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Old May 2nd 2017, 06:39 PM   #71
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First off you have to have a firm understanding of the mindset that you are dealing with when discussing Rossi with Mark. You have to adopt the strategy that no matter what the outcome of a contest that Rossi is just a washed up, no talent. Having a rational conversation with Mark on numerics and statistics is like hanging a chandelier in a haunted house. Rossi was tagged as "not a real rider" because he could not win on the Ducati. Mark will never tag Lorenzo as "not a real rider" if he does not win on the Ducati. Mark's contention is that Rossi cannot compete with Lorenzo if Lorenzo has a good bike. Well Rossi beat Lorenzo in the Championship 3 out of the last 4 years while Lorenzo was on a Yamaha and only lost to Lorenzo by 5 points in the one year Lorenzo finished on top (2015). So you can see, that Mark is fortunate to have a job that does not require him to deal with rational mathematics. With regard to better riders on slower bikes. Thats not quantifiable at this point. Zarco is a talent coming out of 250 but then so was the wonder boy Rabat. He has not done a damn thing. At any given time something could happen. Look at Spies. WSBK champion. Gets on a top team and did not perform so saying this is or that is the next best thing means nothing until its in the record book. MM falls off his bike almost as much as Crashlow. The odds of MM breaking something are fairly high. All it takes is one bad crash and you can kiss that potential GOAT goodby. Lastly in a business scenario , my job at Yamaha corporate would be to maximize the brand and sell bikes. No one comes close to Rossi in doing this. So I have the top PR man in GP again leading the world championship. Mark would have gotten rid of Rossi and Mark would have been fired by Yamaha in a NY minute. In short right now you have Rossi who makes more money for his brand that any other rider. Has more championships than any other rider, makes more money personally than any other rider, has a significantly higher global economic impact than any other rider, has been more consistent than any other rider and you have Mark who has labeled him as "not a real rider". This is Mark's reality. On a side note, Mark is a good guy. He may just need some pharmaceutical intervention to fix his Rossi condition.
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Old May 3rd 2017, 03:23 PM   #72
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Jerez ought to a real corker Valentino is pumped up, Marquez and Marvrick are at home, Jorge is already building escape hatches, Pedrosa is quietly lurking, and then theres that "cheese gnarling frog kisser"
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Jerez ought to a real corker Valentino is pumped up, Marquez and Marvrick are at home, Jorge is already building escape hatches, Pedrosa is quietly lurking, and then theres that "cheese gnarling frog kisser"

Yeah Rossi is starting to be outspokenly confident that he's figured out the M1. We'll see...won't be surprised to see him take a win here, but it's not a given. I expect the first big on-track fight between him and Mav this weekend.

Rossi now sees that the title is possible this year...however unlikely....and Mav, following that bonehead crash at COTA, will be out to gain back points and take back control of the championship fight.

As always, Marc will be a threat, but right now he needs to still play the long game. Too early to be desperate and go into typical win or crash mentality.

Jlo is going to suffer on the Duc. Starting to feel bad for him...not sure where else he would go other than back to Yamaha, and that ain't happening until Rossi retires. He should just stick with it....


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