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October 28th, 2019, 01:48 AM   #31
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Pics found around the traps and apologies for the size before someone craps on about









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October 28th, 2019, 06:17 AM   #32
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One race does not indicate maturity, lest of all when that race is at a circuit where he has generally performed relatively well and when that performance is at a track that the other Aprilia rider describes as special and was himself 1.3 seconds back.

Reality of Ianonne is that he the occasional glimpse of form or brilliance and people get all excited but then he all to soon reverts to form and goes back to the mediocrity with which he seems so comfortable.

Not denying that he has ability but one race does not give me any hope for Ianonne to suddenly show the form that people so crave.
Note the modifier in sentence: "appears".

Thx for the pics BTW - reminds me - just how great was the one-off Aussie Duc livery. They should keep it. Thought the same of the one they did
for Stoner, both so much better than the rather dull one commissioned by the factory.

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Zarco's performance surely has HRC bigwigs considering already. Three rider HRC team? Is there room on the grid and in the rules to do this? Surely hell be cheap (a million or two), aside from the potential repairs, I'm sure they have enough engines, chassis and fairings to do so. Maybe too soon after this weekend, but if he can put it in the top ten next few races, why not consider?
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Zarco's performance surely has HRC bigwigs considering already. Three rider HRC team? Is there room on the grid and in the rules to do this? Surely hell be cheap (a million or two), aside from the potential repairs, I'm sure they have enough engines, chassis and fairings to do so. Maybe too soon after this weekend, but if he can put it in the top ten next few races, why not consider?
I think there is only so many grid spots that are available. But he could be an excellent choice as a test rider with wildcards, leading into a grid spot in 2021.
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I think there is only so many grid spots that are available. But he could be an excellent choice as a test rider with wildcards, leading into a grid spot in 2021.
Maybe it's only wishful thinking, but between how his poor performance is affecting his general sense of self-worth and confidence and how his poor performance affects HRC's standing in the manufacturer's competition - I think there might be room, on both sides, for a suitable compromise that would let Lorenzo out of his contract.

Whether it's his injuries that are holding him back - and if they're really the issue he shouldn't be riding - or it's his inability to adjust to the bike, he really needs to take time off to either heal or negotiate a contract with a different team.
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Zarco's performance surely has HRC bigwigs considering already. Three rider HRC team? Is there room on the grid and in the rules to do this? Surely hell be cheap (a million or two), aside from the potential repairs, I'm sure they have enough engines, chassis and fairings to do so. Maybe too soon after this weekend, but if he can put it in the top ten next few races, why not consider?

I don't get why everyone is so impressed with Zarco, he had one race and finished ahead of 3 riders (Abraham, Syahrin, and Lorenzo). started 14th, he didn't pass anyone, was passed twice, managed to get 13th because of a few DNFs in front of him, but he kept the rubber side down and not crash.... I dont think thats enough for Honda get the check book out.
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I don't get why everyone is so impressed with Zarco, he had one race and finished ahead of 3 riders (Abraham, Syahrin, and Lorenzo). started 14th, he didn't pass anyone, was passed twice, managed to get 13th because of a few DNFs in front of him, but he kept the rubber side down and not crash.... I dont think thats enough for Honda get the check book out.
People just wanted to see if he'd beat Lorenzo or not. He did so "tick", he's now better than Lorenzo.

That's not what I think btw. I am completely gutted by Lorenzo and no longer know what to think. As Keshav said, if this really is down to his injuries, he shouldn't be racing. I'm a long time Lorenzo fan and am at a loss.
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People just wanted to see if he'd beat Lorenzo or not. He did so "tick", he's now better than Lorenzo.

That's not what I think btw. I am completely gutted by Lorenzo and no longer know what to think. As Keshav said, if this really is down to his injuries, he shouldn't be racing. I'm a long time Lorenzo fan and am at a loss.
Lorenzo could be testing parts and settings for 2020, who know what the team is doing with him. I still think Lorenzo does not have the upper body strength and stamina to ride the RCV.
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Lorenzo could be testing parts and settings for 2020, who know what the team is doing with him. I still think Lorenzo does not have the upper body strength and stamina to ride the RCV.
Logically speaking, if Lorenzo can't ride the bike at a competitive clip, his assessment of parts and settings will only be useful or pertinent to slow riding.
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I don't get why everyone is so impressed with Zarco, he had one race and finished ahead of 3 riders (Abraham, Syahrin, and Lorenzo). started 14th, he didn't pass anyone, was passed twice, managed to get 13th because of a few DNFs in front of him, but he kept the rubber side down and not crash.... I dont think thats enough for Honda get the check book out.
For one thing, Zarco did better than Lorenzo who has had ample time to adjust to the bike. Moreover, Zarco has a good track record on the Yamaha. He's not exactly an unknown. Especially important, he's young and not plagued with injuries, and will work cheaper than Lorenzo. I would say that adds up to a lot of potential.
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