Well, it seems the last of the privateers is gone, at least for this season.
Team Roberts out for 2008
The weakened grid get weaker
It's with saddened hearts that we at MGPN have learnt that Team Roberts will not be competing in the 2008 MotoGP championship.
2007 proved to be a dire season for Team KR thanks to a catalogue of uncontrollable problems that stemmed from being supplied with a rubbish engine from Honda and resulted in them having use Kurtis as a rider.
Their engine supplier Honda, who instigated the 800cc rule change for 2007, oddly started the season in bad shape and understandably yet evilly concentrated all their efforts on their factory team. This left Team KR as stranded as Pedrosa on a tall chair.
A punch up followed that consequentially left the Banbury team needing a new engine supplier. Only the Ducati lumps were available but Team KR found themselves unable to raise the cash for the engines after the Italian team threw an extra few 'noughts' on the end of their price following the 2007 success.
Team KR were the last true privateer team in MotoGP and will be missed by all in 2008 and will leave the sorry remaining grid yet more depleted.
Hopefully two things will happen:-
1) Team Roberts will rejoin the fun in 2009
2) The rules will be changed to simplify MotoGP enough to allow privateer teams back into our sport.
Failing that expect the 2010 championship to have 10 riders in it.
Very sad news. Gotta wonder when someone will stop the madness. Its going to get to a point where there are a dozen bikes on the grid unless something is changed.