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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not really - Unregistered

September 17, 2012 9:14 AM

petrolbonce - Gotta nitpick a bit about your comment. Bautista's bike right now is far from semi-factory. The satellite riders might have started the year with the same basic setup as the Repsol guys, but it became clear very quick that the fact Gresini is using Showa instead of Ohlins is causing the team some major issues. While the LCR team with Bradl can use the plenty of data from the factory team and previous years, the Gresini team had to start from zero. So I think Bautista has been doing pretty well with the material he's got.

Concerning a comparison as to what Simoncelli might have done this year, that's always futile. And seeing how many front end crashes he had in MotoGP, a lack of front feeling with the Showa like Bautista cited so often, probably wouldn't have helped his hypothetical statistics either.

GoForIt - Unregistered

September 17, 2012 1:16 PM

@ little John
I was speaking of Alvaro or others moving up to the Repsol ride, now taken by a rookie .

While I agree the rookie rule is stupid, I feel riders are getting screwed now that played by the same stupid rules for a few years. Of all the years it would make sense, next year would be it. With fewer rides, this may push out a few deserving riders (dePuniet, Bautista, etc, that teams/factories won't be willing to spend to create a satellite position, or increase the amount of tech available.

WSBK might be getting stronger yet!

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