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July 31st, 2018, 06:22 AM   #11
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If and when it happens - itíll be after winning a tenth championship. Rossi didnít set out to win ten. If he had he would have trained more and been more disciplined. MM - has witnessed the whole drama over 10 - and while he may not talk about it - it must be a goal. If Marquez Does does win ten on the Honda - you can be sure they will be willing to outbid anyone to keep him from going elsewhere.

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I used to think that too. Not later than a few weeks ago I also thought (and even wrote, I think) that Marc would have been really unhappy about Jorge's arrival.

But his latest race performances as well as his most recent interviews made me understand that Marc is something else. He doesn't care about comparisons, nor rivals, nor manufacturers. He solely cares about winning "here and now", if you know what I mean.

If he'll switch to another team in the future (which he might, of course) it would only be in the case he'd think that another bike would make him even faster and/or performing better at the races.
True, however Marc is only 25 and the 'here and now' mentality is indicative of that. Once he gets a bit older then the appeal of the legacy may become more prevalent.
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True, however Marc is only 25 and the 'here and now' mentality is indicative of that. Once he gets a bit older then the appeal of the legacy may become more prevalent.
If he wins this year, he'll be 3 titles away from 10.

He could in the best case scenario have 10 at 28 years old. I think if he hits 10 at that point he might go to Ducati just to try and win a title on that bike because by that point it'll have been 14 years since Stoner won the 2007 title and I think he is the only rider currently that could win a title on the Ducati because of how he rides.
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If he wins this year, he'll be 3 titles away from 10.

He could in the best case scenario have 10 at 28 years old. I think if he hits 10 at that point he might go to Ducati just to try and win a title on that bike because by that point it'll have been 14 years since Stoner won the 2007 title and I think he is the only rider currently that could win a title on the Ducati because of how he rides.

and why would he wanna "stop" at 10 titles?

That is Rossi's goal, not Marc's.....
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and why would he wanna "stop" at 10 titles?

That is Rossi's goal, not Marc's.....
Never said he wanted to stop at 10. He'll go to Ducati to deliver that long awaited title. He can overcome the corner deficiencies with the Desmo because of how he enters corners. Swing the back out to get the bike turned before mid corner full lean.
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He'd do well on the Ducati. That's a stop and go bike that is strong on the brakes, and strong on corner exit.
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This narrative that Rossi left Honda to cement his legacy by winning on another bike is hokum. He left over money. The way it was presented at the time was this romantic idea that Rossi left because he was a historian of the sport blah blah blah. The truth is, Rossi figured out wat he was worth in the world of sports and made demands that Honda refused to meet . Honda said the bike was the star and they figured they could plug any number of riders onto it and win. They now know that is not the case and will pay and do whatever it takes to keep him mentally and financially happy.
This is what happens when Neanderthal kids get dropped on their heads.
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Agree.

Let's be fair he won on the Yamaha out of talent and speed that were his own, but the whole romance built around it was nothing but good marketing.

And that's not wrong at all, but the way some people worship his "miracles" on the Yamaha...ew
Rossi winning the first year on the Yamaha was a major achievement which can’t be denied. His talent was obviously the major factor, but others were involved, particularly Masao Furusawa. Rossi going to Yamaha was likely also multifactorial, with Dorna/Carmelo rumoured to have been involved.

I can imagine Dorna being keen for MM to go to Ducati at some stage, it would be a good narrative for them, although MM may not be particularly enamoured of Carmelo. I believe MM is a student of the sport and winning on a different bike could well eventually be something he wants to do, although like others I am also sure Honda would pay to keep him.

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This is what happens when Neanderthal kids get dropped on their heads.
What, it takes a significant head injury for a Neanderthal kid to be reduced to the intellectual level of the average Rossi fan?.
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What, it takes a significant head injury for a Neanderthal kid to be reduced to the intellectual level of the average Rossi fan?.
As a long time Rossi fan, I resemble that remark...however..



yes, that is hanging above my bed...
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