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    The official 2012 season MotoGP thread! Return of the 1000cc bikes!



    Finally the 2011 season is over, and with it the era of the 800cc bikes!

    There is hope that the 2012 season will be a bit more exciting and that there will be more bikes on the grid than in 2011. The new rules allow max 4 cylinders, 1000cc and a bore of 81mm. There is also the addition of the "Claiming Rule Teams", CRT, which allows privateer teams to run "stock" engines in prototype chassis, this is to attract more teams since the cost will be substantially lower than in the past.

    More about the new rules here: http://www.motogp.com/en/news/2011/C...i+on+2012+CRTs

    OFFICIAL ENTRY LISTS:







    Provisional calendar for the 2012 FIM MotoGP World Championship:
    Last edited by avanti; January 15th, 2012, 11:15 AM.
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    #2
    Hopefully the 1000cc's will be more exciting, the 800 era produced pretty dull racing.


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      #3
      Bautista set to go to Gresini.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Loz View Post
        So far only confirmed to be leaving Suzuki, but for all intensive purposes, yeah he is at Gresini now! Didn't expect that one two days ago. Still unknown who is to take the second (CRT?) seat at Gresini too- Pirro's name is also one I have heard.

        Suzuki has also been given until Friday by Dorna to announce their plans for next year. This probably won't confirm riders, but we will hopefully at least know if they will still be there and potentially how many team members too.

        Final bit of news I have heard of late (gotta love Twitter!) is that Paul Bird Motorsports are entering as a CRT with James Ellison. Take that one with a grain of salt however, I'm yet to find a press release.
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          #5
          Gresini Just Confirmed Bautista for 2012.

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            #6
            As a satellite rider. Interesting. Wonder if the factory bike will go to LCR (Bradl?) or if that plan is gone completely now.

            Pretty bittersweet watching the testing of that bike at the moment. Could you imagine SIC power sliding the 1000cc? That would have been an amazing sight to witness.
            Now rocking my Swift 2.0- louder, faster, meaner, but still my little Suzy

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              #7
              Originally posted by brydie76 View Post
              As a satellite rider. Interesting.
              Bautista will ride a factory Gresini Honda
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                #8
                Originally posted by avanti View Post
                Bautista will ride a factory Gresini Honda
                David Emmett (motomatters on twitter) said otherwise (explicitly said "satellite" to somebody asking if BAU would get a factory Honda on twitter as well) in the following link http://motomatters.com/news/2011/11/...MotoMatters%29

                I normally trust what he says, but obviously he could be wrong, so glad to hear otherwise if you have a source that says that
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                  #9
                  Hopefully there's a lot more bikes on the grid next season. I'll probably see more MotoGP next year than I have recently.
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                    #10
                    Stefan Bradl confirmed for Honda LCR. With regards to Gresini, it seems like all the Hondas will be factory bikes but that the updates won't be available to all the riders at the same time.
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                      #11
                      Originally posted by avanti View Post
                      Stefan Bradl confirmed for Honda LCR.
                      Source please? Can't find the press release anywhere, want to see if Bradl's moto2 team is staying together or not.

                      Another one to add to the list, Ant West confirmed on his official Facebook that he is with Speed Master CRT next year. I'm not going to say anything about that one
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                        #12
                        Ant West added!

                        Unfortunately it seems like Suzuki is pulling out of the 2012 championship.
                        Where will Randy De Puniet end up...?

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                          #13
                          http://www1.suzuki.co.jp/motor/sport...togp_info.html

                          Rough google translate of the above article (from Suzuki.co.jp site)-

                          Moto GP Suspension of activities Suzuki Motor Corporation has decided to temporarily pause the war from 2012 to the Moto GP World Championship FIM. This is a prolonged recession in developed markets, the historical appreciation of the yen, because there is still a difficult environment due to natural disasters. Race to Moto GP, we develop a competitive machine to compete again in 2014 as a goal. In addition, the activity motocross, FIM homologation and acquisition, development and cooperation of racing kit parts suppliers, Race-based support for commercial vehicles as we continue to do so far.
                          Daresay further confirmation (and an English press release) will be on hand soon. Pretty disappointing, but at least they are aiming to come back.

                          EDIT- forgot further rumours- Elias tested the Aspar Moto2 bike today. If he signs with them, the rumours are that Aleix Espargaro will move up to the Aspar CRT team.
                          Last edited by brydie76; November 18th, 2011, 8:43 AM.
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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Karoug View Post
                              At least you have Crescent in WSBK though I guess! Although the situation there isn't looking great either. No factory support for Crescent (working with Yoshimura) and it looks like Alstare is pulling out.
                              Hopefully Suzuki gets their act together (and some cash behind them) and comes back with a vengeance in both championships.
                              Now rocking my Swift 2.0- louder, faster, meaner, but still my little Suzy

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                                #16
                                Shame a once great series is struggling to pull a decent grid size, but I guess it is just a sign of the times we live in currently.
                                R.I.P Dan Wheldon
                                R.I.P Marco Simoncelli
                                R.I.P Guido Falaschi
                                You'll never be forgotten.

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                                  #17
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                                    #18
                                    JHopper21 John Hopkins
                                    Well It's finally official: I'll be racing in @sbk_official (WSBK) w/ @crescentracing Suzuki for 2012&couldn't me more grateful/excited !!!
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                                      #19
                                      Originally posted by Thaw Daggerslash View Post
                                      Shame a once great series is struggling to pull a decent grid size, but I guess it is just a sign of the times we live in currently.
                                      Next year we are actually going to see the biggest grid sine about 2004 from memory- just over 20 bikes. The sticking point however is that only half of that number will be "proper" motoGP bikes.

                                      Probably a very controversial argument, but I think that the fact that they can get over 10 (at this point) entries in the first year of CRT proves Dorna right- this is the way the sport has to go to survive. Manufacturers leasing engines, with teams sourcing their own chassis and a spec ECU, etc is really the best way to get some exciting racing. I'm sure manufacturers could still participate wholly (build their own chassis), but as long as ending updates and testing times were equal for all teams I think there could be a lot of competitive bikes out there, as opposed to half the field being competitive and the other half (regardless of rider talent) "field fillers"
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                                        #20
                                        "Danger, CRT, slow moving vehicles"

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