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October 30, 2014 10:33 AM

MotoGP » PICS: Casey Stoner back on MotoGP machinery

zippychips: I dont understand why hes testing for Honda... When he was with Ducati they created a bike no one else could ride .... Then he tested the customer spec Honda they made big statements about how fast it was .......and look how that ended... im not saying hes not a quick rider but obviously his style is unique and if hes helping in the transition from Bridgestone to Michelin theres gonna be egg on faces again in early 2016!
That's probably why you're not running the Honda racing team...


October 30, 2014 9:58 AM

MotoGP » Stoner completes two-day Honda test at Motegi

In my opinion, Stoner would pretty quickly challenge for the front row of the grid. Hailwood took more than a decade off and was up to speed very quickly, and Stoner has been compared to him by none other than Agostini. I doubt we'll get to see whether or not he'd consistently beat Marquez. Stoner said his dream was to win a world title, and he won two. He obviously doesn't need the money - Honda would have paid him for the test, but IIRC, after he sat out the last one, he offered to do one for free this year because he felt bad (he was probably paid - ahem - slightly more than most of us are used to) for a few days work. Unfortunately, I can't see him ever re-joining MotoGP. It is a luxury for Honda to have someone of his callibre ready and willing to test their next bikes, to say the least.


October 29, 2014 3:32 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: Mistake to leave Yamaha over No.1 status

herewego: Would it not be better for the team not to have a no 1 rider?? Then they would have more chance of winning the manufacturer's title and more chance of one of their riders winning the championship as they both had the same parts etc.! Why should one rider get preferential treatment anyway as they are both there to win. Is this not just an ego thing?
An ego thing is exactly what it was. Yamaha put a stop to it, and Valentino left. He realises - with the benefit of hindsight - that he made a mistake. He's only human. It was generous of Yamaha to take him back, but it's been worthwhile for them too.


October 29, 2014 3:22 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: Mistake to leave Yamaha over No.1 status

SkyWilk: What about hanking Lorenzo?He let Rossi come back, he could have behaved like a child, like Rossi did, yet, he welcomed him back, and isn't making a fuss even when he is beaten.
Exactly. I think Rossi learned a valuable life lesson from Lorenzo, and has developed quite a profound respect for him as a result. You will never hear VR say a bad word about Lorenzo these days. It's a pity that some of his more blinkered fans completely ignore that part of the story.


October 30, 2014 8:22 AM

MotoGP » Rossi: Mistake to leave Yamaha over No.1 status

TedG: Anyone here would have a problem with an employer cutting their salary and giving it to the new guy. Especially after giving that company a huge number of successes. Not to mention bringing in the most sponsors, and being the most popular by far.
Interesting topic, Ted. The issue for VR with Yamaha in 2011, was equal treatment with Lorenzo. These guys negotiate fixed term contracts that have all manner of non-employment style clauses, and plenty of "independent contractor" clauses. IIRC, VR out-earned JL then, as he does now. Even though VR had a phenomenal record, and was extremely popular, Yamaha reasonably believed that the future lay more with Lorenzo - although no doubt they wanted to keep both riders. It's bad business to allow your star performer the ability to ensure an up-and-comer cannot perform at the same level. Yamaha did the right thing not agreeing to VR's terms, and Lorenzo did the right thing by not blocking VR's return.

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