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    Quote Originally Posted by Speed Dealer View Post
    I've found a few other sources which say the same thing. Surely it's bullshit??? Considering the almost guaranteed future deal Rossi and VR46 Sky Racing will have with Yamaha.
    Well maybe that's the thing, "they" wont "re-sign" Rossi but instead he moves straight over to his own satellite team, given preferential treatment on exactly the same equipment as MM with his own sponsors and they have fulfilled their "promise"
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    i dig ducatis "wings" this year
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    Quote Originally Posted by p4p1 View Post
    Marc Marquez: 2017 unseen is on YouTube right now. I'm not sure if it will be there for long or not.
    Watched this today. Was slightly dull...I think only genuine Marquez fanbois like you and me will enjoy it.

    Was interesting Marquez's comments about the flag to flag at Brno where Marquez ended up with a 20 second lead after changing to slicks on the second lap after falling way back on soft wet tyres.

    Paraphrased: "If I have one more lap like this, I'll change to the slicks and just deal with it"

    ...ends up winning the race.

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    Presser at 10PM.

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    Rossi has just signed with Yamaha for 2 more seasons - as was expected but is now confirmed

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    Im guessing Zarco wont be too happy about that!

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    I’m glad. It means I get to watch the title slip away from him mid season for another two years and he’ll get to see Marquez crowned 9x world champion.
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    Will Honda make a play for Zarco? I'd love to see Zarco on a competitive factory bike but I'm not so sure Honda would want to upset the apple cart by having Marquez and Zarco scrapping it out every race.

    The big winner IMO is Marquez btw with Rossi signing for 2 more years. It ties up one of the competitive bikes with a 40 year old who without a lot of things going his way isn't a legit championship contender. With Lorenzo tied up with a Ducati he is clearly going to continue to be inconsistent on and no Yamaha or Ducati for Zarco it's removed two championship threats to only leave Dovi and Vinales as legitimate threats to his title defence(s). Vinales is showing he can't ride around problems so far which hurts his consistency over the championship and he appears to have no idea on what he wants to fix the bike as he argues with the other side of the garage about what the problem is.

    So the big question then becomes can Dovi and Ducati deal with Marquez's consistency and how much harder will it be for them to do so now that Marquez after 3 years of riding around problems is looking to have a great bike under him.
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    There's a whole lot of opinions in that post before a wheel has even turned
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    Is Dani fully fit?

    I would consider him a threat if he is.
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    I would consider JL a threat. And zarco, and Dani and Rossi. Maybe even Viñales and miller and petrux. Its a long season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chew View Post
    Is Dani fully fit?

    I would consider him a threat if he is.
    He doesn't have the consistency to compete with Marc over a season. When it's cold he will still struggle to get heat into the tyres. His M.O. For years now has been to have a one or two races a season where he is untouchable but the rest of the year look like a mortal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wonky View Post
    I would consider JL a threat. And zarco, and Dani and Rossi. Maybe even Viñales and miller and petrux. Its a long season.
    JL over some races yes, over the season? Not a chance. He still isn't consistent enough with the Ducati yet.
    Zarco isn't on a factory bike and won't be at Yamaha next year. He will be getting no favours from anyone, and he still hasn't won a race yet. If he is at KTM from next year then he won't be a threat in the near future.
    Rossi hasn't been consistently fast enough for years to truely be in the title fight. Even in 2015 when everything went his way, he wasn't able to produce the pace he needed in the last third of the season once Lorenzo hit his stride, Dani regained form and Marquez stopped throwing it down the road every second race.
    Miller and Petrucci won't do it either, that's getting very far fetched.
    Vinales will be a threat if the Yamaha gets sorted but he still loses chunks of points when conditions are sketchy and Yamaha is not very consistent right now.

    It's a long a season and nothing is given, but the smart money is on Marquez.
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    Marc is paying $4.50 to win at Qatar this weekend... Not a bad bet...
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    Quote Originally Posted by p4p1 View Post
    He doesn't have the consistency to compete with Marc over a season. When it's cold he will still struggle to get heat into the tyres. His M.O. For years now has been to have a one or two races a season where he is untouchable but the rest of the year look like a mortal.
    So we will put Dani down as not a threat from you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chew View Post
    So we will put Dani down as not a threat from you?
    Put Dani down as not a threat because he hasn't been a threat since 2012. Why is that going to change? He still has the exact same problems that he's had for the past 5 or so years.

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    Free practice 1 is on Foxtel now ( moto2 atm)
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    I also reckon repsol honda will make room for zarco next year if he beats pedro a few times early in the season.( Then pedro can take his red bull sponsorship to ktm)
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    Dont know if I'm a fan of Crafar yet...

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    Yeah, I find him very/too quiet - and not direct enough yet. A bit waffle-y.

    I think he'll be OK.

    Haven't heard the new guys for the minor categories yet.

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