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Matthew Birt  says:

Valentino Rossi aims for consistent podium challenge in 2014

Valentino Rossi has targeted a fight for the podium in every race in 2014 after unveiling the new livery of this year’s factory Yamaha YZR-M1 in Indonesia earlier today. Rossi’s much anticipated return to Yamaha last season yielded one victory in Assen but for large parts of the campaign he was in the shadow of dominant Spanish trio Marc Marquez, Jorge...

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saturn392

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saturn392 says:

Surely that's a contradiction of terms Nostro or is it more frothy foam from the gullible geek ?

Lawson was his own man indeed but condemnation of hacks (albeit some are total di*k-heads) is a little short-sighted - many different views make for good debate.

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Nostrodamus

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Nostrodamus says:

 The doormat of Lawson's motorhome simply read 'go away'.

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RawDawg

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RawDawg says:

Val can get consistent podiums

 If Jorge, MM, and Dani consistently fall off and gift them to him.......

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Bootlegger

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Bootlegger says:

Hardly likely Rawdawg

His ranking is about Capirex level right now given the time frame. Unlike 'ol Loris though, he still is astride one of the two or arguably four best bikes on the grid.  Now really! Can he not fail to podium every weekend given 'happen/orchestrated stance' ? Eh Dorna ? Over at the other end of factory is Ducati. All they need to do is go back to their strengths circa 2003. Launch, blast away and upset the applecart for one third race distance. By then old 46 will hope for a points finish nevermind a podium..of course George has to watch out for sub frame issues on his extended wheelbase bike.. Ask Spies. 

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saturn392

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saturn392 says:

The doormat on my motorhome says the same thing but with two different words Nostro.

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wosihound

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wosihound says:

Good ol' Val..

Still winning races after all these years..making mugs of the naysayers.

The last direct link to an era when bikes were analog and riders made a big difference..

No namby-pamby rider aids or wishy-washy lean-burn stratified mixes then.

Therein lies Valentino's problem this year..with only 20 litres and being one of the larger lads, he starts with a big disadvantage to the pipsqueak Honda riders..and that's if they were on the same bike!

Last season..Yamaha struggled to match Honda's durability, economy and performance. This year it will be harder because there is less fuel.

It's all about who has the most money to throw at the electronics and Honda have more resources than anyone else..they have it sewn-up under these rules. Ducati know it and are considering more fuel and engines in the open class..Yamaha can't be far behind them.

Rossi will have his work cut out to match results from last year if the RCV carries on improving at the rate it has..especially on the 'Lorenzo' bike, which seems to favour a more economic, arguably less exciting riding style too. 

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Nostrodamus

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Nostrodamus says:

That'll be the same riding style

That served the Terrapin so well for the majority of his career - neat and tidy, corner speed, just like JL. You know Wosi, the submissive style that he brought to the Ducati - she of course just laughed in his effete face. The Ducati liked a proper man to dominate her, wrestle her into submission. Then and only then would she reward with her latin delights.

The most adaptable rider in history? Ha! He couldn't even adapt to his own favourite armchair - the M1. Burgess became the fall guy for that lack of adaptability. Although the Terrapin does appear to retain ultimate faith in his own abilities - I do admire that. Don't get carried away though Saturn, I can't think of any other admirable traits of his.

Impossible to see the Terrapin win dirt track races as Marquez did the other night.

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wosihound

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wosihound says:

Style and substance..

Nah..Rossi rides a lot looser, a legacy of years on a 500/990. Last of the late brakers..smoking tyres into and out of the corner. Jorge is the spitting image of good buddy Max.

Val's heavier and the 20 litres will hurt him more than most. Technically Yamaha are clearly struggling to keep up.

They have no option engineering-wise but to continue with an under powered bike, struggling to make fuel and engines last, making the most of Lorenzo's unique style.

Will the bike be competitive enough to make Jorge stay though?..or will we see Yamaha cosying up with Ducati to get The Open Class rules pushed through, firm in the belief that present 'Factory limits' favour HRC too much?

How many all RCV podium will we see this year, I wonder..


Didn't see Casey doing much dominating on the bike he left Rossi, during the important part of his final season there?

Truth is..that bike went backwards from the end of 2007. It needed a radical revamp in 2011..and it still needs one today in 2014.


Have you seen Rossi on a dirt-tracker at his ranch?..a proper test, not a piddly school boy indoor circuit?

I don't think Marc holds many fears for Val in that department.



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Nostrodamus

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Nostrodamus says:

Ha, ha Wosi

Yes Rossi was the last of the late brakers, but that's not the way to the quickest way around a race track. As for tail wagging, that has never been his natural style. He's classic European in that regard. Yes the more rudimentary electronics of the first generation four stroke saw a bit of the old sloppy rear from Rossi. He's hardly a Rainey, Schwantz, Doohan, Stoner or even Marquez though is he? No, far more like 2 or 3kg lighter Lorenzo  & Biaggi.

What was that the Terrapin said about Hayden when he invited him just the once to his Tavullian ranch? 'Oh, Nicky's still quite quick on the dirt'. Apaprently Nicky made a mockery of VR's efforts.

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racingfan99

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racingfan99 says:

First Rossi must qualify in a better manner than last season if he wants a chance to beat the 3 Spaniards.

Secondly he needs to trust the tyre on the first couple of laps even though it ain't a full temp, that's where he loses some. And third the bike with Vale on needs to have enough power to race with the wick up but be efficient enough to get to the finish line with juice left in......this will be Rossi's biggest problem, his size/weight is considerably more than the 2 Honda guys.

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