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Matthew Birt  says:

US MotoGP: Valentino Rossi talks about potential Yamaha return

Valentino Rossi has given his views on a potential return to Yamaha’s factory squad in 2013, with speculation rampant in Laguna Seca that he will reject a new two-year offer to remain with Ducati. Rossi has been negotiating with Yamaha and a return to partner bitter rival Jorge Lorenzo could even be confirmed prior to the next round in Indianapolis. Rossi left...

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cheekymonkey

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cheekymonkey says:

Saturn

I think your point about Ago`s achievements are valid.

The MV of that era was in a different league to the Manx`s and AJS singes which were plodding around, and to just ignore this out of respect for Ago, who`s a lovely fella and a great ambassador for the sport, is a mistake. 
Of course the youngsters wont grasp this but the MV compared to the Norton/AJS/Triumph of the time is like pitching the current M1 Yamaha against a Moto3 bike.

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Bultoboy

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Simo

Some good performances but was never a threat to the title, he was a DNF in about 5 / 6 races through self induced crashes and even if he'd won the last two, would still have finished no higher. Had he threatened for the title against a Repsol, Honda only had to take the edge off the bike with electronic tweaks. They supply the laptop man to the customer teams remember.

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chrisg011

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chrisg011 says:

What happens next...

...you take Italian ingenuity and add to it German engineering - you remove the half-hearted pilot(s) and replace with young, dumb and full of *** guys ready to rag it and you have a recipe for plenty of new carbon fairings while they learn tame a beast that will run the Japanese to the line.

It can work IF the pilots are willing to ride the bike as it demands.

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Nostrodamus

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Nostrodamus says:

Oh Saturn and Cheeky

I think we youngsters realise the nature of the four versus singles farce. Saturn redeemed himself by pointing out Ago's immediate sucess upon transitioning to the hairy yamaha two strokes.

Thanks for the Preziosi & Domenicali confirmation Chris. These snippets of yours from inside Italy are invaluable. A bit of a no brainer though really. What were Audi going to do, transfer a windscreen wiper engineer to design control of Corse?

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chrisg011

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chrisg011 says:

Sic...

... was only a threat to those around him - DP Le Mans and very much unfortunately later in the year.

Had he taken heed of the advise from Honda and reigned in his riding to be the man they believed he could be, then he would have taken the Repsol seat and be in the running with JL and CS for the championship.

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slit

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slit says:

how many girlfriends?

how many of you guys has had the girlfriend cheating on you with VR? Don't understand the hate otherwise. Jeez. What a wanker VR. 9 titles what? What a lame excuse to say he's good because of that. Bring on crutchlow. Or dovi. Or whatever. Ah, if they only had a factory ride and sponsors supporting them like some lucky bastards have. Those sponsors, why do they keep supporting such losers and not real winners? Drill this into your head: VR is one of the greatest. Lorenzo and Casey they too belong to the selected few. Shame casey is retiring. SHame VR is on a crap bike which may have become, unfortunately, the kiss of death for his career. But who knows. Le Mans just a few months ago wasn't the race of someone who has forgot how to race.

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RidgeRacerHRC

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not sure about that chris

Simo seemed pretty happy to continue in the Gresini fold. Fausto himself was happy, aswell as San carlo for having a italian rider in a italian team. If Casey hadnt retired then he wouldve gone on in the Repsol fold for as long as he would have liked, especially after handing HRC their first title after 4 years. Dani would be pivotal for Repsol in having a marketal Spaniard for them, I doubt Dani would have been replaced by Simo even if Casey didnt retire. SO yeah everybody happy? including the sponsors? And Honda? I think so.

 

I agree with your point though, it most difinitely looks like Team Blue for Flos

motomatters.com/news/2011/09/27/simoncelli_s_factory_status_at_gresini_e.html


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supermario

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supermario says:

So do I take it that you've lost your nerve nostro

regarding our little bet? Coz its gone awfully quiet.

 

"Yet another corner his ego and gob has painted himself into"

 

....strangely apt

 

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chrisg011

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chrisg011 says:

Audi...

...could have stated thier faith in goldenboy and nudged Preziosi aside through the placement of supporting 'infrastructure' within Corse to speed up the development of the bike VR desires yet cant have (his old yam).

Clearly Audi have placed thier faith in the company and Corse not in the rider.
The significance is clear - Audi are engineering giants who understand the value of development direction. It leaves one to wonder if they view the whole Rossi fiasco as blindness over brains...

The question is, who will replace Rossi - Bradl on a Ducati would be spectacular!

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chrisg011

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chrisg011 says:

Sic

The first comment in the article says it all:

коля1982:
You don't leverage Honda, Honda leverages you!

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