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June 5th, 2007, 05:16 AM   #1
 
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Fresh from the Italian GP paddock ...

1.- The all-American team: Apparently Hopkins has the economical backing of Monster Energy Drinks (seems to be the American Red Bull). So they are willing to pay big bucks for a team that would feature Hopper and the Texas Tornado. Tech3 Yamaha and Kawasaki would be the availble teams.

2. Tech3 has already re-newed their contract with Yamaha, but the Iwata company put one condition, no crappy tyres. Poncharal hasn't said anything because he hopes Dunlop can come up with decent tyres and that would save him a lot of money. But the most likely option would be Bridgestone, because they want to lure Hopper and his sponsor. And Michelin costs 1M € and Bridgestones are free ... so far.

3. Fill the gap: In case Hopper does leaves Suzuki, the Japs have already been talking to Melandri. Melandri seems interested since Suzuki is nowadays a better bike than Honda. That move would open a slot in the Honda Gresini team ... and certain loyal to Honda SBK rider, English, piano player ....(no more clues needed! would be keen to take the seat and so would be Gresini.

4. The 3rd Suzuki: Last week Francis Blatta said he could go to MotoGP next year with Biaggi, Spies and Schwantz, but this rumour has been binned already. Suzuki (Paul Denning) said there's no way they would field 4 bikes in 2008, Schwantz said he didn't even talk to Batta (only to Aspar and that's the Spaniard is his first option) and Aspar has already started looking for a rider (from MotoGP or 250cc which rules out Biaggi and Spies but Elías has been named ...)

5. Lorenzo: Motociclismo two weeks ago already assured Lorenzo would be Rossi's teammate in 2008. and events in Italy seemed to confirm this. Colin was showing interest in the possible American team (hinting he wont be in the works Yamaha next year), Lorenzo hasn't been named in any other rumour (he's out of the market already) and one of Lorenzo's mechanics was spotted in a Yamaha box learning about their team ...
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June 5th, 2007, 05:32 AM   #2
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very interesting! thanks for that teo!
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June 5th, 2007, 05:38 AM   #3
 
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good stuff..
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June 5th, 2007, 06:28 AM   #4
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Teomolca @ Jun 5 2007, 02:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>3. Fill the gap: In case Hopper does leaves Suzuki, the Japs have already been talking to Melandri. Melandri seems interested since Suzuki is nowadays a better bike than Honda. That move would open a slot in the Honda Gresini team ... and certain loyal to Honda SBK rider, English, piano player ....(no more clues needed! would be keen to take the seat and so would be Gresini.
hahaha yeah that gave it away for me who it was
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Teomolca @ Jun 5 2007, 02:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>5. Lorenzo: Motociclismo two weeks ago already assured Lorenzo would be Rossi's teammate in 2008. and events in Italy seemed to confirm this. Colin was showing interest in the possible American team (hinting he wont be in the works Yamaha next year), Lorenzo hasn't been named in any other rumour (he's out of the market already) and one of Lorenzo's mechanics was spotted in a Yamaha box learning about their team ...
but seriously now, can lorenzo push his ego aside while he's in that team? I can't see him being satisfied with being the 2nd man in a team, eventhough if the other person would be rossi
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Teomolca @ Jun 5 2007, 10:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Fresh from the Italian GP paddock ...

1.- The all-American team: Apparently Hopkins has the economical backing of Monster Energy Drinks (seems to be the American Red Bull). So they are willing to pay big bucks for a team that would feature Hopper and the Texas Tornado. Tech3 Yamaha and Kawasaki would be the availble teams.

It would be good to see tech 3 with some decent tyres and riders (hopkins anyway) as long as Yamaha give the team a decent bike and engineers is should be competitive. The only problem with this scenario, Hopkins would be trading a factory ride for a satellite one, no so smart, improvements would likely go from Rossi to Lorenzo to Hopper. Of course the right contract could solve this problem. Kawasaki should be pretty decent, but does that mean sacking both current riders or just Olivier Shat? I doubt Kawasaki would run 4 bikes, they cant even get 2 to finish a race.

<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Teomolca @ Jun 5 2007, 10:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>2. Tech3 has already re-newed their contract with Yamaha, but the Iwata company put one condition, no crappy tyres. Poncharal hasn't said anything because he hopes Dunlop can come up with decent tyres and that would save him a lot of money. But the most likely option would be Bridgestone, because they want to lure Hopper and his sponsor. And Michelin costs 1M € and Bridgestones are free ... so far.

Good move, I dont think this class could support 3 manufacturers successfully. One would always be on the ass end of it. They could always make it a Dunlop only class

<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Teomolca @ Jun 5 2007, 10:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>3. Fill the gap: In case Hopper does leaves Suzuki, the Japs have already been talking to Melandri. Melandri seems interested since Suzuki is nowadays a better bike than Honda. That move would open a slot in the Honda Gresini team ... and certain loyal to Honda SBK rider, English, piano player ....(no more clues needed! would be keen to take the seat and so would be Gresini.

The thing I find funny is Melandri's team mate is doing a better job then he is and Pedrosa, who admittedly is on a factory bike is doing pretty well. Honda definitely haven't made as strong a bike as previous years, but you would think that by 08 the bike would be as competitive as the Suzuki. The current bike doesn't seem to suit him, yet Elias and Pedrosa can ride it. I think Melandri's head is already with next years team. He aint winning the 07 championship and he knows it.

<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Teomolca @ Jun 5 2007, 10:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>5. Lorenzo: Motociclismo two weeks ago already assured Lorenzo would be Rossi's teammate in 2008. and events in Italy seemed to confirm this. Colin was showing interest in the possible American team (hinting he wont be in the works Yamaha next year), Lorenzo hasn't been named in any other rumour (he's out of the market already) and one of Lorenzo's mechanics was spotted in a Yamaha box learning about their team ...

I hope this is right, Edwards is a waste of Euros. Lorenzo and Rossi wont get on, I think they wont speak to one another much. I'd love to see Lorenzo pull an Elias or is that a Lorenzo on Rossi, just a nice change of line or a gentle nudge to let him know hes there.

Rossi curse "Lorenzo will not win a race until I retire"
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June 5th, 2007, 07:37 AM   #6
 
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I thought I heard rumors that Rossi might not even be riding for Yamaha next season because he be in World Rally Championship?
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (The Fizz @ Jun 5 2007, 04:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>I thought I heard rumors that Rossi might not even be riding for Yamaha next season because he be in World Rally Championship?
that's a rumour you hear every year he might do that, he seems to enjoy rally, but I think he might want to stick around a bit longer with the new 800 etc.
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Yeah bare with me. I am behind with Moto GP news at the moment still. I heard he will retire when he gets his 8th title crown.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (The Fizz @ Jun 5 2007, 03:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>I thought I heard rumors that Rossi might not even be riding for Yamaha next season because he be in World Rally Championship?Hi fizz, rossi is signed with Yamaha until the end of 2008


<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Teomolca @ Jun 5 2007, 01:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Fresh from the Italian GP paddock ... Thanks Teo, keep them coming.
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I didn't even know that until now. Thanks for that.
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