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One thing no one seems to be talking about is the empty seat at Yamaha now.

Rossi is said to be out for the next 4-5 months after his surgery, even if its not that long, its still 6 weeks on crutches at best! these are his doctors words.

“It is difficult to say how long the post surgery rehabilitation will take, we need to evaluate the progress of the patient and also what the x-rays will show. But I think that we can reasonably think of six weeks partial weight-bearing with crutches, after which Valentino needs to be re-evaluated, according to his feedback and further x-rays.”


ok...That leaves the #1 seat at Yamaha empty. There are only 3 riders contracted straight through Yamaha.

Rossi
Lorenzo
Spies

Edwards is contracted through Tech 3.

Yamaha knows that the future is in the young ones since Rossi is "getting there" age wise.
Theyve already had to deal with the fight between who to invest in between lorenzo and Rossi during contracts since they cant afford to loose Lorenzo over Rossi, Rossi is gone soon. Spies is also part of the formula to replace Rossi when hes gone, I ASSUME, and they are hoping he also steps up into a championship winning futures for Yamaha.


It only makes sense that Spies would take Rossi empty seat for the rest of the season! perfect way for Yamaha to see what he can do without pissing Rossi off! assuming that Lorenzo will win the champonship, and Yamaha ends up a winner anyway with or without Rossi.... this couldnt have played better for Yamaha IMO.
 

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hmmm, i am sure theres some loophole here about that rule that would allow him. doubt they thought of this scenario. Crutchie would also be a rookie.

Bens doing fine, he made a run to the front on his first 2 races, thats a hell a lot better than most rookies, on a satellite bike that is.
 

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hmmm, i am sure theres some loophole here about that rule that would allow him. doubt they thought of this scenario. Crutchie would also be a rookie.

Bens doing fine, he made a run to the front on his first 2 races, thats a hell a lot better than most rookies, on a satellite bike that is.
Crutchlow would be a WILDCARD, not a Rookie as he wasn't listed as an entry preseason.;)


Fuk it! I'll take the $100 bet.
 

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I was thinking this when I heard of the accident. I think Spies would be the right choice and I think a loophole will be found - or they'll simply re-write the rule.

Jami, you owe drsus 100 bucks. :D
 

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my hypothesis is that they will leave the slot empty out of respect for Vale, but Spies's satellite bike will all of the sudden get reealy fast and houseworth will change his name to burgess.
Yep! I'm thinking they will move the factory bike down to Tech3 like Gresini has an HRC bike for Simoncelli since neither can be on a factory "team". And they CAN'T leave the spot empty for more than 2 weeks so it MUST be filled sooner or later.;)
 

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my hypothesis is that they will leave the slot empty out of respect for Vale, but Spies's satellite bike will all of the sudden get reealy fast and houseworth will change his name to burgess.

Agree

Lots of talent in Rossi's garage not doing anything for a few months.

Prayers to Rossi
 

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If Hopkins even gets to sit on that thing I will puke.

IMO, Spies stays on Tech 3 and gets a few better parts with more testing on Mondays. Rossi's seat is taken for the rest of the year by a series of wildcard riders each getting 1-2 races. You might be surprised who rides it: Toseland, Crutchlow, Gibernau, who knows maybe Hayes or Bostrom for Laguna and Indy.

I would guess Yamaha has a contractual obligation to Fiat to have two bikes in their livery on the grid.
 

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Gibernau on Rossi's bike would just be weird
 

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I thought of another guy who isn't riding at the moment, should not be considered a rookie so factory bikes are OK, and has already said he would only ride again with the right bike/team. I assume the best bike on the best team in MotoGP would suffice...

Mat &^%$ing Mladin baby!

I actually hope they offer it to him publicly. If he turns them down he will forever be the guy scared to really see what he had in a world championship setting on a good bike.

Spies and him on the same bike would be good too. Last time they were reasonably successful...
 

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I can't predict who will ride the #1 bike for the next x races, yet assuming Lorenzo is this years WC winner is a no brainer. And for a second, think that perhaps they will just leave the #1 bike position vacant.

Now to consider something different as none of us sitting here clicking away on a forum as of today have the answer, lets entertain a fantasy pick.

Larry.
Like who could be more logical for Yamaha to put on the #1 seat. He knows more than anyone on the planet about bike design and could influence the factory big time with his scanned magazine graphics. Nobody else with his knowledge (and chinese bridgeport knockoff mill) could ride that well. And as he hates all things non Honda he could *with the Viagra/Depends and AARP sponsorship* prove that a virtual V4 will prevail. Cantcha see him on the grid chatting it up with the media as their eyes roll?

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Bullshit.

Yamaha is not allowed to enter Ben in 9 or more races on a factory team because he has not previously been contracted to any Moto GP team for 9 or more races in a previous season.

He can ride the factory bike for the next 8 rounds with no violation of the rules.

MotoGP rookie rule, engine limit clarified | Page 1 | MotoGP News | Jul 2009 | Crash.Net
Did you read the link you posted? :banghead He is a ROOKIE UNTIL he completes 9 rounds and THEN he will be a contracted rider and may be able to join a factory team.

MotoGP rookies will not be able to join a factory team from 2010 (except Suzuki, which has no satellite team) and a precise definition of a 'rookie' was therefore needed to avoid, for example, teams claiming that a rider was not rookie because he had already made some grand prix starts as a wild-card.

To help clear up the situation, the Commission has given the following definitions of new 'rookie' rider and a 'contracted' rider:

“A contracted rider is a rider who has participated in nine or more events during one season.

“A “Rookie” is a rider nominated by a participating team for participation in the entire season, who has not been a contracted rider as defined above in the same class in any previous season.”

In other words, a 'rookie' only becomes a 'contracted' rider after nine races in the same season... but does that mean that a 'rookie' rider at the start of next season can then swap to a factory team after nine rounds?
 

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I can't predict who will ride the #1 bike for the next x races, yet assuming Lorenzo is this years WC winner is a no brainer. And for a second, think that perhaps they will just leave the #1 bike position vacant.

Now to consider something different as none of us sitting here clicking away on a forum as of today have the answer, lets entertain a fantasy pick.

Larry.
Like who could be more logical for Yamaha to put on the #1 seat. He knows more than anyone on the planet about bike design and could influence the factory big time with his scanned magazine graphics. Nobody else with his knowledge (and chinese bridgeport knockoff mill) could ride that well. And as he hates all things non Honda he could *with the Viagra/Depends and AARP sponsorship* prove that a virtual V4 will prevail. Cantcha see him on the grid chatting it up with the media as their eyes roll?

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