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  • Reply to: Jonas Folger Pulls Out Of Racing For 2018 To Focus On Recovery   43 min 56 sec ago

    This seems to be perceived such that Jonas has somehow betrayed the team with this 'late' announcement.  I view it that he has in fact been incredibly decent in admitting that he will not be 100% for some time and (even though late) has given the team a chance to get a rider for a whole season.

    The alternative would have been for him to string them along, miss the tests, maybe miss the first few races and claim to be returning at Jerez and so on, all the while simply hoping (against medical advicce) that he will come good earlier than planned.  Imagine how hard this decision would have been for Jonas, to forfeit the entire second season of a ride he has worked up to all his life, and likely set back his future prospects as well.

    This sort of thing is much more complex than the typical broken bones, gravel rash and so on that MotoGP riders usually suffer.  I hope he makes a full recovery and makes it back into the sport.

    Vierge must be absolutely kicking himself for jumping ship from Tech3 about now... it's clear HP rated him highly and was very disappointed (even offended?) at his leaving.

  • Reply to: Jonas Folger Pulls Out Of Racing For 2018 To Focus On Recovery   1 hour 33 min ago

    surely Ant West is still available

  • Reply to: Jonas Folger Pulls Out Of Racing For 2018 To Focus On Recovery   2 hours 39 min ago

    I hope he recovers fully. I have no idea who should be drafted into the seat. All good guys are under contract already, I suppose.

  • Reply to: Jonas Folger Pulls Out Of Racing For 2018 To Focus On Recovery   2 hours 59 min ago

    Expletive. Well that puts Herve in a difficult position. the timing is awkward. Recruitment & interviewing is a drag. Plenty of other work to do at this stage of the pre-season. I am confident Tech 3 will find someone for the job. No doubt M Poncheral will receive stacks of applications for this position.

    Likely candidates? Ben Spies himself says "My right shoulder is probably 70 percent, but I know I can hold on to the bike." in an interview in Cycle world. https://www.cycleworld.com/former-world-superbike-champion-ben-spies-is-... Ben says he is planning to ride a dirt bike this year. I don't see Herve signing a rider with a medical problem that is likely to affect the rider's performance.

    Sylvain Guintoli sure he can ride a motorcycle & may not cost too much to buy out his current contract & Sylvain is french. he is only 35ish, younger than VR46 but not young. S. G. has tons of experience & may work well with Johann Zarco. All the smiling Frenchmen in one team?

    Remy Gardner, Young enough. I would love to see another Aussie in the class, But not sure R.G. is at the right stage in his career to move up. Good luck to him if he does.

    I was thinking Herve might be making some strategic plans for his team if Yahama choose not to supply bikes to Tech 3 but now Herve has to work hard to get what he needs in place quickly to be ready in time for testing & the first race.

  • Reply to: Jonas Folger Pulls Out Of Racing For 2018 To Focus On Recovery   3 hours 5 min ago

    I feel for Herve Poncharal.  But I have faith he will snatch someone out of nowhere that will do well.  The man is a genius at picking riders he can inspire.