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post #31 of 405 Old 11-30-2018, 12:43 AM
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3) looks like Jorge is picking up pretty quickly on the "unrideable" for him RCV - this might get entertaining quickly inside the Honda garage.
Yep, i was one of those that said "JL will never make it at Honda". Impressive to see him so close so early. He survived the VR mind games back in the first Yamaha days. I still think though, MM will be too strong.

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Yamaha just needs to tear off the band-aid. Vinales is the future as he's like 40 years younger. They need to give that kid what he needs to be successful
Agree, but too many VR fans for that? I'll say it again.....VR will never win another race
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Yep, i was one of those that said "JL will never make it at Honda". Impressive to see him so close so early. He survived the VR mind games back in the first Yamaha days. I still think though, MM will be too strong.

Agree, but too many VR fans for that? I'll say it again.....VR will never win another race
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Never say never. He might just surprise you and come to MotoAmerica or get a ride on a Moto-E team and whoop some ass!
Could you imagine if he came to Moto A? Might double in popularity overnight, America would have to start production of yellow smoke bombs immediately. I will say I would rather not have Moto America become some retirement ground for older riders though, would be nice to see actual talent develop out of the series. Still would like to have seen Redding come give it a go, him and Herrin on the same circuits would have been a blast to follow.
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Could you imagine if he came to Moto A? Might double in popularity overnight, America would have to start production of yellow smoke bombs immediately. I will say I would rather not have Moto America become some retirement ground for older riders though, would be nice to see actual talent develop out of the series. Still would like to have seen Redding come give it a go, him and Herrin on the same circuits would have been a blast to follow.
Yep. Rossi coming to MA would be huge for the sport here though. All the other retired riders can keep out though lol Though I wouldn't mind seeing Collin Edwards back on a bike in the US

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Yep. Rossi coming to MA would be huge for the sport here though. All the other retired riders can keep out though lol Though I wouldn't mind seeing Collin Edwards back on a bike in the US
Redding wouldn't even look at MotoAmerica.... Rossi won't.

Rossi honestly is in a position where he doesn't really need to do anything he doesn't want to do ever again. VR|46 - the clothing company - does fine as a business. The VR|46 academy, Moto3 and Moto2 teams. His ties with SKY TV.... Ralley racing/Monster Energy. Dude will be a name in motorsports for as long as we're living.

He still races motorcycles because he's still fast and he still has passion for it. He wouldn't even be challenged in the US series. I doubt the likes of Beaubier even Elias would be much of a problem... I don't think he'd even have fun racing over here and smoking everyone.
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Redding wouldn't even look at MotoAmerica.... Rossi won't.

Rossi honestly is in a position where he doesn't really need to do anything he doesn't want to do ever again. VR|46 - the clothing company - does fine as a business. The VR|46 academy, Moto3 and Moto2 teams. His ties with SKY TV.... Ralley racing/Monster Energy. Dude will be a name in motorsports for as long as we're living.

He still races motorcycles because he's still fast and he still has passion for it. He wouldn't even be challenged in the US series. I doubt the likes of Beaubier even Elias would be much of a problem... I don't think he'd even have fun racing over here and smoking everyone.
I know, it's just more of a pipe dream cuz it would be cool to see for MA fans in the US.

I remember back in 2010 after he broke his leg, a few weeks later before he resumed with MotoGP he did a test at Misano on an R1 (not sure on the specs of that R1 but still a production bike obviously). They said his best lap was within 0.1 seconds of the fastest lap of the WSBK race the prior week in similar weather conditions. He would destroy people if he came to MA lol
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Never say never. He might just surprise you and come to MotoAmerica or get a ride on a Moto-E team and whoop some ass!
Let me clarify - In MOTOGP

Dont get me wrong, I think he is arguably the GOAT and has done wonders for the sport, and will no doubt continue to do so.

I just think that Yamaha's efforts would be better focused on Mave .
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Seriously? He's contracted with both?? That's gonna be some busy weekends for him. I assume Moto-E is running at all the events? That will pack up the schedule a bit more having an extra class each weekend.
Five races IIRC.

Already a rule in place saying that you cannot partake in two different championships .... during the same event / weekend.
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1) Moto-E is only going to have 4 or 5 rounds, all of them in Europe.... Maybe he'll enter some of the America/Asian rounds as a wild card on the KTM?

2) Nakagami at the top of the charts? Who would have guessed that?

3) looks like Jorge is picking up pretty quickly on the "unrideable" for him RCV - this might get entertaining quickly inside the Honda garage.

4) Vinales says he has a top bike now, but VR says its no better than a 5th place bike? - might be the year that the lead dog switches at Yamaha, or else #46 is just starting the head games early?

Possible that Rossi is just being dramatic OR they're not developing the bike towards his wants anymore
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Possible that Rossi is just being dramatic OR they're not developing the bike towards his wants anymore
My money is on both.
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Who will do better in 2019, KTM or Aprilia? I think Iannone has more potential on the RS-GP than Zarco on the RC16.

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Honda coming through with the competition .

I was never a fan of HRC but that has changed. Ducati took months to deliver a tank modification while Honda did it over the first testing days and will make a custom Lorenzo spec RC213V.

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Yep, i was one of those that said "JL will never make it at Honda". Impressive to see him so close so early. He survived the VR mind games back in the first Yamaha days. I still think though, MM will be too strong.



Agree, but too many VR fans for that? I'll say it again.....VR will never win another race
I think VR will win another race or two but a championship is out of the question. He managed to come in 3rd this season on marginal equipment and no wins. He's got some hurdles to overcome, the Yamaha being one of them, but I think he's still got the potential for a second or third overall next year.

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Who will do better in 2019, KTM or Aprilia? I think Iannone has more potential on the RS-GP than Zarco on the RC16.
I think KTM will be the better bike. They're more hungry than Aprilia and are putting more $$$ in to the effort ... and the bike is already better than the Aprilia.

Zarco ... he's fast but needs to work on making his tire last. He takes off and can get out front but later his tire drops off and he falls through the field. He's going to have to work on tire management to get results.

Iannone is going to have to work on staying on the bike. He also seems to perform better when his seat is in jeopardy. When he's feeling secure in the seat the results aren't there.

All in all, Zarco on the KTM should out perform Iannone on the Aprilia.
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I think VR will win another race or two but a championship is out of the question. He managed to come in 3rd this season on marginal equipment and no wins. He's got some hurdles to overcome, the Yamaha being one of them, but I think he's still got the potential for a second or third overall next year.
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