MotoGP » Updated 2014 MotoGP rider line-up


Iodaracing is now the only MotoGP team still to name its machinery and final rider.

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Paddles

December 12, 2013 10:43 PM

If you were a satellite team with a factory bike, why would you bother? Surely open class will cost you much less money and give you the same chance of winning a race and possibly give you more tv exposure. Hopefully if the satellite teams pulled back to open class, the factory class would wither and finally die.

theeagle

December 13, 2013 12:30 AM

@Paddles

We will have to wait and see what the new season brings. The Factory/ Works bikes will always be best regardless and they (Factory Teams) will always have the best riders. I cant see no one other than Honda coming up with the money for Marquez. Much as I want to see more competition we have to be realistic but I hope you are right and that the open class come up with something.

Paddles

December 13, 2013 2:48 AM

Yeah, it'll certainly be interesting eagle. Like you say, no one will be able to compete with the HRC Hondas and Jorge's Yamaha. It's at least then a bit of a lottery between VR's Yamaha and the satellite Hondas and (at least for the last season) Cal's Yamaha and the poor old Ducatis are at the back. Realistically, and all things being good and equal, anyone other than the top 3 won't be a race winner and will be only fighting for a podium position if one of the top 3 is injured or has a machine failure, they're just not in the same class. I'd love to see Espargaro and Brad Smith stick it up the top guys, but again I can't see either of them winning a race.

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