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Old 06-16-2013, 09:19 AM   #2776
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Rumours are flying that Suzuki are going to delay their return to Moto GP until 2015 apparently. Not good news.
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:55 AM   #2777
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Rumours are flying that Suzuki are going to delay their return to Moto GP until 2015 apparently. Not good news.
Really not that surprising since Suzuki has pulled their automotive sales from North America due to the economic situation.
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Old 06-16-2013, 11:46 AM   #2778
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Really not that surprising since Suzuki has pulled their automotive sales from North America due to the economic situation.
It might be a stretch to link the two.
Suzuki was always a bit player in that market (which is becomming increasingly less important to global sales) and it's already announced they are increasing their presence in emerging markets.
Let's hope they get their Moto GP ride out next year though!
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Old 06-16-2013, 12:32 PM   #2779
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Really not that surprising since Suzuki has pulled their automotive sales from North America due to the economic situation.
Bikes and cars have separate sales channels. Not losing money on car ops in the US frees up other money for motos.
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Old 06-16-2013, 12:36 PM   #2780
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Bikes and cars have separate sales channels. Not losing money on car ops in the US frees up other money for motos.
But I don´t think they´ll go like
“.......ok, we´ve saved this much by quitting car sales in US, so where are we gonna pour that money now??”

Remember also, that success in MotoGP won´t come with any small amount of cash.
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Old 06-16-2013, 01:14 PM   #2781
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That could be another disaster in the making, getting on an undeveloped first year bike. There is no indication Yamaha has any plans to return to WSBK.

If they do, Vale might want to wait a year for them to get the bike half way sorted.

Also, it wouldn't be beyond DORNA to allow Yamaha to have 5 prototypes if Yamaha wanted to keep Crutchlow.

That would be a win-win for everyone, except maybe Honda.
I wouldn't be surprised if Crutchlow goes back to WSB instead of Rossi. If Rossi goes anywhere, it will be automotive rally.


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Old 06-16-2013, 02:18 PM   #2782
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Rumours are flying that Suzuki are going to delay their return to Moto GP until 2015 apparently. Not good news.
Confirmed. Suzuki told potential riders last week they wouldn't be back until 2015. Probably wise, don't think the bike is competitive enough yet.
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Old 06-16-2013, 03:23 PM   #2783
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Confirmed. Suzuki told potential riders last week they wouldn't be back until 2015. Probably wise, don't think the bike is competitive enough yet.
Shouldn't they wait till after Monday to start dragging the anchor?
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Old 06-16-2013, 04:28 PM   #2784
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Shouldn't they wait till after Monday to start dragging the anchor?


Odd that Suzuki would delay their re-entry after Dorna laid out the red carpet for them.
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Old 06-16-2013, 05:21 PM   #2785
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Odd that Suzuki would delay their re-entry after Dorna laid out the red carpet for them.
They're supposed to be testing tomorrow with Ducati, etc
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Old 06-16-2013, 06:53 PM   #2786
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They're supposed to be testing tomorrow with Ducati, etc
COOL!
Good for the onlookers........
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Old 06-16-2013, 07:10 PM   #2787
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Confirmed. Suzuki told potential riders last week they wouldn't be back until 2015. Probably wise, don't think the bike is competitive enough yet.
What is Hopper gonna do with another year off?
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Old 06-16-2013, 07:25 PM   #2788
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What is Hopper gonna do with another year off?
Hookers, blow, painkillers..and that's just the first week.
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Old 06-16-2013, 07:30 PM   #2789
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"Yes he will, no he won't" gets boring. $20 to the charity* of your choice if Rossi retires before the end of 2014. If you reciprocate, great; if not, whatevs.

* No Super PACs, 527s, etc.
You need to reread your comment and mine. You said he won't walk away from a contract. I said he wouldn't have to, Yamaha would just slide him over. I never said he would retire. I have no idea if he would or not. Neither does anyone other than maybe Uccio.
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:49 PM   #2790
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Retire from MotoGP.

For a 7-time premier class champion, WSB is as good as retiring, and I doubt his pride would allow going to the bush leagues.

Biaggi, Melandri, Bayliss, etc. could do it cause there wasn't a tremendous loss of prestige for them in doing so.
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