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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I agree 100%!! The people commenting here should read the entire article properly. Plus, if Repsol and Honda left MotoGP where would that leave us anyway? Only Yamaha and a really crap Ducati bike on the grid!! WTF!! Next stupid rule which should be dropped is the CRT rule!! For crying out loud! I'm never going to buy an FTR or a SUTTER bike! I want the factories to race and it would be better to have Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Ducati, Aprillia, BMW, MV Agusta, and even KTM racing!! MotoGP has become a joke and WSBK is taking over! Get your act together Dorna :?

quile - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 5:21 PM

I'm a huge Ben Spies fan, but all this talk about it being the Ben Spies rule is ridiculous. There was no factory Yamaha spot open in 2010... What factory team would have he gone to? There was nothing. No matter what, he still would have chose Tech 3, because he knew if he performed he would be the next in line for the factory ride. It was the best seat available and he got it. Everything played out exactly like it would have with or without the rookie rule.


June 19, 2012 5:26 PM

re: ty,

I wasn't saying that the rookie rule was a good thing, just that they've bent over backward for Marquez, when only the day Ezpeleta said it wouldn't happen... it stinks.

Would rather have seen them drop the 4 bike rule first.

The Moto2 series is awesome to watch and the racing is amazing ... however ... it's more about the rider now and not about the bike. Who cares about Suter, Kalex, FTR and the rest of them?!?! I want to see the brand of bike I'm riding like Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki or whichever competing! This "Moto" series is losing its appeal rather fast now :p

Binza - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 5:33 PM

So first motogp of 2013 will see Mr Pedrosa make his customry rapid start only to be rammed off the track by another fast-starting lightweight spaniard on the same motorcycle.....Result!


June 19, 2012 5:46 PM

You may call it favouritism but the reality is that money talks. If there would be more young British, Aussie and American talent, and more sponsorship money pumped in by corporations from those countries they would have more influence in the way things go forward.

DORNA should only have agreed to dropping the rookie rule in exchange for the manufacturers putting more bikes on the grid and convincing them to lower leasing fees. At this time there are more talented riders capable of making it in MotoGP than there are machines available. MotoGP needs more bikes and less rules!

Liam48 - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 5:51 PM

I'm sorry but this is complet's BULL****! Not a surprise that a Spanish organization is helping another Spanish rider! Forgone conclusion now that Marqez is going to HRC even though he isn't setting the world alight this year in Moto2!

Where does that leave Dani if they won't have 2 Spanish riders in Repsol Honda ? More importantly if Ducati don't sort out that bike then where does that leave Rossi?

I think it'll be better for Marquez to spend a year out if the spotlight, clean up his race craft a bit then maybe promote him!

someone - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 6:13 PM


Er.. his leading now because of what he did to Espargaro in catalunya. + cutting line from luthi in qatar.

he didn't even know how to play fair. i don't believe in this kid, his bike is fast that's why he's contender in championship. remove his repsol i bet we didn't see him in front.

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