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LeisuresuitLarry

September 12, 2014 4:12 PM
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MotoGP » Aprilia confirms Gresini for MotoGP return


RSMick: The trouble is it doesn't Superbike), it has done nothing for sales which you don't see a single WS bike in the top 10, even in SB mad Britain. GP sells the brand not the bike.
It's brand image that drives sales. In the past WSB really contributed to that when all the factory teams had serious efforts & top riders. WSB generated more brand equity than GP. The problem today is that WSB is a pale shadow of its former self. Only Kawasaki & Aprilia are taking it seriously. Ducati has dramatically scaled back, Honda and Suzuki's 'efforts' are marginal and Yamaha is not there at all. Now Aprilia is scaling back too. With minimal terrestrial TV coverage & most events in the calendar attracting tiny crowds, the series is in terminal decline. Circuits increasingly don't want to host the races. MotoGP has therefore become the focus of activities by default. I wonder if this would have been the case if InFront was still the owner of WSB rather than Dorna?

LeisuresuitLarry

September 12, 2014 12:05 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: I don’t regret joining Ducati


In 2010 Lorenzo was beating Rossi even though the garage 'wall' was up to prevent data going to Lorenzo's side. Rossi didn't like the fact that he had a fast(er) team-mate. He had always had folk like Edwards who were quite prepared to play second fiddle and play a supporting role. That was not Lorenzo. So Rossi gave Yamaha an ultimatum - it's him or me. And Yamaha chose Lorenzo. Having previously burned his bridges with Honda, what options did Rossi have left? If he wanted to stay on a factory bike, Ducati was the only game in town. What is truly amazing is that Ducati offered him such a huge salary. Considering Rossi's lack of choices they could have got him for far less. Ultimately it isn't a case of regretting joining Ducati as Rossi had backed himself into a corner and left himself with little choice. What he probably does regret (& he indicates this in the interview) is giving Yamaha the ultimatum in 2010.

LeisuresuitLarry

September 12, 2014 4:46 PM

MotoGP » Aprilia confirms Gresini for MotoGP return


RSMick: It always did have tiny crowds and non live poor television coverage everywhere except Britain and Italy, slightly Aus. The crowds were never as high as they stated in Britain, FGS used to quote 3 day estimates, have you seen Brands with 60k in? never mind 120k.
Well I do recall when Yamaha Italy had a serious factory supported effort with riders of the caliber of Spies & Haga. Or Ten Kate Honda when it was getting major HRC input. Or Suzuki through Alstare with Troy Corser. Or Ducati with full factory efforts and riders like Bayliss. I don't know about actual numbers at Brands but I recall going in the early to mid-2000's and the place seemed to be bursting at the seams. It took hours to get out of the circuit even on a bike. The last time I went to a WSB race in the UK (Silverstone) the place was almost deserted.


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