#1 ,,,, #2
,,there are few things more certain than Rossi never "not" trying to win every race , every time, regardless of any "team orders" or,, to hold back, even at the last race of the year and Lorenzo is one position away from the championship and VR is in front of him.. pa-lease... After Motegi he all but scoffed at being warned about dicing it up with Lorenzo.
No, race fans, In VR's mind he is/will always be the #1 rider and you can't blame him. But next year, in a clean race, on paper, Lorenzo would probably win the majority of races but there still are a few tracks where Rossi legitimately smoke the field. And "clean" is the operative word. I am not implying the VR is "dirty", but there is a difference between courteous racing and,, errr,, Sete Jibernau's left wrist. Also, you can't say superior race-craft without saying "anything goes". Jog all your memories about VR and Stoner at Laguna a few years back,,, Superior "race-craft" triumphed over superior speed it was genius at work, all legit. But now it's his team-mate and in the end, what Rossi wants , Rossi gets. The problem is that neither Lorenzo nor Rossi will accept simply being slower than the other. The rider of that "short straw" will no doubt place a certain degree of blame on the other. You might as well dust off the previously stored garage dividers. My ultimate prediction is that "Yamaha's" greed will be what brings down the blue empire.
I have another possible scenario : lets say that during the development of the 2013 bike, Lorenzo loves it and Rossi hates it...
Does VR/JB steer that ship only to alienate Lorenzo,,, Or does JL/RF say what stays and goes??? Both have distinctly different riding styles and preferences. Two alpha males fighting over one design direction
Those fans that like a little drama circus thrown in with their racing are loving this for sure. As a fan of both riders, I just want the fastest rider to win and I'm already resigned to the fact that I won't get what I want. Cynical? yes but also somewhat objective and realistic. I have no illusion of this ended well for anyone at Yamaha. Advantage? Honda.
The great "Blue train-wreck"
,, could be I'll be adding a new prediction signature,,, Albert?
. ,,alpha males don't do second place, there are storm clouds forming over at team blue
. * * *DP WC in 2013* * *
. ,,what happens without the mechanical advantage
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