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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Deano - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 4:21 PM

Ezpeleta has not 'explained why he feels the Rookie Rule should be dropped': he has given us a load of bull in an attempt to justify it.

Honda wanted Marquez in their factory team: they told Ezpeleta: he agreed, because he wants it too (Dorna being a Spanish company),provided they make some concessions.
It's not rocket science - it's politics!

MotoGP is getting more like F1 every day - thank God for SBK.


June 19, 2012 4:28 PM

So Honda complains and gets what they want right? not so fast.. how come they are stuck with the new tire rule from Bridgestone when Stoner and Dani clearly do not favor the new tire.

Maybe the new tire requirement came out to balance out the removal of the rookie rule?


June 19, 2012 4:42 PM

So Honda and Repsol just have to have a little tantrum and they get their way... Feel a bit bad for Marquez as it seems like he's stuck in the middle of the Honda/Dorna love affair just because he's Spanish.


June 19, 2012 4:55 PM

This series is a complete and utter mess! Weak leadership that is self serving and has it own political agendas. It is a shame that DORNA is ruining what used to the pinnacle of cycle racing. I hope that all the sponsors and manufacturers take note of this hypocrisy and withdraw sponsorship and participation in the mockery of GP. Hopefully all the non-Spanish riders jump ship and head to SBK because it is clear that they mean little to this series. GP would be nothing without Crutchlow, Rossi, Dovizioso, Hayden, Spies, Stoner, and the rest of the non-Spaniards. Just pathetic and completely lame justifications when it comes to bending the rules when applied to their countrymen.

ty - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 4:58 PM

@Mcbain what else can they do? if not, marc will stay one year at sat team and definitely go to the factory team in 2014. that means either lcr or gresini need to remove their mechanics and even their sponsors with whom they have long-term relationship just for marquez's one year contract.

ja - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 4:59 PM

ezpeleta has no balls he is $hit scared of HRC they call all the shots in this sport
this is just how i see it : cal is heading to factory yamaha spies is heading who knows rossi will get cals ride at tech3 dovi back to honda or rossi on a honda but not factory supersic58 old team with a big sponsor

Hervé Poncharal - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 5:04 PM
Last Edited 1414 days ago


This Ezpeleta guy is an walking corpse.
His brain died a few years ago, and nobody around him noticed that. The old timer is killing the championship everytime he makes a rule change.
Isnt there someone who couldd take his place at Dorna and make some positive thinking?
He made that damn rookie rule to avoid Spies getting on a factory Bike, and keep WSBK riders from taking the best seats. And now here he comes to change the rules again in order to save his Catalan Buddy from a sattelite team.
At least go ahead and pull the plug on the championship, as you cant control the thing.

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CRT - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 5:10 PM

Did you children even read the article?

"Yamaha and Ducati, although also backing the change through the MSMA request, are not believed to be pursing any rookie riders for their 2013 factory seats."

So let's see, The Satelite teams do not want the rule, Honda doesn't want the rule, Yamaha doesn't want the rule and Ducati doesn't want the rule, yet you children are blabbing on about HRC and Repsol?

Get a grip already.

Wesley - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 5:13 PM
Last Edited 1414 days ago

Ezpeleta doing this because he wants his young Spanish compatriot Marques to ride the Spanish backed Repsol Honda next year.

I'd love it if there was not so much favouritism of Spanish in Motogp and Italian in WSBK.

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