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For those that say that Marc should change manufacturer check this out :- https://www.motogp.com/en/videos/2019/06/05/the-battle-of-mugello-all-the-emotion-in-every-language/295511 The odd one out is Ago, he did change bike and from 4stroke to 2stroke at that. ( I believe that he changed because he started to get beaten when riding his MV after years of utter domination, maybe Marc will do something similar one day )
Codger
Thankyou for the explanation Talent, but I know all that. I merely dispute your choice of the word 'consistently'. I'm not defending the guy, we all know that he has had a carp year but it was only 2 races ago that he set the fastest lap, unless that was a timing glitch of course. He hasn't forgotten how to be fast, that doesn't happen overnight. If Rossi and his team manager, and/or, Yamaha can get the tyres to work for him and work for him all race then we'll see the old Rossi back again......Or then again we may not. You are right in saying (over and over again) that he is not riding 100% but then why would he. After all It doesn't do Cal any good does it, I don't think he's ever finished more than 10 or so races in a season since he came on the scene. If you want to know my view on his riding....I don't believe that the old fert has been the full shilling in that since the time when he badly broke his leg all those years ago.
Codger
So far Dovi is the only one to have really rattled Marc, and that may continue if Ducati really have improved the cornering problems.
Codger
I seriously doubt MM93 is going to get another decade without being deposed by someone.   Is Fabio that someone?  Way too soon to say, but he's a contender on raw ability on that Satellite M1.  2020 should be a year when we see more sign of what FQ20's potential is (esp. if Yamaha do fully support and back Fabio and SIC-Petronas so the potential has a chance to be realised). Maverick is still so far the only rider to have really rattled Marquez... but early 2017 is a long time ago now.  Still, MV12 in 2019 showed he still believes he can do it - which is at least part of the battle.  These two on Yamaha look at this stage to be the ones most likely to be at the vanguard of the pack trying to hunt down Marquez I think. Suzuki / Rins.  Brivio telling it like it is there.  I rate Rins and would like to see Suzuki truly become a contender to mix things up a bit more with HRC/Yam/Duc.  Rins does need to make another step in 2020, or see his place threatened, and I think, possibly get caught and passed by Johan Mir, who progressed well and looked good on the 2nd Suzuki.  Mir looks to have the size, build, strength, aggression and style to suit MotoGP at the moment, and if he "clicks" starting out in Qatar - I think he might have a good 2nd season.
TalentFan
@ Codger.  Based on typical practice and qualifying pace deficit.  When the chips are down and they are chasing speed and grid spots, Rossi (never a qualifier anyway when in his prime) can't get anything like as much out of the package as MV and FQ the majority of the time. In the last event at Valencia - Rossi (trying hard right across the line without traffic) finished 8th, and 23 seconds behind the winner (with the top 5 covered by 3.5s).  Its a 27-lap race, so Rossi was on average 0.85s a lap slower than the winner (i.e. the fastest guy / benchmark pace).  Rossi was average 0.81s a lap slower than the top (Satellite) Yamaha of FQ20 as well. Is that quite a second off?  No, but its damn close.  Stick around for 2020 though Codger, and it might well be a lot closer still.
TalentFan
There isn’t a next big rival, Fabio is not alien material and there never really was a rival in the first place because the four aliens were all either past their prime, on an uncompetitive bike or in Stoners case retired by the time Márquez arrived in the top class. Looking down at the smaller classes there is nobody coming through with what would be described as exceptional talent so Márquez has pretty much got the next 10 years to keep collecting championships until some youngster that isn’t even in Moto 3 yet bursts onto the scene and takes over.
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