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Old 21 Nov 2019, 10:20 (Ref:3941916)   #166
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I'm not complaining .. but direct to Repsol Factory ride? .. after 4 years or so getting beaten in Moto2 on top rides
We'll see how he'll do but don't think it will be a challenge for MM unless he fakes it, unlikely possible.
Although i don't like the Honda Repson Team, was hoping for Zarco(whom I support) or maybe Cal getting a chance.
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Old 21 Nov 2019, 21:28 (Ref:3942026)   #167
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I'm not complaining .. but direct to Repsol Factory ride? .. after 4 years or so getting beaten in Moto2 on top rides
We'll see how he'll do but don't think it will be a challenge for MM unless he fakes it, unlikely possible.
Although i don't like the Honda Repson Team, was hoping for Zarco(whom I support) or maybe Cal getting a chance.
I don't think that Marquez has much of a margin to fake anything, the opposition are very close, and if you see how Marquez's bike was dancing on the limit in Valencia, Alex is going to have to be damned good to beat Quartararo with the Honda. I think the rest of the Honda riders have shown just how difficult it is to be competitive on it. Magic Marc is really special, the Honda not so much.
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Old 21 Nov 2019, 22:46 (Ref:3942041)   #168
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LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow admits the 2020 prototype RC213V he tested in the post-Valencia MotoGP test is no easier to ride currently than its much-criticised predecessor.
Crutchlow was very vocal about the '19 RC213V's difficulty in turning all through this year, with the LCR rider only managing three podiums in 19 races having won a race in '18.
Marc Marquez has been the only rider to extract consistent frontrunning performance from the bike on his way to the '19 MotoGP title.
Having spent the two days in Valencia comparing the '19 and '20 bikes, Crutchlow says steps have been made "in some areas", but the bike is still incredibly difficult to ride.



"We have to be positive with the bike that they brought us, we have to be positive that they made a step in some areas," Crutchlow, who was fourth in the test, said.
"I feel a little bit more comfortable and confident on the bike, but as far as the bike is concerned with regards to it being easier to ride, it is not.
"We need to still improve that over the winter and hopefully they can.

"On a general feeling, I managed to go faster than I did all weekend and this has to be a positive thing on a bike that's solely done two days here in Valencia.
"I didn't try my race weekend bike today [Wednesday] particularly.
"I did one run at the end of the day and I am sure I could have gone faster with that as well, but the information is what we need is the 2020 bike."
Marquez - who was seventh at the end of testing - echoed Crutchlow's comments on the rideability of the '20 bike, adding: "The character [of the bike] is more or less similar.
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Old 21 Nov 2019, 23:40 (Ref:3942051)   #169
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Thanks for the updates Gordon. It's going to fascinating to see whether they can adapt the Honda over the winter but at the moment it doesn't sound too positive. Personally I hope the other teams continue to improve, at least we'll have a challenge for the other podium places given that MM will no doubt dominate again next year.
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Old 22 Nov 2019, 14:22 (Ref:3942165)   #171
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Yes it is interesting to see, but times on a new bike don't actually mean an awful lot. I have been to a few test days over the years and most of it consists of the riders sitting about for ages while the team decide what alterations may or may not work. It's not all about lap times as it is possible to put in a very quick time over one lap but the next one can be considerably slower.
What would be interesting is to see Marc Marquez on a Yamaha or Ducati or whatever, lets not forget Rossi or Lorenzo when they were at the top of their form and changed to Ducati, they never really shone for some time.
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Rossi never won on the Ducati, and Lorenzo in his first year didn't either, and only got to grips towards the end of his second.
As I intimated in my last post would Marquez do any better ? we will probably never know unfortunately.
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I seem to remember back a while that Troy Bayliss was the only one to shine on a Ducati whilst no could ride the thing although most of his best results came in WSBK rather than MotoGP. For sure Dovi and co need some improvements in the machinery to take on some of the opposition next year, they have the grunt but not the nimble handling of the Yamahas or for that matter Suzukis. It's going to be interesting to see how KTM fair now that they are concentrating their efforts on the top class, as to whether any of them can challenge MM is somehow doubtful in my view, the guy is almost unique in his ability on 2 wheels. He has his detractors I know but for me his unbridled enthusiasm is a joy to watch - every win is likes his first, genuine passion.

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Old 24 Nov 2019, 04:16 (Ref:3942477)   #174
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I seem to remember back a while that Troy Bayliss was the only one to shine on a Ducati whilst no could ride the thing although most of his best results came in WSBK rather than MotoGP. For sure Dovi and co need some improvements in the machinery to take on some of the opposition next year, they have the grunt but not the nimble handling of the Yamahas or for that matter Suzukis. It's going to be interesting to see how KTM fair now that they are concentrating their efforts on the top class, as to whether any of them can challenge MM is somehow doubtful in my view, the guy is almost unique in his ability on 2 wheels. He has his detractors I know but for me his unbridled enthusiasm is a joy to watch - every win is likes his first, genuine passion.

Stoner was rubbish on the Duke!


That's what I love about Magic Marc too, his joy and enthusiasm.
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Rossi never won on the Ducati, and Lorenzo in his first year didn't either, and only got to grips towards the end of his second.
As I intimated in my last post would Marquez do any better ? we will probably never know unfortunately.
Still remember when Rossi was criticizing Stoner for his lack of results on the Ducati and Stoner's response: "When he's ridden it we'll talk!"
Wonder if they ever did?
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do you have a reference of that saying?
both the Rossi and Stoner response?
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do you have a reference of that saying?
both the Rossi and Stoner response?
This is the closest so far, I think it was one of the press conferences, but it stuck with me.

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/motorsp...215-1t6dj.html
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'With his most successful premier class season to date finished, eight-time World Champion Marc Marquez elected to undergo surgery at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus-Quiron today, November 27;' said a Repsol Honda statement. 'The operation was performed by Dr. Xavier Mir, Dr. Victor Marlet and Dr. Teresa Marlet, all part of ICATME (the Catalan Institute of Traumatology and Sports Medicine).

'After experiencing some discomfort with his right shoulder, and after his Monday crash at the Jerez Test, the Repsol Honda Team rider elected to have the operation as a preventative measure after medical consultation. The operation is similar to the one performed on his left shoulder at the end of 2018 but less aggressive in nature.
No doubt his rest will last for a couple of weeks until he goes motocrossing !! although he might pop down our way for a while to catch a bit of the sun at this time of year. He actually lives in Cervera up the north.
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Excellent up to date reporting from our Iberian correspondent
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Make that (part time correspondent) as I'm in sunny warm dry UK at the moment
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