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September 18th, 2019, 08:36 AM   #61
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The KTM is still in the development stage, Pol makes that bike look good but he has also had a lot of time on it, Kalio has even more time and perhaps should been a full time rider at KTM all along.

So what happens to Zarco? still a very talented rider, I think his riding style suits the Yamaha or Suzuki, but it does not seem that there will be any openings on those bikes for next season.
Kalio has had a good relationship with KTM for almost 20 years having scored a lot of podiums both in 125 and 250 classes. I used to cheer for him on the 250s, where much more so than on the liter bikes, he was very competitive. As with Aoyama who I much admired, I was really disappointed in the results the two of them got in the premiere class.
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Kalio has had a good relationship with KTM for almost 20 years having scored a lot of podiums both in 125 and 250 classes. I used to cheer for him on the 250s, where much more so than on the liter bikes, he was very competitive. As with Aoyama who I much admired, I was really disappointed in the results the two of them got in the premiere class.
Aoyama did great but he doesn't have the grit to get it done on a MotoGp bike. Didn't he pick Stoners bike up and do nothing with it for a race or two? (I may be tripping)

His fighting Bautista season was pretty good considering he won the WC but it also looked like Honda put everything they had into that grey 250cc to try snatch the very last 2 stroke title.

Kalio on the other side being the redbull type of life style type of guy i thought would be wilder and better on the MotoGp bike. I was wrong.
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Aoyama did great but he doesn't have the grit to get it done on a MotoGp bike. Didn't he pick Stoners bike up and do nothing with it for a race or two? (I may be tripping)

His fighting Bautista season was pretty good considering he won the WC but it also looked like Honda put everything they had into that grey 250cc to try snatch the very last 2 stroke title.

Kalio on the other side being the redbull type of life style type of guy i thought would be wilder and better on the MotoGp bike. I was wrong.
I make no claims to being an insider, but everything I read about his effort that year, pointed to the opposite. What was in the press was that Honda didn't do shit for Aoyama that year. It makes sense. HRC were the main force behind the move to get two-strokes out of GP racing, essentially because environmental concerns the world over were fueling legislatures to ban two-strokes. HRC saw the writing on the wall and wanted ASAP to close down two-stroke R&D and focus research monies into more fuel efficient four-stroke technology that would translate into greater sales in all their markets.
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Zarco to replace Nakagami for the last 3 races of the year

https://www.motorsport.com/motogp/ne...agami/4556238/
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Zarco to replace Nakagami for the last 3 races of the year

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Awesome news, i'm really interested to how he will go on the Honda.
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Awesome news, i'm really interested to how he will go on the Honda.
Cool to hear it. Funny (only a little) that a Japanese rider on a Honda is being replaced by a white guy with a prominent Rising Sun emblem on his helmet.
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Looks as though Honda might rate him more highly than KTM do.

I am going with Honda myself, they did alright with the last guy who defected from a marque with a devotion to a trellis frame chassis.
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Maybe it's a try-out. If he does well on it, and Lorenzo doesn't improve over the rest of this year?

The thing I want most is Lorenzo to re-find his mojo or whatever the hell he needs to do, and be competitive again. I know he's injured - that's the slim thread I've been hanging on to for a good while now.

It'll be really interesting to see how Zarco gets on with it.
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Looks as though Honda might rate him more highly than KTM do.

I am going with Honda myself, they did alright with the last guy who defected from a marque with a devotion to a trellis frame chassis.
It'll be interesting to see his progress vs that of the other three riders who aren't Marquez. I expect him to do better than Cal, who never impressed me and is currently hampered by injuries, and better than Nagashima who's always been inconsistent and seems IMO to lack the fire in the belly component, and in all likelihood much better than Lorenzo for whom the Honda is anathema.
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Whilst I am very pleased to see Johann back on the grid I do wonder if we are going from one fire into a furnace? Zarco is smooth and accurate aka Lorenzo, so will he suffer as Lorenzo has, however I do feel he should do better than the current incumbents and he has more to prove -I do hope it works, mind you it if it did wouldn't it complicate 2021 seats?

As for Lorenzo I wonder if Ducati are regretting their decision and making plans for a return
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