MotoGP » Le Mans: Rivals impressed by Honda rideability

“It looks like they can control the slide in the wet better than us” – Valentino Rossi.

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LGC - Unregistered

May 21, 2013 2:07 PM

Could be Vale. But then its a bit strange that a non factory Yamaha finishes in second place, in front of three of four Honda's. So maybe Yamaha isn't that bad in wet after all..

85 - Unregistered

May 21, 2013 2:22 PM

This year's Yamaha has gone backwards in development. In Le Mans Lorenzo was riding the new chassis in Le Mans, and that didn't seem to go too well for him. Rossi was using the old chassis, Cal is riding last years biket
I fear Yamaha are in big trouble this year. I am not sure the seamless gearbox will sort all their problems.

Otto - Unregistered

May 21, 2013 2:29 PM

I really don't believe that the Yamaha is significantly poorer than the Honda.
Lorenzo has been doing fine (except for a duff rear tyre at LeMans), whilst Cal has been riding the wheels off a satellite spec bike.
Pedrosa is fit and coming off a consistent winning run the second half of last season, whilst MM is a unique talent that is undoubtedly headed for the top.
What did Rossi once say - it's 80% rider, 20% bike?


May 21, 2013 2:32 PM

What do you mean by COULD BE VALE?

Can we be sincere for once, even a numb skull knows that the Honda's are stronger than the Yamaha's right now

The Yamaha is ok too and cal confirmed that for us but it obvious that Honda is in good shape and in good hands.

Its fun watching those little guys slide that honda. Pheeewwww..


May 21, 2013 2:40 PM

Large mouths! :) I think the article is just telling us about what the riders think about the Honda's

And at least 3 people made comments yet its just that of 1 person that caught your attention.

I smell partiality, hate and jealousy

billybobmarysue - Unregistered

May 21, 2013 2:51 PM

For the hard of thinking can we just put this to bed for the last time.

It was JB who made the 80% / 20% comment!


And if we're to believe Cal, the factory Yamaha is a substantially different bike to his own.

There, I've corrected your post.

some1 - Unregistered

May 21, 2013 3:03 PM

I'm not surprised Honda able to handle slide better than others. Last year, HRC boss said they embedded Stoner's factor into the bike. You could see Marquez were at home on the bike because of that features.

mr_long - Unregistered

May 21, 2013 3:30 PM

I think the last few races have shown that the Honda is the bike to be on at the moment. It seems to handle as well as the yamaha and has more grunt out o the corners.
Unfortunately for the yamaha boys this is just the way it is. The honda struggled since 2007 and they've gradually chipped away at things to the point they are at now. Yamaha have had it pretty good over the last few years and they've been caught napping to some extent.
It would be interesting to see where the yam would be when they finally get around to fitting a seamless shift transmission (it might even things up hopefully)

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