MotoGP » Yamaha: MotoGP should move out of Europe

"If we moved to the areas where the economy is struggling less than in Europe we would see better financial circumstances" - Lin Jarvis, Yamaha.

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March 28, 2013 11:16 AM

The number of races in a single country needs to be reduced more than to simply say move out of Europe.

Why three races in the USA and Spain? That is 1/3 of the season to two countries alone.

Then there is Italy. Why two races there?

By reducing the amount in these countries you have 5 extra slots a year without "leaving" Europe

MikeD - Unregistered

March 28, 2013 12:03 PM

I agree with Lin Jarvis. I quit following MotoGP after a couple of races last year for many different reasons.

One of them is that MotoGP hardly can be called a World Championship. The riders as well as the races seem more like a 4-country cup between Italy-Spain-USA-Australia, and if MotoGP wants to make it more global like F1 or WTCC it needs to have only one race in Spain and Italy and more races spread out to the countries Jarvis mentions. You can justify several races in the US because of the size of the country and the spread of the tracks in different states, but there are way way too many races in Europe.

After that is fixed this whole CRT-rule is utter rubbish. I would rather prefer to watch 12 proper prototypes from proper manufacturers than extra bikes where nobody have ever heard of the brands and because the riders only come with money rather than talent.

Stuart - Unregistered

March 28, 2013 12:05 PM

Easy for a bigwig of Yamaha to say this, but the fly away races must be hard on the finances of the smaller MotoGP teams and the entire moto2 & moto3 classes.


March 28, 2013 12:10 PM

Simple economics and the proof that the factories are ONLY in MotoGP for the business returns - they have NO interest in SPORT or the 'fans' - only if they are customers. This is why I keep bashing on that factory heavy influence over MotoGP rules is a bad thing.

Yamaha needs their vast expenditure in MotoGP to result in Sales to cover it - & the simple fact is that the growth markets aren't in Europe, so they want & need to develop a relationship and get some brand loyalty in the Asian markets. So they want MotoGP to showcase their Brand and attract new customers.

Big business is always going to chase the money - first, foremost and ALWAYS. That's why it was in Europe in the 1st place (& why the Japanese factories wanted to be in it) - now there's better pickings elsewhere.

No-one can really be surprised by this, can they? Prepare to watch Europe (& the USA?) become marginalised & secondary as MotoGP's controllers chase the developing market dollar and market share.

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