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Discussion in 'Racing' started by yooperbikemike, Nov 11, 2012.
I thought the would have made it obvious I was being sarcastic
Got it now, Sorry! I agree.
Autosport.com has reported that the factory MotoGP teams will be permitted to run four riders next year.
"The Grand Prix Commission has agreed to change a 2012 rule limiting factory squads to two entries from the start of next year." More ...
The MotoGP official website and crash.net have also reported that four factory riders will be allowed, but crash observes that there will remain a limit of four on the number of bikes each factory puts on the grid.
I hadn't realised the factories had been limited to two riders last year.
So, what does it all mean? Anyone know?
My first thought was that Honda had pushed through the change so as to make way for Stoner next year, and that it could also help Yamaha supply a seat to Cal Crutchlow (last I saw, Crutchlow was still claiming he'd not signed with anybody.)
But another interpretation would be that it is merely a naming change to fit the new engine rules for next year, which would appear to classify the factory-supported satellite bikes as "factory" bikes.
A hybrid of those two would be that the factories would take on the running of up to four bikes directly, while the current satellite teams would run either Honda's customer racers or Yamaha's customer engines in bespoke chassis, and as "non-factory" entries. Spec-ecu Ducs would also be "non-factory", presumably.
Sounds like there is at least potential for interesting developments.
From MotoGP site, Yamaha, Tech 3 and Monster are all working very hard to keep Crutchlow at Tech 3. They expect Cal will make a decision before Indy.
I don't think they actually need to offer Cal more money than Ducati. They just need to be close. They also offer Cal a better chance to finish races on the podium and increase his net worth.
Ducati needs a slap in the face.
If Cal turns down Ducati, who will be the next choice?
from a Krop tweet:
Very interesting stuff. Especially considering Lin Jarvis has said to expect an announcement from Crutchlow before Indy. Why would Lin Jarvis know or comment unless he was part of the announcement?
If true, and I hope it is, that would be best for everyone, IMHO.
Any Rumors on the 2014 Calendar Kropp? I want to go to texas Motogp for my bachlor party party. Need to know the weekend it will be next year.
Honda and Ducati are each already running 4 factory supported riders this year. Nothing is really changing.
Phillip Island, and assuming the world title is still not decided by then, how stupid would HRC look if: 1. Lorenzo 2. Stoner 3. Pedrosa 4. Marquez?
Way too early. It will be in April some time, probably the 3rd of 4th weekend, but that's just an educated guess. Provisional calendar will come out around Misano, probably, in September, another one in November, but that might not be final.
Hard to imagine. To come close to the Ducati money Yamaha would be offering him something in Rossi territory. That in itself would go over like a turd in a punchbowl.
Lotta moola for 5th or 6th...
The promoter has a naked self-interest in propelling the story regardless of the chances.
I guess if Marquez is already unassailable in the points by then, Stoner wouldn't take anything away from another Honda rider. The "testing" will be a great opportunity for all parties to assess his capabilities....
You think? Rossi money?
He should take it but make it a one year deal. Lots of very confident athletes do one year deals on poor teams when they are emerging. Teams want to sign them for longer terms, but the confident ones say no. They want a mega contract the next year, and are willing to risk a bad season or injury. I love those guys and Cal is clearly emerging. To my eyes, he is showing quite a bit more speed than Ben Spies was. Yamaha and Honda will still covet him if he stays healthy. I vote for him to finally get a payday.
It is a risk, but we all know Cal relishes the risky end of things. In 3 years he may be driving a cab, but I am willing to bet on him. He's a different fellow from the rest. Sort of a Max story without the acid. There is no better than that!
If Cal stays at Tech 3, I pledge to buy a can of Monster energy drink.
Haha! Good one!
Here's hoping. I want to see Cal challenging the front, not grimly circulating collecting grocery vouchers.
The Dovi Rule
When Cal and Dovi were teammates at Tech 3, they were pretty evenly matched. I suspect they would still be pretty evenly matched at Ducati too.
Hayden and Dovi are now pretty evenly matched at Ducati.
Therefore, Ducati gains no points by replacing Hayden with Crutchlow.
Does anyone really think "first year Cal" will out score "second year Dovi" on a Ducati?
What's Ducati thinking, Cal will sell more cigarettes than Hayden?
Yeah, right. But wadya gunna do with it?
Interesting video interview with Lin Jarvis on motogp.com regarding CC.
Although he has to walk and talk a careful corporate ($$$) line, obviously.