Rossi & Moto GP
Interesting comments everyone.
MOTO GP is supposed to be about cutting edge technology & development.
The riders who are physically and mentally able to get the most from the Bikes, will have a better chance of winning.
The laws of physics and deterioration of physical and mental fitness, the weight and the size of the riders plays a big part at this level. When you line up the riders in a line and assess their frames and physiques, you can make judgements as to who might win... (The smaller guys).
The taller, beefier riders like Edwards, Spies, Rossi and RIP, Simoncelli were always having to ride tactically to overcome the extra weight and height...At the entry level of 125's weight and height made a big difference, but so did experience and a smooth, consistent riding style and the courage to keep it pinned....
The current paddock line up is mixed with former, small class GP riders, Super Bike riders, all with their own school of thought and riding style.
These changes will continue to evolve as we move further away from the old school, 2 stroke days and onward to ever more rule changes and technology benchmarks and restrictions which bring in new levels of experience and riding style.
Rossi is a popular rider, but his sour grapes rhetoric at Doha, will eventually damage his fan base as new fans follow their heroes up from the lower classes. Vale has won 9 championships. It would be tremendous if he won another, but his age & height are counting against him as much as the Bike.. He knows that... Let him celebtrate his past achievments and promote the sport... Running Ducati down won't help them or him..
Stoner, Pedrosa & Lorenzo are "the Aliens" and that makes them dull to watch if they all get on the gas and clear off ahead of the pack in an orderly procession, but that's what they are paid to do. Being "top of the class" puts them ahead of the rest of the pack and people mentally switch off. Rossi has a following because of his charisma, on & off the track. The "Alien" class are precise, consistent and clinical, but also courageous, talented and above all, FAST! But in racing, speed is relative. We want to see battles, duals, nose to nose, tactical jousts for position... How the Racing governing body achieves this, is starting to take shape. They did it in Formula 1 and it's grabbed my attention. The CRT situation has been a starter for ten, but it's a bit of a George Osborne budget at the moment....
Meanwhile, I am plugged into TT, WSB & BSB for my "racing" enjoyment and read the up-tight, prima dona protestations of MOTO GP big money men with a tinge of sadness.
Come on Crutchlow, show em how it's done!