1) As a major Rossi fan....boooo to Yamaha to not fixing the M1 completely. The bike still has hook-up problems.
2) Boooo to Honda....Marquez pi$$e$ me off..... :/
3) Woot to KTM for their aggressiveness on starting up a new team next year. Bold move Herve P.
4) Woot to Franco Morbidelli
for his accomplishments.
I am "really" hoping that some how Rossi could pull off another title....but.....
Zarco is my new guy.....after Rossi retires. And I'm looking forward to getting to know Morbidelli.
I'm hoping the best for Andrea Iannone and Scott Redding. They could use a break.
Question: Dani Padrosa....Honda.... Dani is an awesome rider. Dani has problems getting/keeping heat in his tyres during races. Why doesn't Honda add weight to Dani's bike to allow him to get more weight on board and hook that rear tyre up? It seems strange to me to stay with one rider for soooo many years and watch him struggle with the same issue year after year and not get the problem fixed. Does anybody have any deeper thoughts on this subject?
I waited to open this thread until I had seen the race. So yes, as long as guys don't announce the results in the subject line, I won't threaten them with violence.
Racing at this level is far beyond just fixing something like weight, engine mapping or tire choice. The guy that comes in LAST place in this series has supernatural riding ability that ordinary humans can't comprehend. Then the top-10 riders make that guy look pitiful. And in the top 5, the laws of space and time just bend. Then Rossi, Marquez, Dovi or Zarco have something else magical that puts them over the top. Maverick Vinialez looked like he was going to develop into a dominator... where did he go? Fastest guy I ever shared a track with, Ben Spies... just walked away. At that level, it's like a spiritual thing.
When I'm riding with mere AMA qualifiers, I'm wondering how the gravity I'm using doesn't work like the gravity they're using. Then Jason DiSalvo or Chris Ulrich will pass me like I'm on a squeaky tricycle. I find it hard not to appreciate the talent on display everywhere in MotoGP.
Marquez is incredible. I root for Rossi because he's the old man, and a dynamo for the sport. I met Pedrosa at Laguna Seca and you won't meet a nicer guy. I love it when Dovi wins because he's paid his dues for so long, and been a real class guy when circumstances treated him very badly. (Like teammate Iannone taking him out repeatedly.)
I too see the rocket thrust of the Ducati down the straight and wonder why Honda can't match it... but they aren't slouches. Something messes up the balance when they raise the boost. Even the M1 seems to have better grunt out of the corner than the Honda, but when they change something by a millimeter, it upsets the balance somewhere else.
I'm fortunate that I can see the Bein Sports channel at work, so I sequester the break room to watch the races. Maybe I'll break down and pay for the MotoGP app so the family can see the races too... I'm getting to be a tightwad in my old age.