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February 2nd, 2009, 10:04 AM   #1
 
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Full story here, and some interesting comments at the bottom of the link page [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif[/img] :

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/02022009/58/...es-cheaper.html

MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi believes that the sport must adopt similar measures to Formula One if it is to ride out the credit crunch.

Rossi thinks that manufacturers must make bikes more low-tech and affordable to avoid losing more teams.

Kawasaki has pulled out and is seeking a buyer while Rossi's Yamaha team chose to unveil their 2009 bike online on Monday as a part of a raft of cost-cutting measures across the sport.

"I am very worried about the number of bikes on the MotoGP grid because in 2008 there were only 19, which was already not many," the Italian said.

"I hope that Kawasaki stay. We have to find a way to have more bikes on the track. I think that we need a bike that is a little less sophisticated and a little cheaper," added Rossi, who has long bemoaned the overuse of electronics in MotoGP.

Yamaha's new bike, the YZR-M1, was unveiled on the Internet in stark contrast to last year's glitzy presentation in Turin attended by hundreds of journalists.

The credit crunch has led motorsport companies to scale back their launches this season.

Toyota's Formula One presentation also took place online. Yamaha's unveiling suffered from some minor technical glitches but Rossi said the bike itself is shaping up well ahead of the season-opening grand prix in Qatar on April 12.

"I had the chance to try the 2009 prototype briefly... when I was very fast. The bike seems better and I was faster than I was with the 2008 version," the 29-year-old said.

The Italian romped to his eighth world championship across the classes last year, having gone two seasons without a title, and feels this season will be more competitive.

"In 2009 it will be even more difficult because my adversaries, who suffered in 2008, are now out for payback and will be looking to beat me," he said.

Ducati's 2007 champion Casey Stoner, runner-up last year, will again be one of Rossi's rivals while Yamaha team mate Jorge Lorenzo will be in the running having finished fourth in his debut season in 2008 despite numerous crashes and injuries.

"I'm still missing a little mobility in my ankles, especially in the left one, but little by little they are clearing up," the Spaniard said before hailing Bridgestone, the only tyres available to teams this season.

"As far as rider feedback from the tyres is concerned, they are really good, especially under braking...you can brake very, very late," he said.
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Rossi: "Make bikes cheaper!!"

Slide:"Make bikes faster!"
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Slide @ Feb 2 2009, 07:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Rossi: "Make bikes cheaper!!"

Slide:"Make bikes faster!"

Damn right "Slide"!! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif[/img]
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dorna doesnt understand, that those peeps of engineering are working to make bikes faster, they know shit bout economical improving a bike( so does dorna btw...), so just let em do what they do best and imho, costs will be lower than putting new (more expensive) stuff in an engine...

if you wanna save money... go 250cc or go 125cc... tho lots of teams already did that...
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bring back 990's freeze development the beast's where developed enough.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (jazkat @ Feb 2 2009, 07:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>bring back 990's freeze development the beast's where developed enough.

I agree!! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif[/img]
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (jazkat @ Feb 2 2009, 08:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>bring back 990's freeze development the beast's where developed enough.
Perfect idea!
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people... no more 990s... ever... dorna is afraid hayden will win again [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif[/img]
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