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March 9th, 2008, 11:00 PM   #1
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I'm a bit confused here. At the end of last season, I was one of a very small minority who had Lorenzo marked as a challenger this season. Now he appears to be the second coming to folks who were dismissing him last year.

Are we getting a repeat of the Haystack fans running off to Stoner so they can say their guy won the title?

I also have to say that as a Rossi fan, it was frustrating to see him fighting the Stones in the later part of the race while the Michelins kept going for Lorenzo.

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (basspete @ Mar 10 2008, 07:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>I'm a bit confused here. At the end of last season, I was one of a very small minority who had Lorenzo marked as a challenger this season. Now he appears to be the second coming to folks who were dismissing him last year.

Are we getting a repeat of the Haystack fans running off to Stoner so they can say their guy won the title?

I also have to say that as a Rossi fan, it was frustrating to see him fighting the Stones in the later part of the race while the Michelins kept going for Lorenzo.

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Good call Pete. I never would have guessed he would be this good at the start. But I think this night race might be a bogey track, so we'll have to wait until Jerez to see if he stays there.

Any more ominous predictions Pete? [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif[/img] [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif[/img]
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (basspete @ Mar 10 2008, 07:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>I'm a bit confused here. At the end of last season, I was one of a very small minority who had Lorenzo marked as a challenger this season. Now he appears to be the second coming to folks who were dismissing him last year.

Are we getting a repeat of the Haystack fans running off to Stoner so they can say their guy won the title?

I also have to say that as a Rossi fan, it was frustrating to see him fighting the Stones in the later part of the race while the Michelins kept going for Lorenzo.

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This race may be a one off. The low track temperature, dust and condensation must have made it difficult. I think that whoever was riding on Michelin this year was gonna get a better tyre than last year. Bridgestone caught them cold and Michelin had to up their game.

Be interesting to see what happens at the next race. We might get a better picture of how things really look.

Lorenzo was impressive though. He has got the talent and he is confident in his abilities. We need to see number 46 battling up the front !


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When Lorenzo rode his first GP Rossi was already motogp world champion, I love it!!
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While not necessarily a Lorenzo fan, I do recognise his talent...

I predicted him to maybe win a couple of races this year & have a good, steady showing a la Max Biaggi in 1998 with his first 500cc season.

And like Max, Jorge will do ok but not seriously threaten for the title throughout the year.

After that though, all bets are off!
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (muzzy57 @ Mar 10 2008, 10:25 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>And like Max, Jorge will do ok but not seriously threaten for the title throughout the year.

Regardless of his obviously huge talent i still don't think its reasonable to expect a rookie to be a serious contender for the title.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Tom @ Mar 10 2008, 08:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Regardless of his obviously huge talent i still don't think its reasonable to expect a rookie to be a serious contender for the title.

Agree 100% [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbs.gif[/img]
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (basspete @ Mar 10 2008, 05:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>I'm a bit confused here. At the end of last season, I was one of a very small minority who had Lorenzo marked as a challenger this season. Now he appears to be the second coming to folks who were dismissing him last year.

Are we getting a repeat of the Haystack fans running off to Stoner so they can say their guy won the title?

I also have to say that as a Rossi fan, it was frustrating to see him fighting the Stones in the later part of the race while the Michelins kept going for Lorenzo.

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I make no secret of this fact ... I can't stand him! That said, he rode fantastic this morning/last night! You have to have some serious talent to get pole for your first race and finish second to the current World Champ!

I still think that rain will be his Achilles Heel. TC or no TC, I expect he will struggle big time in the wet (thus dropping lots of points to the other contenders). The law of averages says we should expect at least 3 wet races this year! That is a lot of points!
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lorenzo dovi and jt surprised me, i must admit i would not have put money on any of them, lucky for me im not a gambler [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif[/img]
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Well the guy's not Psycho Lorenzo for nothing. He does have a crazy gleam in his eye and he's all out to wipe the floor with the rest of them. Whether he actually manages or not is something else. His talent is quite indisputable. And there was a moment in yesterday's race where I found myself thinking, "well, age is really playing a part in this." He was more than a little crazy and he's still got everything to prove so in the end he just might. I don't think he's a more talented rider than Dovi though. I guess only time will tell.

<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (basspete @ Mar 10 2008, 08:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>I also have to say that as a Rossi fan, it was frustrating to see him fighting the Stones in the later part of the race while the Michelins kept going for Lorenzo.
Agreed. But not surprising. Yamaha/bridgestone are doing their best undoubtedly but Lorenzo has the benefit of all the michelin/yamaha data that rossi's years with them has put together. Don't think that after such a public snub they're going to sit back and take it. I bet michelin will try their hardest to show the world what a big mistake Rossi has made dumping them. Lot of people love rossi but no doubt lot of people love to hate him too. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif[/img]
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