MotoGP » Spies, Edwards take sideswipe at Rookie Rule change

'Heard the rookie rule is being changed back again... Sometimes I guess we need a diff passport?' - Ben Spies to Colin Edwards on Twitter

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Felix Rae - Unregistered

June 20, 2012 6:41 PM

He does have a point about a different rule if you are Spanish, but the rookie rule didn't prevent Ben from going to factory Yamaha. The fact is Lorenzo and Rossi still had a contract, so it's irrelevant really!


June 20, 2012 6:46 PM

Perhaps things are being swung unfairly in favour of Marquez right now, but Ben's own passport may prove useful to him when the rides for 2013 are decided, just as it proved useful to Colin Edwards during his long tenure at Yamaha. Passport politics will always be part of the sport, unfortunately.

philb3131 - Unregistered

June 20, 2012 7:12 PM

MotoGP is now officially a complete joke. Every year we see rule changes, new rules, old rules, dropping of rules etc...I thought it was pathetic when introducing a completely different class of bike to the field, so I am not surprised. But the rule is really not the issue. It was ridiculous to begin with but the problem is that there is absolutely no integrity or continuity in the sport. How can there be when everything is always changing. This is why MotoGP loses fans and eventually sponsorship. As far as the passport issue goes, there is nepotism in all aspects of life. This is an unfortunate human characteristic. If not that, surely a business decision as he is already on the Repsol payroll and Spanish! Of course Marquez will be riding for the factory team, Spies or Edwards really expect anything else? Come on fellas, grow up a bit.

Perspective - Unregistered

June 20, 2012 7:23 PM

I'm far from a Dorna apologist, but this move is the right thing for pretty much everyone. If MM goes to a satellite team, he will completely disrupt them for a single season, before leaving for the factory sqaud. Sponsorships will be lost, mechanics will lose their jobs, etc.

I agree that Spanish riders seem to have preferential treatment at the best of times, but life isn't fair. You play the hand you're dealt.

Ben has been disappointing this season (for whatever reason, I'm not hating on the guy, just an observation). Maybe he should concentrate on results a little more, and Twitter a little less.

Didn't Ben have backing from American Yamaha anyway...

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