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Klyntonius

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Nah, the end of the day top yamaha and if they ever fix up his tyre wear he will
be competitive again. ITs not an age thing


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The idea that Rossi would be competitive but only for the machinery carries as much weight as the argument that he should retire at the end of the year. Absolute nonsense.


Doesnt say much then for the likes of Lorenzo, Dovi and Rins who constantly still finish behind him..
Plus dorna need him to go on as long as he wants to because the hit they will take from the crowd drops will be massive when he goes.. Marquez might be a good rider but hes a try hard when it comes to a personality


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Rossi has beaten Dovi in 12 races out of the 44 races where they've both finished across the past three seasons.
Rossi has beaten Rins 10 times out of the 26 races where they've both finished across the past two seasons.
Near everyone has beaten Lorenzo this year. Even Nakagami has beaten Jorge in every race but two and they were the races Taka crashed and remounted.
Prior to that, Rossi beat Lorenzo 13 times in 26 races where they both finished across the two seasons Jorge raced for Ducati.

Rossi deserves to ride as long as he wants to (which is different from Yamaha employing him for as long as he wants. They should run Vinales and Quartararo in 2021). He's not ruining his legacy. His history isn't disappearing. He's not embarrassing. He's a 40 year old legend who is well passed his peak, has lost that edge of raw pace to win races but is still a solid, consistent top 5 finisher and well deserving of a spot on the grid. His issue for his next contract - if he wishes to continue - is if he's willing to take a demotion to a lesser team.

There's certainly a truth to crowds taking a hit when he leaves. It's an unfortunate situation that Dorna wouldn't have expected to deal with until the Rossi posse's bald faced lies about Marquez and Lorenzo in 2015 scuttled the movement of the yellow hordes migration to becoming a red horde.
 

Klyntonius

Norm Smith Medallist
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Rossi yeah should give up his seat . Why not .


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Yamaha should probably take it away from him after next year but why should he give it up? He should aim to ride the best bike he can.


If he went to Petronas think what it would do for the team.

Still have a factory bike
What would it do for the team? They'd get minimal extra exposure than what Quartararo currently brings, they don't need the money or sponsors he could bring.

Maybe he could mentor a young Italian rider but I think he'd rather concentrate on trying to win and save the mentorship for his academy.

Maybe he'd be good for Aprilia but they'd want to show enormous improvement with their new bike next year to even be a remote consideration. Would be a nice bookend to his career, starting and finishing there.
 

Klyntonius

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There were some rumours Miller and Petrucci would do a switcheroo next year but the Pramac Ducati boss has knocked that on the head.

Iker Lecuona will make his MotoGP debut at the final round in Valencia, substituting in for the injured Miguel Oliveira.

There is some discussion that the Australian round of MotoGP could be moved to March/April in an attempt to avoid the temperamental weather (good luck).
 

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Klyntonius

Norm Smith Medallist
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Could still be bad weather in March or April . Luck of the draw.


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This is true. I've been there that time of year when it's been stinking hot with a howling northerly blowing dust on the track and when the racing was cancelled because the track was flooded. Can be nearly anything any time of year. The joys of having a racetrack next to Bass Strait.
 

Klyntonius

Norm Smith Medallist
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Announcement of retirement or a years sabbatical are the only logical reasons I can think of for this presser.

 

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