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May 18th, 2011, 09:15 AM   #11
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this thread sums it up how many fell about the sport and where its going.

if motogp was a Major football team the Board and Manager would have been ousted a long time ago.
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Grumpy old lot.



Sure, the fuel restrictions suck. Yes, there are not enough bikes on the grid.



Meanwhile, we're having a great season so far. Nice battles on track. One guy that seems to be a cut above the rest, yet is not championship leader. Unpredictable outcomes. Aggressive riding.



I'd say enjoy it, or go watch NASCAR or something.



Rant over.
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Grumpy old lot.



Sure, the fuel restrictions suck. Yes, there are not enough bikes on the grid.



Meanwhile, we're having a great season so far. Nice battles on track. One guy that seems to be a cut above the rest, yet is not championship leader. Unpredictable outcomes. Aggressive riding.



I'd say enjoy it, or go watch NASCAR or something.



Rant over.
This past weekend had plenty of action. Crazy finish, people apologizing for shit they didnt even do, and a lot of good sportsmanship.



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May 18th, 2011, 12:02 PM   #14
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Grumpy old lot.



Sure, the fuel restrictions suck. Yes, there are not enough bikes on the grid.



Meanwhile, we're having a great season so far. Nice battles on track. One guy that seems to be a cut above the rest, yet is not championship leader. Unpredictable outcomes. Aggressive riding.



I'd say enjoy it, or go watch NASCAR or something.



Rant over.


I'm no particular fan of NASCAR (even though I live minutes from Daytona) but if MotoGP had 1/2th the entertainment value of the average NASCAR race, we'd all be quite thrilled with the series and it's organizers. I assure you that NASCAR has more going for it than most believe. I'll occasionally catch a race if I have nothing better to do and I'm generally pleased with the spectacle that unfolds. The same cannot be said for MotoGP or F1.
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I coud be misinterpreting things, but at the conclusion of this weekends events I couldn't help but notice a different although somewhat nuanced change in Nicky's typically upbeat interview demeanor. In years past, he's generally been encouraging and confident when discussing his team, his bike and his sincere belief that things will improve and that progress is being made. So far this season, I'm not seeing that in any of his MotoGP press encounters. He looks tired and dare I say...... defeated! I apologize in advance for those who aren't following me. I'm speaking specifically in reference to the short interviews found on the MotoGP website.



I think years of struggling on the machine are beginning to take a toll on him and he's having difficulty hiding it. A cursory examination of the results from the other Ducati riders (save Rossi) so far are also proving to be staggeringly poor. RdP looks fairly disgusted while Loris begins to discuss his evacuation from the series. We don't get to see much from Abraham but I'm sure if his father wasn't funding his adventure, he'd also be looking for his pink slip. The other riders who've failed on the machine and were subsequently ejected from the series (Kallio, Canepa) are an unfortunate reminder of the Ducati's recent history.



Anyone else reading the tea leaves this way? Nicky looks unhappy to me. He doesn't look like a guy who believes in the product anymore.


I get the same sense from talking to him. There's something going on, but you're never going to find out.
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I don't think Ducati or Honda really care or cared what he means to the sport here in America. Nicky doesn't influence people in spain or italy to turn on their Tv's. He's nothing but a mule and a good company man. Its a shame because I have never seen an American rider that is so beloved by American race fans
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I get the same sense from talking to him. There's something going on, but you're never going to find out.


I was hoping you'd respond to this thread. The fact that you seem to agree means things are probably worse than even I had thought. That's really unfortunate.
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Grumpy old lot.



Sure, the fuel restrictions suck. Yes, there are not enough bikes on the grid.



Meanwhile, we're having a great season so far. Nice battles on track. One guy that seems to be a cut above the rest, yet is not championship leader. Unpredictable outcomes. Aggressive riding.



I'd say enjoy it, or go watch NASCAR or something.



Rant over.


You watch the sport crumble around you, but you urge people not to contemplate the possibility of improvement?



I like to garden so I can't enjoy the flowers if they have root rot in fallow soil. The show still looks pretty, but the root system that keeps motorcycle racing alive and well is rotting away. It's not just MotoGP. If you are content to smell the flowers, be my guest, but you need to realize that you will soon be watching NASCAR with the rest of us if the sports underlying problems are not addressed.



Motorcycle racing, in general, is dying on the vine. The MSMA laid out some really bad plans for motorcycle racing back in 2002-2003. The Flammini's wouldn't take it lying down though, they replaced the awful MSMA rules (basically Superstock) with an equally horrible rules set of their own (looked fantastic for a while though).
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Nicky could easily control his own destiny in the motorcycle world if he would just leave GP, he's the rider who can win on Sunday and give you a sales boost on monday. I could see him having a Mladin like career if he would have stuck to superbikes, big paychecks and lots of winning. After Honda shit on him, he should have left and made it his life mission to kick their ass on a superbike. In a way I see him just like CE, happy to be on the big world stage even if he really has no chance at winning. It has to be hard watching Casey ride the piss out of that Honda and knowing your Duc is so far behind. Nicky rides for Ducati but in his home garage he has a CBR1000rr if that tells you anything. I won't be watching GP as much when he leaves or is demoted to satalite rider.
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Without an American team behind him, he stands NO chance, like Edwards before him.



Makes you wonder what will happen to Spies....
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