Spanish organiser steps in with rescue package to support shrinking grid
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.
Posted: 18/10/2010 at 22:15
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
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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 18:44
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
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