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Old 06-20-2013, 07:48 AM   #181
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Yeah, not too often you move from a satellite bike to a works ride for less performance! Not sure of the details of his contract but I'm sure Ducati threw money at him...plus works team prestige and Italian nationalism all big factors.
Dovi was really impressing me last year.
I'm sure Ducati compensated him well, but yes, he has gone from podium finishes and top satellite team rider to top-10 finishes behind the works Yamaha and Honda plus a couple satellite team entries!
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:36 AM   #182
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I only said, that IF Marquez had not gone down a few laps before the finish in Italy, then he could have beaten Pedrosa in every other race this year. But he went down, and now itīs 4-2. Surely Pedrosa has been a bit wiser, and it shows on the points table. Just meant to say, that MM already gets frighteningly close to DP, and thatīs remarkable, when you think how little experience he still has on MotoGP (and also remember, how well DP is performing right now).
Both Honda riders are performing very, very well to this point in the season. I would imagine Honda must be pleased, more so than Yamaha who has only 1 rider in contention. And the fact that MM is there is really beyond impressive to me. And in a rookie year.... do MotoGP riders ever have a sophomore slump? Spies' second year on the factory Yamaha I quess....
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Old 06-20-2013, 03:09 PM   #183
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do MotoGP riders ever have a sophomore slump?
Biaggi.

Dovi, somewhat; did less well on the factory Honda than he did on the satellite.
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:23 PM   #184
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Both Honda riders are performing very, very well to this point in the season. I would imagine Honda must be pleased, more so than Yamaha who has only 1 rider in contention. And the fact that MM is there is really beyond impressive to me. And in a rookie year.... do MotoGP riders ever have a sophomore slump? Spies' second year on the factory Yamaha I quess....
Spies had some front row starts, podium finishes and won a race his sophomore year.
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