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February 09, 2012 10:31 PM

MotoGP » Preziosi explains satellite GP12 strategy


This does seem like Preziosi tying himself in knots to avoid admitting that they are making sure the satellite teams have second-rate machinery. And though to some it might have the hallmarks of Rossi's 'one set of kit for me, a lesser set for everyone else' strategy of the past, there is actually nothing unusual about there being a gap between the factory bikes and the satellites. That's why it's a big deal when someone like Simoncelli (RIP) gets a 'factory Honda'. But to pretend you are somehow doing the satellite teams a favour, by giving them an obsolete bike with a few new bits sprinkled on it here and there, now and then, is disingenuous and I don't know why Preziosi doesn't just come out and admit: 'We want Rossi to have the best stuff, and the satellite teams get the scraps.'

waz

December 12, 2011 4:06 AM

MotoGP » Melissa Paris - Q&A


Hi Jaffy, no that's not my point, though I could see how you might misunderstand me. It's unfair to treat people equally when they are unequal, for whatever reason. Think of the current CRT rules, designed to give teams with less money the ability to compete in MotoGP. You don't see anyone sensible saying "oh well it's those teams' own fault for not having as much as a huge bike factory in Japan". Same deal with women in bike racing - they are on an unequal footing, so give them some reasonable level of assistance to get on the track.

waz

December 11, 2011 9:38 PM

MotoGP » Melissa Paris - Q&A


I don't agree that women racers should be held to the same standards as the blokes. They are starting a long way back in this sport. Give them extra fuel, give them extra engines, give them funding from the sport's organising body, exemption from the rookie rule or whatever it takes. Just get more women into the sport, which needs all the help and additional spectatorship that it can get. Think of the extra sponsorship it opens up if one ore more women can get a foothold. The whole 'make them compete on their merits alone' is sexist when men have had such a head start in this sport for so many years.


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