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October 13, 2014 3:52 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: Marquez improved, but 2013 more impressive


RSMick:
reinmacre: I have the utmost respect for Rossi not because he still wins or because of his trophy cabinet. It's because of one item in that trophy cabinet. The title he won in 2001 on the NSR500. A vicious and unforgiving motorcycle. Electronics? Please. HP? You bet! Sadly, today's bikes have dumbed down the sport.
It had 70bhp less, you would have arrived in your pants at the bike Gardener won the championship on then.
I agree. The 2001 NSR was a vastly better mannered motorcycle than the 1987 Honda. VR thought the Ducati was unpredictable. The '87 NSR could unleash a tank slapper mid-corner at any time, without warning. Just open the throttle and launch. First the handlebars, and then the anatomy. Ouch.

TrueFan

October 13, 2014 4:23 PM

MotoGP » Marquez success fuels hunger for 'more titles'


PorkPie:
Gilles: ...
... I admire Rossi for trading downwards (Casey, Lawson changed upwards, ...
Rossi thought he was trading over to a roughly equal machine. Stoner won three of the last five races on that Ducati. Rossi was going to show him what it was really capable of. Instead, he ate humble pie. Lawson most definitely traded down. Gardner claimed when Lawson won his third title "he couldn't do it on the Honda". Whilst the claim was somewhat arrogant, there was something in it. The Yamaha handled much better than the Honda. A couple of months later, Lawson was in a full factory supported satellite Honda team. Gardner broke his leg, and Lawson won the championship - but only won a couple of races. The bike was a pig. It was a brilliant performance.

TrueFan

October 13, 2014 4:00 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: Marquez improved, but 2013 more impressive


PorkPie:
NineTimes: Only true legends win back-to-back titles.
... (he really didn't get on with Casey or Jorge, but maybe due to timing over anything else), and thinks he's the real deal (maybe he didn't with Jorge/Casey) ...
True that Rossi and Stoner didn't get on - head to head competitors often don't. It's safe to say that Rossi respects Stoner's ability though - especially since his Ducati experience. Similarly with Lorenzo. Rossi was not great with Lorenzo when they were first teammates, but no doubt when Lorenzo chose not to block Rossi's return to Yamaha, and treated him respectfully, Rossi learned something. He never says a bad word about Lorenzo these days. Even champions can learn lessons. Rossi has learned new riding techniques over the last couple of years, and a few life lessons. He's richer for it all, and it has all contributed to his resurgence.

TrueFan

October 12, 2014 5:00 PM

MotoGP » Marquez's career was almost over in 2011


Wilairot crash was in Australia. Eye injury was at Sepang. TF, that really is poor form. Marquez is still a kid. He was barely out of nappies when these "incidents" occured. At least get the sequence and causal factors aligned. Yes, it was dumb for him to hit Wilairot from behind. Get over it. If we let children race motorcycles (and I believe we should), they are going to sometimes do dumb things. Walairot was not too badly injured - thankfully - and I doubt he holds any grudge against Marquez. Neither should you. Let it go.

TrueFan

October 12, 2014 12:10 PM

MotoGP » Too little, too late from Pedrosa at Motegi


biaggi:
Metalguru: I am disappointed by Pedrosa's performance because I believe he consistently finishes beneath his potential and beneath the potential of his machine, and other competitors show greater commitment, greater hunger - Dovi, Ianone, Rossi, Redding,
Pedrosa has always beaten Dovi when they were teammates. Redding and Iannone are just good riders but they don't have Pedrosa's talent.From the young guns at the moment, only Vinales has the potential to beat Pedrosa on same machinery
Well it's true that Pedrosa beat Dovi when they were teammates, but it's a little early to compare Iannone and Redding to Pedrosa, let alone Vinales - none of them are riding bikes that could win races. It will be quite a while before any of them rack up the number of podiums that Pedrosa has, let alone the number of wins. Otherwise, your retort is a pretty fair assessment.

TrueFan

October 12, 2014 12:23 PM

MotoGP » Marquez's career was almost over in 2011


Well, his eyes seem to be working just fine now. It would have been a great shame if he had to give up racing, but everyone usually ends up dealing with their share of hardship in life... I love that he calls it a "hobby"... I always thought hobbies were things that you pay to do! I'm pretty sure Honda pays him, and they'll pay him much more as his stellar career blooms. Good luck to him. Rossi thinks it was more impressive to win in his rookie year, but there was a bit of luck involved there. This year, his performance has been clinical. There is no question that he was the only rider that deserved to win based on performance. None of his rivals were injured, and he did not make any silly or dangerous moves - just a couple of mistakes in the last few races after the fight was finished. Big congrats!

TrueFan

October 12, 2014 12:31 PM

MotoGP » Dovizioso: Ducati not ready to win


Well, this Ducati fan didn't expect a win. Dovi put in yet another good ride, but you can't tell where the bike stands compared to the Hondas and Yamahas, because they are running on much leaner fuel management regimes, and it may or may not provide advantages for the Ducati. It's good to see them closer, because it appears there's some improvement. However we just don't know how close they really are. I hope it wasn't down to fuel.


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