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Old 12-01-2020, 05:46 PM   #31
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I think an appropriate sponsor for Yamaha at this point would be Edsel.

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Old 12-01-2020, 08:40 PM   #32
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Monster Energy to partner with Suzuki.

Nothing confirmed for Yamaha.. maybe both?
Racing seasons have consequences.

Yamaha doing poorly and demoting Valentino to the Sepang team must not be going over well with Monster Energy.
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Old 12-01-2020, 09:17 PM   #33
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“ One unique feature of the raceway is a 58-bay car garage made from renovated turkey barns that were on the property”. That is some quality soil amendments right there I tell ya.
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The “close knit” families tend to be farther south according to my ex wife/cousin.
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Old 12-02-2020, 09:05 AM   #34
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Racing seasons have consequences.

Yamaha doing poorly and demoting Valentino to the Sepang team must not be going over well with Monster Energy.
Eh, I wouldn't actually call it a demotion. Rossi gets the latest bike with full factory support. And he probably has more freedom to make his own decisions on set up instead of being forced in any particular direction. I think he'll actually do better at Petronas. I also think 2021 will be his last year racing. 2022 he'll own the Sponserama Ducati team.

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Old 12-02-2020, 10:26 AM   #35
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Racing seasons have consequences.

Yamaha doing poorly and demoting Valentino to the Sepang team must not be going over well with Monster Energy.
For sure that could have been the deal breaker, but Fabio and Mav is still formidable if they can make the Piano work.

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Eh, I wouldn't actually call it a demotion. Rossi gets the latest bike with full factory support. And he probably has more freedom to make his own decisions on set up instead of being forced in any particular direction. I think he'll actually do better at Petronas. I also think 2021 will be his last year racing. 2022 he'll own the Sponserama Ducati team.

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Plus Monster can still support them indivually which is likely.

Not sure on the Sponserama deal, but me thinks he will end up running a team at some point.
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Old 12-02-2020, 10:36 AM   #36
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If Rossi is involved in team ownership/management, I can't see it being a third tier Ducati house. I think he learned his lesson with Ducati and it doesn't seem like much has changed. If he takes over a team (including Esponsorama), it makes sense it would be with a Japanese powerplant, even given Yamaha's woes of late. Having that rumored satellite Suzuki team with Rossi involvement seems like fun.
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Old 12-02-2020, 10:38 AM   #37
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I so want to see a Suzuki Satelite Team.

Is there a limit of riders on the grid or can they add two more??
Also wonder what the Suzuki Monster Livery will look like. Looked good on the Yamaha.
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Old 12-02-2020, 10:56 AM   #38
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I think Rossi has a looooooong term contract to be a Yamaha brand ambassador for years after he retires so there might be complications with him running a team for another manufacturer. David Emmett said this was part of why getting Luca Marini onto the Avintia/Esponsorama team with VR46 Sky branding/sponsorship was so complicated. VR46 is Rossi's brand but it will be on a Ducati despite Rossi having a contract to promote Yamaha.

We all know that contracts don't mean much when you are Sam Lowes but they do mean a lot when you are Valentino Rossi or a major manufacturer.
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Old 12-02-2020, 11:20 AM   #39
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I think Rossi has a looooooong term contract to be a Yamaha brand ambassador for years after he retires so there might be complications with him running a team for another manufacturer. David Emmett said this was part of why getting Luca Marini onto the Avintia/Esponsorama team with VR46 Sky branding/sponsorship was so complicated. VR46 is Rossi's brand but it will be on a Ducati despite Rossi having a contract to promote Yamaha.

We all know that contracts don't mean much when you are Sam Lowes but they do mean a lot when you are Valentino Rossi or a major manufacturer.
Yes, and from what I recall only Marini will run Sky VR46 colors. Like I said, I just think if he takes over an entire team it will be Japanese, and probably a Yamaha venture if that long Yamaha contract is in force as you say. But if there's one guy who has the most clout on the paddock, it's Rossi. My guess is whatever he wants, he'll probably get it.
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Can’t see how any FIM class events would be held there if that’s the actual layout. It’s like 6 miles long!

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Article says 3.87 miles long. Is there a max length for FIM?
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Old 12-02-2020, 09:42 PM   #41
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1. I liked you better as Nick. Why change a good thing?
Like Rossi’s time at the sharp end of the grid, all good things must come to an end.

Also, a little bit of anonymity in this political climate never hurt anyone.

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Article says 3.87 miles long. Is there a max length for FIM?
Hmmmm. Looks way longer than that from the aerial photo.
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I read somewhere that Alex Marquez will be with LCR in 2021, so who will take his seat ? I am missing some news here I think.
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I read somewhere that Alex Marquez will be with LCR in 2021, so who will take his seat ? I am missing some news here I think.
Pol Espargaro will take over that Repsol HRC bike as the new teammate to Marc Marquez.
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