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Old 03-27-2013, 07:36 AM   #1861
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:36 AM   #1862
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He hasn't lit the world on fire in testing, but I imagine the combined weight rule will help Redding this year. I imagine him being on the podium more than off of it, and winning a few races. But hard to bet against Espargaro this year. I hope he wins it and gets a decent MotoGP ride in 2014.
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:55 AM   #1863
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Obviously not saying he's in the same class as MM but Redding has gone toe-toe with MM and come out on top. Same with Espargo. I was the last person to give praise to redding prior to last season but for me at least, he showed he's got some sack battling with MM. (not to be confused with him showing me his sack). The guy definitely seems to suffer at the end of races. Maybe his size has something to do with that?
I don't deny Redding's obvious talent. I like him. The results aren't there, though. May be for the same reasons as Smith?

Krop may have some better insight.
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:25 AM   #1864
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I don't deny Redding's obvious talent. I like him. The results aren't there, though. May be for the same reasons as Smith?

Krop may have some better insight.
They--Redding especially--are large (IOW, normal sized) for Moto2.
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:34 AM   #1865
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They--Redding especially--are large (IOW, normal sized) for Moto2.
Redding is tall. He's taller than me. I think last year he was trying too hard. This year, he seems a little more relaxed, and so also a little more focused.
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:03 AM   #1866
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"Last week, Circuit of the Americas (CotA) issued a statement suggesting I had nothing to do with bringing MotoGP to Austin. Unlike others who have had disputes with CotA, I am free to speak my mind. So let me set the record straight: I am the reason MotoGP is coming to Texas and no one currently associated with CotA had anything to do with the design of the actual race track. There's no shortage of evidence to prove these facts.
On February 2, 2011, Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta sent me a letter confirming that 3FourTexasMGP, my company, is the ‘sole rights holder for MotoGP in the state of Texas for the years 2013-2022.’ On February 3, 2011, Comptroller Susan Combs sent a letter to me and Mr. Ezpeleta confirming that the MotoGP U.S. Grand Prix would be included in the state’s Event Trust Fund beginning in 2013. In that letter, the state comptroller explained that the annual funding would be sent to 3fourTexasMGP, 'the rights holder for all MotoGP events in Texas.' On April 12, 2011, at the request of the state comptroller a press conference was held announcing that MotoGP was on its way to Texas. Finally, on July 22, 2011, Mr. Ezpeleta sent a letter to the state Comptroller saying that 'both Kevin (Schwantz) and I are positive that the measured success of our events in Texas will be fantastic for both the state of Texas and MotoGP.’

I have spent too much time and money the past five years on this project, including helping the Comptroller during the 2011 Legislative session and CotA in raising money, for me to sit by and allow this repeated misinformation to continue. CotA's attempt to downplay my involvement with Austin's MotoGP event is silly, but some of the group's other actions may verge on something far more serious. It is my belief that just like the F1 event, they are attempting to rewrite history in an effort to qualify for one of the Texas Event Trust Funds."




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Old 03-27-2013, 10:49 AM   #1867
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Indy needs to get on board and make Schwantz an "official motorsports ambassador" or something.

COTA can only lose face by not coming to some sort of amicable agreement.
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:24 AM   #1868
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"...There's no shortage of evidence to prove these facts.

On February 2, 2011, Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta sent me a letter confirming that 3FourTexasMGP, my company, is the ‘sole rights holder for MotoGP in the state of Texas for the years 2013-2022.’ On February 3, 2011, Comptroller Susan Combs sent a letter to me and Mr. Ezpeleta confirming that the MotoGP U.S. Grand Prix would be included in the state’s Event Trust Fund beginning in 2013. In that letter, the state comptroller explained that the annual funding would be sent to 3fourTexasMGP, 'the rights holder for all MotoGP events in Texas.' On April 12, 2011, at the request of the state comptroller a press conference was held announcing that MotoGP was on its way to Texas. Finally, on July 22, 2011, Mr. Ezpeleta sent a letter to the state Comptroller saying that 'both Kevin (Schwantz) and I are positive that the measured success of our events in Texas will be fantastic for both the state of Texas and MotoGP.’..."
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Seems to me that Dorna should be the target of the lawsuit -- not COTA.
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:33 AM   #1869
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My reading of Kevin's statement leads me to think he is right that COTA cut him out of the deal and are now attempting to get hold of the state funding he had access to.
I suspect this will take a while and probably be ugly. The players there at COTA doen't seem like straight shooters.

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Indy needs to get on board and make Schwantz an "official motorsports ambassador" or something.

COTA can only lose face by not coming to some sort of amicable agreement.
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:19 AM   #1870
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On the topic of Redding. I forget who said it, but after he had tested with Ducati one of their fatheads had said that they thought he had a bright future, but was still too young. I also would like to see Redding ride in Moto2 a year or two more, the kid is still a teenager isn't he? Of course Marquez is young, but I also would have liked to see him ride in the feeder classes to mature a bit more, which was apparently needed as seen through the last two seasons.
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:34 AM   #1871
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Redding and Marquez are both 20.

I am not sure Marquez has much left to prove in the lower classes.
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:37 AM   #1872
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Redding and Marquez are both 20.

I am not sure Marquez has much left to prove in the lower classes.

Nope, he belongs with the big boys now. I am really looking forward to watching him this year.
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:43 AM   #1873
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Either way, I do think Redding has more time to prove himself. I'm not sure he'd be a great, but it'd be fun to see him move up.
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:56 AM   #1874
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Either way, I do think Redding has more time to prove himself. I'm not sure he'd be a great, but it'd be fun to see him move up.
Absolutely. He can mature and that might help him. He is almost always exciting to watch, which is always a good thing.

Keep in mind, 2014 will bring 5 Honda production racers to the grid and probably some Yamaha hybrid bikes too. That will (hopefully) open the door for all sorts of interesting things to happen.
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:27 PM   #1875
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Keep in mind, 2014 will bring 5 Honda production racers to the grid and probably some Yamaha hybrid bikes too. That will (hopefully) open the door for all sorts of interesting things to happen.
Word is that Yamaha will lease enough engines to equip 4 bikes and the deal is almost done.
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