carty wrote:Toni Elias. Yes he was on a ‘factory bike’ but he finished 4 places higher in the WC than RDP yet Elias has ‘underperformed’ and is out but RDP stays in? Were the bikes that different? Why is RDP favoured over Tiger Toni?
Mika Kallio. He kept Stoner’s bike warm while he was on holiday and commentators have been raving about him all year. Yet he finished 33 points behind Hayden when Kallio himself reported no differences between the Pramac and Marlboro bikes. Why is he favoured to remain in MotoGP over Elias / De Angelis / Vermeulen? I think he’s good, but he hasn’t performed great in my opinion.
JoeKing wrote:Its all a matter of ..perception
All of the above mentioned riders were never going to be World Champion
Rusty Bucket USA wrote:
Elias would be getting a ride if: a). he hadn't already spent at least one year on nearly every bike left on the grid , and b). there could be more than 17-18 rides. The cruel reality for him is that he has never been on the same bike for 2 years in a row. He is the easiest guy to defend as being better than his record indicates.
KTM wrote:OK Rats, Elias has at least one podium in every year he has been in MOTOGP which is far better than the other riders whilst on satelite machinery..
Faster1 wrote:Then there is also the-race-within-the-race,,, be the best in your team "usually" helps. Caprix deserves to stay versus Vermeulin by a country mile. He rode above the abilities of the Sazook enough times to secure is place,, and bonus points for not accepting "slow" and crashing for the sake of trying.
KTM wrote:Thanks Carty,
Good to see not everyone is getting the wool pulled over their eyes. And of course they are all magnificent, I just would have loved to see Elias
on a factory ride. I think he would have matched them
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