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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bri t

June 20, 2012 9:39 PM
Last Edited 1330 days ago

"Although the rule is yet to be officially removed, reports from Spain suggest Marquez may already have signed for Repsol Honda"

...if it turns out to be true MM has already signed for a factory ride this fishy situation gets really frikking sad. How can this crap can happen!

King Kenny - Unregistered

June 20, 2012 9:40 PM

@Ben1: more important than the fact they were Spanish, Pedrosa arrived to MotoGP after winning three world championships in a row (125cc, 250c, 250cc), and Lorenzo two (250cc, 250cc). THAT'S what got them the factory seat, not their passport. Marquez's potential is what will get him a factory seat, not his passport. Barbera, OTOH, got his first MotoGP ride because of his passport... but then it was an Spanish team with Spanish sponsors. Nobody is stoping Americans, British or any other nations from entering teams to promote their sponsors and riders.

You get to hear the Spanish anthem a lot not because our riders have an easier path (read about the humble beginnings of the likes of Lorenzo and Pedrosa), but because we have some of the best sub-16 championships (where people from all over the world compete) and that produces a lot of talent. Nothing other countries shouldn't be able to replicate, if they cared at all.

King Kenny - Unregistered

June 20, 2012 9:48 PM

Was it not for his passport, Ben wouldn't be riding a works Yamaha this season. Instead of looking at Lorenzo's passport, for instance, he should look at Lorenzo's laptimes, pace, or his place in the Championship standings, and then look at his own. Then look at Pedrosa's, then at his own again. I don't agree with the way the rookie rule has been handled, but Marc's passport had nothing to do with it, and Marc's potential and profile had all to do with it. That and HRC's (Japanese team, by the way)interest in signing him ASAP.

The rookie rule prevent Ben from going where exactly? He could have gotten into Suzuki like Bautista did, if Suzuki wanted Ben at all. As for Ducati, Yamaha and HRC, they didn't want Ben that season. And if Rossi hadn't left Yamaha, Ben would most likely still be riding a Tech3 or worse.

Get your act together, Ben Spies, and stop whining.

Moto - Unregistered

June 20, 2012 10:14 PM

Spies' passport may just be his saving grace this season.
He is making something out of nothing (as far as he is concerned), he was never in line for a factory ride in his rookie season.
The US passport is probably the third most important in
Moto GP, behind the Spanish and Italians.

Unfortunately though, Ben is right, but then discrimination is prevalent around the world, turn your back on the activities that promote it, or suck it up!


June 20, 2012 10:32 PM

V5's weight, 800cc era, fuel reduction, the rookie rule.
Honda are true owners of this championship, they're making rules for themselves and DORNA just obeys.

Watch out Bridgestone, your tires don't fit Respol's bikes !!!

markg - Unregistered

June 21, 2012 12:07 AM

Sure do hear Bens frustration coming through. Changing rules left and right just makes MotoGP a farce unfortunately. Rules are supposed to exist for some reason, and if that reason is good enoiugh to have them in the first place, then it should be good enough to keep them in place. So I suppose the rookie rule was a bad idea in the first place? Or was taking it away the bad idea? I'm confused, but then again so are the folks running MotoGP. Lets go to 800cc! um no wait lets go back to 1000cc give or take. We want things to be less costly but even though it cost boatloads to go to 800cc then back again. So sorry. Ooops need to add some weight. CRTs? sounds good... Ah tire spec needs changing. What rookie rule? See ya.

BensPies - Unregistered

June 21, 2012 12:30 AM

You guys are a bunch of oafs. If anyone else had said the same exact thing you would jump on the bandwagon but because Spies is having a tough year he should keep his mouth shut? God help those who try to stand up for what the believe is right.

Repsol Competitor - Unregistered

June 21, 2012 12:39 AM

It sure is a topic for a long debate. Like Colin said it is ridiculous.

Another topic almost no one has been talking is the fact that HRC are gathering the best young riders for the past few years, thanks to the Moto2 Honda engine monopoly rule. From the moment a young rider starts showing signs of being fast in Moto2, They are automatically aproached by HRC, in order to sign a contract for the next years. The other bike manufacturers dont have a chance to do the same, cause M2 riders are dependent of the performance of the Honda supplied engines. Who would risk saying NO to HRC, considering they could receive some "bad" engines on the next few rounds?
I say its time to keep the technical concept the same in M2, but to open the door to other engine manufacturers. Make them use the 600cc engines available, but keep the chassis constructors that currently are in the field, and not part of the great manufacturer Companies, so it continues to be a different concept from WS.SPORT.

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