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Tetley

May 22, 2014 12:06 PM

WSBK » Melandri: I need to redeem myself


ProfessorX: Guintoli is food for guys like Rea and Sykes, I can't see Aprilia winning anything this year unless Pirelli throw them a bone, or Melandri 'adapts' and overcomes.
I think you underestimate Guintoli and dismiss him too easily. He is well at the front of the game, despite the team being shaken to the roots with the surprise departure of the talented Gigi D'Alligna. And if you doubt Gigi's value and influence you only need to consider how the Ducati has vastly improved since he joined them. Sylvain is trouncing Melandri and the Frenchman is no stranger to the Championship lead, despite his recent troubling injuries. With the perpetual roulette of tyres,injuries and weather randomly handicapping all teams and riders Sylvain should not be discounted.

Tetley

May 22, 2014 9:50 PM

MotoGP » Rossi 'Lorenzo frustrated', Marquez 'fun is faster'


MotoMarc: In terms of Pedrosa's issues it's a combination of the bike being developed more towards Marquez's style and I think the other part may be mental and part phyiscal (i.e. recent arm pump issue).
The flaw in that hypothesis is that even before MM93 came along Pedrosa always had less overall success than whoever his team-mate was at the time, so developing the bike towards MM93's style cannot be held to blame, nor can the recent issues with arm pump, as his lack of dominance over his team-mates happened just the same in all the previous years. Dani is, of course a fast and extremely capable rider, but there is that certain element missing which perpetually prevents him from seizing number 1 status in the team. And if he can't beat his team-mate he will never be World Champion. I think Dani knows that.

Tetley

May 22, 2014 11:20 AM
Last Edited 100 days ago

MotoGP » Jorge Lorenzo: 'It happens'


V4Poweeeer: "Vale didn't get a Factory ride straight away, he won the last 500cc WC on a sattelite NSR500". Rossi was given Jeremy Burgess as his crew chief why on earth would Honda give such a valuable resource to a non-factory rider.Burgess was one of the main reasons Rossi signed for Honda that year Burgess was looking to retire aswell Honda gave Rossi the works.
Rossi was already 125 and 250 World Champion. Honda saw his potential and wanted him. Honda recognised VR's habit of a learning year, then a championship year so they sensibly put him in a satellite team. JB is on record as wanting to bring on a young rider and VR wanted JB. The pair of them probably insisted on a factory bike as part of the deal. The jigsaw fitted perfectly for everyone. The one aspect which did not go to plan was that VR and his satellite team won the World Championship. Honda then had no options but to put the VR on a full works factory Repsol Honda. Of such are legends made.

Tetley

May 22, 2014 11:48 AM

MotoGP » Jorge Lorenzo: 'It happens'


V4Poweeeer: Being a non factory crew chief would have meant pay cut and less support.
"It ain't necessarily so" as the song goes. If JB was already contracted for that period Honda would have had to keep him on the same pay. In fact, to lure JB into a satellite team, Honda might have had to give him extra money. Honda certainly wouldn't have wanted to allow JB out of contract as other teams would have paid handsomely for JB's experience, intuition, capabilites and insider knowledge.

Tetley

May 21, 2014 10:38 PM

WSBK » Melandri: I need to redeem myself


Marco is just spouting PR speak. He hasn't gelled with the Aprilia. Marco is a barge and bully rider, but the Aprilia isn't a barge and bully bike, it is a machine which responds to finesse. Whatever he says to the media, Marco doesn't have a magic button which he can press to save him. He has lost his mojo. And has he also lost Manu ? And are the two situations connected ?

Tetley

May 22, 2014 11:38 AM

MotoGP » Jorge Lorenzo: 'It happens'


PorkPie: As you say back then having Burgess was a massive selling point for Honda. Sad how he went.
I thoroughly agree. I can't believe that anyone wanted the decision to be revealed in that manner, but the media saw a scoop and blew away all the plans for a proper announcement and an appreciative and honourable send-off for JB. The media showed neither gratitude nor respect for the countless occasions when JB and VR had given their time, expertise and information to help reporters fulfill their roles. The media owe a huge apology to JB for preventing a gracious conclusion to his exceptionally successful career.

Tetley

May 20, 2014 5:56 PM
Last Edited 101 days ago

MotoGP » Rossi 'Lorenzo frustrated', Marquez 'fun is faster'


JLo was dissatisfied before the season started when he couldn't match VR46's testing times. JLo's unhappiness came to the fore early when he asked to test Yamaha's "Open" bike and they said a firm "No". He was used to being top dog at Yamaha and suddenly Rossi (with Galbusera's help) was leaving him behind. So JLo stared the season in a bit of a sulk. His mind wasn't sharp and he even stalled the bike when the lights changed. He is now saying all the right things (mostly in the right order) but his eyes tell a different story. He is clearly unhappy, disillusioned and unsettled. but his depressing situation appears mostly of his own making and I don't see him getting his mojo back anytime soon. And that's a pity, because he is blisteringly fast racer, when circumstances are to his liking.

Tetley

May 20, 2014 11:44 AM

MotoGP » Jorge Lorenzo: 'It happens'


Yearby23: Obviously you didn't follow Marco Simoncelli in 250cc and Marc Marquez in Moto2.
Like yourself, I have been thinking of SuperSic58 over this weekend. I would have enjoyed seeing him develop his undoubted talent and mature to his full potential. Who knows ? Marco might have been the one to take the fight to MM93?


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