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August 07, 2013 2:21 PM
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there is no point of all these signings, unless we have a couple of teams more ( Suzuki? and Ductai? ) as competitive as the honda and the yamaha.

only then we will have an almost level playing field for all with 8 seats to fight for,unlike the 4 seats thats available, by the 2 teams who have won all the motogp races from 2000 barring 2007 when Stoner and the duc shocked everyone.

no point my friends,, until then we will keep reading stories like talented riders like dovi and cal signing for the duc, and how everyone else just makes the grid numbers, with the top 3 podiums always locked out by the 2 teams.


August 07, 2013 2:38 PM

what are you talking about? I think the right rider could win a title on the LCR, Gresini, or Tech 3's. With suzuki next year, you "could" be looking at 9-10 very competitive bikes, and that doesn't include the M1 lease bikes and Honda's new project.


August 07, 2013 2:43 PM

Um so what about the race wins for team Gresini with Melandri, Gibernau and Elias or Vermulen's win for Suzuki, or Troy and Loris's wins on the Ducati, or Stoner's wins on the Ducati in 2008,2009 and 2010?


August 07, 2013 2:50 PM

Remember that Aprilia is still deciding on whether to make a significant presence in MotoGP. They have an amazing bike and when their pneumatic valve engine is in place it'll definitely run with the big boys. I hope they commit. Maybe Kawasaki and BMW will rejoin in 2016. There is a reason why the competition in WSBK is so much better and that's primarily the involvement of many bikes on the grid. Dorna needs to ensure that MotoGP has more than 3 factories involved since this is the pinnacle of 2-wheel racing.


August 07, 2013 3:43 PM

I mean in all honesty this agent about uncompetitive bikes is pointless.

compared to all but a few seasons there are normaly about two or three riders that can win week in week out and usualy finnish way ahead of 85% of the feild anyway.

I do think next year will be very interesting (i always find moto gp interesting) Seing how this production honda gose, and the bikes that get the m1 engines. see if ducati that can make a bike that can beat satalite yamaha and hondas never mind the before mentioned production honda.

Will be interesting if honda starts domination with marquez what lorenzo will do, if yamaha cant match the hondas power....

would honda hire lorenzo???

will stoner come back?

Repsol honda Marquez , Lorenzo, Stoner :) :).


August 07, 2013 4:17 PM

@ GOAT46

"I think the right rider could win a title on the LCR, Gresini, or Tech 3's."

Theoretically that's possible, but the reality is that the factory teams would never ever let that happen.

The fact is that only 4 riders currently stand even a shot at the title in any given year. Everyone else is fighting for what's left.


August 07, 2013 5:02 PM

Where does this leave Scott Redding? He deserves a top ride. I assumed he was Honda bound after recent events with Cal. I hope they give Scott a good bike! He'll do better than Bautista.


August 07, 2013 6:08 PM

@ GOAT46 & bikefan.

Please read Don-R's post. Then read it again. Absorb what he is saying.

Customer Yamaha engines. Customer Honda Bikes. Satellite Yam & Honda's. All with teams that compete with.... yup, FACTORY Yamaha and FACTORY Honda.

So, 2 Teams actually CONTROL the relative pace and competitiveness of most of their supposed competition.

So, anyone spending their money to get Yam / HRC equipment surrenders independence and guarantees itself bridesmaid status.

Its Dorna's job to run MotoGP and ensure all teams have a fair chance to compete. Would the above situation make YOU think Dorna were doing a good job?


August 07, 2013 6:16 PM

The 'aliens' will re-sign for their respective factory Yam/HRC teams at the end of 2014.

The rest will be a bunfight to try to get a seat on maybe a slightly better also-ran than you rode before.

Its a case of 'dead-mans shoes'. It'll take a Factory rider to have an awful loss of form, get hurt, or retire before a satellite or customer rider will ever get a sniff of a factory seat. Even then, chances are a new Marc or Pol with good backing will leap-frog the 2nd string boys and so they are stuck - doomed never to get a chance to win.


August 07, 2013 6:22 PM

Also... its easy to say MotoGP needs more factory teams to get more competitive seats. However - Dorna can't attract NEW Mfr's. Why? Global economy, shifts in sales away from sportsbikes yes, but mainly IMO because the environment in MotoGP means that other Mfrs know that they don't have any real chance to get competitive.

Suzuki (foolish decision IMO) ARE coming back in 2015. You really think that guarantees 2 more competitive factory bikes?

Instead I say we need NO factory teams, only independent private teams. Then, making the rules fair for all would be MUCH simpler and we can have genuine racing again. Its the only thing that makes sense IMO.

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