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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Obez - Unregistered

February 07, 2013 10:27 AM

I truly don't understand what folks are complaining about.
Teams can still build their own bikes.
They do NOT have to buy the Honda bikes.
Other Manufacturers can always come in and build a bike same as Honda for Euro 1 million....no one is stopping them.
What Dorna has done and Honda are doing is fantastic!
Teams can buy a completely tested and well built bike that will be professionally maintained and will be relatively affordable.
This is also likely to bring in many more teams as they don't have to find the budget or the research and technical expertise to produce their own bikes from scratch!
As a viewer, we will get to see bikes that are likely to be more competitive than the current crop of CRT bikes, therefore making for much better racing.
WELL DONE DORNA AND HONDA I SAY!!

me - Unregistered

February 07, 2013 10:41 AM

@ Obez

I wish you were right, but read the Suzuki story it negates most of your positive points - Dorna will not allow more teams and more bikes on the grid.

These Hondas will push Aprilia back out of MotoGP. The Yamaha engines will be put in the remaining CRT chassis.
This is not diversification this is securing the monopoly.

beezer knees - Unregistered

February 07, 2013 10:44 AM

Obez- you got it right. There's more true RACING when the costs are controlled. Witness the bigger grids since CRT. Count the starters in Moto 2 & Moto 3. Crikey- the IoMTT gets more entries in a week than the Dorna circus gets in a year.
I don't care what the bikes cost- just get more evenly matched bikes on every grid. Then let the riders race. (Or, for the 46 Fans- "For sure, have great battells")

Obez - Unregistered

February 07, 2013 11:04 AM

@me

See comment posted by @beezer knees.

The numbers and racing in moto2 and moto3 is excellent.
What we want to see is folks mixing it up with each other even in a 2 tier series as it currently is and will be.
I don't really care who makes the bike, if it is affordable and competitive with its brethren racers, then we'll see great racing as it will be rider against rider and talent will shine through

WELSH DR46ON - Unregistered

February 07, 2013 11:52 AM

I dont understand why they dont get rid off crt and just let out last years motogp machines like they used to, even a 2 year old motogp machine has got to be more competative than the crt bike. At the end of the day the bikes just go into storage at the end of the year, why not let them out make a bit of money off them, they could still put the cheaper engine in them.

me - Unregistered

February 07, 2013 12:30 PM

"I don't really care who makes the bike, if it is affordable and competitive with its brethren racers, then we'll see great racing as it will be rider against rider and talent will shine through"

I totally agree with the sentiment but ......
Dorna will not allow the numbers to increase to Moto3/2 levels.
2 manufacturers taking the top 4 in every race and their customer bikes rigged to not get too close is not a level playing field where rider talent while shine through.
Also remember no matter how good the racing is further back that's not where they'll focus the cameras for 90% of the time.

CRT - Unregistered

February 07, 2013 12:41 PM

DORNA subsedizes all of the teams on the grid, including HRC. Stating they do not have room for Suzuki is simply stating DORNA does not have the money to fund another team. Which is why it was stated that Suzuki must join up with an existing team.

RSMick

February 07, 2013 3:19 PM

CRT, Dorna only subsidizes the CRT teams now. ALL teams unlike WSB get start money, all teams qualifying for get prize money.
The reason Suzuki are told to find another team is 24 gives Drona the balance where all teams get a reasonable amount of start money, add more teams that money will be less per team. Why should other teams who have invested at a time when Suzuki, who were given special rules (9 engines and allowed rookies) still buggered off, suffer financial loss.

another round - Unregistered

February 07, 2013 5:31 PM

Hey, as long as Honda offers something that can be bought for a "reasonable" price, that won't be little more than a slapped-together turd that has to pull off the racing line so that it can be lapped, I say go for it...

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