MotoGP » 'Honda is fair with its rivals, unlike Ferrari'

“At F1, Ferrari has absolute authority. To be honest, we suffered a lot in that period. In MotoGP, Honda is in a similarly strong position but we like to be fair with our rivals” - Shuhei Nakamoto.

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Loris65 - Unregistered

November 23, 2012 11:20 AM

@Ron - Argentina GP is set to be cancelled due to issues over Repsol sponsorship! I don't remember Ducati or Yamaha ever boycotting a GP when they blanked over Marlboro and Camel sponsorship in Qatar etc.

M1M - Unregistered

November 23, 2012 11:20 AM

People continue to excuse the exception to the newcomer rule made for Marquez because it would have been difficult for a team like LCR to have to drop its Castrol sponsorship for a season. Well there was another alternative which, strangely, nobody even mentioned - that was for Marquez to give up his Repsol sponsorship for a year. But of course nobody dreamed of demanding that the 'chosen one' should have to make any kind of concession to the rules on his primrose strewn path to the top. To paraphrase Orwell, "The creatures outside looked from Ferrari to Honda, and from Honda to Ferrari and from Ferrari to Honda again, but already it was impossible to say which was which."


November 23, 2012 11:53 AM

A blatant attempt to use the media to justify their position on using MotoGP as a place to exercise their wallet and technical muscles and sell it as 'cometition' son they can strengthen Honda's brand image when they have inevitable success IMO.
Sorry Mr Nakamoto, but I want to see racers being able to use their skill and daring to win the day - not some technology that on bikes that are already way beyond the needs of anyone away from a racetrack (and with an army of software engineers and race team on hand to make it all work). The Tech overkill has priced the sport out of reach of most, makes it impossible for a rider to overcome a technical deficiency with human skill and has resulted in the 3-tier spaced-out rigged farce that is MotoGP today.
The arms race between Honda & Yamaha is killing MotoGP and the mfr's selfish agenda's are contrary to the best interests of the sport and its fans IMO.
I'd rather watch all the top MotoGP guys battle it out on Superstock bikes and know its a


November 23, 2012 11:54 AM

cont....on Superstock bikes and know its a real race where the best man can win, rather than watch 2 or 3 guys race away with impossibly huge technical advantages over the rest of the (small)field.

jb - Unregistered

November 23, 2012 11:57 AM

Don't agree with everything he has to say, but I can only applaud Nakamoto for telling the truth about those worthless a$$wipes in red.

M1M - Unregistered

November 23, 2012 12:12 PM

Nevermind being 'fair' with its rivals, HRC isn't even fair with its own satellite riders because Honda's contract with Repsol stipulates they aren't allowed to beat the Repsol sponsored riders. Even if the satellite teams have 'factory' bikes, HRC's technicians can easily restrict the mapping possibilities and turn down the revs on the ECU 'for reliability', hold back upgrades and refuse to share essential set up data with their satellite teams to ensure this happens.


November 23, 2012 12:23 PM

@ M1M. Absolutely agree! Spot on.
It won't happen, but I'd love to see the worlds best riders on bikes where the technical input is limited. We'd still have awesomely fast machines, but they onus would return to the rider & team to exploit his machinery best.
I watch racing for the contest between the racers principally. Sorry marketing men, but it matters not at all to me what marque the winner rides, nor the soulless technology that drives the electronics. Human endeavour & talent trumps widgets and gadgets - no contest. Right now it is only the illusion of competition, and we are being cheated. I cannot see this ever changing while the mfr's are involved and control MotoGP tbh.

M1M - Unregistered

November 23, 2012 12:26 PM

Of all the 'advances in technology' Nakamoto thinks give the fans so much pleasure, the chief one for him, the very reason why HRC has said it races and the sticking point over which it has threatened to quit, is the ever tightening fuel restriction they demanded. Do any fans jump up and down in excitement at the thought that a bike may coast to a stop on the last lap or that the ECU may turn down the wick so that a rider can no longer compete with those who have more fuel left, no matter how good he or the rest of his bike is?


November 23, 2012 12:35 PM

I'm thinking that Ezplezeta was on the right track all along with the CRT's, ECU etc. Looks like he had a vision to cut the costs, reinstate true competition & the reasons why the majority watched the sport in the 1st place.
The pity is that (no doubt due to huge pressure, lobbying & strong-arming) Ezplezeta has caved & Honda gets its way.
I'd prefer it if the mfr's pulled out of MotoGP. The bikes that independent teams could build from commercially available bikes would be plenty fast enough, teams & sponsors would find it affordable, we'd have proper racing and the riders would know they've all got a fair chance to be the best of the best. But it'll never happen.


November 23, 2012 12:47 PM

Until we get past what we've been indoctrinated with things cannot change. We are conditioned to believe that the bikes must be the most exotic and the fastest, and the most technically advanced. Really? Why is that then?
Until we realise that what we are really tuning in for is the RACING (i.e. the contest of man against man, doing battle to come out on top in a fair fight. Sure the bikes are cool and we like them too - but really they are just the tool the rider uses to race with. Yes it needs to be fast enough and handle well enough to be exciting, but that's been available for decades.
Right now MotoGP is trading all the real key selling points of racing for the ones that don't matter and which hurt the sport to keep the Mfrs happy (technology that actually reduces the human element to a side-show). I think a change in fans perceptions may be in order?

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