MotoGP » Top five Pirro produces unexpected CRT landmark

Michele Pirro concludes his tenure at Gresini with a top five finish at Valencia, in turn notching up the first such result for a CRT machine.

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JS99 - Unregistered

November 11, 2012 9:21 PM

if todays result is anything to go by he is the best italian in the championship.
throughout the season he has been outstanding a lot better than that other bloke from italy riding that red thing that im sure won a championship in 2007 ....... no cant of done because its a terrible thing incapable of doing that apparantly

ambiguity - Unregistered

November 11, 2012 11:20 PM

Did that guy from 2007 ever do anything else for that manufacturer? I don't recall because 2007 was quite some time ago... Did they compare apples to oranges back then?

Makrus - Unregistered

November 12, 2012 5:00 AM

@ambiguity - at no point did js mention a GUY he was talking about the red bike. And yes after 2007 it did at least win races. That said I totally agree with your apples and oranges statement.

sodesu - Unregistered

November 12, 2012 5:34 AM

Actually they didn't even bother with the apples and oranges back then because as I recall a lot of people were saying the guy who won on it was in fact useless and only did so because of superior traction control. And the only reason he could use this to his advantage was because he was so useless, that's why he'd open the throttle sooner and harder than anyone else, who'd have a better feel for what would be possible without this superior traction control. There were no real facts around to support this statement.

To sum things up: yes, I think Stoner's performances against his teammates on the Duc and then on the Repsol Honda show that he really is something special and it's sad to see him leaving. And yes, I think Rossi is a great rider, how anyone would question that is beyond me TBH, but the current Duc is nowhere near what Stoner rode in 2007. Much like the Honda won titles in WSBK a few years ago but is now definitely NOT the bike of choice. And I most certainly agree there is

sodesu - Unregistered

November 12, 2012 5:36 AM

...absolutely no point in comparing apples and oranges.

For that same reason it is quite impossible to judge just how good Pirro has been this season, it's very hard to say which bike(s) his should or could be compared to, so you can't really tell what riders to compare him to. And that is probably also the reason why he hasn't got a ride. Shame really.

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