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Jack Mordino

August 18, 2014 10:00 PM
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MotoGP » Rossi: Marc’s wins the rider, mine the Honda...


(cont) Still strongly involved in many ways in the sport, including occasional racing. Mick Doohan: 5 Championships, intense but sterile personality. Super-human resilience and willpower. Forcefully dominated after the departure of Rainey & Schwantz. Retained "advisor" status at HRC for a few years after retirement, now runs his jet business. Alex Criville: 1 Championship, spent most of his career shadowing Mick Doohan. Managed his single championship after Doohan's retirement, faded into nothing afterwards. Unremarkable personality. Kenny Roberts Jr: 1 Championship, achieved with effective tactical racing. Unremarkable personality. Valentino Rossi: 7 championships, passionate, adaptable, and eager for close fights. Inspires the crowds with a second-to-none rapport and flamboyant style. Still very competitive after almost 20 years in the racetracks, shows promises of a post-rider status racing career as team manager. Ncky Hay

Jack Mordino

August 18, 2014 8:19 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: Marc’s wins the rider, mine the Honda...


(...) greatness is not only the Championships won, but also the adventures that were undertaken.
Well said. It's not just about results. It's also about character, and attitude towards the sport ad what it represets as a whole. Take 1-time champions for example: Kevin Schwantz and Kenny Roberts Jr. The former is a motorcyclig legend of the highest order, a racer of inspirig posture, and mythical antics, still contributing to the sport, even if not on the saddle, decades after his retirement. The latter... who does really remember him? What did he do for the sport after his career ended? So, championships is not the only thing that contributes to greatness.

Jack Mordino

August 17, 2014 11:57 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: Marc’s wins the rider, mine the Honda...


Nakasone: Of course rossi won because he had the best bike and no rivals. How else can the beatings he received from Lorenzo & Marquez be explained?
Have you ever been to a beach with nice, soft sand? It would probably come as a surprise to you, but know this: That nice sand is produced by the endless battering of the shore rocks by water. Yes, water, a liquid reduces the mighty boulders to fine sand. With time. Time is the factor here. Given enough time everything withers down to nothing. You are obviously too young to fully understand this but always think of the rocks turning to sand when at wonder at how some things change. It will make some things more obvious to you.

Jack Mordino

August 18, 2014 9:59 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: Marc’s wins the rider, mine the Honda...


I agree with you. But, in reality I'm not comparing the cicumstances and the conditions of the racing. I'm comparing the conduct and attitude of the racers towards the sport as a whole. I'm comparing their dedication and their love for their sport in order to point out the qualitites that make one great. This is something that in its deepest level is irrelevant to the peculiarities of each era because the passion for the two wheels and the world of racing is one and the same, nomatter the technology. On this basis, one cannot but assess various champions: Wayne Rainey: 3 Championships, very fast. Steadfast, relentless and tactical approach to racing, managed to best the "crazy" Schwant. Tragically ended his career after a paralysing accident, still interested in races and visiting the racetracks for US rounds. Kevin Schwantz: 1 championship, still loved and respected, at legend status. Remembered for his heroic "do-or-die" antics that inspired the crowds and even future champions

Jack Mordino

July 02, 2014 5:01 PM

MotoGP » Rossi, Yamaha confirm two-year deal


The contract was 2 years because it appeases both parties fears: From Rossi's side, in the event of 2015 not being a good year, he wouldn't want to be searching for a ride for 2016. The joy and gratitude in his message, is indicative of him being somewhat worried about being considered as a top-spec factory rider. From Yamaha's side, given that they may lose Lorenzo to Honda they wouldn't want to be looking for 2 competitive riders - which Vale has shown to be this year. They keep a "safe" spot with Vale, and will play with either Pedrosa (less likely) or another talent (more likely) to fill Jorge's void position. All the above, of course on the background of the unknowns, which are the mandatory use of spec-ECU in 2015, and of course, more importantly, the introduction of the Michelin tyres in 2016. We might see interesting things/results that year.


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