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  • 2015 Jerez MotoGP Friday Round Up: How Rossi And Lorenzo Took Different Tire Strategies, And Why Stoner Was Snubbed   3 weeks 21 hours ago

    Anyone who thinks Stoner would trouble the current top ten is more than a little wrapped in nostalgia and/or fanaticism, lets face it he was beaten in 2012 in his prime by Dani and Jorge-injury or not he wasn't winning that title despite being on the best bike, and neither of those two can hold a candle to Marc this season or last (Dani based on Qatar-arm pump or not), let alone the current championship leader who looks to be in the form of his rather illustrious career-which should say enough.

    The focus on Casey Stoner is utterly ridiculous, we have a fantastic season on our hands with more talent and great machinery than we've seen for while, I don't blame Shoei and Livio for getting shitty with the continuous harping about Stoner-Do the Journos want him back for a better headline or something? As we know he would certainly give them plenty of ammunition, seems as though they want him back for some payback after all the crap he's sprouted about the sport and the people around it for the last few years. I feel HRC knows he would melt-down at the first press conference

    I'm looking forward to the 2015 Jerez round, should be great without Casey Stoner. And I'm also looking forward to not having to read anymore about Casey Stoner. The guy left the sport, hated the sport/media/promo which gave him millions and now he wants to come back because he seems to still be craving the attention, I'm not a fan at all. HRC, Yamaha and Ducati needs to focus on bringing great young talent through that aren't so confused and delicate-that's the future.

  • 2015 Jerez MotoGP Friday Round Up: How Rossi And Lorenzo Took Different Tire Strategies, And Why Stoner Was Snubbed   3 weeks 21 hours ago

    I agree, this is an excellent report, incorporating all the relevant news, tons of analysis, and even paddock rumors. I just fail to understand the several "voters" who rate it 1 star. I mean, what are those guys reading somewhere else that makes David's report look bad? I've searched the web for English-language MptpGP reports... and there aren't any that come close to Motomatters. I wish readers who feel the reports might come up short had the balls to say why they think that. If not, they shouldn't be taken seriously, IMO.

  • 2015 Jerez MotoGP Friday Round Up: How Rossi And Lorenzo Took Different Tire Strategies, And Why Stoner Was Snubbed   3 weeks 21 hours ago

    All the Stoner rumors are starting to get to me! Broke my heart when he announced retirement and now we've had 3 years of "is Casey gonna wildcard/test/comeback?!?!" Just can't take it anymore.
    So now that it is subject AGAIN I have to completely agree, the only thing better than Casey racing again... would be Casey racing a Ducati!

  • 2015 Jerez MotoGP Friday Round Up: How Rossi And Lorenzo Took Different Tire Strategies, And Why Stoner Was Snubbed   3 weeks 21 hours ago

    To those who think HRC are scared of Stoner beating Marquez... Let's keep it in perspective, Marc has already achieved more World Championships than Casey (4 to 2), he has achieved in the premier class in 2 years what it took Casey 7 years.

    This is in no way downplaying Stoner, I think you guys need to realise how good Marc is. Remember, Marc's achievement has been against the same competition, the guy is so much better than you seem to want to allow yourselves to believe.

    Marc will not be scared of Casey, full stop.

  • 2015 Jerez MotoGP Friday Round Up: How Rossi And Lorenzo Took Different Tire Strategies, And Why Stoner Was Snubbed   3 weeks 21 hours ago

    Is Miller's start really so bad? Remember that he's on the open class Honda, he's only had 3 races on it, and last year he was racing a moto3 bike. He's made some mistakes, but he's currently beating his team mate (the one that everyone suggested should get a ride on Dani's bike), and he's beating both of the forward Yamaha bikes (the ones that Aleix convincingly showed to be the top open class bikes last year) - even though one of them is ridden by a moto2 world champ who's had multiple years in motogp.

  • 2015 Jerez MotoGP Friday Round Up: How Rossi And Lorenzo Took Different Tire Strategies, And Why Stoner Was Snubbed   3 weeks 21 hours ago

    Changing the subject and just a small correction - "You do not use your legs as much riding a motorcycle". For normal riding no but moving around like these guys do means having to lift yourself almost out of the seat.

  • 2015 Jerez Moto2 FP1 Result: Rabat Back In Charge   3 weeks 21 hours ago

    Quite an unlikely coincidence, it would seem.

  • 2015 Jerez MotoGP Friday Round Up: How Rossi And Lorenzo Took Different Tire Strategies, And Why Stoner Was Snubbed   3 weeks 22 hours ago

    If I was Gigi I'd be offering Stoner a wildcard at Philip Island!

  • 2015 Jerez MotoGP Friday Round Up: How Rossi And Lorenzo Took Different Tire Strategies, And Why Stoner Was Snubbed   3 weeks 22 hours ago

    Didn't he just finish as top open class rider, or was that someone else in Parc ferme with the rostrum getters? That would seem to be a reasonable effort for someone straight out of Moto3! What happened to not putting pressure on the kid too early lol.

    As for the Stoner not riding justification, the smell of BS is heavy. He clearly would have been doing a hell of a lot better than Hiroshi, and this would have been Stoner's third race which would have meant he was getting up to speed even without testing. Clearly there are political reasons inside Repsol for not wanting somebody with Stoner's status replacing Dani. Whether it's Alzamora not wanting his boy destabilised or even Puig pulling some strings for Dani, Nakamoto's reasoning just doesn't stack up.

  • 2015 Jerez MotoGP Friday Round Up: How Rossi And Lorenzo Took Different Tire Strategies, And Why Stoner Was Snubbed   3 weeks 22 hours ago

    Time to go to Yamaha and become the only man to win a premier title on three different bikes, an achievement befitting of his talent

  • 2015 Jerez MotoGP Friday Round Up: How Rossi And Lorenzo Took Different Tire Strategies, And Why Stoner Was Snubbed   3 weeks 22 hours ago
    Wow

    Comments here have reached an all new level

  • 2015 Jerez MotoGP Friday Round Up: How Rossi And Lorenzo Took Different Tire Strategies, And Why Stoner Was Snubbed   3 weeks 23 hours ago

    Who down voted this? Seriously, well played.

  • 2015 Jerez MotoGP Friday Round Up: How Rossi And Lorenzo Took Different Tire Strategies, And Why Stoner Was Snubbed   3 weeks 23 hours ago

    HRC has highsided with the amount of spin they're trying to pull off. CS just did a test in January, and has another scheduled on Monday after the race.

    One thing's clear, they want Stoner to stay far away from MotoGP for the rest of this season. All we can do now is try and understand why they would want that, from HRC's perspective.

    In all likelihood it is because Stoner is quick, and he cannot be controlled via team orders. If he's faster than Marquez at certain tracks, you can bet he'll beat him regardless of what Livio and Nakamoto have to say. Dani on the other hand is a company man, and will back off and let MM take a win at Phillip Island if it means him getting the championship.

    The reason why fans love stoner is precisely the reason HRC are wary of him:

    He's a loose cannon. A rogue. A scoundrel.

    A person of such character does not make a good investment for a conservative Japanese corporation (as a support rider).

    Stoner needs to get on the phone with Ducati.

  • 2015 Jerez MotoGP Friday Round Up: How Rossi And Lorenzo Took Different Tire Strategies, And Why Stoner Was Snubbed   3 weeks 1 day ago

    “[He would need] at least one test. Realistically if we need Casey he comes back next year. Not this year because we have no time.

    There's this thing going on Monday....after the race.

    I believe it's called a test day.

    Not. Sure. If. He. Really. Thought. We. Wouldn't. Catch. That.

  • 2015 Jerez MotoGP Friday Round Up: How Rossi And Lorenzo Took Different Tire Strategies, And Why Stoner Was Snubbed   3 weeks 1 day ago

    I am just hatching a conspiracy theory just for the fun of it. I think Honda have a pretty good idea as to what state Dani Pedrosa's arm is in. By denying continuously that Stoner is not making a comeback this season as a sub for Pedrosa, Honda could be buying time and asking Stoner to work on his fitness and speed and put him in the saddle if Pedrosa's prognosis says he cannot ride this season. Honda are known to play mind games. The other possibility is that Casey Stoner turned his back on MotoGP after winning a championship on a Honda and so are miffed with him. Maybe they wanted him to continue with him and he did not. It called also be Shuhei Nakamoto believes to invest in someone who would be with the company over a long period of time (Aoyama will fit the bill but I am sure Nakamoto is not looking for a rider who will circulate with the rear end of a group) than get someone who might again simply say "Thank you, I had enough". Maybe the comment about Jack Miller being a disappointment had something to do with the fact that he has not shown the ability yet to jump on to Pedrosa's machine. That could be consistent with the investment in the future theory.

  • 2015 Jerez MotoGP Preview - The Season Starts Here, For Real This Time   3 weeks 1 day ago

    My mistake LewTheShoe. It was indeed in 2013 that Rossi rode races in a lonely 4th place. Thanks for correcting me.

  • 2015 Jerez MotoGP Friday Round Up: How Rossi And Lorenzo Took Different Tire Strategies, And Why Stoner Was Snubbed   3 weeks 1 day ago

    I too am confused by the (gentle) criticism, he just beat everyone else using the same software in only his third race, including a former world champ on the same bike!?! I guess HRC management is a tough crowd. :) One can only surmise that Nakamoto thinks the RS is good enough to be up and beating the lesser satellite bikes if there's a truly prodigious talent on board.

    Re Stoner, is it just me who calls BS to the stories of him being 2 seconds off the pace? 2 seconds?? To back off even 0.2 seconds is a lot for a top rider, half a second is taking it easy, two seconds is positively cruising. I believe that stat about as much as I believed the RCV1000R was only 0.3s off the 213V. :D HRC Doublespeak.

    The end result though is that Marquez has no support at all, and only the hope of a resurgent Lorenzo and the continually improving Ducatis to take points away from Rossi.

    Looking forward to the race, glad to see Jerez still on the calendar after looking shaky for a while. It's such a great track!

  • 2015 Jerez MotoGP Friday Round Up: How Rossi And Lorenzo Took Different Tire Strategies, And Why Stoner Was Snubbed   3 weeks 1 day ago

    I guess I don't see what Honda have to complain about with Miller. Not only did he come directly from Moto3, but he's riding the RC213V-RS. Do they really expect him (or anybody) to be challenging for podiums--or even the top 10--on that bike?

    No doubt there are aspects of his performance I haven't the faintest clue about, and maybe that's what they're referring to. Still, I guess I'm just surprised that there would be any public criticism at all, given that all the pre-season interviews seemed to stress that this was a learning season, etc.

  • 2015 Jerez MotoGP Friday Round Up: How Rossi And Lorenzo Took Different Tire Strategies, And Why Stoner Was Snubbed   3 weeks 1 day ago

    It won't be easy, you'll think it strange,
    When I try to explain how I feel,
    That I need a win after all that's been done,
    You have to believe me,
    All I can see is a champion I once I knew,
    Although my points add up to thirty six,
    It should be at least fifty and a few.

    I had let it happen, I had to change,
    Shouldn't have let him hit my front wheel,
    looking back at it now, stayed out of the way,
    So I choose racing,
    Running wide, trying every line,
    But he hit my front wheel,
    I never expected him to.

    Don't cry for me in Argentina,
    The truth is you went and hit me,
    Although you said sorry,
    I'm still mad at you,
    I'll keep my promise,
    I'll beat you from a distance

    And as for fortune, and as for fame,
    I wanted them as much as you,
    It would seem to the world that it's all you desire,
    You can't be serious,
    They're not that important in a race,
    The answer is clean racing,
    I hope you will stop running into me.

    Don't cry for me in Argentina,
    The truth is I ride a Honda,
    You have a Yamaha,
    And I will beat you,
    That's my promise,
    Just keep your distance.

  • 2015 Jerez MotoGP Friday Round Up: How Rossi And Lorenzo Took Different Tire Strategies, And Why Stoner Was Snubbed   3 weeks 1 day ago

    Thanks David, for your typically insightful analysis. Great to see Jorge back up at the pointy end; hopefully a good showing at Jerez will help him get his mojo back and add him into the mix for an already exciting title battle. He may not have the charisma of Rossi and Marquez but he's a beautiful rider and almost unbeatable when on a track that suits him. But the arrival of Marquez shattered his former cocksure self-belief, and now Rossi is rampant too. Maybe Jerez will see the return of the old Jorge and give us even more action on the track than we've had already.

    Another under-performer so far in my opinion has been Andrea Iannone. He's finishing races well and high in the points but I didn't expect him to be so consistently out-gunned by Dovizioso. Iannone is a real talent, an exciting rider who revels in the cut and thrust of overtaking battles, but he's been strangely muted in the races to date - almost as if he's under instructions to play it safe. Or perhaps his hard charging style is less suited to the new Ducati than Dovi's smooth approach. I hope Crazy Joe comes out to play soon - without causing any crashes!

    Further down the pecking order, it was interesting you elicited a public admission of slight disappointment from Nakamoto about Redding and Miller. I feel the same, as do many others. I really expected Scott and Jack to be shining brighter by now. Everyone knows how talented they are, yet they both appear to be struggling to adapt to their different Hondas. Jack did well in Argentina and Scott showed a flash of pace at Austin before embarrassingly throwing it away on the first lap in a rush of adrenaline. I hope Jerez starts to see them show what they are capable of. Can't wait for the race!

  • 2015 Jerez MotoGP Preview - The Season Starts Here, For Real This Time   3 weeks 1 day ago

    Ive been really impressed with how insightful he has been. He comes across as very intelligent and I think his career will eventually turn into one as a TV reporter or the like. Great to see a rider who can articulate what he does so well.

  • 2015 Jerez MotoGP Friday Round Up: How Rossi And Lorenzo Took Different Tire Strategies, And Why Stoner Was Snubbed   3 weeks 1 day ago

    Why on Earth would he want to come back to a place that he so famously hated?

    Because nothing compares to the thrill of what happens after the flag drops on race day....even when you hate the mechanism that produces it. And when you don't get a dose big enough to fill the void, eventually you start jonesin' a bit.

  • 2015 Jerez MotoGP Friday Round Up: How Rossi And Lorenzo Took Different Tire Strategies, And Why Stoner Was Snubbed   3 weeks 1 day ago

    Many thanks for the report David.

    What is it impossible for riders or their teams to admit that they are fallible and sometimes make mistakes? Even in the Rossi/Marquez clash a couple of weeks ago, it seemed impossible for Marquez or HRC to admit he made a tiny error. Personally I'd have more respect for Marquez if he showed any humility and admitted some errors, bot this year and the previous incidents he was involved in, especially the potentially life changing clash with Wilairot. From memory he didn't apologise or admit any culpability for that incident (I even remember his team contesting the qualifying penalty he received).

    Do riders and teams really believe their own publicity and aura around them? The smoke blowing from journo's and fans doesn't help. He's a racer, exceptionally gifted and possesses more talent in his damaged finger than I do in my whole body, but that doesn't make him an 'alien' (please stop using that word everyone, it's tired and cliched). He has fears, he makes mistakes. That goes for all of them, Rossi, Lorenzo, Crutchlow.

    It is also possible to separate admiration for someones's abilities on a bike and a dislike of their public persona. I say that because whenever someone's chosen rider is criticised for something they do, out come the comments about how good they are. I think Rossi is amazing, but he is a machiavellian and I'd not want to be on his wrong side.

    Stoner....why don't HRC want him riding Pedrosa's bike? Simple. He would be a threat to Marquez. It's a long season and Marquez can still win this. A run of good results, a DNF for Rossi and the others and suddenly he's within spitting distance of a 3rd title. With Pedrosa effectively out of any running for the title, he'd have to accept whatever HRC told him. Stoner though? Do you think he'd accept being to not finish in front of Marquez. And if a rider who'd been retired for a few years came back and beat the new Golden Child, do you think Repsol OR Dorna would want that? Especially the rider who was so critical of Dorna and its policies and dynamics. I can't see it happening, no matter what the press try to stir up.

    I know Stoner offered to come back, but have you seen any of his family snaps with wife and child? He's living the Australian dream, fishing, boating, dirt bike riding, with enough money to ensure he never has to work again and a beautiful family who love him. Why on Earth would he want to come back to a place that he so famously hated?

  • 2015 Jerez MotoGP Preview - The Season Starts Here, For Real This Time   3 weeks 1 day ago

    in 10 weeks, I think. If it can happen on pure pace already anywhere, then on the Sachsenring.

  • 2015 Jerez MotoGP Preview - The Season Starts Here, For Real This Time   3 weeks 1 day ago

    Well said moto shrink

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