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August 13th, 2021, 03:29 AM   #91
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Acosta for sure could get the nod for a possible ride with HRC, but given the issue they have with the bike and HRC seeming sole focus on MM....you'd have to think the Yamaha is still be best option for him to consider.....OR maybe Suzuki....surely Rins is going to have to show something soon for Suzuki to keep him longer term....

Roberts - 4 full seasons in Moto 2 and only 1 podium, and DNF from last 3 races - I don't think he's on a top MotoGP ride radar at all, he'd have to win the Moto2 title in 2022 or come to a team with a lot of sponsor back up....American pipe dream this one....
I think give it another year if Marc doesnt regain his ways HRC will be looking for a new #1. I really hope he finds his magic again. If he doesn't I don't think he will stick around much longer.
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I think you both have good points. Last year sealed Dovis fate but his decline and desire to race really deteriorated after the signing of Jack. I don't think Jack is out preforming what Dovi is capable of. Also this year seems to be the kind of year Dovi could have had lots of success. The duc rides have been hit or miss this year each race. The fantastic 4 are cycling good results and Dovi, Mr. consistency, had a good chance of being in the hunt again this season IMO.

I personally don't think there was any better chance for Dovi (assuming he is the rider many suggest) to win the title than 2020.

Marquez was out and Dovi was the expected one but he did not step up, others did.

Let us not forget that after Petrucci won in Italy (?) it was reported that Petrucci had made a statement that he would now assist Dovi to beat Marquez for the title, which many people attributed to team orders following a Dovi meltdown after being beaten by his team-mate, not unlike the Dovi meltdowns of the Lorenzo era.

All of that was 2019 and then 2020 and again Dovi simply did not deliver plus he was now 34 years old and few riders maintain their ability to compete as they get older, many have the mind but not the body/ability.

I would agree that Jack at 26 is not performing like a 33 year old Dovi would but this year Jack has won more races than Dovi did in 2020 (Dovi won 1) and matched the number Dovi won in 2019. Jack also has more podium finishes this year (3) than Dovi did the entire 2020 season (2), so perhaps they are not that far apart.

I mean, if we dont consider Miller good enough for a factory ride after 1 season, then it is clear why Dovi was dropped if we compare the numbers.

Total truth is the numbers surprised me when I just checked them - I did not realise how poor Dovi's 2020 season actually was
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I personally don't think there was any better chance for Dovi (assuming he is the rider many suggest) to win the title than 2020.

Marquez was out and Dovi was the expected one but he did not step up, others did.

Let us not forget that after Petrucci won in Italy (?) it was reported that Petrucci had made a statement that he would now assist Dovi to beat Marquez for the title, which many people attributed to team orders following a Dovi meltdown after being beaten by his team-mate, not unlike the Dovi meltdowns of the Lorenzo era.

All of that was 2019 and then 2020 and again Dovi simply did not deliver plus he was now 34 years old and few riders maintain their ability to compete as they get older, many have the mind but not the body/ability.

I would agree that Jack at 26 is not performing like a 33 year old Dovi would but this year Jack has won more races than Dovi did in 2020 (Dovi won 1) and matched the number Dovi won in 2019. Jack also has more podium finishes this year (3) than Dovi did the entire 2020 season (2), so perhaps they are not that far apart.

I mean, if we dont consider Miller good enough for a factory ride after 1 season, then it is clear why Dovi was dropped if we compare the numbers.

Total truth is the numbers surprised me when I just checked them - I did not realise how poor Dovi's 2020 season actually was
Yea he had a terrible 2020 season. Probably the worst of his career but he still to me was the best option. Out of the 4 riders Miller is 3rd in points and the rider in 4th missed 3 races and has preformed outstanding. Martin is outstanding for a rookie. I'd put my eggs in that basket. Hindsight tells me Jack should have stayed where he was. But with that said they have a super team right now.
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