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Old 06-06-2013, 11:02 PM   #2716
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I really do hope Dani makes it this year. Marquez will be just as good as Lorenzo in no time. Crutchlow is not far off. I actually think Rossi is not done yet, either, even though the results haven´t been coming.
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Old 06-07-2013, 01:54 AM   #2717
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I really do hope Dani makes it this year. Marquez will be just as good as Lorenzo in no time. Crutchlow is not far off. I actually think Rossi is not done yet, either, even though the results haven´t been coming.
Allowing for the fact that Crutchlow isn't getting the good bikes and is carrying injuries - I'd say he is the best rider of lot of them.

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Old 06-07-2013, 02:14 AM   #2718
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Redding looks like he might be a match for MM too.

Shame there aren't enough good bikes available for all of the top riders.
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Old 06-07-2013, 02:41 AM   #2719
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"Inside sources" = Two Italian guys in Biaggi's entourage who argued, gesticulating wildly, over who would get to press "Start" on the laptimer. The argument was settled when the team manager reached between them and hit the button roughly 5 seconds after Biaggi passed on his flying lap.
What actually happened (thanks David for the true story)- Max was on Spies' turnip truck BUT used bodywork that was very similar to Iannone's (Italian sponsor stuff?) and informal timing seen from a bit of a distance around the track confused Crazy Joe for Max. Biaggi was closer to 1 minute 54.

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Old 06-07-2013, 03:47 AM   #2720
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Allowing for the fact that Crutchlow isn't getting the good bikes and is carrying injuries - I'd say he is the best rider of lot of them.
I don´t think CC´s bike is so far behind the factory machines. By claiming it is, he has only managed to piss off his team-manager, never a good thing. I do give him a lot of credit for his performance, though.

But the three Spaniards have each taken pole, and at least one race win this year, so for me they are still a bit ahead of CC (Marquez was not 100% fit @ Mugello, either, after that enormous crash on Friday).
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Old 06-07-2013, 08:29 AM   #2721
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Not to mention, if we say that the set up/sorting of the bike was all Dani, then Stoner really is that good of a rider.
Stoner's wins on the Ducati and the championship his first year on the Repsol sure indicate a talent to adapt and to make the bike do what you want, so it was surprising when Stoner had a harder time with changes in 2012 than Pedrosa did.
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Old 06-07-2013, 08:36 AM   #2722
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Allowing for the fact that Crutchlow isn't getting the good bikes and is carrying injuries - I'd say he is the best rider of lot of them.

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Unfortunately, Crutchlow's injuries have arisen as a result of his attempting to demonstrate your thesis.
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:01 AM   #2723
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Unfortunately, Crutchlow's injuries have arisen as a result of his attempting to demonstrate your thesis.
Shades of John Hopkins.

I think Crutchlow out performing Rossi so far speaks volumes. His bike might not be a lot different than the factory bikes but at the level they're at little things can make have a pretty big impact. I was reading in one of Krop's reports about the difference in gas tank position between the factory bike and the satellite bike. He's not saying his bike isn't any good. He's saying it's not as good as the factory bikes. If he had a bike as good as the factory bike he thinks he'd get better results. I can't fault him for that opinion and I don't disagree.
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:09 AM   #2724
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Stoner's wins on the Ducati and the championship his first year on the Repsol sure indicate a talent to adapt and to make the bike do what you want, so it was surprising when Stoner had a harder time with changes in 2012 than Pedrosa did.
Wasn't Stoner leading Petrobot until breaking his ankle and missing most of the remaining races?
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Old 06-07-2013, 12:23 PM   #2725
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Wasn't Stoner leading Petrobot until breaking his ankle and missing most of the remaining races?
Pedrosa was ahead by 9 points heading into Indy.
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Old 06-11-2013, 05:17 AM   #2726
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Brickyard 400 still produces revenue for IMS but MotoGP could be on borrowed time
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Old 06-11-2013, 05:47 AM   #2727
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With Laguna continuing and Texas coming on board, wasn't it just a matter of time until Indy was dropped?

Especially given the rider's dislike for the course, I don't think anyone is surprised.
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Old 06-11-2013, 06:31 AM   #2728
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I think Dorna would be perfectly happy to lose Indy, unfortunately.
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Old 06-11-2013, 06:32 AM   #2729
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I'm probably talking about something I don't know enough about when it comes to Indy, but motorbike racetracks tacked onto a big oval speedway always have seem contrived and boring to me. I went to COTA this year and thought it was a beautiful and interesting track by comparison.
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:06 AM   #2730
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I think Dorna would be perfectly happy to lose Indy, unfortunately.
Seems like there was little hope of having 3 US rounds indefinitely, and of the three US circuits, Indy was by far the worst.
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