MotoGP grid

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by Nev.., Mar 17, 2008.

  1. Nev..

    Nev.. Guest

    What's going on with MotoGP? There are only 10 teams/18 riders signed
    up to race this year. 15 years ago there were 30+ riders starting each
    race including a few wildcards. Has it become too elite? too expensive
    to enter?

    '07 XB12X
    Nev.., Mar 17, 2008
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  2. Nev..

    JL Guest

    Pure conjecture (I have no facts) but it would seem to be too
    expensive - Kenny Roberts' team couldn't seem to get enough dollars to
    front this year, and Aprilia pulled out citing costs.

    Has there been a change in prize money ?

    JL, Mar 17, 2008
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  3. Nev..

    Biggus :) Guest

    its been heading that way for a few years... its quite sad and
    pathetic really.

    But then, most countries had their own 500cc championships in those
    days, so locals would get a run in on those bikes....
    Biggus :), Mar 17, 2008
  4. Pretty much. Although, the grids have been this small plenty often in
    the past. in 1989, 1990 and 1991, there were plenty of races when 13
    to 15 riders would be all that would line up for a 500 race. What's
    more, though, from what I remember of 500GP racing in the early to
    mid-90's (and I hereby put the stopwatch on Clembo to correct me),
    when 30-rider grids were the norm, most of what would happen is that
    the lights would go green, the bikes would wail off, and ten laps
    later, the leaders would start lapping the ring-ins, the wildcards and
    those on outgunned bikes. Eg. looking at the results for the 1993
    Australian GP, of the 34 starters, 11 crashed out and the leaders
    lapped everyone up to and including the eleventh-place finisher.

    MotoGP is definitely a lot more elite than 500GP used to be.
    Admittedly, it's the cost of raising a competitive ride doing it, but,
    currently, it's a matter of "If you're going to get lapped, don't
    bother turning up."

    I can see the point of that, especially since there are such knife-
    fights taking place at the pointy end of the field as we've been
    seeing for the past three or four seasons (since Gibernau showed that
    Rossi can be beaten in a straight fight)
    intact.kneeslider, Mar 18, 2008
  5. Nev..

    Snapper Guest

    Nev.. wrote...
    Maybe a bit of both.

    But then does it really matter? Most people who see MotoGP do so via
    television broadcasts. The only time that we get to see the whole field is
    when they walk up and down the grid pre-race and at the start. The rest of
    the coverage is the front two to four bikes. The rest of the field gets a
    guernsey when someone has a prang.
    Snapper, Mar 18, 2008
  6. Nev..

    Biggus :) Guest

    . The rest of the coverage is the front two to four bikes. The rest of the field gets a guernsey when someone has a prang.

    Which is fuqing annoying
    Biggus :), Mar 18, 2008
  7. Nev..

    Theo Bekkers Guest

    You've got to be there.

    Do you really want the TV coverage to give the last bike equal time?
    Theo Bekkers, Mar 18, 2008
  8. Nev..

    Snapper Guest

    Theo Bekkers wrote...
    That would be noice, but unlike you I'm not rich enough to flitter across
    the world watching the racing.

    PI has to do for me...
    No. Never said that. Just that it seems that the coverage never really
    goes back further than maybe the top 5. The bottom order of the field
    seems to get coverage only when someone crashes. Or if the producer
    happens to spot some dicing further back that the cameras may fluke it to
    Snapper, Mar 20, 2008
  9. Nev..

    Theo Bekkers Guest

    As it does for me.
    That's the way the world works. Even in Rally Cars, where no two cars are
    ever together. You get to see the front-runners.

    Theo Bekkers, Mar 20, 2008
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