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May 10th 2018, 05:32 AM   #1
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How Does He Do It

Being a Rossi fan, I've found myself cheering more and more for the plucky Frenchman. It's really hard not to like this guy more and more...especially considering the leap of faith with KTM.

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Originally Posted by Zarco
...I’ve never heard that having a fast rider on your bike is a problem for a brand,...
https://www.motorsportmagazine.com/o...es-zarco-do-it
May 10th 2018, 07:53 AM   #2
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He is very impressive, but all that stuff about liking the 2017 Yamaha chassis turned out wrong, as he is still riding the same chassis as he did last year. He is very smooth and it obviously has advantages, but I would rather watch Marquez because it is more exciting. It was a bold move to go to KTM when he supposedly had an offer from HRC, but his style is so different from Marc's that development could go wrong for him. It will be very interesting to see what he and KTM can do!?
May 10th 2018, 08:20 AM   #3
 
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interesting article. his "keep it simple" motto could backfire if he does want to get into a factory team. He may be left unable to articulate and process the complicated data.

Or it could be a tactic for managing the media. Perhaps he does look at all the "complicated data" but wants to maintain a certain persona.

wish I could watch more Moto GP
May 10th 2018, 08:47 AM   #4
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From what I was reading the four 2017 chassis are just slightly different then the 2016 one, and Yamaha going back to the 2016 chassis on the factory bikes for the final race of 2017 did nothing to help VR or MV. Which seems to be part of the reason that Yamaha is somewhat dumbfounded on why Vinales and Rossi have struggles with it too. There is certainly a lot more there than the chassis changes, but that a satellite team is posting better results than the factory one with a nearly a rookie GP rider, less support, on older hardware and more than likely less black box knowledge is pretty interesting. I'd probably attribute a decent portion of that to Zarco.

Marquez is a beast with no fear, but Zarco does not shy away from bumping and grinding either. He just seems to be a little less forceful about it than Marquez.

I think KTM switch for him is going to be very interesting and unless KTM pulls something super special out of their ass I don't think you'll see Zarco more than a mid-grid occupier. KTM has come far in the last couple of years, but they have no institutional knowledge of GP like Honda, Ducati, and Yamaha do, which will hamper them for years to come.
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