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BJR

May 14, 2014 11:26 PM

MotoGP » Marquez wary of weather, rivals heading to Le Mans


Insidejob: " Max Biaggi 5 times WC started racing at 18. Bayliss didn’t begin road racing until he was 23, making him a very late starter in a sport where most current riders have been on minibikes on tarmac tracks in their very early years.
None of them have raced against the current crop of young starters or won a WC for that matter. Stoner started Road at about 14-15 but there were the 10+ years on dirt before that. Doohan, was probably the last of the "natural" talents to achieve real success in MotoGP. Criville, Roberts jr. and so on have all pretty much started their path to MotoGP very early in life. Biaggi was good and he did stick it to Doohan, but he needed more. I'm not saying that the natural talent isn't there and that it's all just down to opportunity, but you need both.

BJR

May 13, 2014 11:48 PM
Last Edited 222 days ago

MotoGP » Marquez wary of weather, rivals heading to Le Mans


"Natural Talent" became a near non-issue in this sport a long time ago when these guys starting hopping on bikes at 3 years of age. Nobody with superior natural talent is going to step up at 15-16 years of age and hold a candle to any rider that already has 10 years under their belt by that age. You're looking at the "most talented" of those with the "most opportunity". Honda have a good bike and a good rider that is capable of winning WC's (which Honda wants) and is Spanish (which Repsol wants) and can make Dorna money (which Dorna wants). There was no way on this green Earth that Dorna was going to let another Aussie dominate (and bore the Europeans to death) for five straight seasons on a Repsol Honda..... They've been there, seen that and there's no money in it.

BJR

May 14, 2014 5:05 AM

MotoGP » Marquez wary of weather, rivals heading to Le Mans


AussieNSW: @BJR Pretty good post there mate,and you should have added "and done most of it on a Ducati"
Maybe, but I don't see it as a strickly Aussie thing either. To be honest I tend to feel a bit sorry for Lorenzo. It seemed to me he couldn't generate the necessary revenue for Yamaha and Dorna while Rossi was trundling around on the Ducati and something better was needed, and that "better" was Rossi back at Yamaha fighting a Spanish rider on a Honda and MM is that Spanish Rider at the moment. Not too many riders have made the jump from running mid pack on the Ducati to a factory Honda/Yamaha like Rossi managed?? MM has ticked most of the boxes so far (I'm sure Repsol and Honda are very happy), but it will be interesting to see if he can turn on-track results into revenue for Dorna. Thats the real KPI..

BJR

May 05, 2014 4:29 AM

MotoGP » Pedrosa: I needed more time to pass Rossi


V4Poweeeer: "Lo Mejor" The bike is also by far the best out there which means nobody can really get close.
Nope Sorry. Dani's doing no better against the Yamaha's than he's always done. When Stoner hopped on the Honda suddenly it was the "best bike on the grid" just like his Ducati was supposed to be. Now Marquez is on it it's still the "best bike on the grid" while for the past 3 years Dani's battled with the Yamaha's like he's doing his year. If it weren't for Stoner's and Marquez performances, Honda still wouldn't have a WC with their so called "best bike on the grid" since they shafted Nicky. It almost looks like Yamaha's given Ben's bike to Lorenzo this year instead of Rossi??

BJR

May 04, 2014 11:50 PM

MotoGP » Pedrosa: I needed more time to pass Rossi


theeagle: Sorry Dani but there is no time in MotoGP for hanging about and clinging on to the hope factor. You do it (overtake) early on when you have that chance.
Yep, it's like he just sits there (like last race) saving fuel and tyres until the last few lap but he just messed up the timing a bit. It also seems he's not racing MM, only the two Yamaha's.

BJR

May 07, 2014 11:58 PM

MotoGP » Lorenzo: Soft tyre better for our bike


"Fair" would be the riders having to rotate through each team each weekend. Rider gets their rider's WC for best results across all the machines and Teams get their team's WC for having the most user friendly bike that suits as many different riders. It'll never happen because it's the real world and it's a racing event. A team enters the best machine/rider combination they can to win each round of the series. Until that changes, organisers have no choice but to handicap teams (for fairness) to make a show.. The only reason race horses carry weight is for the gambling.

BJR

May 03, 2014 11:11 PM

MotoGP » Rossi satisfied with 'best qualifying'


The only "real" benchmark of sort for Rossi at his age today is his switch over to Ducati. Stoner finished the final race 2nd with Rossi 3rd (Lorenzo took the win). Stoner then put the Honda (finished 5th with Dovi) to the top of the timesheet the next day and Rossi put the Ducati (which Stoner put on pole) somewhere in the middle of the pack. Granted Rossi had a sore shoulder but that didn't hurt his qualifying or race pace too much on the Yamaha the day before.

BJR

May 02, 2014 12:06 AM
Last Edited 236 days ago

MotoGP » Rossi: Bridgestone exit ‘bad news’ for MotoGP


Michelin supplied the top teams and top riders and thus had exclusive control over who got what depending on whose chequebook or influence was larger. Stoner in his book indicated that the Michelin contract with LCR Honda dictated what tyres he had to run in the race irrespective of what he wanted or had run on in practice. He even indicated he was being used as a test mule during practice, then have the tyres taken away for the race only to see them on Pedro's bike on the grid. Oddly enough he also suggested Rossi got the rough end of the Michelin pineapple at Valencia that year when he struggled and fell off. Michelin were stacking the front of the grid until the Ducati/Stoner/Bridgestone combination upset the status qou and the true performance of the Michelin product was exposed for the shame it was. I wonder why Bridgestone's leaving? No money in supplying GP tyres?


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