MotoGP » Moto2: 'MotoGP pace' puts Espargaro on pole at Phillip Island


Pol Espargaro secures pole position in qualifying for the Australian Moto2 Grand Prix at Phillip Island with a lap fast enough to make the MotoGP race grid.

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Pot Kettle - Unregistered

October 27, 2012 1:06 PM

This must be the final nail in the coffin of Crap.Racing.Technology (C.R.T's)
Dorna will ruin the whole class soon if there past is anything to go by.
We had 1000cc before AND we had some great private teams involved in it, until Dorna decided to change to 800cc and effectively ended the participation of Teams K. Roberts, Harris, Ilmor, MUZ, Proton because they could not afford to develop a useless 800cc machine (and they probably knew that if they did spend millions on an 800cc Dorna would change the rules to 1000cc again in a couple of years)

Yeah way to go Dorna, fantastic effort!!

mrfill

October 27, 2012 3:46 PM

...and De Puniet beat Hayden, Abraham and Barbera all on prototypes. He was only 6 thousandths of a second behind Rossi as well.

Blame Dorna if you like but they didn't cause the world financial melt down or the Japanese tsunami. They are trying to encourage factory (and/or private) teams by allowing cheaper racing. Had they not, we would have had only 12 bikes on the grid this year and probably fewer in 2013 if the satellite teams couldn't afford the huge leasing fees. There are not enough sponsors willing to put the sort of money needed to fund 24 bikes, each costing 4 million+. Perhaps the moto2 or moto3 methods may be better, perhaps not.
If it did drop to under 12 entries I suspect the sponsors would start withdrawing making matters even worse.
Its all down to money..

Kettle Pot - Unregistered

October 27, 2012 5:45 PM

No matter how often it's explained that the 800s and the 21litre fuel limit were brought in by the MSMA, (dominated by Honda), and not Dorna, some people never learn. It's easier to keep blaming their favourite bogeyman than engaging their brain.

Kettle Pot - Unregistered

October 27, 2012 6:43 PM

@Pot Kettle BTW, did you argue that prototypes should be abolished when the 250 two-strokes also posted times at twisty circuits which would've see them qualify in the premier class?

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