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Grendlehop

March 27, 2013 12:23 AM

MotoGP » Lorenzo 'a little nervous' as Qatar looms


They're all feeling anxious ahead of the opener. If JL has anything extra to be concerned about, it's not just Vale. He's got the strongest DP in recent years on a bike that seems to have a slight edge, if ever so small. MM is a huge unknown and 6 years younger. MM is only going to become more of a pain in the a$$ for everyone. If JL becomes champ this year, it'll push him above CS in terms of GP prowess, simply because he'll have beaten Vale 2x on equal machinery, as well as beating Dani 2x while on slightly lesser machinery. CSs title on the '11 RCV was a given, considering his transition from the defunct Duc to the well rounded RCV. Still, as of now, my order of greatness currently sits as Vale, JL & CS dead even, then Dani. Nicky would be top privateer if he were on an M1 or RCV. Not an attack on anyone. Just my opinion, which everyone is entitled to.

Grendlehop

March 26, 2013 1:50 PM

MotoGP » Crutchlow conquers final MotoGP pre-season test


Nick636, I never said he wasn't competitive, just that DP, JL & MM aren't going anywhere for a long, long time. Val will be in his seat for a few years @ least. Unless Ducati get a championship winning machine put together soon, I'm afraid Cal will be unable to obtain a bike capable of winning a race, let alone a title. I personally like the guy, as he says it like it is. Edwards replacement for entertaining interviews for years to come!

Grendlehop

March 26, 2013 1:37 AM
Last Edited 387 days ago

MotoGP » Jerez MotoGP test times - Combined


1m 40.758 set by Marco Melandri in Jerez during a 2-day test. MotoGP needs to pull their finger out of their a$$ & drop the engine allocation & tire limit rules. Superbikes are way too close to the prototypes & faster than the CRTs. Yeah, yeah, I know different tires/weather & etc., but still. Wish I could subscribe to SBK.com to watch races like on MGP.com! No need for cable service if I could.

Grendlehop

March 26, 2013 1:23 AM

MotoGP » Crutchlow conquers final MotoGP pre-season test


@wiseman, Lol!! If Vale ran over a nut that was on the track, it could account for the time diff between him & Cal. No, but seriously, Cal is prob the top non-factory guy. I still think that equipment is not the issue for him, it's consistency. He should be in the top 5-6, meeting his goal in Qatar. I fear he's the next gen Colin Edwards tho, and won't see a "W" with the likes of JL, DP & MM being around for another 6-10 years. Plus, Pol Esp and Mav V will be arriving. Best of luck to him all the same.

Grendlehop

March 26, 2013 12:47 AM
Last Edited 387 days ago

MotoGP » Jerez MotoGP test times - Combined


Having been under the official race lap record, I have no reason to believe that the top guys weren't pushing hard. This is the last test to showcase what they've got for the first few races of the season. Vale's had a steady rise as far as preseason testing goes. Marc has been shown to need more track time in adverse conditions, ie. wet & damp. Dani & Jorge are as strong as ever. Cal is a bit of a wildcard, with glimpses of podium potential, but also a little rough around the edges, which has seen him in the kitty litter on occasion. It looks like Dani & Jorge are at even odds for the "W" at Qatar. Vale is right behind them, with Marc attaining a podium if the front 3 duff it up in the slightest. Cal right behind Marc.

Grendlehop

March 25, 2013 3:40 PM
Last Edited 387 days ago

MotoGP » 'So happy' - Valentino Rossi returns to the top at Jerez


Vale's got another few good years left in him I'm sure. Nick & Dovi are the best riders Ducati can hope for as of now. Nick in particular never gives up & is a truly a hard working dude. What really has me baffled is why Edwards hasn't returned to his roots in SBK after last year. This year looks to be even worse. He's a cowboy. Tough as nails and a free spirit. I'd love to see him and Nick on a WSBK grid someday. Sorry for the tangent there! Go Vale!

Grendlehop

March 23, 2013 11:05 PM
Last Edited 389 days ago

MotoGP » Tyre life woes for Rossi at Jerez


Nicky stated the same issue with the track surface wearing out the wets. Marc also felt this. Dani said there were many times where the track was not wet enough for the tires being used. Jorge stated he'd improved his time quite a bit at one point, but had to back off on acceleration to make sure his tires would be able to last the race distance. Bridgestone are also collecting data here, but I suppose they're all a bunch off whiners.

Grendlehop

March 23, 2013 9:27 AM
Last Edited 390 days ago

MotoGP » Yamaha boss tips Rossi to take on Lorenzo, Pedrosa


With Jorge's consistency and Vale's now that he's back on Japanese machinery, I'd bet the manufacturers & team championships are a viable prediction. Manufacturers may be more of an unknown with Dani, Marc, Bradl and Bautista representing HRC. Bautista & Smith's performances will be the deciding factor there. Smith's looking pretty good, given all the skepticism.


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