MotoGP organizers are re-opening discussion for the series’ rookie rule which prevents new riders from entering the series with factory teams.
Introduced following the 2009 MotoGP season, the rule was designed to give satellite teams the chance to field young up-and-coming talents they otherwise wouldn’t have been able to sign. The theory was the rule would protect the satellite teams and spread out the talent pool.
The rule came into effect the same time Ben Spies made the jump to MotoGP after winning the 2009 World Superbike Championship, leading some to call it the “Ben Spies Rule”. Instead of joining a factory team right away, Spies spent the 2010 season with the Tech3 Yamaha squad before joining the factory Yamaha team the following season.
Other riders affected by the rule include 2009 250cc Champion Hiroshi Aoyama, 2011 Moto2 Champion Stefan Bradl and the late Marco Simoncelli. The lone exception was Alvaro Bautista who was allowed to join the factory Rizla Suzuki team. That exception was made in part to convince Suzuki to remain in the series, and because there were no satellite Suzuki teams.
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