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September 12, 2014 9:54 AM

MotoGP » Rossi: I don’t regret joining Ducati

LeisuresuitLarry: With a salary of €15 million per year, how could you regret it???
Bro, it's not about the salary. He's not much money oriented as you think.. He seeks for a competitive bike.
"Bro", if you read on, that was at Ducati. Back at Yamaha, he's earns 80% for marketing, and 20% for riding! The 80/20 rule still applies. You don't make that kind of money unless you put together a package that's carefully designed to make money. Of course he doesn't regret his time at Ducati. He's grown as a person as a result of it. He learned some tough lessons, picked himself up and came back. After treating Lorenzo quite badly, Lorenzo was magnanimous about Rossi's return. VR no doubt learned from that too. He's riding better than he has for years, he has a hot girlfriend. Life is good for him. He still has his world championships, and good luck to him.


September 09, 2014 4:32 PM

MotoGP » Marquez has first shot at Doohan record

ProfessorX: I am sorry, but it has to be said, that smile is the least convincing in all of motorsports. There, it's been said, and disagree if you please, but dang, it needs some work.
You should be sorry Prof. That smile is real. It is saying "I'm going to win my second MotoGP World Championship this year! And it's only my second year. And I'm barely even an adult yet. And, wow...I'm just loving all this winning..." It's a smile that comes when you know your competitors are gone. There's just no way known that Marc Marquez is not genuinely pleased with the way his career is working out. No way in the wide world... He's very happy with his results. He's very happy with his lot in life. He's got a lot to smile about. Winners are grinners. Even his enemies can understand that!


September 11, 2014 4:45 PM

MotoGP » Test head-start for Ducati at home

1MoreRound: For me Ducati is the most interesting thing to watch in GP this year. ...
Well, that's a big call. I'm a long time Ducati fan, and I'm pretty interested in what Marquez has done this year. Dovi has been super good and consistent, and Crazy Joe keeps on impressing. Cal started off with some unfortunate luck with technical issues, but since then has been very disappointing. I'm still seeing the big red bike chewing out the edges of its tyre too early in the race, apart from still having the kinds of problems that Stoner used to somehow ride around. I'm still frothing at the mouth in the hope of seeing what Dovi and Ionnone can do if Ducati gets the handling sorted.


September 04, 2014 3:34 PM

MotoGP » Marquez unapologetic over 'aggressive' Lorenzo pass

I didn't see a pass in the Silverstone MotoGP that was dangerous. Quite a few were aggressive, but they didn't encroach on the other riders proper line prior to completing the pass. There's a difference between being disappointed or disadvantaged, and threatened. Anyway, most of this thread became another atraction control fest, so apparently no-one cares about the passing...


September 04, 2014 3:25 PM

MotoGP » Marquez unapologetic over 'aggressive' Lorenzo pass

The relevant rule (for those yet to discover the wonders of Google...) 1.21 Behaviour During Practice and Race... 2) Riders must ride in a responsible manner which does not cause danger to other competitors or participants, either on the track or in the pit-lane. Any infringement of this rule will be penalised with one of the following penalties: penalty points - fine - change of position - ride through time penalty - drop of any number of grid position at the rider’s next race - disqualification - withdrawal of Championship points - suspension. 3) Riders should use only the track and the pit-lane. However, if a rider accidentally leaves the track then he may rejoin it at the place indicated by the officials or at a place which does not provide an advantage to him. Any infringement of this rule during the practices or warm up will be penalised by the cancellation of the lap time concerned and during the race, by a change of position decided by the Race Direction. A board will be disp


September 04, 2014 3:09 PM

MotoGP » Marquez unapologetic over 'aggressive' Lorenzo pass

To determine what is "fair" and "allowed", you need to refer to the rules that apply. Rules are subject to interpretation, but interpretation is normally affected by precedent - as in if it is interpreted a particular way once, the precedent is set, and it is interpreted that way until an explicit rule redefines it. Hence, "dangerous riding" - refer to 1.21 (2). I would argue that although Marquez made an aggressive move to pass and block Lorenzo's exit, crucially, he rode a proper line inside Lorenzo, and although he blocked Lorenzo's line on ext, by then, he had completed the pass, and it was up to Lorenzo to avoid him. In my view, it was a liegitimate move. Last year I criticised Marquez for his pass at Jerez, because he could not hold his line without hitting Lorenzo. In fact, I suggested that if Lorenzo had not been there to act as a berm, Marquez would have run right off track. He got away with that, but he should not have in my view.

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