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Matthew Birt  says:

HRC boss: No thought to replace Dani Pedrosa

Honda never entertained replacing Dani Pedrosa after the Spaniard recently clinched a new contract to continue as an official HRC rider until the end of 2016.Despite having never won the MotoGP title in eight previous attempts, Honda’s loyalty towards Pedrosa appears to have no limits, with the Spaniard given a new two-year deal that will take him to an 11th...

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luckofthewelsh

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Ohhhhhh burn

 Lorenzo "Too slow" , that has got to hurt! Handbags at dawn anyone?

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vds45

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vds45 says:

Honda

 in my opinion is not the choice of Honda is all to do with the Spanish sponsor Repsol

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Judas13

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Judas13 says:

Interesting opinion vds

Who do you think Honda really wanted?

Who do you think they should have signed in Dani's stead?

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jjthekid

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jjthekid says:

That argument makes no sense

 @ vds45:

It's an argument that isn't based on any logic, especially if you review history. Since Repsol starting sponsoring Honda in 1995 they have only had 4 spanish riders. Also I seem to rememember a certain SPANISH world champion getting the boot at the end of 2001and making way for a certain Italian world champion, while the incumbent Japanese rider that wasn't a world champion was kept. If Repsol being spanish have more say in a riders nationality than Honda do, why was the Japanese rider kept and the spanish one let go.....

 

 

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shawno76

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shawno76 says:

@JJ

You don't know what deals were done between Honda & Dorna between 2001 & 2014.  You're talking about an event only 5 years after they started sponsoring.  So you're comparing apples & oranges.  It was 13 years ago.  Had that happened in the last 3 or 4 years... oh wait, they let an underperforming Italian go (who could not keep up with his team mate) but kept an Australian and a Spaniard....  then they replaced the Aussie after he 'walked out'. Honda WANTED to keep him.  They'd have booted Pedrosa for the groomed Marquez if that was the case.  As it stands they just happen to have the two fastest riders who happen to be Spanish.  Is that by design or because CS didn't want to play anymore?

 

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shawno76

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shawno76 says:

JL Too slow?

I'd put money that gorgeous beats both Dani & Marc this season...  Prima Donna he is... slow he isn't.

I'd agree with the rest of Nakamotos comments though.  They wanted the two fastest riders and they have them.

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ChupaChump

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ChupaChump says:

Nakamoto...

...made his decision after reading DG's comments about Lorenzo not being able to slide a bike.  Simples.

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RaleighWisp

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RaleighWisp says:

He missed a trick

He should have persuaded Cal to join and let Dani go. The only thing holding Cal back is the bike he's on. Plus Cal could have brought new sponsorship, Repsol is getting a bit tired - maybe Tops Tiles or Coventry Nandos?

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shawno76

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shawno76 says:

Nandos...

Double chicken pitta extra hot with a side of macho peas.  Blissful....(about the only thing I miss from the UK). 

C.Chump - that made me chuckle..

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Druids

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Druids says:

Nakamoto realized they had everything they needed in Marquez

And Pedrosa will be MM's wingman now that he definitely lost his illusions. 8 years without really coming close to win a world tittle finally took its toll on Pedrosa's self-esteem. Obvious but still a smart move by Honda.

 

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