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  • 2015 Argentina MotoGP Post-Race Round Up: On Rossi Vs Marquez, And Why You Shouldn't Believe The Pundits   5 days 16 hours ago

    ... (given that Aoyama's time on Dani's bike counts toward his engine allocation) Honda have the engine turned way down while Hiroshi is riding.
    He's not doing all that badly really, compared against other mortals. I sort of think it also goes some way toward further destabilising this myth that a factory Honda is head and shoulders above any bike on the grid. It's only been the truly exceptional riders (Rossi, Stoner, Marquez) who have hopped onto it and dominated. That's how it should be.

  • 2015 Argentina MotoGP Post-Race Round Up: On Rossi Vs Marquez, And Why You Shouldn't Believe The Pundits   5 days 16 hours ago

    "Have you ever try to look back on a bike while wearing a helmet[and at full pace requiring 100% of your attention]?"

    The slight peek Rossi did may have only verify that Mark was not on par with him, making Rossi think Mark was not where he actually was, which IMHO was way too close to Rossi's rear tire,I don't believe he could have seen Mark since he was in Rossi's blind spot, he would have need a mirror or a good twist of his neck to reach where Mark was, (which is something you will not do while trying to win a race on a 260BHP machine).
    IMHO Mark should have known that the natural whipping of a bike to take the corner would mean he was occupying Rossi's personal space a little too much, for sure if the situation was reversed, Mark would have done something similar.

    In summary, maybe the peek gave Rossi the false impression that he was clear of Mark.

  • 2015 Argentina MotoGP Post-Race Round Up: On Rossi Vs Marquez, And Why You Shouldn't Believe The Pundits   5 days 17 hours ago

    Agostini changed the paradigm. Roberts changed the paradigm. Rossi changed the paradigm.

    Not just because they won multiple world championships, but because of how they did it: They forced other teams/manufacturers to change their approaches.

    Paradigm changers accept what they're given, they adapt to their situations. They work really, really hard, but that's not all of it. They expect to be the best. They have an intrinsic belief that there can be no other result for them but winning.

    Having seen a few "next Bob Dylan"s come and go, I gotta say, Marquez is most likely a paradigm changer. That we get to see two of them battling each other this year, not to mention a top-notch supporting cast who've merely challenged for or won multiple world titles themselves, makes my MotoGP video pass thingy the best hundred bucks I've spent in a long time.

  • 2015 Argentina MotoGP Post-Race Round Up: On Rossi Vs Marquez, And Why You Shouldn't Believe The Pundits   5 days 18 hours ago

    I like and rate Dani but to be honest I don't think he'd be able to do much about Rossi at the moment, even without the injury.

  • 2015 Assen World Superbike Race Two Results: Behold!   5 days 18 hours ago

    Always the same when GPs and SBK go head to head. It's the nature of the beast.

  • 2015 Argentina MotoGP Post-Race Round Up: On Rossi Vs Marquez, And Why You Shouldn't Believe The Pundits   5 days 18 hours ago

    Sorry but even as a diehard VR fan I have to disagree there. Marquez takes every corner like a scalded cat, he has absolutely no fear on track, and that's what's given him the edge. My fear is that this will cost him sooner or later though I hope not.

    I do however think VR is probably the most talented racer on the circuit, and this is what enables him to milk every last drop of potential from the bike and tires.

    But what a meeting of talents! How lucky we are to see this; and I have a feeling that because each recognises that the other is a truly worthy champion, there'll be no falling out as the season unfolds.

  • 2015 Argentina MotoGP Post-Race Round Up: On Rossi Vs Marquez, And Why You Shouldn't Believe The Pundits   5 days 18 hours ago

    I agree it was unfortunate the way Jeremy's dismissal played out. But I don't see how it could've been much different. IIRC, Rossi was searching his soul, and once he'd made his decision, he couldn't pretend. He couldn't lie to Jeremy, his "racing father", so he told him that weekend. I think Jeremy took it like a father whose son is leaving the nest.

    The media sure played it up. I don't know who leaked what information, but once it was out, it was sensationalized. Shame.

    But I think between Rossi and Jeremy there is understanding. At least that's what it looked like to me. Maybe I saw what I wanted to see.

  • 2015 Argentina MotoGP Post-Race Round Up: On Rossi Vs Marquez, And Why You Shouldn't Believe The Pundits   5 days 19 hours ago

    I was wondering how change would effect Marc. Rule changes, Tire changes, riding styles but, mostly the change of his rivals as they start going faster. This is really what I find so interesting and why I love motorcycle racing so much.

    I know there are a million attributes (that I'm going to for the moment discount) but, something I love so much about Rossi is his ability to change and adapt to MotoGP through the years. Two years in 500cc then moving to 990cc four stroke MotoGP he was able to adapt. The single tire rule and the switch to 800cc as well. Now with the appearance of Mark we've seen Rossi change his riding style, change his crew chief and this year further adapt his riding style. This year he seems to be wearing leathers that have elbow sliders. I don't recall ever seeing him have those before because Rossi's style never Inc. the elbow that much. But this year for example I'm noticing in post race photos and videos that there does seem to be a little bit of where on those elbow sliders. Or maybe I'm crazy :-p

    When Marc came to MotoGP I think it was a fairytale combination of raw talent a bike that suited his style and a crew chief that knew how to make all the pieces come together. Just for the record I don't want anyone to think "that i think" Marc's success is attributed to anything other then the fact he's amazing.

    But the road ahead is bound to be difficult and I'm really really curious to see how he adapts. We've all seen so many riders come and go because they don't have the will to go fast anymore or they can't adapt to change and regulations. Jorge's struggle with the heat resistant tires is a good example. If Jorge wants to go fast again he's going to have to find a way to adapt his riding style to make those tires work.

  • 2015 Argentina MotoGP Post-Race Round Up: On Rossi Vs Marquez, And Why You Shouldn't Believe The Pundits   5 days 20 hours ago

    In my memory, it was Rossi's quote.

  • 2015 Argentina MotoGP Post-Race Round Up: On Rossi Vs Marquez, And Why You Shouldn't Believe The Pundits   5 days 20 hours ago

    ...something regarding Jeremy Burgess how?

    The guys got a lot longer history of success than Rossi, you, or Galbusera, and possibly all 3 of you combined. Maybe you could cut him a little slack.

    And the criticism wasn't that he decided to make a change, because that was apparently up to him (as opposed to a team decision), it was with regard to the rather ungracious way he choose to do it.

  • 2015 Argentina MotoGP Post-Race Round Up: On Rossi Vs Marquez, And Why You Shouldn't Believe The Pundits   5 days 21 hours ago

    What he said. Thanks, David!

  • Bridgestone Press Release: Masao Azuma Explains Graining And Discusses Extra Hard Tires   5 days 21 hours ago

    That was the hardest they could go, Yamaha, Honda and their satellites were the only ones with yellow rims available

  • 2015 Argentina MotoGP Post-Race Round Up: On Rossi Vs Marquez, And Why You Shouldn't Believe The Pundits   5 days 21 hours ago

    The thing about Aoyama vs Stoner is that Hero affords Honda an interesting opportunity. Without focusing on outright points grabbing or wins Honda can focus on development. For all we know Hero is running spec electronics conducting live testing for next year, who knows whats under that fairing except Shuhei himself...

  • 2015 Argentina MotoGP Post-Race Round Up: On Rossi Vs Marquez, And Why You Shouldn't Believe The Pundits   5 days 21 hours ago

    It's funny how many considered responses can be attributed to two motorcycle riders negotiating a very tricky part of a very tricky circuit at the most crucial point of a pivotal race in the world's ultimate professional motorcycle racing series.

    To anyone with an opinion as to either rider's intent based on video replays from various cameras: Don't confuse the seconds, minutes or, for the most depraved of us, hours spent analyzing the event with the milliseconds the riders experienced.

    Yes, these are the two best riders on the planet, for whom a millisecond is what a mortal deems an eternity. But still.

    This is what was going through Valentino's head: Stay in front of Marc.

    This is what was going through Marc's head: Get in front of Valentino.

    They both did what they felt they had to at the moment. Only one of their "plans" worked. The other's will be revised. It's gonna be a great season.

    Man, how long has it been since MotoGP's premier class was the more exciting of the three? Let the pundits stretch their legs!

  • 2015 Argentina MotoGP Post-Race Round Up: On Rossi Vs Marquez, And Why You Shouldn't Believe The Pundits   5 days 21 hours ago

    I love this divide by budget idea.

  • 2015 Argentina MotoGP Post-Race Round Up: On Rossi Vs Marquez, And Why You Shouldn't Believe The Pundits   5 days 21 hours ago

    How was that allowed to happen? Since we've moved away from the 800s the big class racing's been getting better and better. We now have a large group of riders capable of getting on the podium, and I don't think Bradley Smith and Aleix Espagaro are far away from joining that group on current form.

  • 2015 Argentina MotoGP Post-Race Round Up: On Rossi Vs Marquez, And Why You Shouldn't Believe The Pundits   5 days 22 hours ago

    Now this is the question. Whether he will be fit enough to return at jerez else hiroshi is there to replace him. As marquez is fifth there is hardly any chance that honda will give stoner a shot. And this is the track he knows quite well and i dont think that after getting denied of his request to ride for dani at the previous two rounds he will again approach honda. Of course stoner would have given honda better finishes than hiroshi but still honda had their own bullshit reasons inspite of stoner saying he wasn't planning on winning. Shame as it was not to be but i still find myself hoping that he rides in jerez...

    Feeling bad for lorenzo, he doesn't deserves to be there. All that gruelling off season training doesn't seems to be paying off and his struggle with the heat resistant tyres continues. He has always been his worst critic always fighting with himself and saying his biggest competition is himself rather than marquez or rossi. Dont know if he will but i hope he gets his season back on track from jerez, finds his way to use the tyres...

    Feel the same for dani too as he has always encountered some problem or the other throughout his career. And i think he would have won in 2012 if barbera wouldn't had knocked him in misano beacuse of that pressure he crashed in phillip island. Its a pity that he will retire without a motogp title unless he is more succesful on a different manufacturer. Honda will surely look for another rider come 2016...

    Coming back to the season it has got off to a fabulous start which shadows the previous seasons and i hope it goes on the same till end. The championship would have been even more unpredictable if jorge and dani would have been fighting up there...

  • 2015 Argentina MotoGP Post-Race Round Up: On Rossi Vs Marquez, And Why You Shouldn't Believe The Pundits   5 days 22 hours ago

    I think Marquez was more afraid of the GP15 than the M1, which is why he went with the hard tire.

  • 2015 Argentina MotoGP Post-Race Round Up: On Rossi Vs Marquez, And Why You Shouldn't Believe The Pundits   5 days 22 hours ago

    I said he broke him, and I meant for this race. Rossi passed Marc twice, with no contact. Marc banged into him twice and put it in the litter. That's getting broke. He's called the Golden Child (Eddie Murphy reference) because they changed the rules just for him so he could instantly go to Repsol. (poor Ben Spies wasn't afforded the same luxury)

    Marc is as tough as they come and will fight back but he got broke and flustered in Argentina. Lost his head and twenty points. Valentino just showed him it's not going to be so easy this year. This isn't 2014.

  • Bridgestone Press Release: Masao Azuma Explains Graining And Discusses Extra Hard Tires   5 days 23 hours ago

    According to this stat sheet (link below), Three of the factory with concessions / Open riders used the harder tire at COTA...

    Any idea why?

    They were Vinales, Herndndez and DiMeglio.

    http://www.bridgestonemotorsportmedia.com/file-download.asp?file=114/Bri...

    Also interesting that after Argentina now 2 of 3 races won have used harder choice of tire...

  • 2015 Argentina MotoGP Post-Race Round Up: On Rossi Vs Marquez, And Why You Shouldn't Believe The Pundits   5 days 23 hours ago

    That line was actually in Fastest and it was Simoncelli saying it, and it goes:

    During the race, you want to kill the other rider, but after the race, you give him the hand, and you go to drink a beer together.

    Later in the movie ...

    Rossi: Simoncelli sometimes is very hard. I am his friend, so with me, he is more soft. But especially with Bautista, Barbera, always hard, hard fight.
    Interviewer: But he [Simoncelli] says they are girls.

    ... which drew quite the chuckle from Rossi.

  • 2015 Argentina MotoGP Post-Race Round Up: On Rossi Vs Marquez, And Why You Shouldn't Believe The Pundits   5 days 23 hours ago

    I think David said. If Rossi wants a championship, he'll want some help from Lorenzo against Ducati I think...

  • 2015 Argentina MotoGP Post-Race Round Up: On Rossi Vs Marquez, And Why You Shouldn't Believe The Pundits   5 days 23 hours ago

    Before the beginning of this season Marquez was used to winning without even trying that hard....now he knows that giving his best might not be enough. This race is going to leave a mark and we'll know big it is during the next races.

    Hate him or love him you have to admit that whenever there's excitement/action on the race track, Rossi is most likely involved. 36 years old and once again he's the one giving the new kid on the block a run for his money.

    Forza Vale.

  • 2015 Argentina MotoGP Post-Race Round Up: On Rossi Vs Marquez, And Why You Shouldn't Believe The Pundits   6 days 14 min ago

    Rossi has 'out ridden' Lorenzo many times now(Catalunya 2009?) and so far has beaten Marquez twice and last time i checked he was riding a motorcycle while doing so not flying a jet.

    He won the last race mostly because nobody could match his pace with the extra hard tyre, even Marquez said so.

    So what do you call 'pure riding skill' exactly?

  • 2015 Argentina MotoGP Post-Race Round Up: On Rossi Vs Marquez, And Why You Shouldn't Believe The Pundits   6 days 26 min ago

    When you look at MM93's attitude in Moto2 when another rider put an overtake on him his response was always the same.

    [Somewhat depending on the corner] If the overtaking rider held his line MM would ride on the outside almost leaning on the rider and then cut back across their front wheel at the first opportunity. If they ran a fraction wide he'd drive his bike up on the inside.

    Realistically he should have rolled off a fraction after the first contact and built some momentum for a subsequent overtake. However that's just no MM's way - he's an aggressive rider (generally in a positive way) and is the last to back out of a situation (in a game of chicken he'd move/jump out of the way from the oncoming vehicle last).

    Rossi, he's back in a rich run of form again, on a great bike, in a good place mentally, etc. The pressure isn't really on him at the moment, it's more focused on MM, but come the second half of the season who knows?

    Dovi is the real dark horse here though, if this continues all season long he might just pick up Nicky Hayden style championship (low wins, high podiums) if VR or MM suffer from the pressure or have a couple of DNFs.

    For the record I bagged VR at 7/1 e/w before the season started (ridiculous odds for a 9 time champ) [also got JL at 4/1 e/w, so fingers crossed he gets his mojo back soon] {wish I'd got Dovi at ~25/1 e/w}...

    For MM93, these next two rounds are going to be crucial for him and Honda. He'll push super hard for the win, but for Honda they really need for Pedrosa to come back sooner rather than later as he's got he potential to steal positions from VR and therefore help MM93 hugely. Maybe Honda will give CS27 a quick call to see if they change their decision if Pedrosa can't come back soon?

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