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MotoGP rider manager Phil Baker answers 13 questions covering the recent US round at Laguna Seca...

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Ich - Unregistered

August 09, 2012 12:18 PM

I don't agree with "there's no nation more nationalistic than Italy".
UK, for one, is more nationalistic (and a lil bit more conceited, no offense, in a good way :) )

Follow the money - Unregistered

August 09, 2012 12:43 PM

"There's no nation more nationalistic than Italy".
Some one better tell Rossi he is Italian before he leave Ducati.
Italian are more loyal the money than their nation, just look at their great tax system.

GoForIt - Unregistered

August 09, 2012 1:17 PM

"Which is the natural US home to GP?" - Laguna. Indy is an oval track, which in my book equals boring. With little to no elevation change you take much out of the pro racing in my eyes.

Seeing as the Rookie Rule has been dropped (for a year anyway) I think Ducati should invest in a Rookie to pair up with Hayden and spend that extra dough building a decent bike. If Hayden outperformed or equaled Rossi, why not take the chance? To have a young rider NOT trying to win a championship, but only races, would be a plus.

Lastly, funny how every interview is always trying to save MotoGP. Always trying to save money by making the premier class slower and less electronic. And people wonder why the class is a parade. Not certain about other's opinion, but the most exciting part of the weekend for me is qualifying, after that, nap time.

some1 - Unregistered

August 09, 2012 1:24 PM

A close race most likely occurred when a number of riders didn't give up to fight for the win even if the gaps to the race leader is impossible to catch with the remaining laps.

At the moment MotoGP lack the number of riders who didn't give up until the cross the finish line. In most races, in the last 5 laps, most of them already give up and settle for the places they were in.

MotoGP is currently the pinnacle of the quitters.

RickkyyP - Unregistered

August 09, 2012 2:49 PM

At last some sense written!
Drag out the old 990's, bin the Traction control and anti wheelie, get rid of the fuel limit. Unlimited testing, any tire manufacturer can enter.

RickkyyP - Unregistered

August 09, 2012 2:51 PM

Oh and create a 2nd series for those people who think its brilliant to watch people running away at the front (no matter what rider that is)
In this 2nd series all you have to do is qualify, if you qualify first you win the race, none of that tedious battling, overtaking and dangerous riding!

Doctor Chocolate - Unregistered

August 09, 2012 5:33 PM

YES Moto2 and Moto3 should be the support classes at Laguna! Let American talent get wildcard rides in one of the two classes to showcase their talents. I've been going to Laguna since 2005 and every year the one thing that pisses me off the most is that we don't get the real GP support classes. My ticket should be half price. Besides, many European circuits still find time to run their national series in conjunction with the full GP line up.

Marc - Unregistered

August 09, 2012 6:13 PM

DR Choc I agree with you, I went to the Indy race two years ago and enjoyed that the all the GP classes were there. While the Indy track has to be the most boring roadrace track I've seen (as it's an oval track pretending to be different) the Laguna track has character similar to some of the European tracks. I'm sure once Dorna can find a suitable track say Austin or other that can replace it in the USA they will.

shamarone

August 09, 2012 10:08 PM

re: "I think Ducati should invest in a Rookie to pair up with Hayden and spend that extra dough building a decent bike."

right then, and it's a good job the bike exists and is in production. you may have heard of it...? it's called the "panigale" or 1199 for short.

shamarone

August 09, 2012 10:27 PM

re: "I've been going to Laguna since 2005 and every year the one thing that pisses me off the most is that we don't get the real GP support classes".

clearly in 7 years of visits someone hasn't wandered into the paddock and taken stock of pit lane accomodations...? baker just mentioned it.

re: "My ticket should be half price."

BEHOLD...!!! before you is the root of all that ails motogp and the underlying industry of motorbikes...!!! ie. the devaluing (free lunch) mentality of the modern day "fan-sumer". unfortunately until we address THIS, there is no saving MotoGp.

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