MotoGP » COMMENT: Is Rossi sub Yoshikawa another Badoer..?

He began practice in Catalunya almost five seconds shy of team-mate Jorge Lorenzo's benchmark, qualified 3.7 seconds adrift and finished the race more than a minute-and-a-half after the Spaniard - so has Yamaha made a mistake of Ferrari/Luca Badoer-esque proportions with Valentino Rossi's replacement Wataru Yoshikawa..?

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gonen6t - Unregistered

July 08, 2010 1:22 PM

For all we know, Wataru is out there running around with parts for next years bike, collecting precious data, and track time. Not sure Giancarlo Fisichella did Ferrari any big favors either, that year.


July 08, 2010 1:26 PM

Really a very poor comparison between F1 at that time and MotoGP with engine restrictions,as if Fiat Yamaha are going to risk using up Valentino's engines on somebody that may damage them!(they probably told him to ride around at the back) The only reason he got the ride was to fulfill the Moto Gp requirements that after an absence of two races the factory team has to have two bikes on the grid.

PeteVFR - Unregistered

July 08, 2010 1:28 PM

C'mon Crash, this article shows a complete lack of knowledge about the sport, this has been discussed to death everywhere. With the current regulations as they stand Yamaha have little option but to run someone 'safe'. Any damage done to the bike counts against Rossi's allocation of engines for the season. They're not going to run some young nutter riding for a contract who is going to destroy Rossi's chances. They are contractually obliged by Dorna to replace a rider after three rounds and that is what they have done.

BLZeebub - Unregistered

July 08, 2010 1:29 PM

Well that's a pointless article looking for a pointless debate. Taking into account the engine rules, the ridiculous notion of any rider risking the championship theyre paid to compete in, the lack of testing opportunity, the small pool of qualified riders and the price of cheese.... Yamaha are pretty limited in what they could do so does it really matter he's off the pace of the rest of the field?


lemmy - Unregistered

July 08, 2010 1:46 PM

this article is grossly unfair to yoshikawa!

jeremy burgess said when interviewed on the grid on sunday that they did not expect this to help testing and only hoped yoshikawa could stay on the bike and enjoy the race because he already retired from racing ten years ago.

it's contractual, they have to have a rider on the grid and every other suitable rider is already contracted for the year. it's an early christmas present for yoshikawa, nothing more, enjoy it and try not to fall off.


July 08, 2010 2:00 PM

Isn't Yoshikawa the bloke who usually does all Yamaha's brake testing? I though he'd given up racing and paid the bills by doing that. Perhaps Yamaha phoned him up and told him to sub for Rossi as they trust him not to wreck too much stuff. I think these days its the "not wreck too much stuff" that seems to be important. Leave the poor old sod alone, other people evidently turned the ride down and he (looking like Yamaha's 87th rider of choice) picked it up in his 'safe' hands. Probably get enough for an extension to his Bonzai garden and a holiday out of it too.

kirk66 - Unregistered

July 08, 2010 2:02 PM

So, I hate to use the "I told you so" tag but I said more than once on multiple discussions that Yamaha needed someone the simply won't throw the bike down the track. They needed a butt in the seat and were content on finding a "safe" bet. WELL, am I wrong. I think not.

A.S. - Unregistered

July 08, 2010 2:04 PM

It's a bit of mystery to me, how the rider that can't come close to the limit of the bike can give valuable feedback for the parts being tested? :? If he was one second off the pace, okay then, but 4 seconds?
It's like testing aeroplane on the ground and never taking off...

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