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March 17th, 2018, 11:54 PM   #31
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Agreed.

Marc Marquez of today is far more mature than was Marc Marquez of a few years back and I have similar feelings with Alzamora and Marquez Senior, although if Alex makes it to MotoGP we may see less of Marquez Snr with MM and more with AM (nor sure why but he just strikes me as a style of Tennis Parent).

My theory when I heard that Puig was back at Honda was that he was there to reign in the power play of team Marquez (by Team I do not mean Marc personally but the surrounding crew) as if there is one thing that Puig does well it is not take shit from people. The power play in the HRC garage is a sideline story for 2018 and one that may be interesting to watch it play out if we get to see or hear it.
Canít disagree with any of that.

I just hope that Pedrosa doesnít end up as collateral damage from all this and would find a good spot from himself for at least 2 more years.

Suzuki and even KTM and Aprilia could use his wealth of experience in the short to mid term.
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Canít disagree with any of that.

I just hope that Pedrosa doesnít end up as collateral damage from all this and would find a good spot from himself for at least 2 more years.

Suzuki and even KTM and Aprilia could use his wealth of experience in the short to mid term.


Not sure he would do it, but for my way of thinking KTM and Tech3 would make a good home for Pedrosa (and he would be beneficial for them as he can ride and bringe serious experience) in the formative years and of course, he is a former Red Bull rookie and has personal red Bull sponsorship so KTM are a retirement possibility
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Good point, that’s definitely a possibility.

Pedrosa and Olivera would make a great lineup for KTM factory in 2019 (And maybe Pol and Syahirin at Tech 3, I don’t fancy Bradley Smith’s chances in 2019 much at all).
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To me, Smith is gone and I am no fan of Pol (but do rate him higher than his brother) so I am the wrong person in that aspect but Pedrosa and Pol on factory perhaps.

Both have experience, history and with Pedrosa they have a race winner and on the Tech3 you place the rookies for the first few years to remove the pressure of expectation and to allow the bike to be developed by Pedrosa/Pol.

All hypothetical of course as one thing is clear with KTM and it may hinder them (IMO) is that they want results NOW and seem to want to run now rather than walk, let alone to crawl. I do fear in a way that their ambition may impact their decisions with may harm their results.
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Pedrosa would be a great pickup for any factory. Suzuki would be mad to not toss Iannone for Pedro just like KTM would be mad to not piss Smith or Pol off for Pedro. As well as his vast experience on top machinery they would be able to see where they are relitive to the other factories with a rider who at his best is just as fast as the other aliens.
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Speaking of Suzuki, I was originally apprehensive of their decision to pick Rins up over Zarco, but Rins has really grown as a rider and will most certainly win races for them soon.

A Rins-Pedrosa lineup would be pretty amazing as well, Suzuki able to leverage on Pedrosa’s experience to develop the bike and letting Rins concentrate on being fast.
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The more I think about it, the more I like the idea of a Nastro-Azurro style skunkworks Team from Yamaha for Zarco.

There’s a factory team on paper, but it’s very clear where the manufacturer placed their future hopes.
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The more I think about it, the more I like the idea of a Nastro-Azurro style skunkworks Team from Yamaha for Zarco.

Thereís a factory team on paper, but itís very clear where the manufacturer placed their future hopes.
Personally, I suspect that any such team will be for Rossi as it will allow him to develop the bike (with Yamaha's assistance of course) in his own manner and to his own preferences outside of any input from Vinales (I do realise that Yamaha say this is happening now, but resources etc).

This then allows a Vinales/Zarco factory team with team Rossi running in the Nastro type, all with full factory support and then a 4th rider on the previous years bike.

Logic says that Folger or Syharin to be that rider as with Folger he has been out for 12 months with illness, thus bring him back in a 'quiet' way, or DORNA pay for Syharin for 1 or 2 years to 'market' in Indonesia/Thailand plus prepare for the inevitable.

Yes for some it may sound like a demotion for VR but he has done it in the past with his own separate teams and has made no secret that he plans to have a team at some point so why not ease to it.

Zarco on his own may seem good but would Zarco go there as he knows how much support Yamaha do or do not provide Tech 3 so even if it is claimed to be a factory bike, there is more chance of full support at the factory team unless his surname is Rossi as then Yamaha will provide full support no matter the team
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While it is possible that Rossi could have his own setup, I doubt it would be a VR46 branded Team as he has been quite clear that the VR46 academy and Team are for bringing up and coming Italian riders into motogp. But yes, anything can happen.

Aki Ajo’s Setup for Zarco in Moto2 was a one rider team, right? He seemed to revel in that setup. In the event that Yamaha is floating such a proposal to Zarco’s camp, I am sure they will not sign a damn thing until they are assured that the team will get every bit of factory support that the Movistar team does (If I am not mistaken, Ajo is Zarco’s manager as well and he is one shrewd negotiator).
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The more I think about it, the more I like the idea of a Nastro-Azurro style skunkworks Team from Yamaha for Zarco.

There’s a factory team on paper, but it’s very clear where the manufacturer placed their future hopes.
Agree - although it wasn't exactly a skunkworks team, Rossi did had to prove himself worthy to HRC on the first year on the NSR500 whilst in the absence of development from Criville they resorted to placing their faith in their legions of young nerds and techies as opposed to Valentino and crew. It's not as though anyone can claim that JB didn't know every nut and bolt of that motorcycle and what it needed. Once HRC learnt to follow their lead the support from then was immeasurable - in fact when Capirossi inherited it in 2002, he simply said, "now we know why Valentino won so much".

I echo your sentiment, but I think there's every chance he'll be on a Repsol Honda next season alongside Marc.
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