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  • Reply to: 24th Grid Slot for 2017 Withdrawn Due to Lack of Manufacturer Support   3 hours 19 min ago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.

  • Reply to: 24th Grid Slot for 2017 Withdrawn Due to Lack of Manufacturer Support   12 hours 52 min ago

    It would also be helpful if Zooks title sponsor wasn't their house-brand lubricants...

  • Reply to: 24th Grid Slot for 2017 Withdrawn Due to Lack of Manufacturer Support   14 hours 47 min ago

    I dont think suz can build 2 extra bikes. they are still developing the bike and they put all they have into those 2 bikes. Being on the grid against honda/repsol yamaha/moviestar and ducati/audi/marlboro is tough enough. Kawasaki dont even want to try...... so im happy suz is back anyway

  • Reply to: 24th Grid Slot for 2017 Withdrawn Due to Lack of Manufacturer Support   16 hours 38 min ago

    Pre credit crunch they never seemed to be as aggressive as the big two. 

  • Reply to: 24th Grid Slot for 2017 Withdrawn Due to Lack of Manufacturer Support   17 hours 11 min ago

    It is easy to think that Suzuki have the same sort of racing department as Honda but they do not. 

    HRC is a huge organisation and likewise Yamaha share a lot of race R&D with Toyota, who are major shareholders. Suzuki was badly hit by the slump, more so than its wealthier counterparts in Japan, and is still recovering at a slower rate. They very nearly collapsed at one point, hence their withdrawal from racing. The fact that we have a team from Suzuki in MotoGP and running so well, should be applauded in those circumstances. 

    To question how serious they are seems disingenious at this point, they are still developing a motorcycle.