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Rossi: "800s are the greatest error in the World Championship"

Italian maestro launches attack on the loss of 990cc machines

Posted: 18 September 2009
by Visordown News

VALENTINO ROSSI has launched a scathing attack on the current 800cc MotoGP machines, saying that bringing them in to replace the booming 990cc machines was a huge error.

The eight-time World Champion has been speaking to the Spanish press about the differences between the 500cc two-stroke GP bikes, the 990cc four-stroke versions and the current 800s.

He said: "For me the spectacle when we were on the 990s was very strong, it was the same when we were on the 500s too. There were great battles and great skill needed to tame these machines.

"The first time I rode them I thought there was too much power, that these would be hard motorcycles to master but then I had to tell myself that I had to master them, to learn how to use the power.

"On the 500 and 990 the battles were great and isn't that what the public wants? The bikes spun the back wheel as much coming out of the corner as they did going in.

"But with the 800... I believe that the 800s are the greatest error of the World Championship in the last 15 years. A lot of the spectacle of riding has been lost because on them the electronics have advanced so much.

"For me the manufacturers committed a great error in coming from 990 to 800cc."

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Interesting debate subject for sure....

The goal was to slow them down correct? well that didnt' work so why not go back to 990cc?



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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-26-2009, 10:30 PM
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I agree that the 800's are stupid, but I think that what the class needs right now is a little bit of stability. The rules were the same from what, '49 till '98, then since '98 there's been how many changes? we're averaging a major change every 2-3 years.

That said, I miss the 990's a lot. Those were bikes that actually pushed our understanding of the physics that govern motorcycles. the 800's it's all fuelling strategy. F1 style.

and seriously, IF I was gonna advocate a change in the rules, it wouldn't be to another cc class, 990 or anything. It'd be to "run what you brung, we don't know what cc class or cylinder count is best, why don't you guys figure it out."

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-27-2009, 07:40 PM
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My guess is that they are changing the rules to create closer racing to get ratings. Look at WSBK. That's good racing these days.
Take away the electronics and let the right hand govern wheel spin. That will separate the truly gifted, finesse riders from the hammer down, punch and go riders.
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well assuredly that's the reason as the rule changes have all taken place since Dorna took over.

I really don't think removing TC is an option at this point tho, just completely impossible to police.

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