Norm Smith Medallist
- Jan 9, 2004
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
- Kawasaki Racing, Falcons, Pelicans
Kinda true. Lorenzo quite liked last years Honda when he tested it. Honda's big push for this year was to try and match Ducati for horsepower and their new more powerful engine meant altering and moving things like the airbox which then changed the bikes handling and feedback. Lorenzo struggled with the change and Honda did a lot of work early days with new seats, altered tanks, etc to try and make him feel comfortable. Just as he began to adapt to it by going back to an old Honda seat, he got injured. Then more injured. Then he broke his back and fear entered his mind. Once his mind was gone at the end, he could've had his old Yamaha and wouldn't have been competitive.One of the greats, and probably the smoothest rider I've seen at that level.
Honda weren't willing to budge on the bike which is sad, and sadder still that George has had to take this option.
Yeah one moto 2 win and a best 7th in the top grade plus his dads influence is hardly earth shattering . Sorta feel for him . Sorta . Too many up and comers who can’t be denied seats .In a somewhat unexpected move, Karel Abraham won't be on the MotoGP grid next year. One of the most controversial riders in MotoGP due to his pay-to-ride status, Abraham had a contract to race for the Avintia team next year. After last week's Valencia test where Abraham rode the 2019 Ducati he was to race next year, he went home to find an email waiting for him from lawyers on behalf of the team. Written entirely in Spanish (Karel doesn't speak Spanish) it informed him that his contract had been terminated. He sent messages to the team manager (from whom he'd already been assured his position was safe) without response. When he messaged that he would be at the Jerez test, the manager (former racer, Ruben Xaus) finally responded telling him not to go, that the email was the termination of his contract and to end all communication with him. No explanations. No phone call.
The rumours have been circulating for a couple of weeks of a Zarco move to Avintia. He denied them, stating he'd rather race Moto2. Yet here we are. What a filthy mess.
In isolation indeed. I'd think I was king of the world if I could get within 10 seconds of his laptimes!