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April 25th, 2019, 10:09 PM   #11
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Yamaha have had a rider talent blip since Lorenzo left, nothing wrong with that bike. Zarco seemed to like it.

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April 26th, 2019, 01:48 AM   #12
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Crazy to think on it - but the Honda has become not unlike the Ducati of 2007 in that no-one can get it on the top of the podium except the one stand-out freakishly talented rider in the series.

I seriously think, if HRC had retained Dovi instead of buying him out of his contract all those years ago - they'd have by now developed a much more user friendly machine.

If Rins can come from behind and blow by a guy with as much racecraft as Rossi with that kind of confidence, the Yamaha is definitely in trouble. People going on and on about how fabulous the Yamaha is - are repeating memes from years ago. Yamaha simply has not kept up these last two seasons.
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April 26th, 2019, 01:53 AM   #13
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Yamaha YZR M1 is an absolute weapon. Huge corner grip. Sweet handling. And it hasn't been blown away on the straights by any other bike so far this year.

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April 26th, 2019, 01:55 AM   #14
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Further to the Bautista thread, I'm wondering what will happen to Dovi, next year he is 34 at season start, a Rossi he certainly isn't, so how long will he retain a seat at Ducati.
Then Ducati have another problem, Miller and Petrucci, both are fast and I imagine thats one reason they gave Petrucci a 1 year contract, to push Dovi a bit, sadly its not happening.
Then of course there is the problem of who will ride next year, with contracts seeming to be decided mid season quite often, then realising that maybe you made a horrible mistake, alla Lorenzo with his wins for Ducati.

Personally I'd hate to be in Ducati management, the stress will only get worse.
Miller DNF's 4, season position 13th, top 6 positions 4.
Petrucci DNF's 2, season position 8th, top 6 positions 6.

Lets see what happens in the next 3 races.


I know for a fact that Dovi's intention is to do two/three more years then he's done. He is burned out by some of the non-racing related occupations of being a pro rider and wants to retire at a relatively young age and enjoy his family, homeland and money (can't blame him).

That's part of why Ducati made only a 1 year deal to Petrucci and signed Bagnaia...they are looking for a next "symbolic" rider to build a project around, but haven't yet figured out who he might be...

It is also known that in 2016, BEFORE approaching Lorenzo (who had been approached in 2010 too, but that's another story) Ducati tried to make an offer to Marquez, that MM's management rejected...if and I do mean IF Marquez is ever changing Team, I'd bet a pint he'd go to Ducati...
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20 years ago age 34 was ancient in GP, but these days the training is so much better, medical technology is better... and aside from Marquez, it takes most riders a few seasons to get accustomed to the GP bike coming from the lower ranks. The riders are also intricate in the development of the bike.. the GP19 was built for Dovi, as will next years bike.
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20 years ago age 34 was ancient in GP, but these days the training is so much better, medical technology is better... and aside from Marquez, it takes most riders a few seasons to get accustomed to the GP bike coming from the lower ranks. The riders are also intricate in the development of the bike.. the GP19 was built for Dovi, as will next years bike.
Sure - talk to AMA guys and GP guys who raced in the ‘70s and ‘80s and you’ll be hard pressed to find one who had any training regimen. Stamina and ability to heal or just stay healthy was much more about the genes they inherited.
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20 years ago age 34 was ancient in GP, but these days the training is so much better, medical technology is better... and aside from Marquez, it takes most riders a few seasons to get accustomed to the GP bike coming from the lower ranks. The riders are also intricate in the development of the bike.. the GP19 was built for Dovi, as will next years bike.
Maybe for some, Rossi looks like he's diseased, he's gaunt with skin and no flesh.
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Maybe for some, Rossi looks like he's diseased, he's gaunt with skin and no flesh.
Really? C'mon Mate - get a grip. I'm no Valeban fanatic - but the guy looks great for his age. This photo taken earlier this year at Sepang gives lie to your description.
Besides who cares what he looks like? In a helmet and leathers at 200 MPH they all look pretty good.
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Really? C'mon Mate - get a grip. I'm no Valeban fanatic - but the guy looks great for his age. This photo taken earlier this year at Sepang gives lie to your description.
Besides who cares what he looks like? In a helmet and leathers at 200 MPH they all look pretty good.
Okay so here is Rossi in 2009, he looks ready for a box today I think
He looks 20+ years older
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Looks fine, not sure if that's what wins races.

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