Bleak outlook for MotoGP numbers in 2011

Premier class grid set to drop to 15 riders from next year

Posted: 11 October 2010
by Visordown News
2011 grid is still in the balance

NEXT YEAR'S MOTOGP grid looks set to run on minimal numbers, following the news Suzuki are to drop a rider for 2011 and newly-formed Interwetten Honda MotoGP will completely disappear from the premier class line-up.

Interwetten will now focus on Moto2 and 125, with the team's current rider, Hiroshi Aoyama, expected to ride alongside Marco Simoncelli at Gresini Honda in 2011.

Aoyama's move would quash Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizio's rumoured switch to the Gresini satellite Honda squad; the Italian is contracted to ride a factory machine in 2011, which would then open the possibility of a three-rider factory team - Pedrosa, Dovizioso and Stoner – under the Repsol Honda banner.

And it doesn't end there. Pramac Ducati could follow Suzuki's lead by reducing their team to a one-rider set-up, potentially forcing the grid size down to just 15 bikes in 2011.



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Sorry but MotoGP is dead! I couldn't care less what happens in this series because its been screwed by the "so called" organisors.

I watch for 125's and Moto2 because I don't tend to fall asleep watching them.

Wake UP DORNA


Posted: 11/10/2010 at 13:17

For me MOTOGP is becoming increasingly processional, with a factory ride the only way to the front of the grid. 

Conversely, it appears to me that WSBK is gaining in popularity; not only in Britain but Italy and Spain where MOTOGP usually rules outright.

The excitement of Supers over GP is that not only do the odd privateers win races (Checa etc.) but the racing is fuller and thicker throughout the field. If you fall off the leading group the rider can't sit back and race alone like GP but gets caught by the following 4,5,6 maybe seven riders behind so the racing keeps going regardless of position.

Not withstanding the above the single biggest reason I prefer Supers is that Jack and James commentate - THE best duo on bikes period, not the other two on GP - I have to mute them if I miss the BBC coverage they're that repulsive!!


Posted: 11/10/2010 at 13:48

I honestly did fall asleep during last weekends race. I woke up and saw the podium infront of me and was like meh can't be bothered rewinding it.

I wouldn't worry. The amazing karel Abraham ( i say amazing because hes managed to get himself into Moto GP without ever winning a 125, 250 or moto 2 race) will be on his daddys bike next year in moto gp.

Cant wait.... :S


Posted: 11/10/2010 at 16:46

Also wtf is up with the picture. Rossi looks like hes just smoked something, lorenzo is alseep and Marco Melandri is looking in the completly wrong direction.

Posted: 11/10/2010 at 16:51


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Simoncelli's head rocks, though. How hot must that have been at Sepang?

Posted: 11/10/2010 at 17:29

The last couple of MotoGP races have been superb. I seem to be the only viewer who thinks the BBC commentators are pretty good - laid back and informative.

I can't stand WSB because I don't have Eurosport, and the only way I can watch is the awful Channel 4 or 5 coverage with awful sound, video and commentary.

There is no enough publicity outside of MotoGP coverage to improve the situation - when was the last time I rider was on a talkshow or other programme? What newspapers cover MotoGP?

Even BBC news didn't cover Lorenzo winning the title, despite the BBC paying the millions for the live TV rights!


Posted: 11/10/2010 at 21:46

You're absolutely right. It's never mentioned outside race day, even qualifying isn't televised. The day Lorenzo won, only F1 was mentioned on the news. Not just any F1either – the awful, awful, processional Japanese GP. What a dull spectacle that was. Not a single mention of the newly crowned premier motorcycle champion. 

Poor Jorge. All that effort and very little recognition.


Posted: 11/10/2010 at 23:24

Qualifying is on bbc red button and euro sport. They even have 125 and moto 2 qualifying.

Not having eurosport isn't a reason to hate WSB either but i do agree that the channel 4 coverage is shite and jonathon green is the worst and most utterly annoying commentator around.

Quite alot of newpapers carry the moto gp and wsb in some form or other even if its just a small half page story, its not hard to find.


Posted: 12/10/2010 at 00:27

 

  Super-bikes are great to watch as we have so many Brits doing well with a real chance of winning the title next year, Moto gp will eventaully implode through lack of big money sponsors, and proper factory backing. I am really looking forward to the 125cc replacments as this hopfully will be well sponsored as it should more affordable, Lets hope some British bike builders get involved as we still have some of the best engineers in the world  


Posted: 12/10/2010 at 19:54

Moto gp needs an adrenelin injection quick ! 

Why not relax the regs and let other prototypes in like the Norton rotary. The current regs only suit super rich factory teams. The writing is on the wall Dorna, and the current world economy cannot justify the expense to those having to budget elsewhere.

Current formula = demise of Moto Gp

Allow other prototypes = Renewed interest / greater popularity 


Posted: 14/10/2010 at 12:21

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