Yooperbikemike's 2013 MotoGP Thread

Discussion in 'Racing' started by yooperbikemike, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. UngaWunga

    UngaWunga Mosquito bait

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    I have a trophy from a GP race with my local vintage club
    Can I be sponsored now? :lol3
  2. ErikY.

    ErikY. Here, Now.

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    Yea I'm stirring the pot a bit. I grant that if you're there, you're damn good at riding a bike. But I look at the track record of others and see many wins, more podiums and even actual championships.
    I know the business be's a business. But bottom line is that the guy (as a racer) an asterisk.
  3. sprocketjock

    sprocketjock Long timer

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    If only the guys with titles raced in GP it would be a VERY small grid.
  4. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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  5. roadholder

    roadholder Long timer

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    There doesn't seem much to chose between the satellite Tech-3 Yamaha and the works bikes of Rossi and Lorenzo from what I can see, and confirmed by a few race commenators in recent times. The updated works bike is reputedly different in some ways but not necessarilly tons better. Not the kind of "development" that's going to put it to the Hondas for sure! Rossi certainly didn't use horsepower to nip by Crutchlow last weekend, and even with the draft barely seemed to make an impression on the latter down the straight...as opposed to Pedrosa's "Honda lane" pass on Lorenzo!

    If Yamaha wants to retain the World Championship they better start making some horsepower!
  6. Bounder

    Bounder ExternallyDisplaced

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    Well. they won't have to listen to him from next year, BBC has no longer got the MotoGP rights from 2014 in the UK so Cox and Parrish won't be commentating.
    Unless BTsport signs them as commentators.
    Ryder, Moody and Spalding are Eurosport which also has lost the rights.
    Interesting to think who is going to present the MotoGP on BTsport?
  7. mdubya

    mdubya Right Brigade

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    That is because Cal is on a nearly Rossi/Lorenzo spec bike at the moment. Bradley Smith's bike is a few steps more ordinary. Sure all the prototypes are close, but the little things add up.

    Remember last year when Dovi paid out of pocket for his own set of Brembo calipers and then Cal's fan club had a pledge drive to pay for a set for him?

    Pol's contract is with Yamaha and not Tech 3.
  8. sailor22

    sailor22 Jay Pegg pusher

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    Would love to have Spaulding aded to the GP subscription announcers. His tech analysis is typically brilliant.
  9. dontlr

    dontlr Banned

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    Without the superteam mentioneed above it just wont be the same. I've heard all the others and none come close to making the races as enjoyable and filling the listeners with knowledge.
  10. azkiwi

    azkiwi message in a bottle

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    Yep. Right there next to Spies, Dovi ... :augie
  11. dontlr

    dontlr Banned

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    Not all that horrible for trying to ride a turnip truck in your first year
  12. RememberTheFallen

    RememberTheFallen Been here awhile

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    Abraham-career races 130, wins 1, podiums 2, World Championships 0
    Dovizioso-career races 196, wins 10, podiums 63, World Championships 1
    Ben Spies-career races ***, wins 59, podiums **, World championships 1, National 4


    Ya man, totally comparable!

    Good luck to him though.
  13. Kropotkin

    Kropotkin Big Girl's Blouse

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    What I have heard (but I may be misinformed) is that it will be Keith Huewen and Neil Hodgson. There was some talk of Ryder commentating as well. It is possible that all three will be signed. I suspect that they may also get back a pitlane reporter, though who that might be, I don't know. Also, there will be much more of a show built around all three clases.
  14. Bounder

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    I hope it works for who-ever is going to watch BTsport, I can't justify 15 a month for it so I'll be waving goodbye to MotoGP in English anyway.
    I could always try and get another dish setup for 19ยบ and watch a Continental feed if there is one FTA.
    I think the idea is good to raise the profile of GP racing but I coan't see viewership increasing when so many people are near to the limit on spending anyway.
  15. auguzt

    auguzt get on with it

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    Yeah. Is there any?
    Next year in Italy MotoGp will be aired from paytv. WSBK also from 2015. We're screwed...:becca
  16. Dunewar

    Dunewar Been here awhile

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    A twitter comment yesterday showed a nice statistic on wins :

    Marquez has now 4 motogp career wins, there are only 3 guys on the current grid doing better : Rossi, Lorenzo and Pedrosa.

    Even Hayden only has 3, despite his championship. That is a scary statistic, but surely puts the Abraham discussion in a different light.

    I for one like Abraham : he brings a new team to the sport, he is competitive with guys on likewise equipment (at least he was last year), and he is not spanish so he gets media attention outside of spain.

    I am convinced that every guy on the MotoGP grid has earned his place, and I'm sure there are 10x more that could do it but never got there. To go from a worthy contender to winning races, that is however a big step!

    If you look back at GP history, at least we are not having races anymore where even the second guy is lapped! The difference between the frontrunners and the backrunners was much much bigger 30 years ago.
  17. obnoxious2

    obnoxious2 Adventurer

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    There are definitely a few guys that don't belong on the motogp grid. Karel is definitely one of them. All I notice is him binning his bike every race whether it is the beginning, middle or latter stages. But he'll keep on riding cause his rich daddy owns the Brno circuit.
  18. Dunewar

    Dunewar Been here awhile

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    What about De Puniet? Hernandez? Heck, half of the CRT field are binning the bike weekly
  19. Parx400

    Parx400 Long timer

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    Motogp needs money and if KA's Dad can fund a team then so be it. By winning a Moto 2 race he has shown that he has the skills to be there. He also has a college Degree and is working on his masters or PHD right now.

    Get off the kids jock and cut him some slack.
  20. ErikY.

    ErikY. Here, Now.

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    I guess my view is that I prefer to see guys there who have had to fight tooth and nail to earn it. IE: scoring enough and winning enough to have a sponsor see that it's worth their investment.
    In non-profit sports, to a higher degree, you get attention, medals, and maybe some cash thrown at you because you have trained and have talent. Nobody's paying Anton Krupiczka or Scott Jurek to the finish line.