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Why on earth is the rookie rule refered to as the Ben Spies rule.
Based on 09 results
Rossi - 1st WC
Lorenzo - 2nd WC
Pedrosa - 3rd WC (Honda protege, unlikly to be droped for a spies/dovi combo)
Dovi - 5th WC (after first year at HRC/Repsol, possible to drop him I guess)
Stoner - They would have been insane to drop him at this point
Hayden - Bad first season granted
Suzuki - Exempt from rookie rule
I dont see how the rookie rule stoped him getting a factory ride, espcially considering the history of WSBK riders moving to GP.
As for next season, the rookie rule wasnt the major issue, it was the uttly stupid 4 bike per manafacture rule. How does that save money, the manafactures lease fewer bikes, therefore less leasing revenue (dev cost stays approx the same). Some stupid **** rule for the phasing in of CRT'S