Photos from 250+ Feet up COTA’s Petrolsaurus Rex

Standing 251 feet above Turns 16, 17, & 18, the COTA observation tower provides a bird’s eye view of just about every tun on the circuit, if you can stomach its subtle sway in the wind and clear-glass floor at the precipice. Officially called by COTA as the “Observation Tower” – it really needs a better name for casual conversation. We’ve heard COTA Cobra used a few times with some lovely alliteration, but the structure has always struck us as less snake-like, and more like a big dinosaur — we’re going to use the name “Petrolsaurus Rex” until I hear something better, or COTA sends me a cease and desist order. I climbed to the top of Petrolsaurus Rex (read: took the elevator) during the MotoGP Warm-Up session, and snapped a few photos in the process. Enjoy!

MV Agusta F3 800 Ago Now Officially Debuts

We already announced the bike last November, and brought you a bevy of hi-res images of the special edition machine. Although now that we think of it, MV Agusta never released anything on this Giacomo Agostini tribute motorcycle — better late than never, right? Back at the EICMA show launch, where the MV Agusta F3 800 Ago was first shown to the public (and Agostini himself), the Varese brand promised us two additional motorcycle launches in early 2014. MV Agsuta made good on half that promise with the Dragster 800 model, hopefully this Ago special edition isn’t the other half of that statement, and MV Agusta still has something waiting in the wings. That being said, the Tricolore & Gold paint scheme is gorgeous, and looks even better in person.

Isle of Man TT Gets TV Deal for Australia & USA

Want to watch the Isle of Man TT from the comfort of your non-British TV, but haven’t been able to in the past? A new TV from the Isle of Man’s Department of Economic Development will do just that. Inking a new TV contract with North One TV, the Isle of Man TT will be televised in the American, Australian, and of course British markets, making it easier than ever to watch the iconic road race. With a five-year contract with the Velocity Channel in the US, the American cable channel will show seven one-hour race shows. Each segment will air within 24hrs of each race, and be tailored for the American market.

Castiglioni Denies Fiat Buyout of MV Agusta Is in the Works

After reporting 22% growth in Q1 2014, Giovanni Castiglioni had some closing words about the rumors that Fiat could acquire MV Agusta — a popular rumor that has been swirling around in the press the last two months. Denying outright that MV Agusta had, or was in, talks with the Fiat-Chrysler group about an acquisition (some reports linked even MV Agusta to being bought by Fiat-owned Ferrari), Castiglioni said the Italian company solely was focused on building growth, and building motorcycles. “Moreover, I’d like to take this opportunity to deny rumours circulated by the media over the last few days concerning supposed negotiations vis-à-vis the sale of a share of MV Agusta to the Fiat-Chrysler Group,” said Giovanni Castiglioni, the President and CEO of MV Agusta.

A 2WD Hybrid-Electric Motorcycle for the US Military?

In the coming years, US special forces may be riding a tw0-wheel drive, hybrid-electric, multi-fuel motorcycle co-developed by BRD Motorcycles and Logos Technologies. Helping make this project possible is a Small Business Innovation Research grant from DARPA. The goal is to make a single-track vehicle for US expeditionary and special forces that will be nearly silent in operation, yet also capable of traveling long distances. Details on the proposed machine are light, of course, but it sounds like the 2WD dirt bike will be based off the BRD RedShift MX (shown above), and use an electric drivetrain, as well as a multi-fuel internal combustion engine to achieve its goals.

Colin Edwards Will Retire from Racing after 2014 Season

Announcing his decision during the pre-event press conference for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, Colin Edwards told the assembled press that 2014 would be the Texan’s last season racing a motorcycle. Citing a lack of improvement on his performance in pre-season testing and at the Qatar GP, Edwards decision perhaps answers the lingering question in the paddock of when the American rider would hang-up his spurs after an illustrious career in AMA, WSBK and MotoGP. Talking about his inability to come to terms with the Forward Yamaha, which Aleix Espargaro was able to take to the front of the pack in Qatar, Edwards was at a loss when it came to understanding the Open Class machine and his lack of results.

MSF Updates Its Basic RiderCourse Curriculum

It is no surprise that statistics from the NHTSA show that motorcycle accidents and injuries are on the rise. According to the 2012 Motor Vehicle Crash report published by the NHTSA, motorcycle fatalities for that year rose to 4,957, up seven percent from 2011, while injuries increased 15% to 93,000. While the NHTSA statistics are misleading because the motorcycle category includes mopeds, scooters, three-wheelers, pocket bikes, mini bikes, and off-road vehicles, new riders need every advantage they can afford. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has taken notice of these statistics and has revised the curriculum for its Basic RiderCourse to include a new Basic eCourse, which students will take prior to in-person instruction.

Yamaha Trademarks “R1S” & “R1M” at USPTO – “YZF-R1M” Trademarked Abroad – But Why?

Are new Yamaha YZF-R1 models coming down the pipe? That’s the question being asked after trademark filings in the US and abroad tipped off Yamaha Motor’s intention to use “R1S”, “R1M”, and “YZF-R1M” for motorcycle, scooter, and three-wheeled purposes. The filings are being taken as hints towards a possible multiple trim levels of the Yamaha YZF-R1 superbike, with the “S” and “M” designations being different spec machines than the current base model. The “S” nomenclature is a popular one in the two and four-wheeled world, though “M” would certainly be a novel designation, outside of say…BMW.

Bell & COTA Create Texas-Themed Limited-Edition Helmet

Continuing its theme of making limited-edition helmets for premier-class US rounds, Bell Helmets has teamed up with the Circuit of the Americas and Chris Wood, of Airtrix, to create a Texas-themed Bell Star Carbon helmet, just in time for COTA’s MotoGP race next weekend. Available only until April 13th, the Bell/COTA helmet features a red, white, and blue flag motif on the front, with both the American and State of Texas flags visible, which then wrap around the rear to merge with a hardwood design, reminiscent of the floorboards in a Western saloon. The helmet is also crowned with a Longhorn cattle skull, which adds to the Texan motif. The specially designed helmet also features a horseshoe, the COTA logo, and the 2014 Red Bull MotoGP of The Americas logo.

Aprilia Mounting a Return to MotoGP in 2016

Towards the end of the 800cc era, MotoGP looked to be in dire condition. Grids were dwindling, factories were reducing their participation, and teams were in difficult financial straits indeed. By the end of 2011, there were just 17 full time entries, Suzuki was down to a single rider, and were about to pull out entirely for 2012. How different the situation looks today. In a recent interview with the official MotoGP.com website, Aprilia Corse’s new boss Romano Albesiano gave a brief outline of their plans. The Italian factory will continue to work with the IODA Racing team for 2014 to collect data on the electronics and tires, which they will use as input on an entirely new project being worked on for 2016.

MotoGP: Race Results from the US GP at Laguna Seca

07/21/2013 @ 3:26 pm, by Jensen Beeler39 COMMENTS

MotoGP: Race Results from the US GP at Laguna Seca Marc Marquez Laguna Seca MotoGP US GP Scott Jones 635x422

MotoGP Race Results from the US GP in Laguna Seca, California:

Pos.RiderTeamBikeKM/HDiff.
1Marc MARQUEZRepsol Honda TeamHonda157.444’00.695
2Stefan BRADLLCR Honda MotoGPHonda157.3+2.298
3Valentino ROSSIYamaha Factory RacingYamaha157.2+4.498
4Alvaro BAUTISTAGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda157.2+4.557
5Dani PEDROSARepsol Honda TeamHonda156.9+9.257
6Jorge LORENZOYamaha Factory RacingYamaha156.7+12.970
7Cal CRUTCHLOWMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha156.5+15.304
8Nicky HAYDENDucati TeamDucati155.4+33.963
9Andrea DOVIZIOSODucati TeamDucati155.4+34.129
10Hector BARBERAAvintia BlusensFTR153.8+1’02.369
11Alex DE ANGELISIgnite Pramac RacingDucati153.8+1’02.604
12Colin EDWARDSNGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki153.7+1’03.593
13Danilo PETRUCCICame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter152.8+1’20.450
14Karel ABRAHAMCardion AB MotoracingART152.21 Lap
15Yonny HERNANDEZPaul Bird MotorsportART151.61 Lap
16Hiroshi AOYAMAAvintia BlusensFTR151.61 Lap
17Bryan STARINGGO&FUN Honda GresiniFTR Honda151.11 Lap
18Lukas PESEKCame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter148.81 Lap
Not Classified
Bradley SMITHMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha153.825 Laps
Aleix ESPARGAROPower Electronics AsparART153.327 Laps
Randy DE PUNIETPower Electronics AsparART149.928 Laps
Claudio CORTINGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki144.929 Laps
Michael LAVERTYPaul Bird MotorsportPBM138.831 Laps

Source: MotoGP; Photo: © 2013 Scott Jones / Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved

Comment:

  1. That pass through the corkscrew was just insane, I can’t even pull that off in a video game. Rossi definitely tried to push him off the track, and he still got passed like he was a back marker. And 63° of lean angle? No way!

    Laguna Seca is one of the scariest most unconventional tracks in the world. You have to get the breaking just right or you’re off. To do well on that track your first time out, to win, means you got some amazing track reading skills. Mark Marquez is already a legend of Moto GP at 20 years old in his first season.

    Gyro cam, awesome!

  2. “That pass through the corkscrew was just insane, I can’t even pull that off in a video game.”

    It would seem that Marquez watched the 2008 Laguna race. I had to laugh when Gavin Emmett described the move as Marquez taking the “Valentino Rossi Memorial Line”. ROTFLMAO! Classic.

  3. L2C says:

    I don’t know if Rossi tried to force Márquez off the track. It seemed like Rossi tried to force Márquez to back off. After all, Rossi was leading in that turn. Márquez only managed to make his way forward and past after he was fully committed to the dirt and drainage grate.

    And I wasn’t impressed by Márquez’s pass. It seemed wreckless and immature. Of course, there was no pain penalty, but he knows how to make better passes.

    In 2008, the pass between Rossi and Stoner was under very different conditions. Rossi literally ran out of track after he had already pulled ahead of Stoner. And it was classic because those two were fighting for the title, and the pass was made much later in the race.

    Márquez’s move on Rossi wasn’t even close to being the same, it was merely a cheap shot that was unfortunately reminiscent Rossi and Stoner’s battle. It doesn’t even deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as the 2008 battle. The problem is that it already has been.

    Anyway, the Honda’s were unbelievably fast today. Bradl was smokin’! I wish he would have had more confidence at the front and kept pushing, because he could have beaten Márquez today. Still, Bradl should have the feeling and the knowledge that he has the right stuff after this performance. Hope he continues to do well.

    Márquez was the fastest and he won – but after that pass on Rossi, I find myself having a cold feeling toward him again.

    Third podium in a row for Rossi, not shabby at all. He is exactly 46 points back from the leader. Hmmm…Mugello still haunts, but he still has enough time to upset Honda’s apple carts.

    Bautista was really good, he’s going to be very confident after the break. Look for more podium challenges from him.

    Dani extracted another solitary and lonely point from Lorenzo, but it was an important point nonetheless. Those two are going to really uncork it at Indy. I expect nothing but the best from them.

    Not sure what happened to Crutchlow. It almost seemed like he was under team orders. I don’t actually believe that was the case, but he is usually very fast in the later stages of a race – at least he has been so far this season – but none of that determination and vigor was on display today. Weird. Has his many falls taken a toll? He’ll be back in the hunt after the break, I’m sure.

    A lot of riders are in serious need of long and uninterrupted R & R. Indy is going to be boiling hot and brutal for everyone involved. So the break comes at a good time.

  4. L2C says:

    @ Trane Francks

    Márquez took a serious shortcut. Compared to what Rossi did in 2008, he lopped a mile off of that turn. I can’t even be amused by it because it was so bad.

  5. “And I wasn’t impressed by Márquez’s pass. It seemed wreckless and immature.”

    I see it differently. Marquez simply tried to squeeze ahead by going the long way. Rossi, meanwhile, did his time-tested and patented “Rossi make wide like school bus” route and they BOTH wound up both wheels completely inside the rumble strip in 8a.

    “Márquez took a serious shortcut.”

    I seriously doubt that it was intentional. It was, IMO, nothing more than tight, tight battling by two superstar riders. No harm, no foul and no hard feelings. And I’ve no doubt that going on the inside of the grate made for a serious pucker moment.

    YMMV and all that. Just one armchair opinion from way over here.

  6. George says:

    L2C

    You’re definetely NOT a Vale fan… Not at all

  7. ducati1098 says:

    That pass by Marquez was very dangerous and immature and could’ve been catastrophic not only for himself but also for Rossi. He should be more careful next time if there is a next time. It is understandable that he wants to win teh title this year but there are a number of races left and a wreck here and there could derail his chances. Who knows. He might even go on a gravel tear like Lorenzo back in ’08.

  8. L2C says:

    @Trane Francks

    I just watched the Rossi/Stoner moment- and it was clear that Stoner was attempting to hold a tight line on the outside to the apex while Rossi was already far forward on the inside coming out of the first section of the corkscrew. Rossi could only go into the dirt and he didn’t try to spend all day there. He got out of there as quickly as he could and that was why he nearly collided with Stoner, running Stoner wide.

    Márquez on the other hand seemed to already have that play as a part of his game plan. He made no attempt to slow down knowing well ahead of time that he had nowhere left on the inside track to pass Rossi. Marc went into the dirt and stayed in the dirt. There was no chance of a collision at all when he exited because in the dirt is where he passed Rossi. Rossi was a bike length or two behind when Marc hit the tarmac again.

    Anyway, like you said, one armchair commentator to another.

    @ George

    Everyone around here is a Rossi fan. Deal with it. And as far as I can tell, our enthusiasm is not exclusive to Rossi. Deal with that, too.

  9. Laurencio says:

    Will Cal Crutchlow call himself out for getting beaten by two injured riders?

  10. Gutterslob says:

    The boy can ride, no doubt. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone (in the 4-stroke era, at least) manhandle a bike into submission the way Marquez does. The way the thing buckles under him, it’s like watching a S&M show of some sort. Rossi’s style might look like poetry on 2 wheels, while Lorenzo’s often resembles a high-precision instrument, but Marquez basically gets on a fire-breathing monster, shoves a stick of nitroglycerine up it’s arse and says “obey me or we die in a big ball of fire together, b*tch”.

  11. “Marc went into the dirt and stayed in the dirt.”

    Marquez did not run through the gravel, despite running on the inside of the grate. And, as I wrote, Rossi ended up with both wheels inside the kerb, too. There’s a replay of it on MotoGP.com available free (real time) and if you’ve a subscription, there’s slow-mo from different angles, too.

    “Márquez on the other hand seemed to already have that play as a part of his game plan.”

    YMMV, but I do not think so.

    Cheers. :)

  12. kev71 says:

    I’m a Rossi fan and have been since 1996; I feel the Marquez pass was a little “ill timed” and impatient on his part; however, I also feel he would have passed Rossi at some point within the next lap or 2. I also think Rossi would of done the same thing if he had the chance. I believe in the interview after Rossi had no problems with the pass by Marquez.

    I have to admit I was completely wrong about Bautista. I figured he’d crash in one of the first 4 turns and take at least 1 person out. He ran a solid race, as did Bradl.

    Two thumbs up to Nicky for beating Dovi… hopefully he will get a satelite Honda ride (Bradl or Bautista) just to see what he still has in the tank. Probably not; if that’s the case I hope he goes to World SBK on an Aprilia or BMW. I would hate to see him and Colin Edwards on the back of the grid fighting it out for 13th place.

    Crutchlow: Heard your pre-race interview and still think you are looking for the “status” and paycheck of being on a factory team over race wins/podiums… so take the Ducati seat, get your money, then SHUT UP about the problems with the bike because YOU will have made the decision to go there. Just like you made the decision to sign a 1 year deal with Tech3 this year. A little forethought and you would have signed for 2 then had a wide open opportunity for Yamaha/Honda/Ducati/Suzuki factory seats. As it stands now, you’ll be on a satellite team next year anyway… or even worse: ON DUCATI!

    Anyone hear about Spies condition? Was he let out of his contract as one Internet post said? Just wondering. I’m gonna be bored until the Indy Race :(

  13. TexusTim says:

    gotta hand it to rossi..this day belonged to honda and he managed to get in between a few..glad to to bradl podium…the pas wasnt that dangerous…its almost like they knew it would happen but rossi did take all the line he could and then some he backed off just in time and they both cleared the corner…crutchlow had a tough weekend right from the start……well what the heck are we gonna do for the next month or so ?? OCC updates ok ?…well if you do we will flame em…lol have a great break everyone !

  14. Minibull says:

    Spies commentated the whole race on the MotoGP videostream. He said that he will be back at Indy, and that it was good to actually be back in the paddock for this race.

    His commentating was great though, as always, just a little bit of insight. What he reckoned happened with that corkscrew pass is that they were both braking as late as possible, trying to outbrake each other obviously, and he reckons that Rossi was having trouble getting it stopped in time. You can actually see what he means, as Rossi is still braking right up until he is on the rumble strips.
    In the slow motion shot, front on, you can see Bradl infront on the normal line, not on the brakes coming over and through the first corner. Rossi and Marquez then come into shot, both still on the brakes really deep, up until they both basically run off. Rossi just gets it slowed enough to go over the rumble strips, Marquez knows there is going to be no room there, so cuts the inside. No gravel on that inside track now too…

    I hardly see how you can label that as ultra dangerous, meanwhile the two Ducatis are bouncing off each other going through turn one, and you have the backmarkers that are quite focused on their own races when the quick guys were lapping them…

  15. “and you have the backmarkers that are quite focused on their own races when the quick guys were lapping them…”

    Yeah, not to mention the apparent dearth of blue flags (not) being waved.

    +1 on the rest of your post. Good stuff.

  16. JW says:

    VR Memorial Line
    Poetic Justice has been served

  17. TheSwede says:

    Could anyone else see Bautista just itching to go full ballistic missile mode in those last laps?

  18. MajorTom says:

    uh… don’t know about the rest of the world, but Speed Channel showed Saturday practice and qualifying. During one of the laps MM went off on the inside of the very same corner. The commentator suggested that MM was actually practicing the very move he pulled off on Sunday. They chuckled and moved on.

    Oh, one more thing. Speed Channel, have a good life and die. Really. Showing the hillside viewing public in no way enhanced my viewing pleasure and wasted time that would have been better spent actually showing the race.

  19. tony says:

    well, so much for all our guys having a dirt track background and so forth huh? looks like the kid has a bright future in motocross if this whole street bike thing don’t work out!

  20. L2C says:

    @Trane Francks

    “YMMV, but I do not think so.”

    Have a cupful of your own words, buddy. There was no way Marc could have passed without intentionally going off the track. He knew he would have to because he could see that there would be no track left as he began to made his way pass Rossi. Marc could not have reasonably thought that he would have remained on the tarmac.

    You know that racers are looking well ahead of where they actually are positioned on the track. That’s my point. Marc knew he’d have to run off, and so he did.

    And like I said in the beginning, Marc is capable of better passes.

    If your plan is to pip the lead just before the gravel trap so that you won’t be penalized after taking to the gravel in order to finish getting past someone, that may or may not turn out to be a dangerous move. And if it’s not wreckless, though I think it was, it’s at least questionable despite what the rulebook says.

    Marc makes it stick on a technicality? Good for him. But I still question the sense of making a pass like that under those conditions, because it was not crucial that Marc should attempt to make that pass in that manner at that point in the race. It wasn’t even close to half race distance. And he caught and passed Bradl with plenty of laps left to complete anyway.

  21. L2C says:

    “During one of the laps MM went off on the inside of the very same corner. The commentator suggested that MM was actually practicing the very move he pulled off on Sunday. They chuckled and moved on.”

    He probably was practicing that move. He races like he’s in a video game, so this doesn’t come as a surprise.

  22. JW says:

    Rossi has been sticking it to his rivals for years. some of his passes have been very brave and clean, others have been on the sloppy side. Call this as you will, but he got owned today by MM.

  23. Jimbo says:

    @Laurencio
    “Will Cal Crutchlow call himself out for getting beaten by two injured riders?”

    Couldnt agree more. I am so bored of the Crutchlow mania. Both from the British Press and in his own head. I understand the British Press backing him because they know brits get behind a brit so they are hopping “Andy Murray Syndrome” will promote the sport in the UK.
    But all this talk of he deserves a ride, and “What does he have to do for Yamaha to listen”

    Here are the answers. Excluding Ducati, because you need to, there are four factory rides. The four best riders on the track are in those four rides. End Of (for the naysayers who say rossi isnt as fast as crutchlow etc etc, he wins races and the amount of money he makes in advertising for Yam means he aint going no-where)
    Second and this is the important one. Yam dont like Crutchlow. Not his riding – him personally. You get Rossi/Lorenzo shouting at other riders but never their own crew. Crutcthlow does. Rossi and Lorenzo both speak two languages, and lorenzo also speaks a bit of italian. Crutchlow speaks english and english with an accent (see post assen podium press room). Yam need a rider in the factory team who will be a good ambassador for the brand and also fit in with their team dynamic. Crutchlow wont.

    If he needs a factory ride go to ducati, it the only one he will be offered.

  24. ” There was no way Marc could have passed without intentionally going off the track.”

    I humbly disagree. And so did both Rossi and Marquez in various descriptions post-race about the event. Minibull called it correctly above: the two both admitted to trying to outbrake the other and they both ran out of track. It’s also a blind corner and it’s easy enough to find yourself where you didn’t think you’d wind up — also a situation described by both Rossi and Marquez post-race. Add some spice to an overtaking attempt and, well, we see what happened.

    Perhaps in his angst over such an illegal maneuver, Livio Suppo will call for Marquez’s disqualification. ;-)

  25. farq says:

    Dang Rossi lovers u guys crack me up its like he is a politician\cult leader or something..Deal with it will ya? he is gettin spanked by youngsters week in week out.. To call that pass a hazard is a disgrace to the sport..Watch closely actually rossi overshot the corner too hence pushing marquez to the dirt..Learn how bikes behave under racing conditions before making stupid ass comments on a kid that is the TRUE alien of the sport.

  26. L2C says:

    @Trane Francks

    Yes, Vale and Marc are very polite with one another. But underneath, you know both are raging against each other.

    And Marc also promotes “The Show,” so Dorna loves him for his PC attitude on that issue as well.

    But a hint at the reality:

    Meanwhile seven time champion Rossi warned: “I think today was not the right day to fight with Marc, because he was too fast for me. But for sure before the end of the season we will have another chance to fight, where I will be faster!”

    http://www.crash.net/motogp/news/193769/1/valentino_rossi_you_broke_my_balls_over_stoner_pass.html

  27. “Yes, Vale and Marc are very polite with one another.”

    It’s well known that they LIKE each other. Fierce on the track, friendly off the track.

    This is not the Biaggi-esque rivalry you’re looking for.

    Rossi thought the move was entirely fair. He’ll be more than happy to pay MM in kind in the future. I’ll be just has glad if/as/when he does and Marc winds up losing a place. I have no pony in this race. :)

  28. L2C says:

    @Trane Francks

    It was the off-track and on-track personalities that I was referring to. Read what I wrote again.

    No one mentioned anything about Marc and Vale being bitter rivals. It’s well-known that Vale is Marc’s inspiration and that Vale is respectful of that. That the two happen to “like” each other, as you put it, is a bonus. And I, for one, appreciate it.

    Thought you were on to something, eh? Calm down. My remote controller is bigger than yours. ;-)

    Also, Rossi would think that the move was fair. That is in no way a surprise. That both riders gave a technical explanation for what happened is not a surprise either. They were at a press conference and both are good at public relations. Clearly the press loves the synergy between the two.

    And besides my opinion of the pass, I should make it clear – AGAIN – that I am first and foremost a Pedrosa fan. So all the smack talk aimed in my general direction is mute.

    I love Rossi – but my heart is with Pedrosa. Can’t put too fine a point on that.

  29. L2C says:

    Not that you were smack-talking me, Trane. :-)

  30. “Thought you were on to something, eh? Calm down.”

    I have a feeling that one or both of us wasn’t quite catching the spirit of what the other was saying. Carry on.

  31. L2C says:

    @Trane Francks

    “This is not the Biaggi-esque rivalry you’re looking for.”

    OK, it just sounded like you were playing the part of armchair detective with this comment. But maybe I use my magnifying glass too much? ;-)

  32. Chaz Michael Michaels says:

    …and it’s all shaping up to an exciting second half of the season.

    I’m still waiting for all of Marquez’s rookie season race mistakes ala Jorge Lorenzo’s rookie season…or Pedrosa’s rookie season.

    Ben Spies, while doing color comentary, said it best (I’m paraphrasing somewhat)–we aren’t seeing the second Valentino Rossi so much as the first Marc Marquez.

    …this just in, Casey Stoner called to complain about Marquez’s pass on Rossi at the corkscrew as reckless and immature. haha.

    Like some of the others here, I was kind of hoping for Pedrosa to win the championship. I don’t think it’s in the cards. Schwantz was probably right. It’s not going to happen for Dani in MotoGP.

  33. L2C says:

    How many times did I spell reckless wrong? JEEZUS!

  34. L2C says:

    @Chaz Michael Michaels

    I’ll never lose faith in Pedro. Never.

  35. Chaz Michael Michaels says:

    A vote for Pedro.

  36. I think the level of hero worship displayed in the comments section here is just a little creepy. Like teenage girls talking about Justin Bieber, I imagine these are all grown men as well, well grown and well-heeled judging by the number of insecure posers who regularly put their personal assets on display in their comments.

    These are motorcycle racers, not superheroes, little skinny guys with good reflexes, body control and a tactical mindset, who were lucky enough to catch a break when they were young. There are literally tens of millions of people like them around the world, the only difference between them and these guys, is opportunity and the happenstance of being in the right place at the right time. That’s it, other than that they are no different than you and I, so grow up will you.

  37. Chaz Michael Michaels says:

    Sheesh Aaron, I was just dropping a quote from the movie Napoleon Dynamite.

    Obviously not speaking for the others here, but seems like most are just fans of the sport which entails being fans of the riders. I don’t see anything weird in that.

    As to your assessment of the riders being nothing beyond ordinary skinny dudes with good reflexes… If Beeler is keeping count, that comment has to rank at the top of the all time list outlandish.

    This just in, Aaron B. Brown replaces Nicky Hayden next season as a factory Ducati rider. It was determined the only thing going for Hayden was that he was a skinny dude with good reflexes who happened to be in the right place at the right time.

  38. L2C says:

    Oh my goodness.

    Aaron B. Brown. It’s just boyish banter. Get a grip.

    And given the way you fawn all over Marc Márquez, hearing you question the maturity level of other commenters has to be the last thing expected.

    “Marc Márquez is the greatest rider in whole wide world.”

    LOL! I’ll just leave you with one of your latest youthful gems:

    “Those who doubt me… suck c__k by choice :)” ~Aaron B. Brown, Grown-Ass Man