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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prof-x - Unregistered

May 21, 2013 10:56 PM

and lets be fair again, if it were not for Casey and Rossi blowing it in 2006 his streak would have been from 2004 to 2010 or more. which is exactly what they want for Marquez.

Bike nut - Unregistered

May 22, 2013 12:20 AM

Actually until the track dried it was ducati out front........

And if it hadn't been for the huge talent of MM it would have been Honda Yamaha Ducati 123

You can use the bike as an excuse when you are the leading Yamaha rider.

The best race of the year and very close result.

If Jorge hadn't had a set up issue he would have been a contender.

Noriben - Unregistered

May 22, 2013 12:51 AM

I think you are the one who should study math a bit more, because it has nothing to do with mathematics or statistics or odds etc. It's just a record, just facts (11 times vs. 4 times). It's an outcome of Yamaha's unique strategy, not the date you do your math. You think some winning streaks contradicts my claim, but those streaks are exactly why Roberts, Rainy, and Rossi are admired by many people as great Yamaha champions. People know very well about Yamaha spends less money, workforce for their GP activity every 2 years. All those Yamaha champions overcame their disadvantages in those years and won their championships. Yamaha may have changed their strategy in recent years, but we can only know about it much later, in the 2020's maybe.

And you mentioning about trashy subjects like "Dorna favorite Rossi" or "If it were not for Casey" etc just tells me you spend too much on watching TV..., I hardly watch TV, anyway. lol


May 22, 2013 1:17 AM
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If we accept that the Honda was/is slightly more powerful but the Yamaha was/is usually better handling then as soon as Honda gets the handling sorted it will consistently beat the Yamaha if they have the riders to deliver. I suspect that this what we are seeing this year. Honda won more races last year but not the championship because those wins were split between two riders which was very lucky for Jorge.

Once Honda got on top of the chatter problem it was inevitable. Dorna tried to stop them by forcing them to use the soft-walled front tyre and that is possibly the only reason Jorge was able to win the championship.


May 22, 2013 3:29 AM

lorenzo and rossi just got their setup all wrong at Lemans.

Its been a weird start to the year. 3 of the 4 races are kind of out there as far as conditions go- France was wet, COTA was new to all, Qatar is run at night. I still dont know how the season will go.

Guna - Unregistered

May 22, 2013 3:44 AM

I personally feel Lorenzo doesn't qualify to be the lead rider to give major inputs or feedbacks for bike development. Because ever since he took charge as the #1 rider, yamaha was always going backwards... Lorenzo is a great talent and he is amongst the best riders now but that is just not enough to be qualified as the lead rider...
Because........ JL in earlier years with less experience and riding on bike that suits Rossi more had a good performance stats.
But after becoming #1 rider where bike is made to suit him more and with more experience, his performance stats should have improved, but it went a little backwards, remember JL crashed more during his earlier seasons than when he is #1 rider,, but his start win ratio, number of podiums, poles, race fastest laps have all went down since start of 2011. Only thing that improved was number if 2nd places...

some1 - Unregistered

May 22, 2013 4:32 AM

Current best bike orders:

1. Crutchlow's bike
2. Marquez's bike
3. Pedrosa's bike
4. Lorenzo's bike
5. Rossi's bike
6. Bautista's bike
7. Smith's bike
8. Bradl's bike
9. Dovi's bike
10. Hayden's

Go figure.

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