MotoGP » Dani Pedrosa - Q&A

A Repsol generated Q&A with injured 2013 MotoGP title contender Dani Pedrosa.

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August 02, 2013 4:51 AM
Last Edited 926 days ago

Talentfan the reason he wants manufacurers in GP is to maintain the idea that motogp is the pinnacle of the sport with the best bikes and riders. While emphasising that sbk is where anybody can rock up but only the best guy can win.
Surely with the way the Spanish economy is going there should have been some austerity measure kick on some sponsorship deals. The thing is how long will Spanish domination of the series last before it is bled to death and no longer a viable business to make profit from due to dwindling relevence to an international audience.

Casey Stoner hate love him whatever but he may be the last non Spanish champ for the next decade.


August 02, 2013 9:50 AM

@ V4. I think you could well be right about things in your post.

"While emphasising that sbk is where anybody can rock up but only the best guy can win."

I REALLY hope you're right about THAT. Because if you are (& Dorna surprises everyone by actually delivering 'only the best guy can win' at WSBK), then it will undoubtedly be THE more successful and best supported series, while MotoGP stagnates.

Why? Cos it'll prove that viewers tune in to see the best racing and best man win rather than the trickest bike in the final analysis. Moto2 is proving that already.

Also, independent teams and sponsors & top riders would IMO flock to be involved in a series where they had a REAL opportunity to compete & win without external interference or manipulation. That means full, high-quality, competitive and entertaining grids and racing.


August 02, 2013 9:55 AM

However.... given that Dorna already plan to mess with Moto3 by introducing a lower rpm limit, while obviously NOT doing the same in MotoGP suggests that manipulation for the benefit of the power brokers is something Dorna are happy to do.

Honda don't have the strongest engine in moto3, and M3 gets a rev limit introduced to level the field. Ok, thats a sensible move.

But... Honda DO have the strongest engine in MotoGP, yet there's no similar sensible move to level the field in MGP.

Wouldn't that make ANYONE suspicious that Honda are able to direct Dorna policy to suit themselves?


August 02, 2013 2:17 PM

Hondas influence is undeniable and theor stranglehold on moto2 shows this we all can name three other manufacturers that have 600cc engines as competitive as Honda's. No point in spending to much on a 250cc single great off road engine and they already develop them in offroad racing as it is, terrible street engine (give me a twin anyday of the week). Lower the rev limit and there bike looks much better but at the same time makes the moto3 series more accessible to wild card entries and takes the advantage away from the factory teams so I say good work Ezpeleta.
I have hope that Ezpeleta does truly have not only the right intentions but the wherewithal to realise the world in world superbikes should mean something and that something should be if you race in your national series and would like to test yourself against the best in the world at you home circuit then the only difference between you and victory is the men beside you.

I don't think Carmelo is the lesser of two ev


August 02, 2013 2:25 PM

evils he is merely at a compromise when involved with the MSMA in the rule making process the privateer teams should have always been given equal say in the process as Dorna and the MSMA as they just as much on the line.

I don't know the WSBK rule making process but I hope Dorna/Ezpeleata have more independence in the rule making process so they can actually acheive their objectives and not force WSBK into a three tier series. Where the manufacturers maintain the advantage over there competitors.


August 02, 2013 2:38 PM
Last Edited 925 days ago

On the GP side there is still value in the interest from competition of manufacturers and its probably a good idea to seperate the competition between privateers and manufacturers (embodied in WSBK and MOTOGP) as the GP rules are focused on trying to allow manufacturers into the series. Now hopefully continuity of the rules are maintained and weight limits remain the same and older bikes can be leased at a lesser cost to privateers as a stepping stone for unforeseen talent from the swelling moto2 ranks can try there craft in the top tier class on some proven machinery and not tier 3 uncompetitive garbage that CRT has proven to be.


August 02, 2013 8:38 PM

My hero of the paddock is Dani but I fear he is obligated to win the riders title this year, Honda will be hugely disapointed if he didnt. Otherwise Honda might change the planet's rotation to bring Stoner alongside MM. Those two riding for Honda are invincible.


August 03, 2013 9:03 PM
Last Edited 924 days ago

If Honda were wanting to Dani to win surely he wouldnt be having all these grip issues now would he, from Qatar to Barcelona Marc has had superior grip in almost all the races, even at Le mans only for the fact that Marc couldnt keep his bike on the track was the reason why Dani won the race and at Estoril, it was really only about beating Jorge. Marc has about 1/2 second on Dani and Jorge in race trim, and considering Dani and Jorge have been having issues with there tires most of the year, I have to believe its all about who has the best tires this year.

It's not hard to tell when a guy is just sitting behind someone to keep up appearances...

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