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Rossi says that certain new MotoGP age limits do not “solve all problems”

On Friday, FIM and Dorna Sports will launch a new series of junior series to increase minimum age limits and cap grid sizes to improve safety following the deaths of three teens at this year’s FIM-approved event. Announced regulations.

One of the most important changes is the increase in the minimum age limit for Moto3 and Moto2 from 2023 to 16 to 18.

Rossi, who started his Grand Prix career at the age of 17 in 1996, said this would make Moto3 more secure, but feels that the biggest problem that needs to be resolved is the current riding standards of the class. ..

“Especially for Moto3, the change from 16 to 18 is a big change because everyone wants to start as soon as possible,” Rossi said when asked by for his thoughts on the new age rules.

“Two years are long, so that’s a big difference. [At] 18, many riders have to wait.

“Sure, this would be better for safety, but I’m not sure if it solves all the problems.

“I think it’s more important for the rider to behave better on the course than for his age.

“So they need to follow the direction of the race more accurately, [Race Direction] More strict.

“The transition to 18 is a huge step. Imagine 18 is pretty high, as you started at the age of 17 at the World Championships 25 or 26 years ago.”

The MotoGP race direction seems to be taking a stricter stance against the Moto3 riding standard. Tech3 rider Deniz Oncu has been banned for two rounds after causing a horror accident at the Circuit of the Americas two weeks ago.

Ducati Jack miller He believes that the biggest problem that needs to be fixed is the difficulty of Moto3 type machines. This can now be “confusing” for easy-to-ride, slow riders involved in large group battles, he says.

“For me, to be honest, I think we need to do something with the tires,” Miller added.

“If they don’t want to do anything to fit the size of the bike, that’s fine.

“But something on the tires makes it harder to ride the bike. As we’ve seen, anyone can jump and turn off the throttle, not much … requires skill. Don’t get me wrong, but to be there you need that feeling, its technical skill.

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“And especially when there is a huge train in Mugello or somewhere, it helps those who have probably lost a tenth or two in the previous section, they grab the slipstream and stay in the group and mess up. Can cause. “

his Ducati teammate Francesco Bagnaia – And title rivals Fabio Quartararo – Perhaps I find it a little difficult to raise the minimum age limit for Moto3. The Italian said: [the minimum age limit] Only 32 riders in each category, from 16 to 18.

“I think more than two years is a little too much. I think 16 years is good when you are young.

“It’s okay to have to be more mature from everyone, but I don’t think it will change much from 16 to 18. I think 16 was already good. I think 18 was a little too much.”

6th MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez He started his world championship career at the age of 15 and made his MotoGP debut at the age of 20.

However, he feels that raising the minimum age limit for motorcycle racing is a positive step and hopes that it will end the pressure on young riders as soon as possible.

“For me, that’s a good change after what happened this year,” said a Honda rider.

“It’s time to change something. Sure, I was the youngest to compete in the World Championships at the age of 15 and move to MotoGP at the age of 20, so I may not be the rider to say this.

“But the current trend is now certain. [to think] If you are 20 years old and have not participated in MotoGP, you are not a good rider.

“And that’s not the case. Some riders may take longer than others.

“To change the times [limit] So it’s only natural to make one kind of mistake at the age of 15, another kind of mistake at the age of 18, and another kind of mistake at the age of 22.

“But if you can arrive at the World Championships with more experience and maturity, it will be better.

“But this should be the result from the smallest category.

“Now it seems that babies aged 4-5 aren’t riding their bikes, but it’s too late.

“And it’s not like this, you can start with a 7, 8 or 9 year old bike on a small bike and do it just for fun. For motorcycle racing you don’t have to compete. I think it’s good news. “ Rossi says that certain new MotoGP age limits do not “solve all problems”

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