Dorna to rescue MotoGP grid issue

Spanish organiser steps in with rescue package to support shrinking grid

Posted: 18 October 2010
by Visordown News
In 2008 Toni Elias rode the Alice Ducati scoring two podium finishes

DORNA HAVE LAUNCHED a rescue mission to combat the ever shrinking MotoGP grid offering a financial life-line to the fledgling Pramac Ducati team.

The main area of the plan is cover the loss made by Suzuki dropping it's team to one rider for next season. With a helping hand from the Spanish organising body, the Ducati satellite team will receive a cash injection but with the stipulation to return Moto2 Champion Toni Elias to the premier class.

Pramac had originally been involved in negotiations with German Superbike rider Max Neukirchner, with a big-money sponsorship package involved. But plans fell through, and the team had decided to run only one rider next year – the newly contracted Capirossi - until now.

One rider not linked to the plans is Aleix Espargaro. The Spanish rookie is expected to move to a top seat in Moto2, with assistance from Dorna.

The decision to run a break-away factory Honda team has been quashed with news leaking in Spain that Repsol are to up their budget to 15-million Euros, to support the three-rider factory Honda team. This potentially saves another grid place.

The deal relieves pressure from Gresini's San Carlo outfit from keeping a seat clear for Dovizioso on a factory bike. It is now expected that Hiro Aoyama will step in join his former 250 championship rival; his current Interwetten team is not contesting the class next year.

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That doesn't fix the long term issue though. They need to market the series properly.

Posted: 18/10/2010 at 22:15

It needs more than this to sort it out. It is becoming a procession like F1. The Moto2 race on Sunday was far more exciting, they had more riders in one pack than the whole GP has on the grid.

Posted: 18/10/2010 at 22:37

More teams just means more people fighting for 9 or 10. What they need to do is stop all the constant rule changes and let things sort themselves out.

Posted: 19/10/2010 at 10:06

More meddling. Get the rules right and the problem will solve itself.

Posted: 19/10/2010 at 12:46

Way to go Dorna; force Pramac to run another Spanish rider because there just aren't enough of them in the series.

Posted: 19/10/2010 at 17:24

Take away the electronic aids that affect both cost and racing and we might see some improvement in the grid size.

Anybody thought of allowing no holds barred versions of superbikes, i.e. production based, but extreme tuning, etc. ? 

Posted: 19/10/2010 at 17:24

bring back the 500 class . . .

Posted: 19/10/2010 at 18:44

I'm with Vasco... half the complexity, quarter the cost, twice the riding skill, three times the spectacle, five times the injury rate

Posted: 19/10/2010 at 20:53

Scrap electronics and 1000cc. Problem solved.

Also i know it could never happen but if they made a one engine series like moto 2 it would sure as hell sort out the closeness of the racing. Give them a beastly 1 litre engine and leave them to it.

Posted: 19/10/2010 at 23:46

Exactly. In the U.S. the series isn't marketed as well as it could be. Here in the States we LoVe our sport bikes. Let the public know there's a great Championship to be seen. 

Posted: 20/10/2010 at 01:53

MOTOGP should be more on TV more on EUROSPORT, when DOORNA dropped eurosport they went backwards , WHO wants to sponsor a team when its hard to see it on TV, In the NETHERLANDS we only get it on the BBC, nor MOTO2 no 125 just the MOTOGP race.

Posted: 20/10/2010 at 10:43

DORNA is turning MOTOGP into a SPANISH cup, with soon to be more than 50% of the riders Spanish, even sponsoring ELIAS for a ride instead of someone els he had his chance and blow it 

Posted: 20/10/2010 at 10:50

Dorna to rescue MotoGP grid issue more like rescue ELIAS

Posted: 20/10/2010 at 10:53

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