROTOTYPE racing lies.

Though MotoGP, AS WITH F1, would be a lot more affordable if they would stop constantly changing rules/tyres/weight, causing the teams to constantly change their bikes! THAT DOES NOT COME CHEEP!

TJ1 - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 3:28 PM

i'm sure Honda would've been happy giving Marquez a works bike in a satalite team,just as they did with Rossi and Simoncelli but this obviously doesn't suit Repsol,this decision does stink but Repsol has supported this championship almost single-handly for nearly 20 years so we should not be too critical. I am amazed how much Spanish money is still coming into moto gp i thought Spain was about to go bust


June 19, 2012 3:32 PM

The rule was a joke anyway, u have factory bike in satellite teams if the factory wants to support it with one. The whole motogp rule infrastructure is about who they want at the front.


June 19, 2012 3:35 PM

Satellite teams didn't wanted Marquez. They chose the stable sponsorship instead a rider with a factory-spec bike who could have been able to take podiums. This is the way MotoGP goes, it's fantastic.

And the solution: drop the rookie rule instead of dropping the stupid 4-bike rule. Because rookies could "stay in Moto2 or do other things", lol.

Marko - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 3:39 PM

Wow, what a surprise! Repsol and Honda dictating to Ezpeleta and his Spanish cronies, only problem is it makes Marquez look like a jump start cheat instead of the natural talent he is ,without being pawned by Dorna and their F1 style bull**** politics! Let them race at all costs before this sport is lost to tennis and football TV ratings!


June 19, 2012 3:41 PM

repsol have no say in marquez going to a satellite because the 4 bike rule will not allow it to happen.
gresini and lcr have built up good relations with there own oil sponsors , so for them to cut ties with these sponsors for marquez to hang around one year they will have to fold in 2014 for lack of sponor.
the 4 bike rule is a cage around the prototypes to force teams to join their love child crt.

TJ1 - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 3:53 PM

@ dacron
i think you missed my point. Repsol would not want marquez in a satalite team, Repsol want him in thier colours therefore in the works team hence the rule change Honda just want him on thier bike colour scheme is irrelevant

fadil - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 4:10 PM

has it ever crossed you mind that this might be a good thing for the series since stoner is going?, from the looks of it honda and dorna have made some sort of deal about leasing bike cost which will attract other to lease bikes in the near future if the 4 bike limit is dropped , marquez will make some noise and bring some good action to the sport,

Nate - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 4:20 PM
Last Edited 1328 days ago

Carmello how bout you scrap the 4 bike per manufacturer rule so we can encorouge, Luthi, Iannone and Esperago to come up and get Prototypes too

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