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Discussion in 'Racing' started by yooperbikemike, Nov 13, 2017 at 5:37 AM.
I'd be surprised to see Lorenzo even win a race, what makes you think he will suddenly do so well next year? Especially with Dovi being their #1?
Remember we have new motors. Triples right?
Yoop hasn't kicked off the 2019 thread yet.
Rossi will decide to retire.
He will make that announcement In Italy at Mugello. Candles will be lit, prayers will be offered, but nothing will sway him from this path.
Lorenzo will again not win the championship on the Ducati.
Marc will repeat, being pushed along by Vinales, Dovi and constantly hounded by Zarco.
Dovi will finish third to Vinales.
Pedrosa, after managing his usual one or two wins and finishing the season in fifth will quietly retire.
Zarco? I'm guessing KTM for 2019, Red Bull will outbid Yamaha.
Aprilia will podium.
KTM will podium more times.
Yamaha, Honda and Ducati will be the only winning motorcycles.
Rossi, (yeah I know but there is always the heart over the head)
Lorenzo, unless Morbidelli gets it right, then Lorenzo is in for a hard, hard season. The new class are not starstruck. They have been groomed as racers first, fans second. Fast, hungry, young racers on capable machines will give no quarter to any veteran. Reputation be damned. Nobody will respect the Spartan.
Looking good already for Miller. Nice to see him more competetive on the Duc.
So are we 49 or 50 weeks away from the annual "Pedrosa doesn't deserve his Repsol seat" discussion?
How about instead of that, we talk about how Zarco was faster on the 2017 Yamaha than the factory guys?
is that Rossi's Yamaha in the top picture in #21? yikes! Deeeestroyed
I think a lot of guys have trouble with the thought that, at this point in their careers, maybe Johan Zarco is a better motorcycle racer than Valentino Rossi.
Whoa there cowboy!
Rossi's retirement decision will depend entirely how good the bike is There is obviously something wrong, but if Yamaha get it together and he can still be competitive, Rossi will keep going and even win a race or two.
Photo at the top of this page does not indicate the 2018 bike is off to a good start though
One more year.
Yea, that must be why he finished behind him by 34 points in the championship, even though Rossi Broke His Leg during the season....makes perfect sense
But an item that was brought up (here? on MM?) is that the factory teams have equipment updates throughout the season while the satellite teams race the entire season on what they are given at the previous season's end. The fact that Zarco could be fastest Yamaha in the last few races on equipment that is 1+ seasons old......
Lorenzo's goose is cooked as Ducati, like Rossi before him all it took was a season of disappointing results. He didn't even come close to meeting expectations and his teammate had a fantastic year. Lorenzo's the kind of rider that needs very specific bike development tailored to him, and he'll be getting quite a bit less of that in 2018 than he did in 2017, so I don't see how he's going to get any faster.