Cam D wrote:That's sad for Ant, but not surprising at all. Many riders have paid for their rides in the past. I have read that Alex B, Carlos and Fonzi all brought a lot of money with them and teams gave them the preference because of this. Ant has shown many times that he has enough skills to race a bike close to it's limit. Whether he can set up a bike says as much about the team as it is about the rider, his stint on the 600 Yam proved that. I was led to believe that his bike in Moto3 was fairly average (Krop can probably let us know if it was or wasn't), but he still managed some good singular rides ..... which is all you can expect from non-competitive machinery. It's a question I have been trying to get answered for quite a while, I even Googled it, but I still can't find the criteria that determines if riders have done enough to be considered worthy of a Motogp ride jks....
edit: I think Krop ran a piece on Stefan not being able to get a Motogp ride recently and he had (from memory) 5 mill to bring with him.
“I (ANTHONY WEST) will not race in moto gp this year or any other race because I can not find sponsorship to pay the SPEED MASTER team, Because all teams are asking for money from the riders only the rich can race in motogp / moto2 / moto3, I can not even afford to ride a year for free, As i have YET to be payed from my former team MZ Germany Moto2 team. I had my car mx bike and my house for sale trying to keep the ride and even gave the house as a guarantee if I did not find the money but was not enough. I will most likely not race any more and will [return] to australia to find a normal job. Sorry to my fans.”
oldboyonrgv wrote:Thats todays sport of motorcycle racing - someones making money and it aint the riders or teams......Its killing the sport
Gustav O wrote:SO West jumped over from BSB to a non competitive ride in Moto2, Damien Cudlin seem less than happy with that team that sacked him and replaced him with West. I know it is the first session for him but he gets beat by Alex Lundh who is a Swedish Moto2 rookie that has never been to Qatar.... Anyone still believe West belongs in MotoGP?
Tourn46 wrote:Admittedly I am not a fan of Ant West, nor do I see any reason as to why he'd be taken up into MotoGP at this stage in his career...
Sloth27 wrote:They should've stuck with Cudlin, at least he was enthusiastic about his role and would've given it his all for the team. West is a never has been with a bag full of excuses...
Gustav O wrote:FP2 he took1.6seconds of that time and narrowly beat Lundh by 2 tenths. Lundh is a rookie at Moto2 and has never been to Qatar. To make it even more interesting he is riding the MZ bike...
Can anyone answer my question why he wanted the QMMF ride instead of the good ride in BSB? Only thing I have seen is that he wants to be in GPs but being on that bike in that team can´t do his career much good imo.
The MZ bike is actually an FTR....
West wanted back into the MotoGP paddock, in the hope of something better. A bad move, to the worst team with the worst bike in Moto2. This will not end well.
Kropotkin wrote:West wanted back into the MotoGP paddock, in the hope of something better. A bad move, to the worst team with the worst bike in Moto2. This will not end well.
MotoLen wrote:Kropotkin wrote:West wanted back into the MotoGP paddock, in the hope of something better. A bad move, to the worst team with the worst bike in Moto2. This will not end well.
Who actually operates the team? QMMF or another pay-to-play team?
Gustav O wrote:Kropotkin wrote:
QMMF fund the team, but it's actually run by a bunch of Spanish guys.
Old D'Antin team?
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