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Don-R

August 29, 2015 4:44 PM

MotoGP » Redding talks Pramac Ducati offer


"I do believe I have more talent than them...I do believe I am a better rider than them.” Unintelligent, obnoxious, and totally unnecessary comments. You just don't hear the real top riders - Lorenzo, Rossi, Marquez - ever saying things like that. They just don't feel the need to rub their self-belief in people's faces. After comparing himself to Marquez, knocking off Espargaro without apology and now this, I'm coming to the conclusion that SR is either on a mission to make himself dislikable or that he simply isn't very bright. Go Petrucci & Hernandez!

Don-R

September 01, 2015 6:35 PM

MotoGP » Kent: The best victory of my career


And that race shows why Kent is the best rider in the championship right now - speed, consistency, and being able to stay calm and concentrated under the most testing conditions. Earlier in the year, Oliveira said that Kent was having it easy, but nothing about the last few races has been easy, and he still has a commanding lead. I think that speaks very loudly of his quality as a rider.

Don-R

September 01, 2015 6:59 PM
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MotoGP » Petrucci, Redding to push each other at Pramac


MontyPython: Yes he said he felt he was better than Hernandez and Petrucci, he is.
How many times do you hear the top riders in the championship point to another rider and say 'I'm better than him'. You don't. Because it's a crass, unnecessary and thoroughly disrespectful thing to say in public even if you might privately think it. And no one should require a University degree to appreciate that. Fans of the sport tend to respond to riders largely based on their public persona and their comments to the press. In Scott's case, what comes over is a bloated rockstar ego, a huge sense of entitlement and that disrespect for his fellow riders (evidenced again by the lack of an apology from him after knocking off Espargaro earlier this year.) I was there at Donington when Redding won his GP at 15, and like most of the British public trackside, I cheered my head off for him. Unfortunately, since then he's made himself a difficult character to like, which is a pity.

Don-R

August 31, 2015 7:18 PM

MotoGP » Redding: Nice to know Ducati really want me


I think Redding's major failing as a rider is that he lacks the facility to adapt well or to find solutions if a bike isn't entirely to his liking. He doesn't seem to be as technically-minded as someone like Rossi or Bradley Smith when it comes to solving setup issues. It either works for him straight out of the box or it doesn't. I don't recall him ever turning around a bike he didn't like and making it work for him. It seems to me then that he will either get lucky with the Duc and gel with it immediately - in which case he's certainly capable of top 6 - or he'll spend another season in the doldrums lamenting the lack of 'feel' again, as per his Suter/Honda experiences. 50/50 on which it's going to be right now.

Don-R

August 28, 2015 7:36 AM

MotoGP » Riders comment on Kent’s proposed MotoGP jump


Why spend a year learning how to ride a Moto2 bike when he could spend that year learning the ropes in MotoGP? Even if he were to do an amazing job and win the Moto2 title, there's still no guarantee that he'd have the chance to move up to MotoGP again. And switching now, when all the riders are going to have to adjust to running Michelin tyres, won't place him at such a disadvantage as when they all have a year or 2 years' experience on the Michelins. I think it's a no-brainer with that kind of offer, but only Kent knows what level of pressure he wants to put on himself.

Don-R

August 26, 2015 8:26 PM

MotoGP » Cal Crutchlow stays at LCR


Good for Cal. I can vouch for him being a genuinely good guy away from the track and for his generosity and patience with fans. But I really hope he can get that Honda up somewhere near the front again and show some of that fighting spirit and aggression we used to see regularly. If he can't, then I'd honestly prefer to see him run a Moto2 campaign or ride for a WSBK title than become a career MotoGP rider who just sticks it out for the money. That would be a real shame.


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