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03-27-2014 12:31 AM
Old Baldy
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Originally Posted by sqd8r View Post
My name's not Jamie... no reason to leghump or lie...
True, sorry!
03-26-2014 06:25 PM
Jami6989
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Originally Posted by duckdawg View Post
he looks like a twig, he's so skinny...
Cuz skinny means titles and he's trying to win as many as Pedrosa! He and Pedrosa are tied over the last four seasons.
03-26-2014 04:48 PM
duckdawg he looks like a twig, he's so skinny...
03-26-2014 08:03 AM
Jami6989 He lost this weight middle of last year. Was still in there from when he pretzeled his leg. Probably just took it out to appease all the morons calling for a weight restriction on riders/bikes. Because no matter what size, you should be destined to be on the grid. We should figure out what kept Hubert off the MotoGP grid and petition that hurdle to be lifted.
03-25-2014 05:38 PM
Jami6989
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Originally Posted by Old Baldy View Post
Wasn't aware of Lolly being out of shape
He didn't tell you?
03-25-2014 02:49 AM
bsess
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Originally Posted by sqd8r View Post
To put the Rossi performance in perspective, he has a certain kind of magic at Qatar - he got 2nd place last year; his 4th 2nd place at Qatar where he has won the opening race twice before. More importantly, as Ryder and others have said, Qatar has never been an indication of the remainder of the season, less so this time with JLo crashing out. Fastest lap today was 1:55.575 compared to last year's 1:54.445 while the qualifying pace was hotter/faster suggesting the race pace was slower than expected.

My only solid prediction for next season. Dani is gone and JLo is heading to Honda. Dani made no inroads whatsoever on a wounded MM or a Rossi on a less than optimal Yamaha (JLo, and Rossi, have been complaining about the pace of the Yamaha all weekend - albeit what racer doesn't).

All that said, it was awesome to see Rossi challenging at the front again, trading blow for blow, good clean racing from two world champions. Would only have been better if JLo was in there but I suspect that JLo's pace had he been able to maintain it would have seen him well ahead - out of reach.
You make quite a few excellent points that really put this weekend's results in perspective. Flat out great post....
03-25-2014 02:02 AM
sqd8r
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Originally Posted by Old Baldy View Post
and Rossi had, what, 3 surgeries over the winter, I think it was?

Wasn't aware of Lolly being out of shape (other than him not getting on with the new tire), but if that's true, then, yes, that might explain his lack of speed during all the tests, but I'm surprised that he'd then have been pissing and blaming the tire and not simply pointing to his shoulder.
Like I said, Rossi said he was 100% whereas JLo said he wasn't. That has to be considered as a factor. My name's not Jamie... no reason to leghump or lie...

Both Rossi and JLo were complaining about the bike and tires. Ryder kept commenting how Rossi said this was a slow bike.
03-25-2014 01:55 AM
Old Baldy
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Originally Posted by sqd8r View Post
A bit of an asterisk on the testing results - when considering JLo and Rossi. Both MM and JLo admitted to being less than 100% at a press conference; JLo recently had some additional shoulder surgery that was not elaborated on. Only Rossi and Dani admitted to being 100%; Rossi in particular stating he was really in good shape and according to Ryder he has lost some weight and looks fitter than in the past.

Still open season but Austinof course will be more revealing. As Rossi said, the 1st 4 races will tell the tale.
and Rossi had, what, 3 surgeries over the winter, I think it was?

Wasn't aware of Lolly being out of shape (other than him not getting on with the new tire), but if that's true, then, yes, that might explain his lack of speed during all the tests, but I'm surprised that he'd then have been pissing and blaming the tire and not simply pointing to his shoulder.
03-24-2014 11:50 PM
sburns2421 He was pissed his GPS transponder lost its mind and his position on the track after lap 5. It didn't know which corner he was one and the TC varied unpredictably. They don't allow GPS-control on the circuit but get around the rules I assume by time crossing the finish line on a flying lap or distance covered since pinging the start/finish line to reset each lap. His screwed up and got progressively worse, stopping entirely on the cool down lap.

Doesn't mean he isn't a tool though, sort of my impression of him since his WSBK days.



03-24-2014 11:43 PM
Turbo329
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Originally Posted by sqd8r View Post
I thought Cal was a bit (more) of an ass than normal. Hodgson was trying to give him, a fellow Brit, some press time and the idiot storms off like a petulant child until Hodgson grabbed him and gave him the ''**** off and interview with me you ponce.'' Even then he was a complete ass. Ducati better have a chat... you know what that cheque covers Cal... press time. Suck it up.

I have no idea what he was pissed about other than being beaten handily by his teammate but that's his problem, in that case, not the bike.
Cal was a total tool!

Sick of that guy. Why is he even in GP again?
03-24-2014 10:09 PM
sqd8r
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Originally Posted by Old Baldy View Post
Yep, agree. The old guy has been very competitive in the winter tests, more often than not being faster than Lolly, which means he SHOULD be fighting for podiums this year at least...but who the hell knows at this early stage.

If it does happen this season, despite being nearly double Marky's age and on the downward trend after his long career, I guess he must have some secret bike equipment advantage that no-one else knows about....because clearly he never deserved any of those 9 world championships...
A bit of an asterisk on the testing results - when considering JLo and Rossi. Both MM and JLo admitted to being less than 100% at a press conference; JLo recently had some additional shoulder surgery that was not elaborated on. Only Rossi and Dani admitted to being 100%; Rossi in particular stating he was really in good shape and according to Ryder he has lost some weight and looks fitter than in the past.

Still open season but Austinof course will be more revealing. As Rossi said, the 1st 4 races will tell the tale.
03-24-2014 10:04 PM
sqd8r
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Originally Posted by sburns2421 View Post
Cal should enjoy the Marlboro money because he won't like riding the bike.
I thought Cal was a bit (more) of an ass than normal. Hodgson was trying to give him, a fellow Brit, some press time and the idiot storms off like a petulant child until Hodgson grabbed him and gave him the ''**** off and interview with me you ponce.'' Even then he was a complete ass. Ducati better have a chat... you know what that cheque covers Cal... press time. Suck it up.

I have no idea what he was pissed about other than being beaten handily by his teammate but that's his problem, in that case, not the bike.
03-24-2014 09:53 PM
Latebraker I doubt that Lorenzo would go to Honda, he's not going to settle for being #2 on the team when Honda already has Marquez. He may use that as a bargaining chip against Yamaha, but I doubt that Honda would want to pay him his salary which must now be between 8-15 million a year.

It's more likely that Honda would go for an up and coming rider for much less money and try to develop them into the next big thing.

Besides, it's no good for the sport if the 2 best riders are on the same team and winning every race.
03-24-2014 03:36 AM
TVC 15 Marquez definitely goes to the edge. Did you notice during a right hander at 19 laps to go he lost the front and his left foot came off the peg. You could hardly tell with the exception of losing a couple of bike lengths exiting the corner.
03-24-2014 03:36 AM
mattmansell Wow,

Just watched the race, Rossi looked absolutely fantastic today... I really hope that he is back, and pushing Marquez and Jorge all year. The Espargaro Bros, are going to be a force to recon with as well, despite a slightly rocky start... Great race!
03-24-2014 03:24 AM
Old Baldy
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I have no idea what the outcome would have been had Jorge and Bradl not fallen but even against a less than fully fit Marquez, that was the best I've seen Rossi ride since before he broke his leg.

In the past, whether it was against Barros, Gibernau, Bayliss, Capirossi, Elias, Hayden, Roberts, Lorenzo, Stoner, MM, McCoy or even Biaggi, I've never rooted for Rossi to prevail in front of any of them. Having said that (and still 100% rooting for Mark to win) the old man delivered the goods today at a level high enough to win many a race. Last year's victory at Assen was nowhere near as impressive as what he accomplished today and if he can sustain the degree of competitiveness he demonstrated at Qatar, he would unquestionably be a top three contender this season (as opposed to a 4th-5th place scrap collector he basically was least season.) Time will tell.....
Yep, agree. The old guy has been very competitive in the winter tests, more often than not being faster than Lolly, which means he SHOULD be fighting for podiums this year at least...but who the hell knows at this early stage.

If it does happen this season, despite being nearly double Marky's age and on the downward trend after his long career, I guess he must have some secret bike equipment advantage that no-one else knows about....because clearly he never deserved any of those 9 world championships...
03-24-2014 03:20 AM
imported_ICEMAN Man, I am glad to have MotoGP back... this winter has sucked, and what a way to kick off the new race season. The most entertaining riders up front battling it out... the old man still has a little something left, but M&M is going to dominate the championship.
03-24-2014 03:13 AM
Old Baldy
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Originally Posted by sqd8r View Post
More importantly, as Ryder and others have said, Qatar has never been an indication of the remainder of the season, less so this time with JLo crashing out. Fastest lap today was 1:55.575 compared to last year's 1:54.445 while the qualifying pace was hotter/faster suggesting the race pace was slower than expected.

My only solid prediction for next season. Dani is gone and JLo is heading to Honda. Dani made no inroads whatsoever on a wounded MM or a Rossi on a less than optimal Yamaha (JLo, and Rossi, have been complaining about the pace of the Yamaha all weekend - albeit what racer doesn't).
Difficult to compared this year to last year, with the new tires which reportedly had so little grip/feel this year, and the different fuel capacities apparently requiring less than optimal throttle response, but I agree 100% with your prediction of Dani being gone at the end of the year from HRC if he does not challenge STRONGLY for the championship win this year. Also agree that Lolly is headed to Honda.
03-24-2014 03:11 AM
sburns2421
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Originally Posted by sqd8r View Post
Post race interview were hilarious.. Rossi - funny, CalC - bitchy... MM laughing.
Cal should enjoy the Marlboro money because he won't like riding the bike.



03-24-2014 02:49 AM
sqd8r Post race interview were hilarious.. Rossi - funny, CalC - bitchy... MM laughing.
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