MotoGP » Factory MotoGP line-up set until 2015?

Two years until any big changes in the factory MotoGP rider line-ups.

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August 23, 2012 2:40 PM
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@ 50thR1

Smith will 100% be on the satellite M1 next year. There's no viable CRT bike at Tech 3, and no performance clause in BS's contract, so he'll be there for sure.

@ TalentFan

Re. Crutchlow, Expeleta wants him in the series (good for Dorna in the UK if there's a Brit running in top 5), so he'll likely be on the grid next year. Either at Tech 3 or on an HRC-supported RCV at Gresini. He has a lot of support in the paddock from people like Livio Suppo and Wilco Zeelenburg, but it's felt he still suffers from a lack of experience compared to others at this level.

Re.Moto2 riders, I can't say what everyone thinks, but I'm pretty sure that the consensus opinion is that - of the riders you mention - MM and Pol E. are huge talents and will go far.


August 23, 2012 5:16 PM

Thanks Don. What you've said all seems to make sense - after all Cal may be 'most improved' in 2012, but I'm sure there's a hell of a lot to learn to set up and ride a MotoGP bike & compete at this level effectively. good to think he'll be there - but would the T3 or the Gresini/HRC ride be best?
Its occurred to me that being a Satellite Yam rider in recent seasons is perhaps better, as the Factory team had no title sponsor - so less need to differentiate in relative factory/satellite performance maybe than Honda?
However, if Yam have a title sponsor in 2013, then I guess it'll come down to the bike, and the fact that Cal is at least used to the Yamaha already perhaps?
It would seem then that Smith isn't rated as high ats MM &PE, which is fair enough.
It would be asking to much to get you to put your head above the parapet & tell us what the paddock thinks of one Mr V.Rossi's ability right now?


August 23, 2012 6:13 PM

"would the T3 or the Gresini/HRC ride be best?"

Tech 3 IMHO. Gresini are struggling financially and get no help with data from the factory team because they're running different suspension kit. At least there would be continuity with Tech 3, and there's data sharing with the factory squad.

As for Valentino, the only thing I've heard is that organisers are expecting large increases in attendance figures next year. So I guess that means they expect him to at least run at the front on the M1.


August 23, 2012 6:39 PM

Thanks again Don. yep - can see the sense in the T3 continuity etc.

I tend to think that Valentino running near the front is a given in 2013. With (currently) only 4 front-running bikes in the field (& VR'll have one of 'em) with a gap to the rest of the satellites & then the CRT's, then top 4 every Sunday should be a shoe-in.

My feeling is that it's not of case of whether or not VR will be running up front, but where in the order of the 'top four' of the factory Yamaha's & Honda's it'll be.

rsv4ryan - Unregistered

August 23, 2012 6:43 PM

Moto GP is doomed. Suzuki would be smart to pull an Aprilia and put their V4 motor into a production bike and go back to WSBK. WSBK is still the most entertaining world championship going. I hope Hayden along with RDP and a few others go to WSBK for 2014.

Md zane - Unregistered

August 23, 2012 9:26 PM

The 2013 battle will be between Yorgi and Dani,Rossi should be a distant points wise 3rd,Marquez should take 4th but I feel with limited testing time on a gp bike the boy will struggle and Bradl could knock him down to 5th.

jumbo - Unregistered

August 23, 2012 11:22 PM

@md zane

how exciting...

i think they should only have 4 bikes, than it would be fun to figure out the idiot that doesn't get on the podium. motogp only chance to survive is to become a clown show

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