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Old 12 Jun 2012, 16:08 (Ref:3089639)   #1
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2015 Moto GP...

Well, a few weeks ago Casey Stoner shocked everyone by announcing that he was done with Moto GP. This single act opened up silly season in full force. Well a huge piece has now fallen into place with Yamaha and Jorge Lorenzo announcing a new two-year deal for 2013 and 2014.

So, Valentino Rossi to Honda?

And what about Marc Marquez and the rookie rule? We currently have a daft rule that says only 4 prototype bikes per manufacturer (despite a pathetic grid). And if Marquez can't have a Repsol ride, then what might this mean for Gresini or LCR?

It also might be safe to say that Dani Pedrosa just saved his ride.

Ben Spies is looking mediocre at best with Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow eyeing that spot. There was also a recent interview where Cal said he'd ride the Ducati. That would be interesting.

Lots going on now.
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Old 12 Jun 2012, 18:37 (Ref:3089702)   #2
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Dorna are looking at getting rod of the rookie rule, Iwonder why.

And people wonder why I dislike the people around MArques so much
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Old 15 Jun 2012, 11:49 (Ref:3091406)   #3
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The whole series needs to be revamped - Moto 3 is good with 2 engine manufacturers, any chance Aprilia will join?
Moto 2 needs another engine & MotoGP is just lost - can it & make it all CRT with all diff bikes & engines & 30 entrants, start from there!
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Old 19 Jun 2012, 22:52 (Ref:3095176)   #4
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Rookie rule waved, expect Marquez at Repsol.

Also probably expect an announcement that the factories have agreed to the rev limit rule.

Politics you know...
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Old 20 Jun 2012, 06:52 (Ref:3095260)   #5
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Poor effort. I'm sure several teams and riders would have benefitted in the past from taking rookies. Totally disagree that an exception should be made, especially for this guy.

Was always a bad rule having said that.
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Old 20 Jun 2012, 07:38 (Ref:3095277)   #6
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Doesnt surprise me at all.

Repsol pretty much own this championship and anyone linked to them gets special favours.

You watch soon there wiull be a minimum weight rule in Moto2 after he leaves aswell.

Pathetic realy and MNarc doesnt deserve this kind of thing, he is more than talented enough without Dorna bending over backwards to help him every step of the way.

Remember, he was avergae on a Honda 125 and for KTM, he has only been anything special on the best bikes, and we all know how Valentino has looked since he ride a donkey.
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Old 20 Jun 2012, 10:10 (Ref:3095331)   #7
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Think they are worried Jorge will dominate in 2013 & Dani cant beat him, best try Marquez? Whatever Dorna
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I cant see anyone really getting into Jorge until the likes of marquez and maybe Redding or Luthi, Pol get into GP? Maybe not even those guys, maybe we are looking for Vinales or a Fenati, apart from Marc, there is noone really with that winning aura about them at the moment.

Though I do feel Iannone and Redding might be well suited to a GO bike, my only concern ebing that both have spent a long time riding bikes at high lean angles and a GP bike needs a slightly different ridig style these dyas after the 800's have left and Bridgestone/IRTA have decided how the bikes are bign ridden by making tyres only a some teasm can use
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I cant see anyone really getting into Jorge until the likes of marquez and maybe Redding or Luthi, Pol get into GP? Maybe not even those guys, maybe we are looking for Vinales or a Fenati, apart from Marc, there is noone really with that winning aura about them at the moment.

Though I do feel Iannone and Redding might be well suited to a GO bike, my only concern ebing that both have spent a long time riding bikes at high lean angles and a GP bike needs a slightly different ridig style these dyas after the 800's have left and Bridgestone/IRTA have decided how the bikes are bign ridden by making tyres only a some teasm can use
Yeah Lorenzo is very well placed to dominate for years but it will be interesting to see how he deals without having a rival. Is he capable of dominating the sport in the manner of a Doohan when the competition is below his talent level? I'd imagine he is but if not he'll look elsewhere for his kicks.

I was writing earlier about the silly season and what could happen if Rossi leaves Ducati. I cant see why he'd stay there other than ego or money but if he goes it is the least attractive ride in the field. Crutchlow is being linked to it but he'd be much better served staying at Tech3/Yamaha.

Espargaro has been linked as well but his reputation is soaring so there's no need to risk a bad couple of years on a Ducati. What about Hector Barbera as a factory Ducati rider?

Sounds crazy I know but who would want the ride and Barbera has shown himself as a competitive prospect on the Pramac one....
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I have a feeling that Spies will ride for Tech3 again in a straight swop with Dovi, not sure about Tech3, if this ridiculous deal wioth Smith sticks then if I was Cal I would take the money and ride for Ducati, it will pay him a fortune!

As for Barbera, he is not the real deal, always struggles for race pace and is slower than the works guys despite often being quick in qualifying, he is basically the Spanish de Puniet and cant go quick on his own, he always follows.

He will obviously get the ride because he is Spanish however
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I have a feeling that Spies will ride for Tech3 again in a straight swop with Dovi, not sure about Tech3, if this ridiculous deal wioth Smith sticks then if I was Cal I would take the money and ride for Ducati, it will pay him a fortune!

As for Barbera, he is not the real deal, always struggles for race pace and is slower than the works guys despite often being quick in qualifying, he is basically the Spanish de Puniet and cant go quick on his own, he always follows.

He will obviously get the ride because he is Spanish however
Yeah that's how I see it panning out with Dovi and Spies as well there's no way Smith gets a Yamaha next year, if it comes to it you'd imagine that Yamaha will pay for that contract to be torn up rather than have one of their bikes go to an underperforming rider. Smith has showed promise in the past and is clearly quite fast but his problem has always been that once he's in a pack he cant overtake anyone. Put Cal and Ben together on the sat Yamaha and you've got four very talented and motivated riders on their four bikes.

In relation to Barbera I don't think for a second that he's a world beater but who in their right mind would take on the Ducati? Rossi's failure have only shown once again that the bike is a killer of reputations. Looks at RdP as a prime example. Two years ago he was a regular challenger for the frontrow and racing really well, a year on the Pramac and suddenly he can only get a CRT bike.

Ducati are going to be forced to look for a tier two rider or a youngster. They'll go hard after the likes of Espargaro but I just dont see why he'd view it as an acceptable risk to sign for the team. Someone like Barbera on the other hand would at least give Ducati someone that can ride with confidence. I don't think he's a factory calibre rider but Ducati are going to be hard pressed to get one next year
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Any thoughts on Nicky next year? Honda wouldnt get him back would they?
So people think Dani is out at Honda or will partner Marquez? Rossi as a partner for Marquez? Could be a good teacher for the lad.

Anyone fancy doing a list?

ps Bradl impresses me, hes doing his normal quiet and efficient teutonic job.
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Old 24 Jun 2012, 10:48 (Ref:3097071)   #13
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Bradl looked good early int eh eyar ut has dropped off a bit now.

I think the tyre situation will obviously affect him more than Repsol.

Such a shame this stuff and the Spanish domination of everything GP happens, I so wish someone else was running our sport sometimes, CRT is beginning to look pathetic, regardless of Ezpeleta;s best intentions, he loks a spoilt little man with lost of power trying to push through hsi own ideas, as these bikesa re a tota joke with joke riders most ofth time

In the wet they look reasonable, but the sameis true in any series
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Shame about dropping the rookie rule now (not that it made a great deal of sense in the first place), it takes all the fun out of the silly season. I don't see much interesting happening next year other than Lorenzo winning.

The ducati is a pig, but there'll always be half a dozen mid-tier riders who'll do it for cash and a contract. Although motomatters seems to think the Pramac team might give up with it.
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When you consider that pramac won races on a Honda, you have to consider their position, they ahve been the worst team running factory bikes for years now and though Abraham runs them close, it cant be much fun, why not go superbike on a decent bike or Moto2.

For me the whole things is a shambles, eitehr run it all CRT or all factorya nd let GP run itself into the ground.

Having two classes is a bit of a joke and having mainly Italian and Spanish teams running most of the bike when both countries economies are in met down still further heaps joke status on the main class.

On its own CRT would work, but you try telling Yamaha and Honda who have invested tens of millions in GP and created the class really to run CRT,

You need someone with balls to go in there and say
No electronics
Control tyres
Standard ECU
Salary cap on riders
Must run two bikes per team
Rev limit

Run whatever frame, run any engine within the rules you make

How you can run prototype when only 3 manufacturers can afford it pathetic,

GET REAL you STUPID manufacturers, THERE IS NO MONEY LEFT
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