MotoGP » Stefan Bradl: At the moment I have no contract

“At the moment I have no contract for next year” - Stefan Bradl.

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July 24, 2013 2:11 AM

The interesting thing will be who will be riding a Honda next year the dream is Casey on a factory spec bike, but with the proddumy racers who will snap them up I think Gresini will field at least one HRC won't want to retain Bautista but probably wouldnt mind him on a proddy. Luccio said he won't be feilding another bike next year so that still leaves four bikes to be bought. Karel Abraham will probably get his dad to buy one, maybe Marc VDS will snap one or two up if they move up with Redding. Leaving 1-3 potentially still able to be bought. Maybe another CRT team will grab one also. If any big names hop on one it might be a bit more interesting to see how good them bkkes are.


July 24, 2013 3:55 AM


bradl was in gp last year, he came eighth overall.

i agree about cal though, if he gets offered a year or even two on the pig take it. factory pay cheque and no one will expect any great results, so if he performs, great.

the in 2016 he can retire or go back racing again to sbk


July 24, 2013 11:21 AM

@ V4Poweeeer "The thing about Honda is they are happy to support their riders and see them win on a Honda."

V4, I think we can modify your comment to " only Honda can AFFORD to support their riders and see them win on a Honda"

Honda have a much more money and resources, so they can BUY more success. Yamaha might have bleated and resulted in the 4-bike rule yes, but you can see why.

The rule structure means that no-one can compete with HRC's wallet and what they have already spent on data and programming as well as R&D. The constraints are too tight, and others don't have the money.


July 24, 2013 11:40 AM


I can't agree more. Many here seem to believe providing factory support involves merely providing factory machines, but it's much more than that. Top rated human resource is the most important aspect of the factory support. HRC is not merely a small racing devision of Honda, it's a big company by itself that manages the R&D of Honda's racing activities. They have incomparable human and financial resource compared to the small company like Yamaha.


July 24, 2013 11:54 AM


And that is were a competent governing body needs to step in and develop some rules that promote a level playing field. The ways this can be acheived are only restricted by Ezpeleta's imagination. The engine tech needs to be limited not the number of engines you can use in a season.
However if you banned pnuematic valves Ducati has an imediate power advantage over everyone. But I still believe that by restricting engines per season manufacturers are seeking out even more exotic space age/aeronuatical materials due to the small tolerances involved in making a race engine last 3-4 race weekends. Dumb down the technology involved should be the objective cause only x amount of horsepower can go to the ground anyway.


July 24, 2013 2:57 PM

@ V4Poweeeer

Absolutely! You are preaching to the Choir there V4! I get slated now n then for bashing on about this very thing - in the vain hope that fans will start to see the way it is and maybe (just maybe) the tide can be turned away from the biased soap-opera MotoGP has become, seemingly organised so those in power get all the busks and the glory.

One thing about Desmo though... at least Ducati run a valve system that they actually USE and has an application in their production motorcycles, while pneumatics are a development dead-end pinched from F1 by Honda in 2008 to try to compensate for what they felt was Ducati's advantage, while ignoring the fact it might just have been the pilot, Stoner (they know NOW).


July 25, 2013 6:45 AM

The actual reason why a team/rider/manufacturer is successful isnt always an obvious one. If it all came down to machinery Honda would have many more championships but its the complete package that wins the championship.
However having a power advantage was once the holy grail then it was having superior handling now its electronics and the rules have brought engine durability into it as well.
If fuel efficiency was an r&d goal it would only be due to consumer influence and nothing to do with motogp same with engine durability Honda has been making the relible engines for years.
Dorna needs to ease up on the fuel and engine restrictions and limit the amount of staff present per rider per weekend cause thats where the costs are coming from. The R&D side of things now has to work fuel economy and engine durability as well as the electronics. Dont get rid of the electronis but make it 1 electronics guy per rider per weekend and alot of costs in running a team are reduced redu

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