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He was my pick from the beginning if Rossi could not sort things out this season. Congrats to the new and well deserved champion.
Pedrosa never let me down and was consistant as expected and I knew Lorenzo would not defend as before, unless Marquez broke something (i.e. Rossi 2010, Stoner 2012)
Pedrosa never let me down and was consistant as expected good for 2 wins (wins more if only him & Lorenzo) and I knew Lorenzo would not defend as before, unless Marquez broke something (i.e. Rossi 2010, Stoner 2012)
That kid showed an amazing amount of maturity today! I can’t wait to see him race again next year, and hopefully Yamaha will drop some coin to bring in a slightly more competitive machine for ‘ButterHammer’ Lorenzo and ‘WaningRossiIsStillBetterThanNearlyEveryoneElse’ Rossi…
2014 should be an even better season. Pedrosa and Lorenzo with both work even harder to reel in MM93. I hope Rossi finds his mojo and gets into the fray on a more regular basis.
Top three were all awesome this year.
Marc has a youthful exuberance that he survived this year.
I would not push that too far as he got off around 15 times this year. What he had over
Lorenzo & Pedrosa was a heavy dose of not getting seriously injured luck.
Pedrosa & Lorenzo both are fast & surgical yet got bit & injured causing missed rounds.
Not to take anything away from Marc in his incredible first year in GP class.
gota hand it to the kid he held his own today and he didnt crash all weekend. I think lorenzo and Pedrosa showed him just how hard it will be to repeat next year and with a very fast group of rookies on board is going to make 2014 very exciting.
“What he had over Lorenzo & Pedrosa was a heavy dose of not getting seriously injured luck.” Indeed! Marquez broke/reset many Grand Prix records this year including the fastest ever off at Mugello. He still DNF’d, but at least he didn’t miss any rounds as a result.
I had a laugh over MM’s comment during the post-race press conference where he said (paraphrased), “In the ranking for crashes, I am also number 1.” The boy sure did have his share of luck this season! I hope he doesn’t crash-test that luck so much next year.
re: “That kid showed an amazing amount of maturity today!”
what the kid did was do what his dad told him, and follow the script their employer’s laid out. look, a lot of time, money and preparation has gone into the party.
re: “He was my pick from the beginning if Rossi could not sort things out this season.”
he was my pick once I got a peek at the script the weekend of Austin.
2013 was the best season in motogp in a long long time. Much credit goes to 93. This was the first season I had a full motogp video pass. It was well worth the price paid.
A couple of people have accused the top three riders of following scripts. That’s bonkers. You might as well wear a Macbook Pro on your head, if you’re down with that nonsense.
If following a strategy is equal to following a script, then Lorenzo is guilty as charged. The only thing on Pedrosa’s mind was to also win that race. Something which he was completely confident about in Saturday’s press conference. And Marc did what he had to do. Displaying half of a percentage point more intelligence than he did at Phillip Island, he stayed out of trouble.
If he was aware that riders were following scripts, why would Stoner even bother to comment on Marc’s performance this season? Indeed, why would he even bother risking life and limb for HRC as a test rider? His millions aren’t enough to raise his daughter and keep his wife happy? Enough to keep his family reasonably safe and sound, that he too would also continue to follow a script? His garage is filled with the best fishing poles and tackle that money can buy, why would he risk losing all of that?
I guess Rossi firing Burgess prior to the start of the last race of this season was all a part of the plan, as well. And here I was thinking that one couldn’t make that up. That was an Oscar worthy performance that Burgess put on, looking like dispirited roadkill the entire weekend. Hell, he shoud get a lifetime achievement award just on this weekend’s performance alone.
One thing is for sure, Dorna didn’t hire any of the sport’s ageing white male journalists to turn in and polish drafts this season. Not a single one of them are that good. But maybe Orson Scott Card was the fruitcake who came up with the idea for Marquez’s T-shirt at Motegi. That, on the contrary, would make sense.
Well said, sir. Well said.
I was introduced into the world of MotoGP in 2005 season in my first year of Uni, and i have to say i havent sat on the edge of my seat in the way i have this season in all that time. In fact i dont think my arse was ever as clenched as the first 10-15 laps of this race! Especially when “bowling ball Bautista” was playing with the front pack. I was waiting for him to take someone out!!
Loved this year, and all the haters who say it was scripted just sour because they lost money betting on lorenzo! ;)
Great season, Marquez was great – I am not going to tarnish his well deserved championship title with talk of injuries on the other riders etc.
Next season will be amazing. The “CRT” bikes are going to be much closer to the Satellite/Factory bikes (in fact i think Hayden will be faster on the Honda RCV1000 than on the Ducati), The Espagero brothers should provide some good entertainment. Pedrosa is going to go out all for nothing (last year with Honda/unlikely to be re-newed/getting older) and Lorenzo is going to want to put the smiling champion back in his place. And Marquez will keep smiling and riding.
Also A&R thanks for all the great coverage this year!
“He was my pick from the beginning if Rossi could not sort things out this season.” Hahahaha.
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