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Old 04-22-2013, 10:49 AM   #166
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Pol had a badly bruised toe, apparently. How is he? "It's only pain," said his manager. Racers...
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:54 AM   #167
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Who would take their place? There are no young Americans coming through the ranks, and no feeder series to produce them, the way there is in other countries. There are talented American riders, but no one anywhere near a Grand Prix team.
Two young American riders won the Red Bull Rookies Cup championship and couldn't get rides in Europe, while people they raced against and beat are doing well. If I was a young American rider I'd have to conclude there was no future in the MotoGP paddock, whatever my connections.
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:56 AM   #168
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Smith is on a two-year deal at Tech 3, so he's safe. Poncharal denied outright to me that he is talking to Espargaro. "I will never, ever sign a contract with Pol Espargaro," he said. When I said what if Espargaro signed with Yamaha, and Yamaha put him in Tech 3, he went quiet.
What about Aleix? Staying w/Aspar on a Suzuki?
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:01 AM   #169
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Even if JLo had a better start, sure he would hang with DP and MM for a couple more laps, but the race result would have been the same.

DP and JLo will win their share of races this season. I expect MM will have some rookie moments before the season ends, that will spoil any championship hopes. After that, the future belongs to MM.

Hayden, Spies and Edwards don't need to do anymore post race interviews.
They can just replay the ones they did last year.
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:05 AM   #170
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What about Aleix? Staying w/Aspar on a Suzuki?
I think he's an attractive prospect. De Puniet is signed as Suzuki's test rider, but given that he is being handed his ass by his teammate, Aleix would appear to be the better prospect. Cheaper, too.
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:11 AM   #171
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two young american riders won the red bull rookies cup championship and couldn't get rides in europe, while people they raced against and beat are doing well. If i was a young american rider i'd have to conclude there was no future in the motogp paddock, whatever my connections.
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:11 AM   #172
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Two young American riders won the Red Bull Rookies Cup championship and couldn't get rides in Europe, while people they raced against and beat are doing well. If I was a young American rider I'd have to conclude there was no future in the MotoGP paddock, whatever my connections.
All the current American motogp riders had a career in the US first where they gained US popularity and could hopefully generate some sort of backing. Now gaining popularity in the US is almost impossible due to the nearly nonexistent racing scene.
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:26 AM   #173
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Two young American riders won the Red Bull Rookies Cup championship and couldn't get rides in Europe, while people they raced against and beat are doing well. If I was a young American rider I'd have to conclude there was no future in the MotoGP paddock, whatever my connections.
And that's what's really frustrating. I don't know if finding the mythic American sponsor who will buck up like Repsol does for the Spanish riders would even help. There just doesn't seem to be the interest anymore in American riders in GP. Nevermind the 3 races we now have on American soil. You'd think Dorna would pressure teams and sponsors to get American riders like they work to keep at least one British rider in the top series.
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:27 AM   #174
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All the current American motogp riders had a career in the US first where they gained US popularity and could hopefully generate some sort of backing. Now gaining popularity in the US is almost impossible due to the nearly nonexistent racing scene.
Which is why your seeing more and more American names in the British series, and making efforts in the various Spanish series.
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:59 AM   #175
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It's a shame, he was so fantastic in WSB that I was really looking forward to seeing him succeed in MotoGP.


Great weekend at COTA, but I have to admit the big race was probably the most boring one of them all. It looked promising for a few laps when Pedrosa got close to making a move near the end, but I guess he bobbled it somewhere and that was that. I was in the last box under one of the white umbrellas, across from the podium, and had a great view of the final corner and run-up the hill to 1, and the Hondas had so much more pace than anyone else on that straight it was amazing.

I really enjoyed the KTM rookie race on the 250's, which had some great battles. It's amazing how mature and poised those kids are!

I got to spend an entire day driving Ferrari's around COTA a few weeks ago, and I have a profound appreciation and respect for how challenging that circuit is. Does anyone know what the top speeds the GP bikes were hitting on the back straight?


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After watching the post race interviews I can't seem to see how Spies will stick around for another season. He just sounds / looks done...
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:26 PM   #176
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I saw 212mph by one of the Hondas?
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:42 PM   #177
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You're joking right? So when Stoner crashed following DP and Germany last year and crashed cuz he couldn't hang onto him that was Stoner's cue to call it a day? Seriously even Ben has finished higher than JLo............


In both races, and through most every practice MM is faster.
This Dani's make it or break it year, and Marquez has politely bided his time behind Danny until GO Time. Danny's got nothing for the green pea riding the same bike. No excuses.
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I saw 212mph by one of the Hondas?
And 175mph for moto2 and 147mph for moto3.
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:45 PM   #179
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Guess we were thinking along the same lines. Pol said his foot was fine.
Yeah I'd expect to see a foot still in the boot in that scenario
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:05 PM   #180
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This Dani's make it or break it year, and Marquez has politely bided his time behind Danny until GO Time. Danny's got nothing for the green pea riding the same bike. No excuses.
If you've been watching MotoGP a while, you'll have noted a couple of things:

1) Pedrosa has had six "make it or break it" years, according to non-fans on the intertubes; the point is, it doesn't really matter whether he wins the WC but whether there's a faster rider to replace him with.

2) The season usually consists of more than two rounds. Granted, getting beat twice in a row is no fluke, but for your sake you might want to wait a little before making any declarations about who's the fastest Honda rider. At this point last year Stoner was beating Pedrosa, and we saw how that turned out.

It wasn't too long ago we were hearing about how Rossi was going to win the WC this year, after just one round...

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