MotoGP » Rostrum hero Bautista 'guided by Simoncelli'

'I could feel his hand on my shoulder today and I realised at the end that my name had come loose from my leathers so you could say it was Marco that was with us today' - Alvaro Bautista

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GoForIt - Unregistered

September 16, 2012 8:42 PM

Sorry to see Alvaro's ride go to a rookie next year. Heck, that Repsol ride belongs to either Alvaro, Dovi, Cal, Ben or Rossi. Not quite understanding why the rule was dropped really.

Nice ride Bat, I'd bet you've got another one in you too!


September 16, 2012 10:39 PM

@bikenutter don't be so sure, it's not even been confirmed that Gresini will have a prototype for next year. It's rumoured that they are hard up and LCR are after running two prototypes next year. If Gresini can't afford it then obviously the bike's gone, but if Honda let LCR have two bikes then Gresini will lose theirs under the four bike rule.

I'm not sure that one podium on what amounts to a semi factory bike is actually enough to guarantee a seat anyway. Had Marco still been here do you think he'd have been in the same position as Bautista is now?


September 16, 2012 10:46 PM

@GoForIt The rookie rule was dropped because the GPC admitted it was a bloody stupid rule that didn't do what it was supposed to anyway. The rule is, after all, only three seasons old and has achieved ****** all. Nice to see the GPC admitting they were wrong.

The idea was that stopping the factories signing rookies would make upcoming talent available to satellite teams. Conversely of course it could be claimed that the rookie rule was depriving the satellites of experienced riders.

deano - Unregistered

September 16, 2012 11:34 PM

that was a lovely race alvro rode it so well or was it him the lean angles and corner speed reminded me of the great marco just wish it was him with the big hair flapping around the back of his helmet well done to all three podiem finishers thanks for a great race vale far from finished yet

dragongirl - Unregistered

September 17, 2012 9:02 AM

it was all about Marco yesterday and about time - his absence this year has cast a dark cloud over moto. Vslencia was a great tribute but since then, it's just felt there's a great gaping hole in every race... up til yesterday. He was there in name, fan support and in Rossi and the Gresini team. Maybe Misano was the closure we all needed.I for one, felt very emotional, as yesterday was the real goodbye. Ciao Marco - you were beautiful.

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