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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CRT - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 7:05 PM

How is marquez on a Repsol money or not? He is backed (currently) by a spanish bank, which would take the place of Repsol for one year until his move to the factory squad. He still reps Spain.

It is about money, but not in the manner in which you think. Gold star for you if you can figure it out (Which I doubt you will because you are so focused on a conspiracy here).


June 19, 2012 7:06 PM

It'll be a right kick up the **** to Honda if Espargaro takes te Moto2 title instead if Marquez!

If Honda is going to take Marquez then maybe they should partner him up with a proven Championship winner in MotoGP and someone that will consistently fight for victories i.e. VR46 maybe in just being biased but it'll be a better spectacle for the sport and someone that could challenge Lorenzo!

If Dani keeps up this form of not winning I think maybe it'll be time for him to go elsewhere!

M1M - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 7:10 PM

@CRT - No, Marquez didn't move up to MotoGP this year only because Alzamora couldn't persuade HRC to provide another full factory bike to run as a 'satellite' team in Repsol colours. After that fell through, Marquez's PR stated that he had 'decided' to stay in Moto2 because he 'wanted' to get more experience before moving up.

There was another way of resolving this issue without changing the rules which hasn't even been mentioned and that would've been for Marquez to drop his Repsol backing for just one year. Instead it's all been laid at the door of Gresini and LCR as if they were being intransigent for not wanting to disrupt THEIR sponsorship deals instead of taking Repsol's silver spoon out of Marquez's mouth. What's sauce for the goose.....


June 19, 2012 7:25 PM

Ezpeleta says: "Today we have factory bikes and CRT. Any new riders can either ride a satellite bike or go to CRT. But if they can't get a satellite ride maybe some would prefer to stay in Moto2 or do other things."

What an indictment of MotoGP policies under Ezpeleta's rule. CRT is a failure if aspiring riders don't want to ride them, and Ezpeleta clearly admits that. CRT's won't ever do well without the best riders, and most of the current CRT riders are zero-potential guys in MotoGP even on a factory or satellite bike. CRT's will never be more than grid-filler until the technical playing field is leveled for non-manufacturer bikes by opened engine technologies, increased financing or restrictions on the factory teams (I'm not for the latter). The fans aren't fooled. All the GP's now have serious credibility problems as top level series. Only taking a whack at WSBK rules will save the GP's, I fear, and who's going to do that?

M1M - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 7:42 PM

It's high time WSBK rules were changed to something like Superstock. For one thing, it would be a better indication of what really is the best bike rather than who spends the most on modifications. They've gone to a one bike rule to 'reduce costs' which is bad for the show as it means that riders may not be able to take part in the second race if they crash in the first while not really reducing costs as the richer teams still carry complete disassembled spare bikes. They are quicker than CRTs because they use an engine per race, (or more if they blow up in practice), while CRTs have only 12 engines for 18 rounds and can't risk losing an engine out of that allowance.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 7:49 PM

Re the current state of MotoGP - it is still too expensive to compete, that is why only three manufacturers are participating.

Eventually the CRT's will get quicker - when satellite teams no longer want prototypes because the cost / performance equation no longer stacks up you will get a more competitive grid.

In a few years it could be an all CRT grid with just engines and electronics supplied by electronics - then you should get a pretty level playing field.

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