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October 16, 2014 10:00 AM

MotoGP » Marquez: Mistakes caused by too much confidence


Well, Jorge is certainly capable of winning a championship. However, I think it's a stretch to conclude that Rossi and Lorenzo have Marquez's measure on the basis of the last few races, when Marquez was so far in front in the championship that it was silly, and practically inevitable that he win. He got there by dominating the season, in a wide variety of conditions and race situations. According to Marquez himself, the pressure you saw was all self-induced. That's completely believeable under the circumstances - given his age and other factors (such as the stature of the guys he's beating, and the relative ease he's had doing it this year). I hope the others step up the pace next year, and rise to the new benchmark.

TrueFan

October 16, 2014 6:24 AM

MotoGP » Iannone keeps crew chief, Romagnoli stays at Ducati


I'm looking forward to seeing how the apparently improved Ducatis go at Philip Island over the weekend. No doubt Dovi will put in his usual work, but I'm hoping for a really good race from Iannone. There are a couple of tight corners which don't seem to work so well for the Ducati, but there are plenty of high speed power corners which might suit him if the bike behaves better, and the tyres can go the distance. On the topic of the crew jockeying, it seems extremely important to have the right mix of talent and experience in the crew, and especially the crew chief, where the chemistry seems to make such a difference. I can't believe how fortunate Miller is to inherit a crew chief that has supported two riders to win three world championships between them across two manufacturers. Honda really is giving the guy a shot at glory. Good luck to all of them.

TrueFan

October 16, 2014 3:58 PM

MotoGP » Iannone keeps crew chief, Romagnoli stays at Ducati


cossiegaz: Which other rider did Gabbarini help to win a chamionship? I don't really know anything about what he did before the Stoner years.
I just checked. I thought he was Marquez's crew chief last year, but he was in a separate role of "technical Supervisor". He certainly helped Marquez, but Marquez brought his Moto2 crew chief in from the start, so my comment above was wrong - I thought he switched roles this year. Sorry. I'd never heard of him before Stoner arrived at Ducati.

TrueFan

October 13, 2014 4:50 PM

MotoGP » Marquez success fuels hunger for 'more titles'


PorkPie: @ TrueFan ... I find it very hard to judge the Duke as only CS ever got remotely close to a title on it, but I just can't believe he sat on the Honda at the first test and thought he'd gone backwards! What would happen, in your view, if Jorge and Marc swapped bikes for next year?
Given that Stoner got on the Honda and led most test sessions from day 1 at Valencia, I'd say he was pretty happy with that change. It would be very interesting to see how Jorge and Marc would approach the different bikes...it seems the biggest factor at the moment is how the tyres work with one bike versus the other. You'd have to think Marquez would adapt quicker then Lorenzo, but they'd both be very fast. I'd still put my money on Marquez. I didn't expect him to do so well last year, and I didn't expect to see such an amazing progression this year. His corner entry is unbelievable.

TrueFan

October 14, 2014 4:59 PM

MotoGP » Marquez success fuels hunger for 'more titles'


Codger: ...which is Marc's stand out achievement......is it his winning a Title while a rookie or winning back to back Titles ??? ...
I had mixed views about his title last year. He did some dodgy moves, e.g. centre punching Lorenzo off the track at Jerez...and some great rides. However, I thought he won deservedly overall, and good for him. This year, no dodgy moves. Brilliant riding, and really impressive race craft. In fairness to Rossi and Lorenzo, the tyres didn't work for Yamaha in the beginning, but I don't think that diminished the result. Never mind the back-to-back-titles holy grail that means so much to the Rossi fan-base. An impressive season is an impressive season, and Marc Marquez has put in a very, very impressive season. At least equal to the best of Rossi, Stoner, Doohan and many others before. By the time he made mistakes, the game was all but over. He didn't give his talented rivals any chance. Would this year's performance have been less

TrueFan

October 13, 2014 5:00 PM

MotoGP » Marquez success fuels hunger for 'more titles'


PorkPie: @ TrueFan The Yamaha went round corners better then and better now (than Honda) but it doesn't make it the better bike.
The 1988 Yamaha was a vastly better bike than the Honda. The Honda had more horsepower, but was a downright dangerous bike. The 2014 Honda is a slightly better bike than the Yamaha, with lightly more power, and a slightly better gearbox. The biggest difference this year was that the control tyres suited the Honda more than the Yamaha. That advantage seems to have waned as the year progressed. And Steady Eddie is one of my favourite riders of all time. Especially because he went to Honda in 1989 and won! Gutsy!

TrueFan

October 13, 2014 5:04 PM

MotoGP » Marquez success fuels hunger for 'more titles'


PorkPie: @ TrueFan ... I have long held the view that Jorge is great but Marc greater, but would love to prove this by seeing them battle it out on the same bike (even if it's the Duke!) and I'm sure that would pull in the punters like nothing else.
Put them both on the Ducati!!! I'd love to see that. Marquez would adapt better - I have no doubt about that one. He might crash a bit before he gets his corner entry sorted though! I think Jorge would hate it...


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