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You vote Dani Pedrosa 1st in's MotoGP Rider of the Year poll

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Venkatesh - Unregistered

January 01, 2013 9:54 AM

Dani was clearly fantastic in the later half of the season but had to work so hard for leaving it too late. He must have notched couple of wins during the first half just to mix up things but waited until Saschenring for his first win.

Definitely, Casey was the strongest of the two and it would have not been easy for Dani for sure if Casey had not crashed at Indianapollis.

Dani must start 2013 strongly as I fear the internal rivalry between Jorge and Rossi at Yamaha will push them to a different level just like in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Dani must not settle for podiums and must aim to win at circuits where he never has before.


January 01, 2013 3:43 PM

Although Honda played it down and said it didn't make much difference, the introduction of their new top secret trick gearbox/clutch coincided with a noticable improvement in lap times, and the introduction of a revised chassis mid-season also showed immediate benefits.
How much these two factors contributed to Dani's late season surge is difficult to evaluate, but Dani deserves credit for playing their advantages to the full.
It is likely that Yamaha will introduce their own transmission improvements in 2013, so it will be interesting to see if this bridges the shortfall in pace.


January 01, 2013 3:59 PM

@ benignlydifferent...remember too that before Dani came in to the premier class the media said he wouldn't hack it because he wasn't big enough or strong enough? I've said it before...a giant of a man in a little body. I put him top.

SLB415 - Unregistered

January 01, 2013 4:21 PM

@ Dr. Who

Well said. I don't see Dani ever winning a MotoGP championship and if he's really unlucky Marquez is going to cause him some serious embarrassment this year. He just doesn't have the constant killer instinct that others have. And Honda have put a lot into him, they must be beginning to think it's time to replace him. If Marquez is strong enough to push for the number 1 spot then Honda can easily afford to let Dani go and bring in some new blood. The clock is ticking.


January 01, 2013 5:21 PM

@ SLB415...Well said.
Marquez has yet to adapt to the big bikes yet, could be the following year that he trounces everyone. If he does it in his rookie year then he'll be the new Stoner/Rossi/Lorenzo.
personally I think Dani might just do it. If he doesn't he'll be the new Edwards/Hayden, clinging on as long as possible.

Ivor Bueb - Unregistered

January 01, 2013 5:49 PM

So far if you look at Dani's career compared to Marquez, Dani has beaten him hands down. They have had very similar careers before moving up to the GP class. They both had very good support in the lower classes but Dani cleaned the boards, whereas Marquez though impressive has not done quite so well. Check their respective results and competition if you doubt.

No idea how Marquez will fair this year in GPs, he may be a new sensation but there are a few question marks over his racecraft as yet IMO.

Remi - Unregistered

January 01, 2013 6:48 PM

Ivor Bueb, with all due respect trying to compare their early careers in lower classes means very little, unless they were racving together, which they werent, so its pretty much irrelevant.

Its like when Rossi fans try and say that Rossi is better than Stoner because he did better in the early years before they raced together. Its poinltess, and doesnt show anything when comparing how they will fair in the premier class.

In fact the Rossi/Stoner example is a primne example. Rossi did much better than stoner in the lower classes, but once they started racing together, Stoner came out on top as the clear winner.

I think Marquez will do very well, but i think he will have an up and down rookie year, and cause a few waves and controversy along the way. But lets face it, thats what moto gp needs to liven things up a bit.

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