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Matthew Birt  says:

LCR admit MotoGP expansion plan likely to be delayed

An expansion plan by the LCR Honda squad to a two-rider effort next year seems certain to be delayed until the 2015 MotoGP campaign. Before the start of the current season Italian team boss Lucio Cecchinello outlined plans to possibly increase his involvement by purchasing a production Honda RC213V to develop a young rider in the premier class. Those plans are likely...

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wosihound

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wosihound says:

Pleasing Honda..

This should give fans some insight as to Honda's aims of controlling GP.

Bradl is on a Factory contract and HRC stump up big money for his wages and bike. They also want a say in who the junior rider is to promote their brand is in emerging markets.

I'd like to know as a percentage, just how much they contribute to LCR?

I'd bet Bulto's Orange Blinkers, it's way more than Monster Tech3.

When Nakamoto says he is not interested in the sport as a show and the fans' entertainment..you'd better believe him.

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diceman23

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diceman23 says:

passport sport

Well I've never really wanted to buy into the passport rider conspiracy. As far as I see it if somebody is a decent rider and worth a seat and they happen to be able to attract sponsorship because of where their from thats not a huge issue. What luchio appears to be saying here is he has been told to take on a possibly shit rider over his choice of rider solely on the whim of a sponsor and nationality which is truly shit

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jamieg999

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jamieg999 says:

Dunno You Know

Firstly, there's no doubt a rider's passport has a significant impact on his chances of getting a plum ride. The way you see it diceman is, unfortunately, idealistic and not the way it works. I'd bet Wosi's reputation that there isn't much in it between your average 16 year old rider in terms of speed regardless of nationality except the bike they sit on, the team that fettles it and that will be controlled in part by where they did their domestic racing.

You won't find many Aprilia RSWs or A kitted HRC bikes in England or indeed any Moto 2/3 bikes being raced anywhere but you will in Italy and Spain and no doubt Japan at some point if they aren't already. The British domestic series has been some way behind it's European counterparts for as long as I can remember despite there being plenty of talent. Where would, say, Gino Rea be now if HRC had decided to set up in England and built Moto 2/3 here? Spain was picked because of the weather and because it has about 3000 GP spec tracks all built with someone else's pretend money.

So, passport, is important as it gives you better access.

As for HRC, they will always be able to wield the sword as they've put plenty into the sport, if there was a concord agreement in MotoGP then Honda would be the first name on the sheet. Personally I don't always like the way the go about things in racing but I let them off because they're able to demonstrate mechanical genius on regular basis.

They might have a problem if no one can afford to buy one of their proddie bikes that they seem to be building anyway. I'd have thought LCR have demonstrated enough loyalty to Honda to be given one and allowed to have a play with it. If the bike is any good they can flog it at the end of the year and in about 50 years time we can look forward to the British GP Prototype championship as the bikes filter down. 

 

 

 

 

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BarkerBill

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BarkerBill says:

Benny, why do you do this?

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BarkerBill

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BarkerBill says:

Quality of answer is on an upward trend . . .

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BarkerBill

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BarkerBill says:

... cheers Taff

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