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Old 07-06-2010, 02:02 AM   #1
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Cool Yamaha's dilema,...

A Developing Situation
by dean adams
Monday, July 05, 2010

For Mr. Masao Furusawa-san, Executive officer, Senior general manager of Engineering Operations, and the father of the Yamaha M1, these are interesting times.
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For Yamaha, their MotoGP effort is an interesting mix of success coupled with, well, situations.

Jorge Lorenzo, to the surprise of almost no one, has won three races on the trot and calling he and Yamaha a favorite to win the title this season is a glaringly obvious prediction. Lorenzo seems to have conquered his crash-prone ways and exhibited riding at Barcelona that two years ago would have seen him making regular visits to the medical center.

Yamaha's star rider and MotoGP's main protagonist, Valentino Rossi, is still on crutches and won't be able to return to racing for some time. His double-broken leg is reportedly healing well, with Rossi already able to put small amounts of weight on it. That's the good news. The bad news is that Rossi is closely linked to a Ducati ride for 2010, potentially meaning that whichever races he returns for in 2010 may be his last on a Yamaha.

If Rossi does leave the factory squad, shaking the MotoGP pan reveals some interesting nuggets for Yamaha. What, then, happens to their major MotoGP sponsor, Fiat? Will Fiat follow Rossi? Stay with the team? Or does Yamaha even need a primary sponsor if they don't have to pay Rossi?

Yamaha currently has Wataru Yoshikawa substituting for Rossi, which at Barcelona served up the interesting vision of having their bikes bookend the results table—Lorenzo on top winning the race and Yoshikawa in dead last. MotoGP racing for a 41-year old test rider is a mountain of high expectations, thusly Yamaha has been quick to focus on this aspect in his substitution for Rossi. Fiat Yamaha is contractually obligated to run two riders and Yoshikawa is a safe choice in this regard, one who can do laps without the threat of breaking any of the limited number of engines they have available. But how many engines will he use—again, interesting question.

Anyone who feels that Lorenzo is winning races because of the absence of Valentino Rossi wasn't paying attention at the start of the season. Lorenzo was the man to beat even before Rossi's brutal crash and Yamaha will make an all-out effort to re-sign him. But there is every chance that the 2011 Yamaha team will look drastically different than it did at the start of the 2010 season.


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Old 07-06-2010, 09:07 AM   #2
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Fiat wouldn't have to leave. Fiat owns Ferrari and Malboro is willing to pay the salary of Rossi for Ducati- all the while banking on the fact that F1 will change the rules in 2 seasons to allow for the 3rd car. It'd be a clever marketing ploy for Fiat to stay at Yamaha and have Ferrari as the secondary sponsor on the Ducati with Malboro. Making it the Malboro/Ferrari Ducati Corse team. The Primary logo of Malboro with the prancing horse overlayed with Alice at the bottom. Tell the photoshop guy to rangle that.
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Rossi in a car! What a waste! Roll cages are for people who have a hard time with commitment.....3, 2, 1,.....
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Rossi in a car! What a waste! Roll cages are for people who have a hard time with commitment.....3, 2, 1,.....
.... and one foot in the grave.
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Old 07-06-2010, 03:33 PM   #6
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How many motorcycle racers do you know that are successful making the switch? It ain't to many I'll tell ya that!
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I can think of maybe five.
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Old 07-06-2010, 06:45 PM   #8
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That's the point. Everyone knows his ability on a gp bike. His test on two yr old F1s yield results that are making Ferarri wonder. If he crosses over and wins a champoinship (or 2) before he turns 40 he will go down in history as a "real" GOAT. Just sayin......
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Oh don't get me wrong, if anyone could do it Vale could, but that's still a waste of talent if you ask me. Motorcycles take much more ability in my opinion. Sure F1 cars are faster but drifting a F1 car and a GP bike require different skill sets(did I just say that? Oh LR) the later requiring a bit more spontaneous reactions and a much better sence of balance. This is just my feeble opinion. I am sure some car guy will come along and disagree. Still the facts remain, knowing you'll not get hurt makes you a lot more challenging and thus brave,... in a cage.
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