MotoGP » VIDEO: Marc Marquez named 'Rider of the Year'

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December 03, 2013 2:08 PM

Lorenzo has much more experience and so is a smoother and more efficient rider. However, he wasn't like that in 2008. Marquez has proven to be the best rookie rider ever. Watch out everyone, he'll only get better with experience.


December 03, 2013 9:37 PM
Last Edited 637 days ago

@ titfortat

More accurately, it took Marquez to make enough mistakes ( flag, etc.) to allow Lorenzo to have a fighting chance. Let's not attempt to rewrite reality here.


December 04, 2013 4:26 AM

How predictable! The world champion isn't always the best rider and in this case, he wasn't. Best bike, best preparation - coming from moto 2 rather than the more difficult stepup from a 250 two stroke, I hope Yamaha improves the bike next season and Lorenzo wins back the championship, then we won't have to listen to the bs from the starstruck fanboys.


December 04, 2013 8:10 AM

@Mike, you need a reality check. The Yamaha is just as good as the Honda, different strengths and weaknesses for both, that comes from Jlo himself. What do you mean best preparation? He had the same number of tests as everybody else and with regard moto2 being a better training ground for 250, you are in a minority of 1 for that statement. And finally, the only person who is a starstruck fanboy is you....


December 04, 2013 1:05 PM

I think the Honda was the superior bike this year, but even so, for me Marquez is miles ahead of Lorenzo in terms of talent.

All he has to do next year is improve his starts, and Lorenzo wont' have a chance. Marquez's starts have been awful all year, which has allowed Lorenzo too often to do what he does best, get away in the first few laps. If Marquez gets his starts right and gets in front of Lorenzo in the first lap, that's Lorenzo's main strength and advantage gone.

I think even if the Yamaha improves, it will be a lot harder for Lorenzo to try to beat Marquez next year.


December 04, 2013 3:48 PM

MM just found a group of riders that have more respect for each other. Him coming in with "the others" expecting him to ride respectfully basically gave him an "unexpected/unfair" advantage. He was also the rider that most efficiently used his granted "penalty/bonus points" (ha ha what a joke). Instead of intending to avoid penalties he basically used them as a joker in the race. As long as you can count to four there is no issue. ( Counting to ten was apparently a problem)

If Lorenzo would use his "MM-style" riding like he showed the last races and he can also learn from MM to efficiently use the the four "MM-riding style bonus points" , I guess MM will then have to fight hard to keep his title.

Like it or not. It is hard to deny that Honda has the best bike at the moment. Lorenzo needs to maximize his options meaning also to develop a strategy for the new four "bonus-points" basically like Honda-MM already are doing. Riding respectfully is otherwise a lost year in MotoGP.


December 04, 2013 4:14 PM

re: "The Yamaha is just as good as the Honda..."

...factoring in the gearbox.

re: "I think even if the Yamaha improves"

and how could it on less engines and less fuel.

whatever gains they made with the transmission have just been cancelled out. maybe even cancelled out and then some...?


December 04, 2013 9:14 PM
Last Edited 636 days ago

What is this "riding respectfully" stuff? This is racing, not an exercise in chivalry. None of these guys rode disrespectfully. The only advantage that Marquez had is that the old guard didn't expect him to get on so quickly in the premier class, and they didn't expect him to be as talented as he is. Their fault for not bringing their A-game after he showed his hand at Qatar. Then again, his A-game is better than theirs more often than it isn't, so I suppose it's a wash. This isn't the first time Lorenzo and Pedrosa were caught with their pants down. Stoner clobbered them in 2011. Him and Marquez had eerily similar "first seasons" on the Honda (..referring to only finishing off of the podium twice...due to a crash and a special circumstance.....Simo's death in Malaysia and Marquez's black flag in that one-off race).

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