MotoGP » Marquez starts Silverstone on top

Marc Marquez fastest during Free Practice 1 for the British MotoGP at Silverstone.

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August 30, 2013 1:16 PM

What a load of BS! Give Marquez the credit he deserves!! The guy is on a different level. The last race of last years Moto2 proved that. His top speed down the straight was between 5 and 10 km/h slower than the rest yet he out raced and out braked every other guy on track to go from 33 (last on the grid) to 1st to win the race. Marquez does have an excellent machine but he still needs to ride it. Pedrosa has been on the factory Honda for 8 years and has not achieved what Marquez has achieved in his rookie year.

Respect to all the riders, but Marquez is something special. Rossi is 14 years older than this guy so give him a break as well. We're lucky to be watching this level of racing :)


August 30, 2013 1:16 PM

"yup, who stands to benefit...? follow the money. "

Seems a shot-term strategy to me Shamarone - and that is what also concerns me. Why? Cos it means that those raking it in by wrecking the series don't give a damn about the future of MotoGP, just so long as they get enough money NOW.

They'll not care if MotoGP is in ruins, just so long as they have enough moolah to sit out the rest of their days on an exotic beach drinking mai-tai's or whatever.

In business they call it 'asset-stripping'- run a going concern into the floor to screw maximum return with no long-term strategy needed or wanted, and to hell with the fallout to anyone else. No morals required.


August 30, 2013 1:16 PM

re: "Rookie title leader Marc Marquez, winner of the past four races, began the British MotoGP weekend on top, by leading opening Friday practice at Silverstone"

the "Marcus Machine" yet MARAUDES...!!!


August 30, 2013 1:24 PM

Sorry Lance, but I'm afraid that (despite the fact that you are right about Marquez's talent being genuine enough) overall your grasp of the situation is scarily shallow.

I don't need to go into details, as your own post spoke volumes to anyone looking beyond the surface at MotoGP.

I'd say you are an ideal MotoGP fan for the current regime Lance - you don't think to much to rock the boat, and offer unquestioning support.

Its not the ability of MM or VR that is the issue - it is the fact that the platform they have to try to work off has multiple levels, and is being tilted around to suit the best return - even your hero Rossi isn't immune from being manipulated - none of them are.


August 30, 2013 1:25 PM
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re: "it means that those raking it in by wrecking the series don't give a damn about the future of MotoGP, just so long as they get enough money NOW."

YAAHHTZZEEE...!!! like fattening up a turkey for thanksgiving slaughter. see entry for investindustrial's ownership of ducati and subsequent sale to VW. those guys are sittin' on a beach collecting 20%. (alan rickman voice).


August 30, 2013 1:31 PM

Hmmm - how close is Ezpeleta to retirement (and does THAT date depend on how fast / how much of the money rolls in) I wonder?

Has anyone actually considered what would happen to MotoGP if Suzuki changed their minds, Audi yanked Ducati, and Yamaha realised they cannot live with HRC's money and are going to get beaten regularly - and also retire?

All of Dorna's eggs are in the 'factory' basket and the independents are being squeezed. That's a high-risk strategy, esp. when this route is killing the raison d' etre - the Racing.

It might take a season or 2 - but the above COULD happen. What happens to MotoGP then?


August 30, 2013 1:35 PM

gotta wonder about rossi's yamaha . .would they purposely hold back the second rider? ben could only get to about 5 tenths of him too. rossi is not that old and seems hungry enough.


August 30, 2013 1:43 PM

@TalentFan ... I've been watching GP500 / MotoGP since the early nineties when I supported Rainey. I agree with you on a lot of aspects but what I'm saying is that Marquez is the genuine article and something very very special. Yamaha's problem is Yamaha themselves. Honda have built a better machine and Yamaha need to catch up. For sure there is a lot of politics involved in MotoGP as well and Dorna is meddling way too much.

I just believe that credit is due to Marquez here. He's just phenomenal and it is great to watch. At least we are having some decent duels this year but the magic is definitely missing from the years past. I am still enjoying the show and have no plans to start watching the fishing channel yet :) haha

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