2010 Catalunya MotoGP Race Result - Costly Errors Make For Easy Victory

Results and summary of the MotoGP race at Barcelona:

Jorge Lorenzo has taken his third win in a row at Barcelona, winning the Grand Prix de Catalunya with comparative ease.

Lorenzo's path was cleared by mistakes early in the race by the men who were chasing him. Dani Pedrosa got the holeshot, his perfect coordination of clutch and throttle launching his Repsol Honda into Turn 1 in the lead, but the Spaniard found he had no front brake on the entry to the turn, and had to pump hard to get pressure back in the lever causing Pedrosa to run wide on the exit, and forcing himself to cut across the inside of turn 2 to rejoin back in 9th.

Pedrosa's mistake gifted Lorenzo the lead, but it would not be easy in the early laps. Marlboro Ducati's Casey Stoner was the first of the chasers, but Andrea Dovizioso was close behind, with Randy de Puniet in tow. Pedrosa soon made up for his error, slashing his way through the field to get up to 5th within a lap and a half.

Like his teammate, Dovizioso was also on a charge. The Italian stuffed his Repsol Honda inside Casey Stoner to take over 2nd at Turn 5, and was right on Lorenzo's tail. Lorenzo upped the pace to handle the pressure, while Stoner matched the speed of the two in the front. With the front three pressing on, Randy de Puniet was starting to lose touch, the LCR Honda rider dropping off the back of the group.

Passing Stoner was not enough for Dovizioso, though, and a lap later, the Repsol Honda man was past Lorenzo heading into Turn 1. Lorenzo was not about to take it lying down, and retook the position a lap and a half later.

With Lorenzo and Dovizioso dicing, Stoner thought he would make his presence felt. The Marlboro Ducati rider drafted the Yamaha and the Honda down the front straight, but miscalculated the effect of the slipstream from the two bikes, and ended up overshooting Turn 1. Stoner rejoined the race, but a couple of seconds down and behind Randy de Puniet and Dani Pedrosa.

Pedrosa worked his way past De Puniet on lap 7, but it was too late to catch Lorenzo and Dovizioso, and the two leaders were left to duke it out for the win. Lorenzo came under fierce and determined attack from the Italian, Dovizioso pushing Lorenzo whenever he could. Just as the Fiat Yamaha rider was wondering for how long he could hold off the Repsol Honda, Dovizioso faltered. The Italian, who had been compensating for a minor rear brake problem by pushing the front, pushed a little too hard into La Caixa, and crashed out.

With the chasing group too far behind, Lorenzo could relax a little, and the Mallorcan cruised to a comfortable victory, his third in a row, and his fifth in seven races. Lorenzo now has a 52 point lead in the championship, and is getting closer and closer to clinching his first world title.

Behind Lorenzo, Casey Stoner had recovered from his mistake. He caught and passed Randy de Puniet, and then caught Dani Pedrosa. But catching Pedrosa was one thing, passing the Spaniard was quite another. Try as Stoner might - and he tried everywhere - he could not get close enough to Pedrosa to launch an attack, beaten by the acceleration of the Honda out of the corners by too much to make up on the brakes. Pedrosa held off Stoner for the latter half of the race to finish 2nd ahead of the Australian, and keep his championship hopes alive, however slim they may be.

Randy de Puniet rode a solid if solitary race to come home 4th, but the action was further behind. At one point, the Rizla Suzukis were 5th and 6th, but Loris Capirossi faded in the latter stages to drop back to 7th. His teammate Alvaro Bautista held on to 5th, his best result in MotoGP and a boost for the Suzuki team, who have had an awful season so far.

Bautista had to work for 5th, though. Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Ben Spies had his usual race, getting a slow start and dropping back down to 10th, before fighting his way forward as his tires began to wear, catching Bautista at the start of the final lap, but never close enough to take the position. Loris Capirossi held on to 7th, while Marlboro Ducati's Nicky Hayden had been caught up with San Carlo Gresini's Marco Melandri for much of the race, and ended in 8th. Hector Barbera rounded out the top 10 on the Paginas Amarillas Ducati.

Results: 

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 43'22.805  
2 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 43'27.559 4.754
3 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 43'27.761 4.956
4 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 43'40.862 18.057
5 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 43'44.166 21.361
6 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 43'44.308 21.503
7 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 43'46.986 24.181
8 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 43'50.746 27.941
9 33 Marco MELANDRI HONDA 43'50.851 28.046
10 40 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 43'55.244 32.439
11 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 44'01.211 38.406
12 36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 44'21.062 58.257
13 64 Kousuke AKIYOSHI HONDA 44'32.153 1'09.348
14 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 44'55.207 1'32.402
15 8 Wataru YOSHIKAWA YAMAHA 44'58.042 1'35.237
Not Classified
  58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 22'40.799 12 laps
  41 Aleix ESPARGARO DUCATI 8'49.351 20 laps
Round Number: 
7
2010
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Total votes: 26

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What miracles have to happen that we finally see Jorge, Dani and Casey go faring bashing?

Both Casey and Dani had the speed to set Jorge under pressure and none got a clear shot. It's so frustrating. Both trying so hard to wrestle Jorge down which, in the end, makes it even easier for Jorge.

And what the frack has happened to Casey's starts? 2007 he was (together with Dani) the best starter of the field and this year he's one of the weakest. Explanation?

Total votes: 39

Didn't set an alarm for 7AM. Didn't get up for the race. Haven't seen a lap of the race. Won't see a lap of the race.

I wonder if Moto GP will refund my subscription...

(p.s. Will somebody PLEASE just hit the "2011" button on the time machine? PLEASE.)

Total votes: 38

The race was bad b/c it was a disappointment and a cruel tease. Imo, the camera work was part of the problem. There were fierce battles going on for 4th, 5th, and 6th; however, Dorna (a Spanish company w/ a Spanish CEO) were never going to take the coverage off of Lorenzo and Dani who ultimately finished 1-2.

The Dani-Stoner battle was close, but no one made any moves or any mistakes.

Total votes: 36

I take your point. Maybe I'll watch a lap or two. That said, I: 1) Know the outcome, and 2) HATE the outcome, so...I might not watch it. I've got enough things to stress me out without watching Dorna fawn over their two favored carrion feeders pecking at the bloated corpse of the dead/boring/Rossi-less/competition-free/excitement-free/already-decided 2010 season.

Sorry. I'm feeling a bit cynical today. Apologies to any I offended. It's nothing personal. I'm just honked off about being stuck with only Indy Car racing if I want to see motorized vehicles circling a track. It's depressing.

I guess I'll go watch Moto 2 and 125...

Total votes: 35

If only. This season is going to get pretty boring if someone doesn't step up to chase Jorge down. I find myself willing him to crash just to add some challenge to his title chase, but that's a pretty sad way to crank up the excitement, and besides I think he is physically comfortable and mentally strong enough to keep just below the limit and still destroy everyone else. I hope the Repsol boys and Casey can find some race pace...

On an unrelated note, I can't help but notice that Valentino Rossi did NOT make a statement confirming his move to Ducati this weekend, as the gossipmongers have widely reported. I really hope the rumor mill gets this one totally wrong, not because I don't want to see the Doctor in red, but because I'm sick of the "foregone conculsion" that the silly season speculation of Casey -> HRC and Vale -> Ducati has become. I was reading some of Valentino's autobiography the other day, and in it he says he didn't START talking to Yamaha until this time of the year in the 2003 season!

More close racing, less soap opera please!

Total votes: 25

The telly didn't show it but he came through the pack in Rossi like fashion in next to no time. I think the young man was angry. This is good.

Total votes: 38

He moved from 11th (??) to 5th, 6th in 1 or 2 laps, he rode like a daemon.

The other thing I recognized today, Dani seems to have improved his braking skills. It was never disputed that Dani is an incredible accelerator, maybe the strongest of the whole field, but in the past he had troubles outbreaking competitors. Today Casey tried 1 or 2 times but no chance, the helicopter views showed that for turn 1 Casey was breaking earlier than Dani.

But Casey's unsuccessful attempts to pass Dani showed also a problem MotoGP has today, overtaking isn't easy if you don't have a significant faster pace. Casey was maybe a tick faster than Dani but had no chance to get past, he was faster in corner center, a few times he had to open up to avoid hitting Dani, but he never really had a chance to pass.

Total votes: 34

"This season is going to get pretty boring". Granted, the race time here is pretty early on the west coast (up at 4:30AM), but I was actually fighting not to doze off during the race. Even the camera men are struggling to find something that looks like actual racing. This processional F1-style 'racing' could be prescribed as a cure for insomnia. Change the channel, the Loren-show is bloody boring.

Total votes: 38

If only Lorenzo would act more like a 2006 Stoner things would get really interesting again in the class. If someone would pressure him into a mistake this would be excellent fodder but it's not likely to play out that way. I find the only thing less enjoyable than the racing is the post race excuse column from Stoner about how he could have won, if. Maybe he could find a way to credit his competition for beating him fair and square...

And what the hell happened to Hayden suddenly.

Total votes: 35

De Puniet has been on fire and there is all of this talk about different riders moving around, but if anyone should get a Honda factory ride next year it should be him! He seems to have really matured in the last 2 years and this season has shown him in spectacular form!

Total votes: 35

It's a pleasure watching RDP and when you consider his past achievements than he improved a lot. In that sense, I agree with you.

But my impression is that a factory seat is poison for him. E.g., when he was on the Kwak factory bike people put him more and more under pressure for results, they were expecting podiums or whatever from him because he was in a factory team.
Now with the LCR team it looks to me like he found the perfect environment. It's a small team, very limited resources, none expects miracles from him, so the only expectation for results is the one he sets for himself. And I guess that's the key for his recent success, he has no pressure for success.

The other thing that speaks against a factory seat for him is consistency. If you lookup the "Analysis.pdf" from motogp.com from practices or also from races and check the lap times from Dani, it's simply incredible. There are pakets of 3, 4 laps where Dani reproduces lap times with less than 1/10 of a second difference. Randy isn't able to do this, and while I'm fascinated with Dani's inhuman precision, I love the crazy, inconsistent way of Randy riding style. But I don't think Repsol Honda values Randy's approach.

Total votes: 32

That's an incredibly perceptive, insightful, and thought-provoking analysis of RdP. I wouldn't have come up with ANY of that on my own.

Keep it comin'. Our community's greatness comes, in part, from posts like that/members like you. :)

Total votes: 38

I'm feeling flattered!

Seems not only RdP has found his perfect environment ... ;-)

Total votes: 33

of appreciation for the skill and natural talent many of these elite riders display. I tried with much effort to ignore and side step the many selfish complaints and unfounded logic expressed in the comments, but a person can only stomach so much. Motogp is predicated on the best riders on the best bikes. I don't think it's intended to be a crash-up derby, or "fairing bash". I believe NASCAR offers plenty of bunched up racing and bashing.

Believe it or not it ain't about YOU! I highly doubt riders go out and race their hearts dry for the fans, especially the ungrateful ones as so many tend to be. If I had to guess I suspect they race because they themselves love it. To measure themselves against the next man on two wheels. To honor their teams and family members that support and help them do what they love. The fans I'm sure are an after thought. My point, try an show a little gratitude for the show these guys put on. I agree the racing isn't always action packed and down to the wire, but I respect Lorenzo's talent and right now with Vale out he's running away with it. He's focused and put in the time to be the best, If it doesn't please you to watch him systematically destroy the field, simply turn the channel as Motogp isn't the only gig in town, leave the watching to the true fans. Also, please refrain from wishing Lorenzo would crash for your own selfish entertainment pleasure, these are real people with families and livelihoods to earn. And most have been doing this long before we the fans showed up to watch them race. I for one am convinced Dorna and Motogp have done just about everything imaginable to make the racing more competitive and exciting. Lets face it Lorenzo is a man on fire right now. Instead of complaining about it, lets marvel in awe of his natural abilities and remember that we are all witnesses to greatness.

This is just my 2 cents.

Total votes: 35

What skills are being developed when someone cruises to 6 second wins? None. Ask Vale, he'll tell you that he got lazy after 2005 which led to many of his tribulations. He was accustomed to having the best bike and the tires he demanded from Michelin. He was accustomed to sipping champagne in a new exotic location every two weeks, breaking off a new tail whenever he wanted, and daydreaming of a career at Ferrari. Rossi didn't start to push again until other people started pushing him. Contrast Rossi's dominance and the lack of motivation it caused with the golden era of Spencer, Lawson, Gardner, Rainey, Schwantz, Doohan, and others.

Ago's situation is even worse. We'll never know how good he was or wasn't b/c he was on an MV. When he ran into Hailwood things went a bit pear-shaped. Ago still has Rossi covered in most statistical categories, yet few people dispute who is the real GOAT. Doohan's reputation also suffers as a result of uncompetitive racing although the 1992 season usually helps combat the haters. Piss poor parity undermines the authenticity of the contest and the achievements of the racers. Lack of parity doesn't encourage skills or racecraft to develop either.

The value of the sport is derived from our eyeballs, and any true fan can see that uncompetitive racing dulls the sharp-end, undermines the authenticity of the contest, and causes manufacturers to question the value of the sport as a marketing/R&D exercise. Perhaps people are a bit hasty to conclude that the racing is uncompetitive, but they are still in the right frame of mind.

The people who complain about boring racing are in the right even if their motivation doesn't meet with your behavioral standards.

Total votes: 36

What skills are being developed? Last year Rossi Handed JL his azz on several occasions. Rossi pretty much took him to school. Well JL learned from the best and now he has developed the skills to contend if not beat the best (Rossi) on a consistant basis. As for his 6 seconds + wins. I attribute that to a bar raised much higher by JL. You don't win in Motogp by six seconds by being a slouch. Comparing 2005 Rossi to Present JL is illogical, by 2005 Rossi was already a 4 time Motogp champ on 2 different manufacturers bikes and in a row! Lorenzo on the other hand has 0 Motogp titles. For the past 2 years he has been beaten convincingly by his rival teammate on the same tires/equipment. He cranked it up 2 notches this season and so far all challengers have faulted, including our beloved Rossi, who like others have speculated may have crashed because he too aware of JL's cranking it all the up!.

I agree the value of the sport is in the eye of the beholder, but to say the racing is uncompetitive unfounded. Just because one man has decided to push to a limit that others have not been able to match as of now doesn't make racing uncompetitive. Hello! this is the pure nature of competition, to push the limit. Did Michael Jordan become dull and inauthentic, because he was the most dominant player in the NBA for a number of years? I think not. If anything he raised the level of all the other players around him. By setting the bar higher you inspire others to raise their games. The others will catch JL eventually, but I just can't agree with bashing a guy because he's on another level that few have reached yet. As for Manufactures questioning there will to pure money into racing and R&D??? That's their call, it don't have anything to with JL serving the competition. In closing people who complain about boring racing are in my eyes ungrateful and spoiled. Wishing a guy would crash for your own personal amusement, WTF! shame on you. If you don't like the show, don't watch...

Total votes: 37

You didn't answer my question. The point stands. Lopsided victories and poor racing do not lead to a sharpening of the pointy end. Whether or not you like whiners is unrelated to the substance of the argument.

Complaining is a symptom of problems whether real or imagined. The problem is not imagined in GP. The grids are thin. The price tag is too high. Testing is non-existent. Fortune 500 MSMA companies create formulas to exclude small teams who go to great trouble and expense to build prototype GP bikes. The electronics are becoming too intrusive b/c of the 21L rule. The negative consequences of these problems are visible on race day. The problems also undermine the value of the sport.

People are not undermining the value of the sport. They are complaining b/c the value has been undermined already. No more feigned moral outrage. GP is not well.

Total votes: 31

It looked like we might have been in for some racing, but Dovi, Pedro, and Stoner each made their own costly mistakes. Lorenzo rode flawlessly and patiently to an easy victory. I'm not sure what it is about Catalunya, but so many people struggle with rear grip set up issues.

BTW, great work to Suzuki who finally looked like a factory team. I hope they can find settings that work when the temperature is moderate.

Total votes: 35

Thank you, David! The race...well...I can assume that it was a snoozefest, because I slept through it. Having said that, I am VERY happy to see a race report from THE BIG K HIMSELF! At a time where the races are comparable to watching hair grow, it's awesome that he found some time to give an respectably interesting expanation of the race/parade/funeral procession (for the 2010 season). I didn't think we'd see one of these for a long time. Glad I was wrong.

Bautista...well, when I heard that good ol' "ALBA" had placed as high as he did, I was blown away! How did THAT happen? I don't know how it did, but color me IMPRESSED! Also, Playboy Randy is really putting in some impressive performances this year. Whatever he's doing, he should keep on keepin' on...

That's all for now. If I think of somethin' else, I'll let you know. Besides, I've already told you more than I know... :)

(I'm trying. I'm REALLY TRYING to find SOMETHING of interest in this whole "watching paint dry/watching hair grow" scenario that my sport has become...)

Total votes: 37

The racing is nowadays too sanitized by the sophisticated electronics (my words not Casey's). I'll say it again, bring back carburetors, eliminate fly-by-wire, keep the weight limits and limit cylinders to 4 and the racing will be better, and cheaper.

Even if it’s not better, at least the best riders will finish on the podium – not the best computer programmers.

That said, I know it isn't going to happen - money rules.

PS: We missed some good racing today while the programming director showed almost a full lap of Lorenzo's backside. I'm sure the girls appreciated it.

Total votes: 35

Your ideas can happen, but not in the premier class, imo. If the FIM would make another prototype class, we could have some fun without interfering the MSMA's silly Group C prototype obsession.

For instance, the FIM could make a 750cc class where the only permitted electronic device is sparkplugs, stator, and electrical distributor system (also timing and scoring equipment; cameras). Use premium pump gas at 26L. All of the engines would be either carburetted or mechanically fuel-injected. No engine braking so the revs would have to be somewhat modest even with modern slipper clutch technology. No traction control so the powerband would have to be usable.

I'm not certain, but I'm guessing the bikes would probably make between 150-180hp so it would be like old 500cc racing. It would truly be a specialty GP class made for riders who prefer a bike that slides around and spits flames out the back. :-) Ridability would be 9/10ths of the law.

It sounds like kitsch, but the technological purpose would be to emphasis mechanical excellence and to provide a class for smaller manufacturers. The other technological purpose would be FUN!!!

Total votes: 38

High Priest Grue in the Church Of Our Lord Spiesus Christ checking in!

Damned frustrating race to watch for me as a Honda devotee but a Spies worshipper. Spiesus's start was pretty appalling, I'm not sure what happened there, and I resigned myself to hoping he'd battle up a bit. I gasped when Dovi threw his bike into the kitty litter because I really wanted someone, ANYONE to finish ahead of Lorenzo, but I was happy he had the balls to get back on and get back out there. Spies did end up battling back through fairly well, and I'd like to think with one more lap he'd have been able to get past Bautista… but on the other hand I was really happy for Suzuki to actually get some points so they don't end up killing themselves out of shame.

However, what really annoyed me has been covered by others: The complete lack of attention to the middle of the pack where action was occurring. As mentioned by SV650nut, the almost full lap on Lorenzo's bike was ridiculous.

*sigh*

Here's hoping for improvement in both the racing and the camera angle choices.

Total votes: 35

I love Dani, I mean I really love Dani, but I was desperately ready to move on to another group.

In the interviews afterward it sounded as if Spies and Edwards were ready to toss their bikes over a cliff. Very frustrated they are.

Total votes: 42

Damn, I wish I could have seen those interviews. My stream was Portuguese, and so they run the translation audio over everything and you can't hear the original, so I don't watch the interviews anymore :(

Total votes: 39

Will the real Tech 3 machine please stand up.

Maybe David can ask Colin whats up with this contradiction the next time he sees him?

How bout it David?

Total votes: 40

I love when they do a on board lap, But it would be so much better if it was from the front of the bike. When they do show the riders butt I just try and look past that and up ahead where he's going and it still works ok.
I thought that they did a great job with the camera work, the angles, the close up bike shots, and the slow motion views had me drooling!! And best of all, some of the on bike views! :)

Total votes: 34

Those laps are for viewing the track? (she says whilst batting her eyes and giggling).

Total votes: 37

I think the guys that think diminutive riders have an unfair advantage really just want to see more 'regular sized' guys like, say, Randy DePuniet...without his shirt on...to have a fair shot.

Speaking of DePuniet and track views. That front camera on his forks that was shooting in HD was damn amazing. I was watching on-line with the hi-res+ (not HD) but you could still tell that the picture was so much better than normal on-board shots.

Total votes: 33

No offense to anyone, but it always cracks me up how much people complain about the races. Something we have to admit is, anytime raised the level of their racing, they are going to be able to outperform the other racers on the track.
Lorenzo came to race this year with a new mentality. Rossi took him to school last year and he learned from it! I honestly believe that JL was part of the reason that Rossi crashed, he was pushing him to new limits this year and he made a mistake. Hearing people say they hope JL crashes is really sad, especially to make the racing more interesting. Don't you think the field is thin enough already??
The reason CS & DP are making mistakes is because they are having to push that much harder to try and match JL... exactly what Dovi was doing and why he crashed pushing the limit. Sure, the camera work definitely needs some improvement, we are missing some good battles to keep sponsors happy by showing their riders winning. It's not all because they are Spanish, but because they do this no matter who is winning. It happened with Rossi, and when Casey was winning as well.
We should enjoy the talent that is being displayed at the moment. This * that is being attached to Jorge's season because Vale is out is nonsense. There's gotta be a reason why VR doesn't want to have Jorge as a team mate, he has never had one that has matched him before. I think this is part of the reason JL would like to see VR on the Yamaha next year, to show/see that he can beat him on the same weapon.
For the record, I am a fan of the racing, and all the racers. I support the American riders, but cheer for all.

Total votes: 30

Thank you David for all your hard work! It's appreciated... bring on sausagering!!

Total votes: 35

It wasn't that boring. I mean, it was no car race. It was interesting to see Dovi on the gas, though in the end the honda test rider beat him.

Random ramblings to follow;

I wonder if they will ever do anything about rider mass or if the trend of halfling riders will progress to it's natural conclusion. It's turning into a sport where body size matters most. 7 foot tall basketball players, 4 foot tall bike riders. Bring on the 1000s. Maybe Nicky can have a hamburger again. Maybe someone will finally be able to beat Dani off the start or out of a turn.

Bring back tire choice. Perhaps the spec tire makers should only be allowed to consult the team in last place concerning tire choice instead of reinforcing the bikes that like the tires. Perhaps they should bring 4 or 5 options to a race. This is probably pure fantasy, but it's like everyone else is forced to use the yamaha's tires.

This 'locking in' of the tech via silly engine rules and no test time coupled with small grids will make for some long seasons of predictable results. Perhaps the secret to RDP's resurgence is that he actually goes out and beats on cbr1000s between rounds while the others rust.

The most interesting thing I'll remember from this weekend is the look on Burgess' face when he was listening to the test rider telling him about how the bike was working. If ever a man didn't want to be somewhere that was it.

Paging Dr.Rossi.

On the other hand you have the moto2 race. The only thing that could make today's moto2 race more interesting would be machine gun mounts. It's convinced me that a huge grid makes huge entertainment, if nothing else.

Total votes: 38

Well, Spiesus Christ is a normal-sized human being (look at a pic of him with the other riders and he looks like a giant) and is doing fairly well, and I don't doubt for a moment he'll be visiting the podium regularly once some things get sorted out… but that doesn't mean for a moment that the diminutive folk won't have an advantage

Total votes: 35

…did anyone catch Pedrosa getting an exact tie during WUP with Lorenzo's at the time hot lap? I haven't ever seen a 0.000 difference on the fastest lap before, that was somewhat cool.

Total votes: 29

les makes several interesting points. I, too, think the tire rule can lead to a certain bike working better. But then I wonder why Colin is having such problems... And the engine rule just downright sucks. Did it achieve ANYTHING? I mean, here we are with costs "totally cut" by limiting teams to six engines, and yet there are races with two test riders on the track just to get to a meager sixteen bike grid? What happened to all the new entries the cost cutting measures were going to bring into the series?

Instead, I think the engine rule is having the opposite effect from what was desired. By removing the ability for teams to improve their engine mid season to regain competitiveness, the racing has become predictable and boring, the product has been diluted, and I can only imagine sponsors will take notice. As sponsors pull out, this nut punch to teams' wallets will have completed the engine rule's total failure in saving teams money.

Casey Stoner said it perfectly: With a little more acceleration, they could regain competitiveness. Ducati could do this, given time, but it'll have to wait until next year now because four out of six engines are already sealed or totaled. Marlboro Ducati saves $30K or whatever in engine storage and transportation costs. Marlboro Ducati LOSES 10x that in television coverage, positive press, advertising dollars, and (it sounds like) their star rider. Ducati--and Honda and Suzuki--pay cubic millions to race GP bikes to WIN. They do it so they can say, "Our GSXR or whatever has MotoGP winning DNA." They're not going to be doing that any time this year (well, maybe Honda; Pedrosa is still due one more win this season to reach his quota...). But, hey, they're saving money on shipping, right!?...

Testing is similar. Eliminate testing and you can pretty much guarantee that nothing will change. Eliminate practice and you increase the odds that the team/rider with no data at a track simply won't stand a chance. But these are cost saving measures. I make it to the Laguna-Seca round every year, and was incredibly disappointed a year or two ago when 25% of the practice time was cut, but ticket prices stayed the same. The audience (you know, the "product" that Dorna is selling to advertisers?) is getting screwed, and Dorna thinks this is going to MAKE them money? I found it interesting that this year is the first time I've seen a price reduction in tickets to the L-S round. Supply and demand. Thanks to the result of Dorna's cost saving measures, they're having to discount tickets to put asses in the seats. Epic fail.

This is a prototype series. They people that are fans of that are people that want to see the best on the best. Neuter it too much and you have no fan base to sell. It's really simple: Fuel capacity limit, minimum weight, production-irrelevant materials ban (carbon carbon brakes, anyone?...), RACE.

Total votes: 38

i am no way a lorenzo fan(i can recognise his talent) but if he wants me to keep from falling asleep during the race then he better start quallifying at the back of the grid so he can really prove his talent...at least we can see someone working there way through the field..dani did a good job of it and he isnt the best at overtaking...nobody likes runnaways(except F1 fans, another snooze fest)

Total votes: 38