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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jack - Unregistered

June 21, 2012 12:42 AM

Espeleta says he asked the non factory teams if there were any vacancies for 2013, why would he do that? unless he was being lobbied, to find a place for marquez? he did not know that stoner was going to retire then.So then he goes to the factories,with the possibility of changing the 4 bike rule,which was knocked on the head, by honda and yamaha.Meanwhile stoner at the time was in the process of renewing his contract at honda, for supposedly a 1 year contract,then there were rumours that he would retire, then it was official that he would.Why would he do that? something stinks,and it would would not suprise me that pedrosa was going to get the boot to make room for marquez, and stoner decided to walk,and honda says after that that they will have to have some serious discussions with pedrosa to then renew his contract.I cant wait till the end of the year to hear casey tell it like it is,very interesting times indeed.cheers

DC - Unregistered

June 21, 2012 12:55 AM

EVERYONE knows this is the Marc Marquez rule. Honda and Repsol want a Spanish rider to replace Stoner, so the rules go out the window.

It's complete bullsh!t.

Carmelo Loves Lappers - Unregistered

June 21, 2012 1:53 AM

The posts on here are truly sickening. Aside from the fact that Ben Spies can't even tweet a friend without some mindless Lemming spouting off that he should not speak his mind. Thats not even the real issue here. The core issue here is rules instability. Until Dorna can show some impulse control and refrain from playing god then the sponsors will stay away in droves. They created Moto2 to phase out two stroke 250's and in effect phased out all of Honda's competition. Then you create CRT's to do exactly the opposite? Its bipolar! Ahhhhh god I hate em.

jack - Unregistered

June 21, 2012 2:06 AM

I also do not think that Honda are pushing the change from the rookies rule,i would say that it is Repsol that is doing it.HRC tried to score Lorenzo and he said no,so Repsol pushes for the change with HRCS blessing of course.

bgk - Unregistered

June 21, 2012 2:12 AM

Lots of excuses. The rule was put in place when Spies was hot commodity and there were satellite teams willing to take him for just a year. This change is influenced because Marquez is the same hot commodity and satellite teams don't want to take a rider for just a year. Making and changing the rules seems capricious but 'riding on passports' is a BS claim from Americans. We consistently have 3-4 riders on the grid and are a s#!+ market for TV viewing and bike sales. Talk about over representation!

Lorenzo is leading the championship because he has a weight advantage. All the other riders on competitive bikes are weighed down by the chips on their shoulders.

lean two

June 21, 2012 2:46 AM

Ben's too funny...people always take these comment out of contex... btw it makes no differance what he says... the fact of the matter is when he cam up to moto gp there wasent a factory ride avalibal at that time, and he proved him self just like Cal is doing right now...

all yamaha needs to do is add a nother factory bike just ike honda did when they ran Dovi, Pedro and Stonner... Problem solved!

TLRWinder - Unregistered

June 21, 2012 2:53 AM

What about when Ben was trying to get a Factory Suzuki Ride, managed by Kevin Schwanz? This was supposed to take place BEFORE Ben jumped camp and hopped on a Yamaha R1....waaaay before he joined Tech Trois, no?

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