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View Poll Results: Who gets Lorenzo's ride?
Zarco 19 76.00%
Crutchlow 1 4.00%
Alex Marquez 5 20.00%
other 0 0%
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November 18th, 2019, 01:43 PM   #61
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Necessity is the mother of invention and in that sense, I'm not seeing Honda easily getting out of the current situation of their bike being difficult to ride. Afterall, MM is getting it to go quickly.
Exactly. The bike is more than fine for MM. Not an unprecedented situation at HRC either, cf Doohan and the screamer engine. The engineers if not Honda more generally are probably happy as well, as someone has said recently they can just build the bike to be as fast as possible and MM is able to ride it, akin imo to Stoner and the 2007 Ducati. I suspect his early HRC bikes in 2013 and 2014 were more a product of Pedrosa +/- Stoner anyway.

It quite likely won’t be fine for AM. This is where you wonder whether they have really thought it through, although I imagine MM’s and AM’s mind set is not the same as majority opinion on here ie that AM is fairly mediocre.
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November 18th, 2019, 01:53 PM   #62
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So devils advocate. What if Alex does get on with the RCV? Alex will get three extra days of testing, alongside Brad Binder and Iker Lecuon. So from Tuesday on we should see how he measure up against those two. He will be riding the 2019 spec that is going to Taka.






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November 18th, 2019, 02:45 PM   #63
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Could he have already ridden it?. I don’t know the rules for someone not currently a MotoGP rider. I guess he was under contract to his moto 2 team though.

Honda would appear to be keeping their options open, they have reportedly only signed him for 1 year; it is all official on motogp.com now.
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Could he have already ridden it?. I don’t know the rules for someone not currently a MotoGP rider. I guess he was under contract to his moto 2 team though.

Honda would appear to be keeping their options open, they have reportedly only signed him for 1 year; it is all official on motogp.com now.
According to motomatters > most Moto2 contracts have a specific clause in them allowing the contract to be broken if the rider is offered a place in MotoGP
The one year contract is most likely to align with everybody else.
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Could he have already ridden it?. I donít know the rules for someone not currently a MotoGP rider. I guess he was under contract to his moto 2 team though.

Honda would appear to be keeping their options open, they have reportedly only signed him for 1 year; it is all official on motogp.com now.
From Kropo:

"Marc Marquez has made no secret over the years of his desire to share a team with his brother Alex, Alex being given a test ride on the Repsol Honda as a reward for winning the Moto3 title in 2014. Alex also filled in for the injured Tom Luthi at the test in Jerez in November 2017. There was a belief that Marc would try to bring Alex into the team in 2021, once Jorge Lorenzo's contract ended. But when news of Jorge Lorenzo's retirement broke, an opportunity opened up earlier."

Honda never dreamed Lorenzo would bail, leaving them have to fulfill Marc's nepotistic wet dream. I suspect with no opening available in 2020 at HRC, Honda were gambling that Alex would sign on at another team, and then if Lorenzo didn't renew his option for 2020, at least Alex would have had one premier class year under his belt.
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Didn't Zarco turn down partnering MM to go to KTM? Or am I mistaken?
No doubt in hindsight Repsol would have been the best option. Zarco was playing long ball and it didnít work out for him. I think he watched all the crap between Rossi and Lorenzo and wanted to be in a team as the #1.

Trouble is, there are only 2 teams right now that can win the title and they are hard to get into, never mind as #1. Zarco didnít pick one of those, when he could have should have.

Too much talent and not enough bikes. Shame to see Zarco go to Moto 2 if that is the case.
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Official!! Its the Marquez Bros. Team!!!?
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Honda never dreamed Lorenzo would bail, leaving them have to fulfill Marc's nepotistic wet dream. I suspect with no opening available in 2020 at HRC, Honda were gambling that Alex would sign on at another team, and then if Lorenzo didn't renew his option for 2020, at least Alex would have had one premier class year under his belt.[/QUOTE]

If itís true that Honda caved in to MM then it automatically makes me lose respect for Honda. Unless they really think that AM is the best man for the job.

Faced with the unexpected loss of Lorenzo, how much more daring and cool to try and get Fabio Quartararo. Of course, I have no ideacabout the contracts, etc.

I just want to see some interesting racing I guess.
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I really hope Zarco takes up the offer from Avintia.

Staying in the GP paddock should be his highest priority.

Pull off a decent season - few top 6-10's, with another season same as this year, there is the likelihood of Petrucci out in 2021, Miller moving up to Factory Squad and Zarco could find himself on a Pramac current year bike.
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November 18th, 2019, 11:31 PM   #70
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That was pretty much Puig’s justification, although he was known as Darth Puig on here in former incarnations.

He said AM was both young which he considers good in the circumstance and well qualified for a MotoGP ride as the moto 2 champion anyway, and no complexities with shuffling of LCR contracts etc were involved. I am not sure Cal would really want the factory ride at this stage anyway, and he has been having his own share of injury problems as well.

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