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TalentFan

July 21, 2014 2:48 PM

MotoGP » What now for Aleix Espargaro?


The 2 bikes able to win a WC have miniature bantamweight pilots maximising the fuel to weight ratio advantage at Repsol. Aleix is too big for their strategy anyway. The Yams for 3rd and 4th have multiple WCs so that's that. So a bike for a 5th place challenge is the best AE can hope for (yup maybe a bit better than he has already and with hopefully a bigger paycheque). Except there's nothing to suggest a Suzuki will be top 5 material. At least initially it could easily be slower than what he's on right now. Does that mean posters will queue up to slag AE for chasing a paycheque like they did for CC? MotoGP. A Joke of a Series (if it was funny to waste riders careers) for the Hard Of Thinking. AE is just 1 more victim. Thanks Dorna!

TalentFan

July 21, 2014 10:41 PM

BSB » Ellison suffers broken femur in Brands crash


Rotten luck for JE. I had an idea he'd hurt his leg as soon as I saw the replay & the way he stayed seated even though he took off his lid & gloves. A tough guy. I think he was starting to gel with the team and the Kwak, & start to feel he could give Shakey a run for his money this season too. Real shame for the guy. Get well soon JE. I hope Stalker can continue to show competitively & give the team something to cheer about. With a break so close to the joint poor Ellison may be out for a while

TalentFan

July 21, 2014 4:03 PM

MotoGP » What now for Aleix Espargaro?


I'm afraid that everything so far points to Honda being dominant for the foreseeable future. Factory Yamaha are looking to be perennial bridesmaids (only JL kept it from being a total Honda-Fest while Stoner & Rossi swapped seats). The top 2 really want their satellite stuff to fill spots 5 & 6 so try to drip feed these teams enough support to give any other Mfr a hard time. If Ducati and / or Suzuki can challenge and beat satellite Hondas & Yamahas to finish 5 & 6 then that's as good as it gets for them IMO without a MAJOR shake-up, a banning of electronics and a genuine and sustained shove by Dorna to lay out a level playing field. The only other way that we would see a Duke or Suzi winning is if Dorna suddenly decided it'd be good for the show and managed to orchestrate it. But this would most likely outrage Honda who really would quit then - HRC will happily take advantage but would not tolerate being unfairly disadvantaged for a second I'm sure. The pattern is I'm afraid f

TalentFan

July 21, 2014 3:46 PM

MotoGP » What now for Aleix Espargaro?


@ 1moreround The spec software and ECU is being ramped up on performance so Honda will already be working out how to adapt their terabytes of data and solutions to upload in 2016. Suzuki could not keep pace before. Now they are years behind and need to try to get solutions that Honds already have, while lacking the resources to develop new ones at anything like the rate Honda can to add exponentially to their existing advantages. Just like Ducati, it'd take a miracle for Suzuki to get properly and consistently competitive as long as electronics and data acquisition and data solutions is the be-all & end-all of MotoGP. Which Dorna show no signs of banning even though it's the ONLY solution to getting real racing back into MotoGP. Which is why I am 100% confident that you could put MM or any top rider on a Suzuki & they will not challenge consistently. Nobody is displacing Honda in MotoGP unless & until there's a revolt & a revolution, the series imposes and/or Honda quit.

TalentFan

July 21, 2014 5:52 PM

MotoGP » What now for Aleix Espargaro?


@ Vilas46 I think that Honda are perfecting data solutions strategies for every conceivable track and condition, & a rider aid for every possible situation. Every time they encounter a problem their existing solutions cannot manage, they'll get a team on it to develop one. That's how Honda adapted to the new tyre quickly, & how they can do so again on future. Nothing will set them back more than a race or 2 as their data solutions base grows and grows from an already impressive level. Marquez didn't have to learn machine set up & limits in the same way riders had to serve an apprenticeship, as the existing data Honda had meant he didn't have to. Data is now replacing akill and aquired experience. This is why I don't think 2016 will change very much.

TalentFan

July 21, 2014 3:13 PM

MotoGP » Moto2: Rabat confirmed at Marc VDS for 2015


Tbh if the Maverick Suzuki deal is a done deal then I feel it's a move that seems good but one that most likely stalls Mavs career progression too. Without a drastic change to remove the vast electronic data solutions etc. that Honda (& Yam to a slightly lesser degree) have then all that'll happen is that Mav becomes the new Hopper results-wise. I'd have liked to see all the top M2 guys reject MotoGP offers unless Dorna GUARANTEED them genuinely competitive opportunities. Until someone or better still a group of someone's take a stand then MotoGP is going to remain a heaven for a select 10% Chosen Ones, and a purgatory for the other 90% whose marketing profile doesn't fit.

TalentFan

July 21, 2014 7:51 AM

MotoGP » Home MotoGP title not a target for Marquez


I'd not be the least surprised for there to be sudden downturn in Hondas Performance once the titles are under no threat. It'd suit Dorna as they can fool the dim fan base that all of a sudden Rossi & Lorenzo have closed the gap & there's some sort of actual competition and doubt as to the outcome of events every Race Sunday. It'd also maybe suit Honda as it'd ease any pressure for Dorna to peg back their very expensively bought and bartered MotoGP advantage. Meaning that they can Coast thru the rest of 2014 and start 2015 in a position where Honda know they'll be unbeatable thru 2015. Let's see if Dorna & Honda play this ruse. If they do then nearly all the MotoGP fan base will swallow it hook, line. & sinker. Watch out for the pattern folks, cos those pulling the strings are more than cynical enough to do it. After all fans have proved to be too dim to see they are being played for fools so far..... so why not?

TalentFan

July 21, 2014 8:42 PM

MotoGP » What now for Aleix Espargaro?


@Joeski Check out the Mfr WC Titles and see that Honda do indeed dominate the past in motogp. Theyve also got a situation and rules-set in place that sees them currently in their best position yet. Yes I think that Honda have dropped the ball in the past by losing rider titles that their package probably shoukd have won. However seeing as they are systematically reducing the amount of influence the rider actually has through electronics and data aquisition, then this is becoming less and less of a stumbling block for them in winning rider titles to ho with their annual constructors trophy. Honda have long had the objective of proving its the bike not the rider thats the biggest factor in winning - they have naturally wanted the plaudits to go to their product & not their employee the rider. Its ironic really that it was Rossi who actually proved it for them pretty conclusively (if you ignore the Stoner anomaly) when he went to Ducati and went from front-runner to mid-pack runner

TalentFan

July 21, 2014 8:44 PM

MotoGP » What now for Aleix Espargaro?


.......... Its ironic really that it was Rossi who actually proved it for them pretty conclusively (if you ignore the Stoner anomaly) when he went to Ducati and went from front-runner to mid-pack runner overnight. Its got to bug Honda top brass that their bikes are still being overlooked & instead fans heap all the plaudits on the boy racer instead!

TalentFan

July 21, 2014 3:00 PM

MotoGP » Moto2: Rabat confirmed at Marc VDS for 2015


Rabat is a grafter. Maybe not the most naturally talented or fast to learn, but there's no denying his will to do all he can to succeed. People also conveniently forget that Rabat made himself weak and ill pushing his body to near starvation trying to get lighter to try to combat Marquez's big weight advantage in M2 which actually hurt his performances. But it's a measure of Rabats 110% effort and attitude IMO. Also maybe Tito is just smart enough to realise he'd be on a hiding to nothing jumping to MotoGP. His profile and appeal isn't high enough to be able to 'do a Maverick' ( or a MM) & get a Factory ride - which means his competitive career ends abruptly in midfield mediocrity and anonymity. He's 100% made the right decision to stay out of the MotoGP cesspool IMO. He's got a very good team with a genuine chance of M2 wins & titles and recognition now.


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