Dorna instituted the "Rookie Rule," which prevents first-year riders from racing on factory teams, just before American Ben Spies jumped from winning the World Superbike title in 2009 presumably into a Yamaha factory MotoGP ride in 2010. He was forced to ride one season with the satellite Tech 3 Yamaha team instead.
Dorna is repealing the Rookie Rule just before Spaniard Marc Marquez is going to jump from Moto2 into MotoGP, clearing an easy path for the Repsol-backed Marquez to slot into the Repsol Honda team in 2013.
Marquez is a Spanish phenom who came through the "classic" European ladder system of the CEV Championship in Spain and then 125cc and Moto2 in Dorna's World Championship. He has been in the Grand Prix paddock since he was 15.
Spies is a Texas kid who rose to world prominence through the very un-Euro path of AMA Supersport, Formula Xtreme, Superstock and Superbike before one championship season in World Superbike. His first full-time season in the Grand Prix paddock came in his rookie year in MotoGP, at age 25.
Dorna is a Spanish company. And the blatant favoritism toward its favorite son wasn't lost on Spies. He vented his bile-soaked ire in consecutive tweets Tuesday on his Twitter feed, @BenSpies11, including a question for fellow Texan Colin Edwards:
"Heard the rookie rule is being changed back again......@texastornado5 sometimes I guess we need a diff passport?"
"Not hating on Marquez at all. The kid is fast. I'm just stating facts that no matter where ur from in shouldn't hinder or help u."