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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-23-2006, 05:02 AM Thread Starter
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Gardner: MotoGP is on thin ice.

Gardner: MotoGP is on thin ice.

Australia's first 500cc World Champion, Wayne Gardner, has warned that MotoGP is on "thin ice" at the moment and would be in "a bit of trouble" if it wasn't for superstar Valentino Rossi.

Gardner was a 500GP rider from 1984-1992 and - speaking exclusively to before the 'destabilising' news that MotoGP rights holder, Dorna Sports, will need to be sold in order for current owner CVC Capital Partners to go ahead with its planned takeover of Formula One - was asked for his opinion on the current state of the now 990cc four-stroke premier-class.

"I think it's good, but I'm a bit concerned about the costs - it's blowing the factory budgets out and sponsors aren't exactly lined up at the door to join," replied the 18 times 500cc race winner, who rode Max Biaggi's Repsol Honda at last year's Australian Grand Prix (pictured). "I think it's on rocky roads right now, if we didn't have Rossi I think the whole series would be in a bit of trouble at this moment.

"I enjoy watching the grands prix and the new machines, but I'm really concerned about the future of the sport. They seem to be skating on thin ice at the moment and they need to do more marketing, bring in more cost effective racing and have some sort of long term planning - there doesn't seem to be that at the moment," he added. "It'll be interesting to see what happens..."

ardner finished championship runner-up to Yamaha's Eddie Lawson in 1986, before winning his world title in '87, then finishing runner-up to Lawson and Yamaha again in 1988.

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man, Wayne Gardner has to be one of the most underrated world champions of all time, he had the misfortune of having to run against Lawson and Spencer in his early years, then Rainey, Schwantz, and might Mick in his later years.

Even Gerry Burgess says he is one of the most talented riders ever to throw a leg over a 500 tho. I think the quote was soemthing like "I mean no disrespect, because Wayne is a great guy, but he can't develope a bike to save his soul, he just has this superhuman ability to have either the throttle or both brakes totally pinned, and be able to wrestle the bike straight and not crash, it's uncanny, but leaves the developement almost entirely up to Mick."
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