Photo of the Week: Proper Positioning

04/11/2011 @ 10:10 am, by Scott Jones7 COMMENTS

Photo of the Week: Proper Positioning Alex de Angelis Sachsenring MotoGP San Carlo Honda 635x422

The real question about the 2012 MotoGP season may be this: will the switch back to liter engines, and the rules that accompany that change, mean that non-factory teams can compete for the championship? Consider Alex de Angelis, shown here at the Sachsenring in 2009, hanging off his satellite Honda in typical style, and the fact that he was 2nd in the 2003 125cc championship, and third in 2006 and 2007 as a 250cc rider, but only had one podium in two years in the premier class.

Since the switch from 2-stroke 500s non-factory teams have not had much of a chance at taking the title, and for a rider on a satellite team the only realistic goal has been to be the Best of the Rest. We will almost certainly see a larger grid in 2012, but will the advantages the Claiming Rule Teams have (more fuel per race, more engines per season) mean they will be in a more competitive position?

I hope that riders such as De Angelis will find themselves competing for more than a few points each round, and will have a greater chance to show they belong in MotoGP before being demoted to another class or series.

Scott Jones is a professional photographer known for his great action shots and poignant candids when covering MotoGP and WSBK racing events. You may have already seen his work on MotoMatters (they still have more calendars available that feature Scott’s work by the way). Not only do we like Scott’s shots, but he fits right in with our all Nikon-totting office. You can find him on his blog, Twitter, & Facebook. Scott is such a nice guy, he’ll even let you stay in his Lake Tahoe cabin. All images posted, shared, or sent for editorial use or review are registered for full copyright protection at the Library of Congress.

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Comment:

  1. 2strokeforlife says:

    simple solution, bring back 2-strokes..

  2. david says:

    i’m with you, 2 stroker. bring back the 500s.

  3. Damo says:

    Bring back the 2 stroke 500’s…..and no traction control, Schwantz style.

  4. Shaitan says:

    Yes, remove traction control first and foremost and limit electronic packages more, so it’s a more level playing field. I miss 2-strokes in ALL moto racing!

  5. jim says:

    Two stroke GP bikes made for great racing, but how much can you attribute to the motor? The relatively simpler machines of the day put more emphasis on the tuner/mechanic and a balls out riding style – Schwantz was already mentioned in that context.
    In F1, give me the giant tire / Cosworth DFV era any day. Unfortunately those cars killed a lot of drivers and over time we’re left with skinny tires and pit strategy.
    How to put the race back in racing? Mandating chaos by banning traction control is a good start. Hopefully the excessive power of the liter bikes will shake things up. Three wide on the straights, crazed late braking, sketchy turn-ins and unpredictable exits make for good racing.

  6. gsx says:

    Unfortunately, the fuel limit of 21 liters will prevent that from happening… :(
    That is the first thing MotoGP has to get rid of, without the fuel limit most of the electronics wouldn’t be necessary. Getting rid of the fuel limit would also save truckloads of money.

  7. gsx says:

    Unfortunately, the fuel limit of 21 liters will prevent that from happening… :(
    That is the first thing MotoGP has to get rid of, without the fuel limit most of the electronics wouldn’t be necessary. Getting rid of the fuel limit would also save truckloads of money.
    It may also enable satellite bikes to challenge for the podium occasionally.