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Matthew Birt  says:

Yamaha expects title challenge from Marc Marquez

Yamaha expects Honda rookie Marc Marquez to mount a serious title challenge in his first MotoGP world championship campaign in 2013.The Repsol Honda rider has been the talk of winter testing after putting in some impressive performances on the factory RC213V, which included him setting the fastest time at the recent private Honda and Yamaha test in Austin, Texas.Marquez has...

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Oct 07

Posts: 1306

hugelean says:

Can't see it. Consistancy is key and it's probably the one thing that Rookies have the most trouble with.. It's a steep learning curve. No doubt he'll be uber competitive some weeks but others I suspect he'll only be midpack if he doesn't fold it..The other top 3 have shown and displayed the promise Marquez has over a much longer period. Next season though could be different. However Yam will have had Rossi and burgess working on the bike for a whole season by then and that has to worry honda..

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Jul 10

Posts: 1394


Marquez is a special talent thers no doubt about that, Yes i agree he has much to learn about the nature of Moto GP bikes, but he's more than capable of adjusting very quickly over the course of a race weekend.

The lack of enough truly competitve bikes on the grid make this a  5? 6? horse race ,this year. So as long as he doesnt suffer the misfortune of a bad injury when he does launch himself, (same goes for all the front runners) he will be right in the fight.

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Feb 13

Posts: 95

CaseyIsGONE says:

i love the way you lot think you know more than the actual people in the paddock

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Jul 12

Posts: 3224

wosihound says:

Money's too tight to mention..?

To be honest, I'm expecting all the Honda's to be fast and ulta-competitive..

What a fantastic bike that RCV is, especially now they've got the handling sorted and the chatter's gone.

Awesome power, super trick transmission and absolutely bulletproof..the Yamaha's have really got their work cut out this season.

What odds an HRC 1234..?

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Jul 11

Posts: 1896

CHRainmaker says:


..that's so transparent, it's barely visible...

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Jul 11

Posts: 1896

CHRainmaker says:


..I've just seen the date! Nice one Wosi..

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Apr 11

Posts: 3472

Bultoboy says:


What is it you think he has to learn about the nature of a Motogp bike? That seems to have been ticked off within a few laps of getting on one...

He may be new to the class but he's no rookie to racing, he's been racing for years and is straight out of the top drawer. The others are just another set of riders on the track to be beaten, reputations count for nothing, he'll be out to win, regardless of the 'I'm here to learn' corporate line being preddled out.

Expect action, ruffled feathers and tantrums.

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Oct 11

Posts: 617

revnev7 says:


     Dream,dream,dream.    Not a bleedin` hope.Just the two alian`s that are left fighting for the title. As for odd`s on a Honda top 4! Be about the same as Rossi getting anywhere on a Ducati,nil. Bit like saying "the corner`s,thereafter will look after themselves,hehe,he. Proper load of sheeet.

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Jan 13

Posts: 212

pannyderosa says:


you really are a bit dense.Think about it and you might realise why.:doubt:

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Mar 09

Posts: 5416

Nostrodamus says:

Sure it's a tough ask

in the face of Lorenzo and Pedrosa, but let's not forget Marquez is a two time world champion in his own right. Dominant each time too.

He's got a couple of things in his favour, least not this more complaint Rossi spec 'stones which give more feedback on the limit. He hasn't chucked himself over the 'bars yet has he? Only explored the outer limits of front end grip to date a couple of times. Factory HRC is pretty handy too. Not sure the chatter issue has been completely laid to bed though.

Lorenzo & Pedrosa know each others game, they don't know Marquez' yet over a race distance. I should imagine they fear his potential more than each other to a greater or lesser degree.

As for those outstanding Yamaha's developed to the point of perfection by Lorenzo over the past two years  - to the extent that satellite man Crutchlow has been regularly top three in pace over the past 12 months. Well who's to say they don't finish 1-2 at years end with Smith & Rossi also in the top ten.

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