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Cammyspop

May 10, 2013 6:31 PM

MotoGP » Crutchlow: I could be replaced by Espargaro


@Firefly what are you talking about? The commentards on here seem to have an obsession with passports. When a Spanish rider gets a seat it's because of his passport. When Spies got the Yamaha ride it was only because of his passport. Then when Spies got the Ducati seat it was because Ducati of his passport? Of course when Rossi went to Ducati it was because of his passport. Now you're telling us Smith got the Tech3 ride because of his passport. Wrong. He got the Tech3 ride (not a British sponsor you'll note) because of the promise he showed in 125s. Then he got the MotoGP deal after a promising first season in Moto2. Unfortunately for Tech3 his initial promise was not fulfilled in his second season, but by that time the ink was dry on the contract. Tech3 BTW do not have the cash to buy out his contract, even if they wanted to.

Cammyspop

May 10, 2013 3:53 PM

MotoGP » Crutchlow: I could be replaced by Espargaro


@TheBiscuit how do you know Cal would suit the Suzuki? None of us know anything about the Suzuki yet. All we know of Suzuki so far is that they have shown no evidence that they can build a four stroke GP bike. Of the 2014 bike we know nothing. We certainly don't know which riders will suit it. Oddly enough however wind back a year to when the rumours started that Spies was leaving Yamaha and what were his fans saying? That's right. They were saying that Ben and "the Suzuki" would be a marriage made in heaven. That Suzuki must be a miraculous bike, it's seems it's suited to everybody.

Cammyspop

May 10, 2013 11:47 AM

MotoGP » Crutchlow: I could be replaced by Espargaro


@Realfan there's not that much difference between the factory Yamaha and the tech3 bikes. He should be fighting for 3rd and 4th in every race to justify a factory seat. Of the two satellite Hondas one is close enough to the factory bikes. The other poor sod, and the better rider of the two, is fighting with the Showa suspension he's developing for the "production" RCV for next year. So his competition isn't exaclty top flight. Last year he had Dovi to contend with, what's he up against this year?

Cammyspop

May 10, 2013 11:42 AM

MotoGP » Crutchlow: I could be replaced by Espargaro


Why all this talk of Suzuki. They do not have a good record in MotoGP. Since MotoGP replaced the 500s what have Suzuki done exactly? And now they are in a position where they have let Honda and Yamaha get a massive leap in development in the 1 litre class. If they do enter a full prototype team next year they will not be competitive. It will take a season or two for them to get there. Anybody signing to Suzuki for 2014 won't be seriously looking to be in the top four in the championship. They'll probably be expecting to be where Hayden is now. More than likely Suzuki will be looking for an old hand probably ex-Honda or Yamaha for their experience to develop the bike in a race setting and a young gun to try to grab some headlines.

Cammyspop

May 10, 2013 11:37 AM

MotoGP » Crutchlow: I could be replaced by Espargaro


@CS27 sorry but the ruling for each factory is four bikes in two, two bike teams. So there will be no full factory Honda available for next year. And so far there has been no official ruling on whether production RCVs will be allowed to run in addition to the four full prototype Hondas. Honda have already stated that the production racer is not a CRT bike. Nakamoto described it as "a cheaper option for satellite teams". As such a production RCV would have to replace one of the allocation of four bikes. IOW there is no prospect of an addtional full fat Honda for Cal or anybody else.

Cammyspop

May 10, 2013 11:15 AM

MotoGP » Crutchlow: I could be replaced by Espargaro


I like Cal, but I think his fans need to realize that he is starting to look like a permanent bridesmaid. He's fast, no doubt about that, but this is racing over forty minutes, not a 1 minute hillclimb. It's been said before, but Cal's racecraft is lacking, when compared to his out and out speed. Yes, he's improved during his time at Tech3, but I really don't see him as a championship challenger on a factory bike. Potential occasional race winner, yes, but champion, no. Obviously Yamaha and Tech3 want to see their riders do the best they can and are probably hurting a little from Smith's poor start to the season. This could just be a way of putting pressure on Cal to try to get him to up his game a little.

Cammyspop

May 10, 2013 11:05 AM

MotoGP » Ezpeleta: BBC to BT like 500cc to MotoGP


@TheBiscuit from what I hear Virgin and BT are "in negotiations". BT are aware however that they hold pretty much all the cards. Sky are already paying BT for sports 1 & 2 and Sky have many more TV customers than Virgin. Thanks to Virgin's laughable geographic coverage anybody who can get Virgin will be able to get Sky and already the vast majority can get BT Infinity and hence BT TV. This puts Virgin in a position where lots of football, rugby and MotoGP will be available to Sky and BT customes, but not Virgin customers. When their customers realise this some time in the next couple of months they will start to desert to Sky and possible BT and Virgin will end up paying what BT wants.

Cammyspop

May 10, 2013 10:59 AM

MotoGP » Ezpeleta: BBC to BT like 500cc to MotoGP


@Melee are you aware that the worldwide audience for MotoGP is higher now than it has ever been? And it grows year on year. You're kidding yourself if you think a change in broadcaster in the UK will make the slightest difference to that. Sport is business and what matters to any business is money. And how they make that money is through audience figures. The larger the audience figures the more broadcasters and sponsors will pay. Welcome to the real world. MotoGP is in rude health. And as for Stoner he was already soundly beaten last year before he ruled himself out. Back in third behind Lorenzo and Pedrosa before his injury. You can pretend he would have won if you want, but the stats don't bear that out.

Cammyspop

May 10, 2013 10:53 AM

MotoGP » Ezpeleta: BBC to BT like 500cc to MotoGP


@pete g you're not paying attention are you? BTSport 1 & 2 will be available through BT TV, BT Vision, Sky and to BT broadband customers through a web browser when it launches in August. I'm also predicting that Virgin will end up broadcasting the channels. So that's all Sky subscribers and all BT Broadband subscribers however they get their TV. Actually that's a pretty big customer base. The big question here is whether BT will show all the races live through all those services. The big problem with the BBC was that they often failed to show the MotoGP race live and seldom showed the Moto3 or Moto2 races.

Cammyspop

May 10, 2013 10:47 AM

MotoGP » Ezpeleta: BBC to BT like 500cc to MotoGP


@Adam are you aware of any mainstream sport that is run in a different way. All professional sport is about money, plain and simple. A few year back it was Sky (and to some extent Eurosport) that was flashing the big money to get football, rugby, motorsports, you name it. Why? Because they wanted people to take up their service. The organisers were happy to take their money rather than take less from terrestrial broadcasters. Sky now have the subscribers and they know that they won't get significantly more by outbidding BT for any of those sports. BT with their IP TV service are where Sky were a few years back. They want more uptake for their service. Sky are happy to let BT win the bids as they will be broadcasting BT Sports 1 & 2. Sure they'll have to pay BT for the privilege, but less than they would have had to pay for exclusive rights.


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