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The problem that MotoGP has is that it responded to the loss of the tobacco industry money by relying on the factories to use MotoGP to sell road bikes. That was fine in 2004, the world had money, and MotoGP had Suzuki, Kawasaki, Aprilia etc. But when the economy issues hit, half the factories pulled out. I am sure Suzuki, Kawasaki etc would have stayed in MotoGP if they'd had tobacco money paying for it. In addition, all the other factories have scaled back support - Honda had 7 factory or semi factory v4 NSRs in 1998 in addition to another 3 v-twins. Now it has barely a third of that. The need to cut costs is the underlying issue and the sport will continue to struggle until it recognises that. We all want to see MotoGP remain a prototype sport but unless changes are made, Honda and Yamaha will continue to spend silly money on beating each other and no one else will be able to compete. Oli



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