MotoGP » 'Never say never' for Red Bull MotoGP team


“As for MotoGP, never say never; maybe we just haven't found the right team yet” - Dietrich Mateschitz, Red Bull.

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Tetley

December 10, 2012 1:44 PM

It is a cast-iron certainty that all the MotoGP teams will at some time or other have approached Red Bull for sponsorship.
Red Bull have floods of cash from selling flavoured water, and probably use their sponsorship deals as an off-set to their tax liabilty, so they are sure to continue to be a major sport associate for years to come.
But, with the prestige that winning or competing at the highest level brings, Red Bull will be very picky who they choose to support, and they will not want to be associated with fading riders, fading teams, or fading championships.

adolf33 - Unregistered

December 10, 2012 2:21 PM

Remember: we had this already. It's called WCM by Peter Clifford (rider line up e. g. Haga, McCoy a. o.). They used YZR 500 Yamahas. Great liveries - bad performances.

borat - Unregistered

December 10, 2012 2:37 PM

I guess a problem that Red Bull could face in the top class is most riders seem to be tied up with other energy drink companies at the moment.

RSMick

December 10, 2012 2:54 PM
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Adolf33 "They used YZR 500 Yamahas. Great liveries - bad performances."

5 victories and a dozen podiums? Not bad for a team that only Haga got a factory bike and he was their worst rider. The rest were all done on satellite spec.

shamarone

December 10, 2012 3:18 PM

re: "Never say never, maybe we just haven't found the right team yet - Dietrich Mateschitz, Red Bull."

i'm going to go ahead and say NEVER.

as adie points out, they've already been there, done that. however my specific point is redbull got to where they are by STARTING OUT with sponsoring motorbikes. even before gazza and haga in 500's, redbull was across the side of 996SPS' in BSB with reynolds. this was like mid-late 90's...? they've now grown too big to waste time with the zero ROI and "free lunch" economics of motorcycling. TRANSLATION: if redbull were ever going to have a motogp team...? they would've DONE it by now.

Liam48 - Unregistered

December 10, 2012 3:32 PM

I have a lot of respect for Matechietz (not so sure how to spell his name) he puts in a lot to Motorsport to help young riders/drivers come through the ranks. I would love to see what they could with a MotoGP team, look what Red Bull have done in Formula 1 which is impressive.

A Suzuki Red Bull team would be brilliant. It may take a couple of seasons but they would turn it into a race winning machine.

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