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Matthew Birt  says:

Honda plan ‘super team’ for 2011

Honda is considering assembling a star-studded factory ‘super team’ for 2011 in a desperate attempt to win back the MotoGP crown. HRC management confirmed recently they are locked in talks with Australian Casey Stoner over a big-money switch from Ducati. But it has emerged that HRC was not only eyeing Stoner as a potential acquisition to partner Dani Pedrosa. The Japanese factory is...

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Jun 10

Posts: 49

tamounga says:

Who will be #1?

It's all well  and good for 2011 since Honda already have a good bike and it will be the last year of the 800cc. Now, assuming Honda keeps the same"super team" for 2012, who will take the lead in developing the new 1000cc bike? Both Stoner and Pedrosa have prior experience with the 990cc ( Pedrosa to a greater extent since he was a factory rider), I believe it will be Stoner since Pedrosa did not deliver on the 800cc. As a good developer though Stoner is still a question mark; I think Capirossi did the work on Ducati an Stoner just clicked with it, hence the lack of improvement since Cap left. To me manufacturers should be thinking about the 1000cc when they are signing new riders. I give the upper hand to whoever Rossi rides for, even if it is Suzuki. He and Burgess know how to make a bike go fast after it comes out of the prototype lab. Even with a lack of power in 07 I think fitted with a pair of Brigestone they would have given Stoner and Ducati a good run for there money.

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Mar 09

Posts: 5148

Nostrodamus says:

Honda is No.1

Their bike is more important than the riders remember. Anyway who cares? They'll all get the same thing at the start of the season. Up to the riders to prove their worth to Mr Honda thereafter.

As for Loris doing the groundwork for Casey? Well yeah to some degree on the 990's, but we're talking a brand new machine for 2007. I think perhaps you might want to give Guareschi and the engineers a little credit there too.

Stoner seems to get his machine set-up pretty well on the whole, so it's fair to say him and his team know what they're doing. I don't see 2011 in the red corner being any different.

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May 07

Posts: 852

One thing is a furking certainty...

Dovi aside it will have the two most whiny-miserable twats in MotoGP in the same team. Dani can "suck the atmosphere from the Albert Hall' as Charlie Cox put it and Stoner could turn anything into an excuse for the fact he's just a cock. THAT aside they will potentially have the fastest two guys in MotoGP on the same bike too. Could be fun.

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Apr 09

Posts: 1382

Richard1967 says:


I thought it said Superdream I was waiting for a hi-tech 250 twin :P

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Jun 10

Posts: 185

ppatel3d says:

Stoners team?

How many people would stoner take from the Ducati factory team? He and the guys there seems to click really well. If they go with him to Honda, I will be OK with his switch. Its gonna be weird though, seeing him back in Honda machine.

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May 09

Posts: 877

CH987 says:

Kawasakibiker says

Blah blah blah blah blah Stoner blah blah blah blah Stoner blah blah blah blah blah Stoner. You're 34 not 13!!    Bout time you grew up ain't it?

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Jun 07

Posts: 370

travis73 says:


Spot on!!

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Mar 10

Posts: 20

nomad66 says:

more bikes

if it means more bikes on the grid then good as has been seen this year a few injuries and the like and the races become a joke can't wait for a wet race could you imagine it we could have 8 finishers.

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May 10

Posts: 6

EllisSpoon says:

2 factory teams?

Wouldn't it be more cost effective for honda to make the LCR team a two rider outfit with factory machines, as de puniet seems to be earning a shot this year, and  they've done it before with melandri. And to solve sponsorship issues, they could split with red bull, one repsol bike in each team, and one red bull. I'd go for stoner/pedrosa, de puniet/dovizioso.

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Oct 07

Posts: 754

windy12 says:

daft when you think

they had Hayden and Biaggi, both better than their current rider choices.

If I was going to steal anyone for big money it would be Spies, if it didnt work out he would get the WSBK title for them, if it doesnt work with Stoner what would you do with him??  Plus Stoner might expect to be the main man and it could lead to more problems.

So mine would be Spies, Randy and either of the existing riders.

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