MotoGP » Suzuki a 'maybe' for MotoGP 2014

“[Suzuki] are asking us to have some testing during the 2013 season and if everything goes well maybe we will see them in 2014” – Carmelo Ezpeleta

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December 11, 2012 4:47 PM

@ petrolbonce As for the influence on directon and policy you allude to in your post, then I'm with you that this politicking is why Ezplezeta is basically powerless to stop the Factories getting their way.

Which brings it around again - the factories commercial agendas have to by definition go against the best interests of Racing. They don't want competition by nature. Racing DEPENDS on competition. This has to mean that manufacturer's are fundamentally bad for MotoGP. The series has no real depth of field and is rigged (e.g. ask Fausto Gresini if he can beat a Repsol).
Its a small leap from there to working out that MotoGP needs rules that foster close racing - which has to mean independent teams not factories. Why? Independents need competitive racing and a good spectacle to attract sponsors, and MotoGP needs it for the TV money and the fans. Just my opinion.


December 11, 2012 5:03 PM

@ petrolbonce "It wouldn't matter how many bikes any given factory entered just so long as the races are interesting. So if the three factories we have want to enter more than four bikes each and can afford to do so, why stop them?"

My guess is this... just like Honda are trying to do anyway with their 'customer RCV' solution, Honda would exercise their Wallet (& to a lesser degree maybe Yamaha, but Yamaha don't have the same finances) and flood the grid with Honda's.
Ok - Moto2 is all Honda motors and that is a much more competitive series. So why should we care as long as its more competitive, right? Wrong. You really think Honda wouldn't be puppeteering the outcome like they do now with Gresini/Repsol, only across a much bigger portion of the field?
Whichever way i look at it - it always comes back to the fact that Factories are actually wrecking racing, & are not the benefactors they sell themselves as.


December 11, 2012 5:15 PM

re: "Since bowing out, Suzuki's MotoGP intentions have been kept alive by..."

...denials of history, denials of the recent bankruptcy of their automotive division, and denials that ezpelata himself told them to pound sand when they revealed their 2014 plans were only a 1yr trial basis.

ex-loko.tkc.exe - Unregistered

December 11, 2012 5:35 PM

Makrus, is well know it depends of how they
do rule changes...but in 800cc era, changes
only throw away Kawasaki and Suzuki efforts,
Dorna use to suicide itself...
any way,
hope Suzuki (and others)
have the chance to shine again

Joffa - Unregistered

December 11, 2012 9:54 PM

To fill the grid again, why can't the factories go back to the previous situation of having 'customer' bikes for sale/lease to teams. There was a time when we had factory and customer TZ's, factory and customer RG's and, factory and customer NS's. The customer version would to be, as they were, reasonably competitive against the factory bikes. I think motorcycle racing fans like to see the factories racing against each other, not a bunch of built-up specials, even if neither really have any direct relationship to what we ride on the street.


December 11, 2012 11:44 PM

Lets see how hard is it going to be for a factory to come back in when they have all the new rules on limited engine, fuel, and constant rule changing. i doubt we will see much in they way of them returning.

Fast Eddie - Unregistered

December 12, 2012 12:52 AM

I hope Nicky is the guy they choose to pilot their bike. I just purchased my first Suzuki after a 40 year love fest with Honda and I love the thing. Perfect time to match up my favorite rider with my new favorite cycle company.


December 12, 2012 4:11 AM

re: "it always comes back to the fact that Factories are actually wrecking racing"

my math says different. it's the fan-sumers that are wrecking both racing AND it's underlying motorcycle industry. you have to let go of your hate. stoner only told us as much.

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