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Five days of private MotoGP testing in 2014, two rider factory team limit remains in place

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August 22, 2013 11:59 AM

Its about time (and maybe not worded strongly enough) but finally a journalist in the know has spoken up about the rules mess that is MotoGP, and follows much of my thoughts posted here often.

Thank you Michael Scott! I got home from work and read his article in this weeks MCN. Finally someone really involved in MotoGP has come out and actually pointed out the royal mess and multi-tiered hash that is MotoGP, and that the factories making customer bikes just means more 'less competitive' bikes and more control of the field by Factory Teams. As MS says - the Mfrs aren't about to allow a 12-engined customer bike with 24 litres to have ANY chance of embarrassing their full factory efforts.

So its all a rigged farce and getting worse. Perhaps now someone well-respected has said it people will sit up & pay attention.

BT Sport - you just bought a pup. Dorna have flogged you a soap-opera billed as a competitive race series, & you fell for it.


August 22, 2013 12:11 PM

What is needed now is for someone NOT using a Honda or Yamaha to pry together an independent package where they can REALLY exploit the 12-engines and 24 Litres, and then blow all of the Factory stuff to kingdom come.

An independent team free to work within the rules without constraint could pry off the factories iron grip on Dorna's testicles and show that there IS a better way, and freedom through independent teams and proper racing is the only proper direction for a race series.

Come on Aprilia! This is your chance to do yourselves and all of MotoGP a huge favour. Support some teams with a full-fat RSV4 12-motor deal and put the cat among the pigeons!

Dorna are too weak and corrupt to take grow a pair, wrest control of MotoGP back from HRC /Yam and instigate proper rules for proper racing - this has to mean truly independent teams who cannot be factory controlled. To get there I think we need an independent force to take advantage of next years rules and cause havoc - HRC /Yam


August 22, 2013 12:21 PM


..... HRC /Yam have had things all their own way and wrecked MotoGP RACING for far too long.

If HRC & Yam want to win in MotoGP, great. But it should be made damned certain that they cannot BUY it, and cannot rig it so they have all the advantages and then control most of the rival teams simply by leasing them kit with strings attached.

The Factory Team stranglehold over MotoGP policy and events MUST be broken before MotoGP is irrevocably broken. The recent seasons and lunatic rules prove that Dorna are only puppets dancing to a largely HRC tune.

Dorna clearly couldn't run a bath properly.

Time for a Revolution!


August 22, 2013 12:58 PM

Hey 'Disagree' people! To my posts above...

instead of just hitting 'Disagree' - how about you actually post and tell us WHY you disagree?

This ought to be really good - I'm dying to read some intelligent and logical response and explanation from these people. These 'Disagree's clearly must have a better grasp of the situation - so please - enlighten us with your wisdom!


August 22, 2013 1:31 PM
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What about encouraging Kawasaki and Aprilia to set up factory teams like Suzuki have done? Increasing the competition between factories is best done by increasing factory involvement. Having 6 full factory teams along with satellite teams and privateer leased/bought/put- together-in-a-shed-in-a-Blackburn-back-street teams would really put several cats among the pigeons.

Edit: Not disagreeing, just putting an alternative view...


August 22, 2013 1:39 PM

Hmmm, appears that some on here think theres problems on the Motogp farm, funny how 'Gone Fishing' was cut down for saying the same thing only difference was he IS in the know as oppose to us


August 22, 2013 2:26 PM

@ Mr Fill

Dorna HAVE been trying to 'encourage' more Factory involvement. But no-one wants in. Why is this?

Simple IMO. All other Mfrs look at the fact that its a closed shop really, and if they join then they'll have to risk public humiliation and trouncing by HRC & Yamaha while they try to fight with very limiting testing restrictions to work out solutions within VERY tight technical rules - answers that HRC & Yam already HAVE.

And all that is before you even contemplate the cost getting this very public hammering is going to cost a Mfr.

If YOU were a CEO of a m/c mfr - would you consider it a good business decision to join MotoGP under these conditions? Nope, me neither. The fact that Suzuki is seriously considering a comeback is amazing IMO.


August 22, 2013 2:40 PM

@ Poddy. Absolutely agree.

I've had plenty of negativity myself for my views on this. I always viewed Motorcycle Racing fans as generally quite knowledgeable and interested, as well as being race fans first and fans of a rider second.

Unfortunately we have seen a big rise in the 'football-fan' mentality among racing, and this sort of fan just wants to support a successful rider and don't care HOW he wins, just so long as he does.

So these masses had no interest in listening to the chap who's gone fishing - preferring to lay into the guy and accuse him of whining (mainly cos he wasn't the rider they supported & the 'football-fan' mentality is to hate your favourite's strongest rivals).

All the evidence is right there in front of us though to prove the fisherman was right in his views. Seems Michael Scott is prepared to stand up and be counted - long overdue IMO (I think its perhaps a view that could never gain support while Rossi was dominant), but welcome all the same.

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