MotoGP » Rossi: Marquez can be the greatest ever

"Marc is me but upgraded - the new model!" – Valentino Rossi.

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July 24, 2013 11:09 AM

@ AussieNSW

I'm not so sure about your Schwantz assessment. Sure his title was assisted by Rainey's life-changing crash, but KS did provide some good stuff.

I first saw him show up as a young kid and proceed to wipe the floor with everyone (along with Fred Merkel) at the Transatlantic Trophy races in the UK.

Also, the Suzuki never seemed to be more than 3rd best GP bike, and (if memory serves) Schwantz was generally their version of Stoner at Ducati - i.e. the main high performer and stuffing his teammate. If he'd defected to Yam or HRC? We'll never know.

Mamola never got the WC (the DP of HIS era?) but was 2nd four times. Always great to watch on a bike and the no WC thing doesn't make him any less of a great IMO.


July 24, 2013 11:42 AM

its easy for rossi to like mm , he is not in contention and mm gives him respect so they can enjoy stroking eachother" your the greatest . .maybe but you could be even greateror . ."
but JL is a bulldog and very very good, it will not be easy for the lad despite his obvious talent.


July 24, 2013 12:06 PM

@ Talent fan
"I first saw him show up as a young kid and proceed to wipe the floor with everyone (along with Fred Merkel) at the Transatlantic Trophy races in the UK."

Were you there? I watched that series on TV. Also, remember when Kevin and Wayne tried so hard to beat each other at Donington that they both went across the grass down Craner Curves ?
Aagh, the 'American' period was great. We are now in the 'Spanish' period but you'll have trouble besting Lawson, Rainey, Schwantz, Mamola, etc.


July 24, 2013 3:04 PM

@ Codger "Were you there? I watched that series on TV"

I wish. No, it was on the telly for me too! That series was big enough to make it onto mainstream weekend sports shows, and didn't disappoint, and yes the races and battles were great.

Also - do you recall Ron Haslam riding a totally stock blue VFR750 out of a showroom, and getting a 3rd (I think) in a damp/wet race against the tuned supers and all that riding talent in that series?

That'd be like Cal today hopping on Espagaro's CRT and putting it on the rostrum. Stirring stuff. Wish we had a lot more REAL racing and competition today!

BillyBob MarySue

July 30, 2013 1:45 PM

Ah, Transatlantic Trophy. I was there... Tried never to miss one. Always at Easter and generally raining. When Kev went across the grass down the curves I don't believe anyone thought it was possible to stay on!. Remember Fred too, all elbows and flat bars, it used to amaze me the selection of bikes that would run in the same race. I even bought a VF750F, the one with the soft camshaft, cos Ron was my hero back then, better I thought than Marshall and Burnett... Good days, I still have the photos!

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