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February 9th, 2020, 01:54 AM   #61
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I would wager that MM is riding the Honda as he needs to in order to unlock its performance. He has always asked for the same changes the other riders ask for, frequently commenting on the difficulty of the Honda, especially last years. He previously sited the 2014 Honda as the one that most allowed him to ride the way he wanted, that championship year being his most enjoyable to ride to.
There’s this idea that the RCV hasn’t changed nurmerous times since Marquez started in 2013. The 2016 and 2017 bike needed to be ridden with as much corner speed as possible because oh how bad the acceleration was. 2017 was better than 2016. We’ve seen Marquez hold the same kind of corner speed that Lorenzo famously used. He doesn’t do a Lorenzo imitation when he holds the corner speed but he is more than capable of matching Lorenzos famous corner speed as we have seen at various times.
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Yamaha have been testing a holeshot device, there is a video of Maverick clearly engaging it before a practice start
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Minchiata. Half my family is from Napoli: and I’ve lived in Rome. In my 20s I lived in Little Italy and drove a truck for a mob owned printing supply company. Go on, tell me how I don’t understand Italian culture.
Lol! Maybe Gui can ‘splain me my national heritage in one sentence too. There is nothing I love more than being reduced to a two dimensional cultural stereotype.

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https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ez...9WA5R5t0TlL4lA Sepang day 3
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I do enjoy hearing all of the opinions of why the competition falling short. It seems so nonsensical to hear people saying that "Dovi doesn't have the same passion ", "Jorge has been mentally broken and he's down and out (then almost wins the title)", "Rossi's age has made him scared on the bike", "Vinales has Marc rattled and thats why he's crashing out". I like Dovi, and agree that he doesn't have that extra 1%, but I don't think it has to do with his mental toughness or will to win. Marc is just flat out better, plain and simple. He will take wins out of him, but will never beat him over a season. The masses seem so quickly to dismiss people that are the closest competitors because they couldn't get it done. By that rationale should we see a whole new cast of riders other than Marc this year since they "couldn't get it done"?
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I do enjoy hearing all of the opinions of why the competition falling short. It seems so nonsensical to hear people saying that "Dovi doesn't have the same passion ", "Jorge has been mentally broken and he's down and out (then almost wins the title)", "Rossi's age has made him scared on the bike", "Vinales has Marc rattled and thats why he's crashing out". I like Dovi, and agree that he doesn't have that extra 1%, but I don't think it has to do with his mental toughness or will to win. Marc is just flat out better, plain and simple. He will take wins out of him, but will never beat him over a season. The masses seem so quickly to dismiss people that are the closest competitors because they couldn't get it done. By that rationale should we see a whole new cast of riders other than Marc this year since they "couldn't get it done"?
Well, it's a competition of both bike and rider, isn't it? Hopefully, the relative bike performance between teams will change enough to upset the pecking order of late. Ducati doesn't seem to be doing so well after the last test. Yamaha seems to have made a small step forward.
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I've been watching a video of this Sepang test and got to realize something, take a look below. Could Ducati be using the "holeshot" device to not only start but also to get out of corners? Look at Dovi and Jack compared to Pecco, it's not something normal.




The video is this and these takes are at about 20:50:
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I do enjoy hearing all of the opinions of why the competition falling short. It seems so nonsensical to hear people saying that "Dovi doesn't have the same passion ", "Jorge has been mentally broken and he's down and out (then almost wins the title)", "Rossi's age has made him scared on the bike", "Vinales has Marc rattled and thats why he's crashing out". I like Dovi, and agree that he doesn't have that extra 1%, but I don't think it has to do with his mental toughness or will to win. Marc is just flat out better, plain and simple. He will take wins out of him, but will never beat him over a season. The masses seem so quickly to dismiss people that are the closest competitors because they couldn't get it done. By that rationale should we see a whole new cast of riders other than Marc this year since they "couldn't get it done"?
Couldn’t have said it better.
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I've been watching a video of this Sepang test and got to realize something, take a look below. Could Ducati be using the "holeshot" device to not only start but also to get out of corners? Look at Dovi and Jack compared to Pecco, it's not something normal.
https://www.motorsport.com/motogp/ne...rough/4679822/

scroll down a few paragraphs, Alex Rins made a comment etc
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I do enjoy hearing all of the opinions of why the competition falling short. It seems so nonsensical to hear people saying that "Dovi doesn't have the same passion ", "Jorge has been mentally broken and he's down and out (then almost wins the title)", "Rossi's age has made him scared on the bike", "Vinales has Marc rattled and thats why he's crashing out". I like Dovi, and agree that he doesn't have that extra 1%, but I don't think it has to do with his mental toughness or will to win. Marc is just flat out better, plain and simple. He will take wins out of him, but will never beat him over a season. The masses seem so quickly to dismiss people that are the closest competitors because they couldn't get it done. By that rationale should we see a whole new cast of riders other than Marc this year since they "couldn't get it done"?
Yes, the difficulty of the task of beating MM is hard to over-estimate. If Dovi is the modern day equivalent of Randy Mamola that does not exactly make him chopped liver.

I do wonder how much longer the MM show goes on though. This latest shoulder thing is no joke, and he looks like starting the season incompletely recovered from the injury and surgery and I am not sure how much longer his body can last given his extreme riding style.
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