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June 13th, 2018, 02:52 PM   #21
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I’d really like Dani to retire on his own terms not because he lost his ride. It kinda sucks Honda never worked out for him. But he’s 32, still reasonably fit and I’d like to see him on another competitive bike that could fit his size and style more than Honda before he “hangs up his helmet”.
I think after all these years, he's proved whatever he's going to prove. My sense of the guy is there's no way he's going to step down to WSBK. It kinda made sense when Nicky did it. Superbike is where he made his mark before coming to Europe. Pedrosa on the other hand has raced in GP classes since he was a kid. He doesn't need the money. And moreover, the risk of further injury whilst competing in a lesser class, can't have much appeal.
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I’d really like Dani to retire on his own terms not because he lost his ride. It kinda sucks Honda never worked out for him. But he’s 32, still reasonably fit and I’d like to see him on another competitive bike that could fit his size and style more than Honda before he “hangs up his helmet”.
Have seen a story/rumour about the 'spare' Yamaha being a possibility but I suspect that a lot will depend on who gets that team and whether DP has the desire to keep going and give an FU to Puig.
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I think after all these years, he's proved whatever he's going to prove. My sense of the guy is there's no way he's going to step down to WSBK. It kinda made sense when Nicky did it. Superbike is where he made his mark before coming to Europe. Pedrosa on the other hand has raced in GP classes since he was a kid. He doesn't need the money. And moreover, the risk of further injury whilst competing in a lesser class, can't have much appeal.
I don’t want to see him in the WSBK, but I would like to see him on a competitive GP bike that would be more his fit. I know Honda tried and tried designing a perfect bike for him and it didn’t work but I somehow feel Yamaha or Suzuki would work better for Dani.
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Have seen a story/rumour about the 'spare' Yamaha being a possibility but I suspect that a lot will depend on who gets that team and whether DP has the desire to keep going and give an FU to Puig.
Saw something the other day where he requested a meeting with Jarvis about the SIC Yamaha satellite ride and promptly demanded identical equipment to Rossi and Vinales. Yamaha historically doesn’t go that route with satellite bikes and probably won’t until Rossi’s team takes over.
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Once again, I will point to the Jarvis interview where he said factory spec satellite Yamahas are possible.

Would be hilarious if Pedro got an M1 and outscored J.lo and his Honda next year.
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Once again, I will point to the Jarvis interview where he said factory spec satellite Yamahas are possible.

Would be hilarious if Pedro got an M1 and outscored J.lo and his Honda next year.
Better yet.

Imagine if he scored a world title
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Screenshot from last year's race. Note championship points, what a difference a year makes (and tire democracy).



That is a good point. There is a general vibe that this may be a 'boring' season dominated by Marc, but as the points from last season show, things can turn around rapido.
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That is a good point. There is a general vibe that this may be a 'boring' season dominated by Marc, but as the points from last season show, things can turn around rapido.
Marc spoke of a particular "motivation" after the Argentine debacle. I noticed few journalist refused to acknowledge this and rather chalked up Marc's subsequent run to the practically 'perfect' RCV. Maybe, perhaps, but I think it had to do with him deciding to make a statement on the track (which btw, he said as much). The thing is, I think unlike the journalists, those sensitive to the ebbs and flows of 'viewership' saw/see a different development and projected the what if, if these "boring" races continued: enter "strange" tire allocation at Mugello. I don't mind if someone reads this and responds with 'tin foil hat' rebuffs, all I know is 'the way of the world' is not limited to or excludes such a kingdom as is GP, those that rule...rule, lobby, legislate, and create the environment that maintains the power structure that is most profitable. This isn't an exception. We need eyes tuned in.
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Marc spoke of a particular "motivation" after the Argentine debacle. I noticed few journalist refused to acknowledge this and rather chalked up Marc's subsequent run to the practically 'perfect' RCV. Maybe, perhaps, but I think it had to do with him deciding to make a statement on the track (which btw, he said as much). The thing is, I think unlike the journalists, those sensitive to the ebbs and flows of 'viewership' saw/see a different development and projected the what if, if these "boring" races continued: enter "strange" tire allocation at Mugello. I don't mind if someone reads this and responds with 'tin foil hat' rebuffs, all I know is 'the way of the world' is not limited to or excludes such a kingdom as is GP, those that rule...rule, lobby, legislate, and create the environment that maintains the power structure that is most profitable. This isn't an exception. We need eyes tuned in.
If the tires are a bag of nails for Honda this weekend then you may find that that starts to gain some traction with the masses.
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I don’t want to see him in the WSBK, but I would like to see him on a competitive GP bike that would be more his fit. I know Honda tried and tried designing a perfect bike for him and it didn’t work but I somehow feel Yamaha or Suzuki would work better for Dani.
I'd love to see him on the M1 - but that seems like a bit of a unicorn scenario at this point. At this point Yamaha (or so I imagine) would or should be pouring their resources into making the bike competitive again, rather that stretching it's budget to create another team, which is after all, not just making a few more bikes but having to make that many more replacement parts and updates on a regular basis. As they don't seem inclined to out-spend Honda to win a championship, it seems, at this point to be unlikely.
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