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September 12th, 2017, 11:59 PM   #11
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I'm actually very enthusiastic to see him get this opportunity.
Me too. I think it'll be interesting to see him ride GP bikes.
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Me too. I think it'll be interesting to see him ride GP bikes.
It will be *magical*
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I think Vinales was Rossi's choice. Who will replace Rossi will be another story. I hope you are right. It would be nice for Rossi to move on gracefully. Well I guess its already to late for that.
Far to late methinks
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I think Vinales was Rossi's choice. Who will replace Rossi will be another story. I hope you are right. It would be nice for Rossi to move on gracefully. Well I guess its already to late for that.
Rossi would never hand pick a rider faster than him. So, if Rossi picked Vinales, you would have to think his performance has been a total surprise. I'm guessing at this point in his career, he has little to no say in who he shares the garage with. Yamaha wised to that strategy years ago and are finally looking to the future. I just wish there was a prospect that was so hot, Yamaha would have no choice but to not offer Rossi an extension for 19-20. Of course it would be structured where Rossi would be allowed to announce his retirement instead of being tossed out. Speaking of 2019, Will Ducati offer Marquez the largest contract in history. With their current form he would have to at least consider it and Lorenzo would be the rider he replaces. That could lead to Lorenzo heading back to Yamaha and Honda looking to replace possibly both riders depending on how long they want to continue with Pedrosa.With him struggling the way he is on the Michelin maybe it's time to let him go no matter how much stability he brings to the table. If this played out, who would Honda go after. Take their lumps and go young, promote Crutchlow and hire a youngster or someone like Zarco, not young but a late bloomer. It could get very interesting
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If Marc wanted to cause trouble he could always publicly offer to go to Yamaha as long as he replaces Rossi.

Then watch the Rossi hordes scream.
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Rossi would never hand pick a rider faster than him. So, if Rossi picked Vinales, you would have to think his performance has been a total surprise. I'm guessing at this point in his career, he has little to no say in who he shares the garage with. Yamaha wised to that strategy years ago and are finally looking to the future. I just wish there was a prospect that was so hot, Yamaha would have no choice but to not offer Rossi an extension for 19-20. Of course it would be structured where Rossi would be allowed to announce his retirement instead of being tossed out. Speaking of 2019, Will Ducati offer Marquez the largest contract in history. With their current form he would have to at least consider it and Lorenzo would be the rider he replaces. That could lead to Lorenzo heading back to Yamaha and Honda looking to replace possibly both riders depending on how long they want to continue with Pedrosa.With him struggling the way he is on the Michelin maybe it's time to let him go no matter how much stability he brings to the table. If this played out, who would Honda go after. Take their lumps and go young, promote Crutchlow and hire a youngster or someone like Zarco, not young but a late bloomer. It could get very interesting
Good post. I think Vinalez test form was frightening to rossi but race wise Mav hasn't been much better than him. I still say he was the rider Rossi wanted as a teammate over any other possible candidates. I think Rossi and yamaha plan to have a close relationship in motogp after he retires so I think he is already making decisions. He is not going to pick riders that aren't good he's just going to make sure he likes or can work over err I mean work with his teammate.

As for hot commodity riders, it isn't their style to go after them. They want proven winners that are willing to come to them. IMO they think their bike is worth coming to ride. If they wanted those type of rider they would have went after marc, stoner, and would have taken a shot at Morbidelli. But they always have two riders that are capable of winning, and I have to think most riders think they could win races on that bike too. So they leave the talent chasing to honda and everyone else. They'll grab one when they need a rider. But Rossi's replacement will probably come from the VR46 camp and he will stay one board as team manager or something like that. He will never go away.
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Can just about live with Rossi hanging around. But ffs get rid of that fucking uccio bum boy !
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Good post. I think Vinalez test form was frightening to rossi but race wise Mav hasn't been much better than him. I still say he was the rider Rossi wanted as a teammate over any other possible candidates. I think Rossi and yamaha plan to have a close relationship in motogp after he retires so I think he is already making decisions. He is not going to pick riders that aren't good he's just going to make sure he likes or can work over err I mean work with his teammate.

As for hot commodity riders, it isn't their style to go after them. They want proven winners that are willing to come to them. IMO they think their bike is worth coming to ride. If they wanted those type of rider they would have went after marc, stoner, and would have taken a shot at Morbidelli. But they always have two riders that are capable of winning, and I have to think most riders think they could win races on that bike too. So they leave the talent chasing to honda and everyone else. They'll grab one when they need a rider. But Rossi's replacement will probably come from the VR46 camp and he will stay one board as team manager or something like that. He will never go away.
In all fairness, a hot commodity young rider is a proven winner or he wouldn't be a hot commodity. Honda has struck out recently with the grooming process as Miller and Quatararro have both failed so far to live up to what they hoped for. Right now, If Honda lost Marquez it would be catastrophic .
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Fenati. Plus allegedly he butted uccio. All good in my book.
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In all fairness, a hot commodity young rider is a proven winner or he wouldn't be a hot commodity. Honda has struck out recently with the grooming process as Miller and Quatararro have both failed so far to live up to what they hoped for. Right now, If Honda lost Marquez it would be catastrophic .
I don't feel thats new to honda. They groomed riders like Pedrosa. Honda has a lot more seats to play around with. Well not a lot but a few. Yamaha is two factory and tech 3 support whatever they are bikes. Honda is willing to add factory bikes for riders who seem to have potential like morbidelli next year Simonelli in the past. To me honda tends to search for the next best thing constantly, even when they have they best. Nothing wrong with that.
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