MotoGP: Rookie Rule No More?

Michael Scott | June 20, 2012

The controversial Rookies Rule in MotoGP is likely to be scrapped, after Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta announced that he had reversed his opposition in a televised interview on Dorna’s official website,, on race morning at the British Grand Prix.

This is a complete turnaround by Ezpeleta, who earlier this season was adamant that the rule would not change.

This was in response to a request, understood to have come from HRC, that the rule be rescinded so that Marc Marquez could move directly into the factory Repsol Honda MotoGP team next year.

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Michael Scott | MotoGP Editor

Scott has been covering MotoGP since long before it was MotoGP. Remember two-strokes? Scott does. He’s also a best-selling author of biographies on the lives of legendary racers such as Wayne Rainey and Barry Sheene.