MotoGP » MotoGP riders respond to Marquez deal

"Marquez is very strong, very fast and sometimes he wins difficult races when he is not the fastest on track. This is so important" - Valentino Rossi.

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July 13, 2012 1:23 PM

@Boo as is normally the case riders are promoted to the premier class from other classes every year. As such the talent pool in MotoGP is no more "stale" this year than it has been in any other year.

Next year we're looking at a minimum of two riders moving up from Moto2. Smith and Marquez are already signed. It's said that Marc VDS are after a satellite Ducati with the likely withdrawal of Pramac and the rumours are that if they get the bike they will put Redding on it.

The argument is not whether Marquez should move to MotoGP, but whether he should get a factory ride. I always thought the rookie rule was a stupid idea. All it did was create the expectation of satellite ride year one with automatic promotion to a factory ride in year two. However I think the only rider who did that under the rookie rule was Spies and look how successful that was.

Of course Marquez deserves a ride in MotoGP, but there are others in Moto2 who could compete in MotoGP as well. I do think, however, th


July 13, 2012 1:24 PM

I wonder why they didn't want to ask Ben Spies or Colin Edwards about this move?

I'm sure they'd both have had lovely things to say about a MotoGP rookie getting straight on a factory bike when they weren't allowed.

Ah well, i guess times change. Now we just have to wait a bit to watch Spies' ride go to a Short, Stocky British lad.

VFR400 - Unregistered

July 13, 2012 1:29 PM

A lot of people seem to have missed the point of getting rid of the rookie rule. It wasn't to benefit Marquez.

The privateer teams didn't want it either. They all have long term sponsorship deals and their own engineers and mechanics. They would have to throw all these to one side for one year to allow Marquez in then try and pick up again the year after when he left.

The only people who are "upset" are the moaners who like to bash MotoGP at any opportunity.


July 13, 2012 1:31 PM

@BenSugden Spies and Edwards have already had their say.

However you are wrong to suggest that Edwards was not allowed a factory ride in his rookie year. There was no rookie rule when Edwards moved to MotoGP in 2003, it wasn't introduced until 2010. Not only that, but Edwards first season in MotoGP was on a factory bike. Not a successful factory bike, but a factory bike all the same.

Nikeros - Unregistered

July 13, 2012 2:38 PM

The only thing I have against Marc is that stoopid can of Red Bull he carries with him onto the podium. C'mon Red Bull you corporate dildos. He's not a trained monkey. Show a little class and lose the bloody product placement BS.

M1M - Unregistered

July 14, 2012 12:58 AM

Spies has no right whatever to feel wronged. Thankfully, he's had the sense to keep his mouth shut this time, or else nobody wanted to hear what he thought. He wasn't going to get a factory ride anyway when Rossi and Lorenzo were at Yamaha, added to which, as has been pointed out, he already owes a lot to his US passport. If, as seems likely, he keeps his factory ride next year, he can thank his lucky stars and stripes again because his results so far this season don't justify it. I expect he'll do better at his home races, but it'll be case of too little, too late, (or as his compatriots say, a day late and a dollar short). A professional factory rider shouldn't have to rely on" home field advantage" still for results.

Worsethanoob - Unregistered

July 14, 2012 11:48 AM

I expect Honda,by signing Marquez are putting the cat amongst the pigeons.
What perplexes me is why they keep signing dani, whilst he is a good rider surely he's had enough cracks at a title by now.
Most of the top runners have also had a chance to make there mark as well and I feel the biggest loser out of the deal is Stefan Bradl,he's put in some cracking performances so far.
I expect repsol are gettin another spaniard installed ready for when dani calls it a day

Ron - Unregistered

July 14, 2012 11:56 AM


Until they find someone they think will be faster then Pedrosa (and they want), they have no real choice but to keep him. If MM proves to be faster over a season (or if Stoner was saying), then they could start looking for a new replacement, until then there best bet is to keep him.

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