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August 10th, 2021, 04:13 AM   #41
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Yes - when I was watching the pre-race commentary, and one commentator was interviewing, I think Pit Beirer, Beirer expressed regret that the two current riders heard of the hiring of two new riders, inadvertently - rather than from official in-house sources, leading me to think that KTM was, I don't know, buying out their contracts and replacing them. It wasn't really clear.
I think he was talking about Tech3? Lecuona moaned that he heard he was being replaced in the news rather then from KTM directly.
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I think he was talking about Tech3? Lecuona moaned that he heard he was being replaced in the news rather then from KTM directly.
Have to go back and listen again. I had a neighbor at the door and my dogs were barking and it was hard to fully pay attention.
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I do wonder what happens at KTM in the long term. Four into two doesn’t go, and while I like Binder I think Fernandez and possibly (hopefully from my point of view as an Australian) Gardner may end up better than Him, and both the factory riders have long term contracts.
And then you have Acosta coming up within the KTM pipeline. Too many talented riders for just 4 seats.

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I watched the post-race press interviews and what a pleasure! These three podium finishers are very mature for their years. All the riders can be quite thoughtful in how they speak and genuinely keep my attention. This is in such stark contrast to Formula one.
I frequent another board and they're sad because "after Rossi retires, there isn't a single charismatic rider out there". It's incredible how people prefer a cult of personality than good competition. Explains the popularity of F1, which has become unwatchable in the last decade.
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I frequent another board and they're sad because "after Rossi retires, there isn't a single charismatic rider out there". It's incredible how people prefer a cult of personality than good competition. Explains the popularity of F1, which has become unwatchable in the last decade.
Oh I don't know. The Hamilton cult is coming on strong in there now.
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And then you have Acosta coming up within the KTM pipeline. Too many talented riders for just 4 seats.



I frequent another board and they're sad because "after Rossi retires, there isn't a single charismatic rider out there". It's incredible how people prefer a cult of personality than good competition. Explains the popularity of F1, which has become unwatchable in the last decade.
There's always going to be lonely, unfulfilled masses who live vicariously through celebrities with outsized personalities who do their living for them.
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Quartararo has the championship in the bag, .
I wouldn't be counting those chickens yet...
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I think Aleix having a sook is pretty funny. It wasn’t so long ago that he smashed into the back of Marquez and finished his race IIRC. I think Marquez was at fault for the first one, the second one he himself got picked up by Quartaro. Just the same people making a mountain out of a molehill I guess.
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I think Aleix having a sook is pretty funny. It wasn’t so long ago that he smashed into the back of Marquez and finished his race IIRC. I think Marquez was at fault for the first one, the second one he himself got picked up by Quartaro. Just the same people making a mountain out of a molehill I guess.
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I wouldn't be counting those chickens yet...
So far he is looking much better than he did last year. I think he’s the strong favourite but having said that one crash puts the pressure on him again and he hasn’t responded well to pressure historically.
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I think Aleix having a sook is pretty funny. It wasn’t so long ago that he smashed into the back of Marquez and finished his race IIRC. I think Marquez was at fault for the first one, the second one he himself got picked up by Quartaro. Just the same people making a mountain out of a molehill I guess.
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I think Aleix having a sook is pretty funny. It wasn’t so long ago that he smashed into the back of Marquez and finished his race IIRC. I think Marquez was at fault for the first one, the second one he himself got picked up by Quartaro. Just the same people making a mountain out of a molehill I guess.
You can say that again!
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