MotoGP » Lorenzo: Four favourites for MotoGP 2013

“The four of us are the favourites, but there can always be surprises and so I don't like to make predictions” – Jorge Lorenzo.

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Roo Shooter - Unregistered

January 23, 2013 9:51 AM

Although I am not a Rossi fan I think this year he will win. Watching the movie Faster last night I recall his father saying the only rider to ever come close to Rossi and cause Rossi concern was Stoner.

Well Stoner is gone and that will be the biggest relief that Rossi has, Stoner from the get go took the fight to Rossi more than any other rider and the stats show that it impacted on Rossi during the Rossi/Stoner years.

Rossi has the skill to take ALL the others down, he knows where to fight for the advantage and without Stoner his head will be in the right place.

Disagree if you wish but without the real threat you can really work your magic, that is true in all aspects of life and between Stoner leaving and the M1 ride Rossi is now back.

And I dont like Rossi at all but accept this as fact

Performance - Unregistered

January 23, 2013 10:54 AM

"The fact is Rossi was badly owned and exposed with his foray to Ducati. Unless he has the best bike, special tyres and lacklustre competition he's a backmarker."

Well this year he's got the best bike, best tyres, and lacklustre competition. So by your prediction he will be champion this year. Although, when he's got the bike sorted to his liking, the competition suddenly becomes lucklustre.


January 23, 2013 1:06 PM
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@Roo Shooter.
Yea man I watched that movie a few days ago it should have been called my name is Valentino and I am the greatest Casey was barely mentioned.
I though it very one eyed.
All his fans and local townspeople dribbling out their hatred of JLo, and others who aren't even in the same league as Casey getting much more coverage.
Perhaps Casey told them to pi** off.


January 23, 2013 1:26 PM

"Unless he (Rossi) has the best bike, special tyres and lacklustre competition he's a backmarker.

Sorry to be pedantic but he didn't have those 3 things when he caught and passed Casey in the wet in France to finish 2nd. Dovi & Cal on arguably the best handling bike fell off trying to keep up with him.

Megalol - Unregistered

January 23, 2013 2:01 PM


Sorry dude but VR and JLo wont be on the best bike in 2013. Best bike will be the HRC Honda. Just like at the second part of 2012 when they managed to solve the tyre problems. Yamaha is very good and close to Honda but no way better than them.


January 23, 2013 2:18 PM

“Drop the control Tire rule and we will see who the best riders are. Posted by The Bad Guy”
A more likely scenario to “drop the Control tyre rule” would be that we would see who makes the best deals with tyre manufacturers. It does not follow that the best teams or best riders would benefit, as Tyre contracts are big money deals and that would determine who gets what tyre.
“Pedrosa is the guy with nothing to lose, Posted by Wacko”
Surely Dani has the most to lose, namely his ride on a race-winning bike for the richest team on the grid. If he doesn't bring home the prosciutto he'll be Honda history.

Jimbo79 - Unregistered

January 23, 2013 2:20 PM

Although Rossi and Ducati didn't produce many positive results, just spare a thought for Jerez 11. If Rossi had, lets say, chose to pass stoner at the next corner instead... This would have ranked along side any of his other victories. Catching up from behind, calving through the field and then running away with it.. He would have beat anybody that day and whoever his team mate would have been (thumbs down opportunity) He was poor throughout all dry races but in the wet he demonstrated that when he was confident with the bike, he had entirely what it took to take it to the limit, and I feel the situation now is potentially identical. If I have a point I think we are in for a belter of a season. Respect to them all.


January 23, 2013 3:01 PM

@Codger .
without taking anything away from vales results that day its common knowledge that stoners rare tire was out of grip before the mid point of the race and was defenseless to fight on.
anyway it was still a great ride from vale that day and the results are as they stand .


January 23, 2013 4:19 PM

@Jimbo79 I remember Jerez 11 well. As Rossi made the move it was plainly obvious he couldn't pull it off - he was out of control. I really didn't expect him to take Stoner out, but he was never making that corner. It was a complete brain snap. But if he didn't do that, yeah, he could have performed miracles, and cured cancer too...

I thought it was right up there with Marco (RIP) at Le Mans in 2011, and Alvaro at Assen last year. Big brain snaps. Maybe they were heading for wins in those races too, if they hadn't crashed...but they did.

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