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  • Reply to: 24th Grid Slot for 2017 Withdrawn Due to Lack of Manufacturer Support   34 min 54 sec ago

    It's also about demand. Teams also have to want to race one of the bikes. They need to be competitive, so they would rather have a known quantity rather than take a chance. This is the same problem Aprilia face, and even Suzuki, to some extent.

  • Reply to: 24th Grid Slot for 2017 Withdrawn Due to Lack of Manufacturer Support   1 hour 13 min ago

    gave serious thought about offering a grid spot to a chassis builder? Surely one might like to step up from the ultra conservative Moto2 class now that spec electronics has removed one of the big technological barriers to entry in MotoGP all they would need would be an engine supply. Team Roberts proved how competitive this combination could be once they got an RCV engine for their KR MotoGP machine.

  • Reply to: Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 24 - Reviewing Jerez, and Examining Lorenzo's Ducati Switch   1 hour 29 min ago

    Rumor has it that Dani Pedrosa might join Rossi given that Vinales and Movistar Yamaha have disagreements over money!

  • Reply to: 24th Grid Slot for 2017 Withdrawn Due to Lack of Manufacturer Support   2 hours 10 min ago

    You are right, they will remove the GP14.2s from the grid in future. They will be replaced by GP15s. Ducati are perfectly happy to continue supplying (older) bikes to satellite teams. They can do so at reasonable cost, and without losing money. There is no reason for them to stop doing so.

  • Reply to: 24th Grid Slot for 2017 Withdrawn Due to Lack of Manufacturer Support   7 hours 2 min ago

    David claims that Ducati have been providing a veritable cornucopia of racing motorcycles. Cornucopia or not, yes they are providing eight. I have said in a previous post that this has happened that post Preziosi and in the era Dall'Igna, Ducati did a wise thing by running all iterations of the Desmosedici in order to arrive at the championship challenging version. Now that Ducati is almost there and if Jorge Lorenzo does well in 2017, I suppose Ducati will stop running the 14 and 14.2 versions of the Desmosedici and that would mean four bikes will be knocked off the grid which will once again be back to 19. I can understand Suzuki not wanting to run a satellite team; like Brivio said they never have and do not have the wherewithal to do that. KTM is even less likely to be manna from heaven since they will just have their first real experience beginning in MotoGP in 2017. The veritable cornucopia will ultimately cease to be in existence and that is when MotoGP will have to try tricks like CRT or its equivalent once again, unless of course they can combine MotoGP and WSBK together and bring the resources to one place instead of distributing it over two series one of which has no or little TV viewership due to most broadcasters not bothering with it.