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Rule changes prevent rookie factory riders.

MotoGP rookies will be banned from riding for a factory team, as part of new rule changes to be introduced for the 2010 season (see separate story).

On Saturday at Jerez Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpetela and FIM president Vito Ippolito revealed that, among the regulation amendments for next season, will be a rule forcing all rookies to spend at least one season in a satellite team.

“For next year we will also change some regulations for entry into the MotoGP class; new riders will not be allowed to participate in a factory team,” said Ippolito. “The new riders from 250cc class or Moto2 or any other championship arriving to MotoGP will be allowed to participate only in private or satellite teams.”

The rule is intended to help support the satellite outfits and will provide manufacturers with further incentive to back at least one independent team in addition to their official outfit.

However, it is bad news for the likes of rising superstars such as Ben Spies (WSBK), Marco Simoncelli (250GP) and Alvaro Bautista (250GP), tipped to join MotoGP next season and naturally aiming to secure the most competitive rides possible.

Nevertheless, it will still be possible for rookies to receive the latest factory machinery and factory support - within a satellite team.

Rookies that have recently entered MotoGP with factory teams include Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha), Randy de Puniet (Kawasaki), Dani Pedrosa (Honda), Nicky Hayden (Honda) and Marco Melandri (Yamaha).

Valentino Rossi made his premier-class debut as a factory Honda rider in 2000, but raced for a one-man Nastro Azzurro Honda team, rather than the official Repsol Honda outfit.

Chris Vermeulen's first full MotoGP season was as a factory Suzuki rider, while Spies made his MotoGP debut as a wild-card for the factory Suzuki squad.

It is not clear if the new rule will also apply to wild-card or replacement riders.


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El Bigonio - Unregistered

March 29, 2009 12:47 AM

Ezpelata is nothing but a Spanish Clown trying to turn MotoGP into a three ring circus instead of a credible world class racing organization! This is the same guy who thought 800cc MotoGP bikes would be less expensive to build and maintain than the 990's (to say nothing of the new 600cc GP2's) were? The same guy that when his golden calf (Rossi) whined about the Bridgestone's, turned the whole damned field to them to make it appear legitimate. Now they see the new crop of really fast guys coming along and must do what they can to protect the Prima Donna's on the factory teams. IMPOTENCE!!!

Bob Buttamasangy

March 29, 2009 4:01 AM

WSBK's increasing popularity will enable them to offer more and more wonga and it's not impossible to imagine them poaching GP riders if this continues. Spies WAS going to GP no doubt, I'd have bet my left nut on it! He and other aspiring riders would have been nervous about the future of the MotoGP series without this absolute 5h17 proposal! It'd be a cold day in hell when I wished I didn't have to watch bike racing of any kind, but in a way, I hope Ezpolita and his ar53 munching buddies have finally 5h17 in their own nest and sunk the series for the last time so someone else can rebuild it! Jeez I hate that cotten runt!!!!!



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