MotoGP » Honda talks 2014 production MotoGP racer

"We can make more, but five is a reasonable number I think" - Shuhei Nakamoto, Honda.

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February 07, 2013 7:54 AM

Hi sasha,
read the suzuki article I refered to because Dorna claims the grid is full.
My rule change comment means will Dorna suddenly decide there is room for more new teams because it is Honda??

Ratty - Unregistered

February 07, 2013 8:13 AM

Does anyone know if a team currently competing in Moto2 or Moto3 (but not MotoGP) is eligible to move up to the premier class perhaps with one of these Honda 'production' racers?

me - Unregistered

February 07, 2013 8:48 AM

So we go from filling the grid with CRT bikes to filling it with lower spec Hondas.
Although the CRTs have been uncompetitive to date they are only limited by the claiming rule - it's feasible that someone could one day turn up with a bike that could at least get in the top 5 on some circuits. (although no doubt the factories would then have Dorna restrict it in some way)
These reduced spec Hondas are guaranteed to never be competitive with the factory bikes, as Honda are maintaining them this isn't the old customer bike system where companies can tune them independently.

The factories need to be allowed to have their own way to a certain extent to keep them on the grid, but that shouldn't go as far as rigging the championship.

Chris - Unregistered

February 07, 2013 9:17 AM

Isn't about time the Monopolies commission stepped in here? Honda if they get there way will just about own the whole Moto GP series. Yamaha, Suzuki Kawasaki anybody, please step up and raise them a challenge. I want manufactures world championships as well. Varity is the spice of life!

skally - Unregistered

February 07, 2013 9:31 AM

Motogp is going to end up like 90s 125 racing a production class for hondas, they already control moto2 so maybe dorna should just give honda the keys and walk away leaving honda to decide who gets the works bikes who gets the A kit and so on, I like hondas a lot but totally dislike the way they move in to manipulate championships.

Mats - Unregistered

February 07, 2013 9:32 AM

It seems as it is too much work for a team to both develop and race prepare a bike. So my small wishes:

1. Make a 1000cc version of the Ilmor X3 and sell it, like Aprilia does with their ART.
2. Get electronics work with that BMW engine.
3. See Yamaha USA develop the R1 engine and sell it, to WCM for example.

rod99 - Unregistered

February 07, 2013 9:41 AM

here we go yamaha USA!!

Why when the whole sport revoves around Japan and Europe, whats USA got to with anything

ilmor wcm......have you been in prison or somthing?

beezer knees - Unregistered

February 07, 2013 10:25 AM

Way back when, the only factories making complete GP bikes were Norton, Matchless, Gilera & MV. The italians wouldn't sell their machines So the grids were always full of Nortons & Matchlesses and specials of uncertain performance. Anybody could buy one,tune it, change chassis, forks,wheels & brakes. They were affordable. I was soup factory worker and ran (not prominently successfully!) a 250 Aermacchi, 350 Manx. I got in the way of hailwood, Ivy, Stasny, Redman etc. ALL ON GP BIKES YOU COULD BUY. sO WHY THE FUSS ABOUT CRT & HONDA & YAM ENGINES?

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