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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Damien IE - Unregistered

June 21, 2012 4:15 PM

Peter Clifford tried the CRT route some years back running a modified prod R1 engine but got thrown out because crankcases were standard so it didn't meet prototype rules.
Kenny Roberts also tried it quite successfully with the Honda engine but went downhill when Honda pulled the engine and he had to buidl his own V5 (money pit)
Moriwaki also got a V5 engine from Honda for a few races

Maybe they should have gone that route to get the factories to lease out engines to teams to build their own chassis around. Engine restrictions would help as Privateer teams would obey same limits of engines per season and would be more Moto2 like with chassis and rider (& electronics) making the differences

DORAn are lost at sea and clutching st straws to remain relevant. Its a shame they keep making a mess of things.

Losing 2 strokes was a disaster as 500cc were great to watch. Excuse that road bikes are 4 strokes being what they sell was bullsh1t as none of them have built a road going MotoGP bi


June 21, 2012 4:17 PM

OK who cares!!!!!!

Why not change the rule, its better for future riders!

And for marc.... wel he won't win the title anyway the first year. he has alot realy alot to learn.

moto2 has 140hp and motogp almost double. and that is the least he should worry about.!

as for colin and spies...... hahahahahahaha never expected this from these guys.



June 21, 2012 6:10 PM

re: "I think Dorma should think there rules thru before they make knee jerk reactions to the current events"

consumers devalued, kawi cancelled christmas, suzuki cancelled christmas, capi's retired, stoner's retiring, VR46 is back on one, lenz, tomizowa and simo are all dead... only thing left is "kneejerk".

(note: observe that consumer behavior leads off this chain of causation)


June 21, 2012 6:24 PM

re: "Losing 2 strokes was a disaster as 500cc were great to watch. Excuse that road bikes are 4 strokes being what they sell was bullsh1t as none of them have built a road going MotoGP bike"

i'll buy your first sentence for a dollar. however, your second sentence is A. clear evidence of the devaluing consumer mentality that i speak, B. clear evidence that someone hasn't been paying attention, or C. a combination of the above. yamaha's built 1, aprilia's built 1, bmw (who aren't even in grandprix) have built 1, and ducati's now built 2...!!!


June 21, 2012 6:28 PM

@Damien IE,i think you will find that Ducati have made a moto gp replica,the Desmosedici RR.
who really cares anyway about the rookie rule,if your good enough you should get a factory ride.
crutchlow is good enough and will bee at a factory next year,red flavoured.

motogprookie - Unregistered

June 21, 2012 7:08 PM

Spies was prevented from going straight to the factory Yamaha team in 2010 by the rookie rule?!?!?

In 2010, Rossi and Lorenzo were in the 2nd year of their 2-year contracts with the factory Yamaha. Not to mention at the time Rossi was the reigning world champ and Jorge was runner up. Ben would never have gone "straight to the factory team" in 2010 - rookie rule or not. Unless Yamaha decided to run 3 bikes - but in the 2010 economy - yeah right! They're not Honda!


June 21, 2012 7:14 PM

re: "Unfortunately the factories are going to need to leave MotoGP if it is to survive"

therein lies the catch-22. all "worth-a-damn" engines be they prototype or production are made by factories so dorna's logic is a non-starter. unless ezpelata comes off the dime and buys his OWN foundry and creates his OWN engineering department staffed by grossly under paid chinese workers, the FACTORIES will always call the shots. as well they should, men like soichiro honda, masao furusawa, and dr. T are the ones we owe a debt of gratitude for INVENTING the industry we now enjoy. that means our only 2 choices are to A. "like it"...? or B. "leave it"...? there is no 3rd option.


June 21, 2012 7:16 PM

More mindless idiots using comments from riders as an opportunity to criticize them. If you can criticize, why can't they?.........this article highlights, yet again how shamelessly corrupt MotoGP is.

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