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Post by rapidringsroad on Sat 23 May 2020, 11:30 pm

Are they only rumours or is it true that Rossi is considering hanging up his leathers? After last season without a win or a spot on the podium has he come to terms with the fact that younger hungrier riders are coming along who are willing to take the odd risk to make a name for themselves? Granted on a good day Rossi is still a force to be reckoned with but I don't think he will be satisfied with being a constant runner up. It will be interesting to see what he decides to do.

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Post by dyrewolfe on Wed 27 May 2020, 12:42 pm

Well they're definitely more than rumours.

Both Yamaha and the man himself have issued statements, saying that its definitely a consideration. But Rossi basically gave the usual racer's statement, that he wants to continue (into 2021) but wants a few races this year to see if he can still be competitive.

Yamaha said they're happy to continue to support him and if he does retire from the track, they'd love to have him as an ambassador.

https://www.roadracingworld.com/news/motogp-valentino-rossi-may-continue-on-yamaha-satellite-team-in-2021/
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Post by Jeff Navarro on Thu 28 May 2020, 9:59 am

Think time passed on 'The Doctor' when he kicked Marquez and subsequently lost the championship to Lorenzo. Has he won that championship, 2015 iirc, I'm pretty certain he would've retired.

As great as Rossi has been, he's held the team back post 2015. His riding style and Vinales are polar opposites. Causing a wide array of issues for the Japanese marquee.

The signing of the brilliant Fabio Quartararo will help Yamaha realign itself as both have similar riding styles.

I see no worth in Rossi joining the satellite team - especially as he's over 40 and it's not going to add anything to his resume.

Also Jorge Lorenzo is very interested in that seat and it's a more beneficial move

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Post by Jeff Navarro on Mon 20 Jul 2020, 2:17 pm

No discussion for the 2020 season so I thought I’d add this on here. 
6 times World Champion Marc Marquez suffered a broken elbow in the season opener at Jerez. It was a massive accident. Marquez will have surgery and will miss round 2 also at Jerez. 
Cal Crutchlow also went under the knife after breaking his wrist. 
French superstar in waiting Fabio Quartararo won the season opener in Jerez. If he doubles up Marquez could be 50pts behind with only a further 11 races left.
Quartararo was the first French winner in MotoGP in over 20 years

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Post by Jeff Navarro on Tue 28 Jul 2020, 10:38 am

‘El Diablo’ Fabio Quartararo won the Andalucia GP at Jerez. The French superstar cruised to victory. Viñales and Rossi also made the podium. A rare Yamaha 1-2-3.

Marc Márquez missed the race, the first time in his career he’s missed a MotoGP race. 50pts behind Quartararo with 13-15 races left.

Yamaha’s main issue is engine reliability. All 4 riders are already on their fifth and final units. Rossi and Morbidelli both have one that expired.

Alex Rins finished a remarkable 10th despite a broken upper arm and shoulder.

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Post by rapidringsroad on Fri 31 Jul 2020, 12:15 am

Yes Marquez has an uphill struggle to retain the Title, if Quartararo continues to ride like he has in the first two races.But as you know anything can happen in racing and the reliability of the Yamahas is an unknown factor. Marquez wont go down without a fight, though 50 pts are a lot to claw back in this shortened season.

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Post by Jeff Navarro on Tue 04 Aug 2020, 8:32 am

Marc Marquez has undergone a second operation on his broken elbow after the plate insert became damaged from the stress exerted during the ill advised attempt to race at Jerez 2. Marquez likely to miss Brno as well.

Additionally all non European races are cancelled

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Post by Jeff Navarro on Tue 04 Aug 2020, 11:15 am

Former Moto2 champion Stefan Bradl will replace Marc Marquez for this weekend’s Czech GP.

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Post by Jeff Navarro on Sat 08 Aug 2020, 2:05 pm

Johann Zarco takes a sensational pole position at Brno on the 2019 Ducati bike.

Pecco Bagnaia misses Brno and Austria with a broken leg.

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Post by Jeff Navarro on Sun 09 Aug 2020, 1:48 pm

The world gets turned upside down at Brno as South Africa’s Brad Binder secures historic maiden MotoGP race win - first South African to ever win in the premier class. Factory KTM team’s maiden win in the premier class. Franco Morbidelli career best second place and Johann Zarco third on the 2019 Ducati.

Terrible day for the title contenders: Quartararo P7, Dovizioso P11 and Viñales P14.

Marc Márquez might be returning for the Austrian double header to boot

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Post by Jeff Navarro Today at 1:11 pm

Andrea Dovizioso has decided to quit the factory Ducati team, with no other top rides available, the Italian will miss 2021 season.
Ducati will promote either Pramac’s Pecco Bagnaia or Avintia’s Johann Zarco.

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