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Who will be 2007 MotoGP champ?

  • Rossi

    Votes: 51 82.3%
  • Hayden

    Votes: 2 3.2%
  • Pedrosa

    Votes: 2 3.2%
  • Melandri

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Stoner

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Edwards

    Votes: 2 3.2%
  • Capirossi

    Votes: 3 4.8%
  • Other - Please specify

    Votes: 2 3.2%

  • Total voters
    62
  • Poll closed .
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RDeazy said:
My bad brotha
no worries.
I think I was just a little taken off guard. Your posts on here are typically some of my favorites (ie, you were one of only 2 guys who didn't vote for Rossi and actually had the ballz to openly post who he voted for ;) ...why so shy edwards fans?(all 2 of you)...and where's the Capirossi trifecta at? speak up young men! :laughing )

anyways, when I read your post and saw my name singled out, I was like, what the F?!...how did I get on deazy's bad side? :laughing
no worries though.
 

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I voted Rossi, I may want Edwards, and wouldn't mind seeing Capirossi, but I think someone would have some serious brain malfunctions to bet against Rossi.

But I won't slobber on his jock, like others I won't mention. :redflip
 

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Ian said:I wish Rossi would surprise retire this year just so I could see who's wagon CBR would climb all over.
I would much rather see how you would have responded if this would've happened :rofl
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but alas, if Sete never returns and Rossi does abruptly retire next year, at least there is still Edwards and Cap and the other 27 riders you are currently cheering for, right? :redflip
 

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oh yeah, so what Sete doing this year?
 

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gunluvS14 said:
oh yeah, so what Sete doing this year?
I'm SOOOOOOOOO glad you asked gun :D

here's the info on Sete...i've just been WAITING for someone to ask :laughing

***autosport.com and other notable racing websites recently comfirmed that Sito Pons, the well known figure in the GP paddocks, had spent the entire season last year (which he and his team were subsequently absent from), working overtime to assure that he WOULD have a spot on the MotoGP grid for 2007. Nevertheless, you didn't hear much about this and most of Pons' dealings went very much 'under the radar', overshadowed by bigger stories like Vale's badluck year and Nicky winning his first championship, blah, blah, blah. Nevertheless, against all odds, Sito Pons actually did it!...He secured full funding for a MotoGP championship run for one full year (2007), and talked his way into Yamaha supporting him with a stunning Yamaha M1 for a full season (a change from the Hondas his team previously rode).

So what does all of this have to do with Sete Gibernau?...it was reported that Sete Gibernau was going to be "Pons' rider". Not rumored to be or 'thought to be', but WAS going to be the rider for that bike and for that team. Whether an official contract with Gibernau had been signed or not, what is certain is that Pons WAS formerly set to return in 07, and likewise, Gibernau WAS set to come out of retirement to race again for Yamaha.


In the end though, after all the he had worked for and the funding he had raised, the last word was that Yamaha ultimately blocked Pons at the last second before he was to present his team, the only reason given for their denial was 'GIBERNAU'. No other reason was given (although i think Rossi had some to do with the deal faltering so close to it being finalized)


So where does this leave Sete now?...good question with multiple possibilities.

1) If Yamaha exclusively denied "SETE" himself, why wouldn't Pons drop him, pick up another rider and keep the sweet multi-million dollar deal he had with Yamaha and fully funding sponsors?
--Could this mean that we'll see Pons AND Sete Gibernau back in 2008 possibly on a Honda or a Duc or a Suzuki (or pretty much any manufacturer that will take Sete)

2) Although Sete has been mum about any type of return to GP racing, it appears this newstory sort of took the cat out of the bag. Whether he WILL actually race again is questionable, but it seems obvious that he would be up for it. Each of the reports never so much mentioned that he was 'retired for good', but rather opted to simply report that his absence was due to his 'still healing from breaking his collarbone twice'. So, whether it be with Pons or not, will we see Gibernau back in the GP paddocks? The possibility is VERY good.


so final verdict?

Gibernau was close, but will end up not returning for the 2007 season. LUCKY for the other GP riders ;)
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Keep an eye out for THIS guy in 08! :clap
 

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CitizenTony said:That all sounds fishy.
that's not fish you smell tony, that's fact ;)

What seems to be weird to you?...the part about Gibernau or the part about Pons?

One of the reasons my last post may sound fishy is because such a huge news story was overlooked by most people...Like I was saying in that post, the whole "absence of Pons" has been GREATLY overshadowed...The whole Rossi losing debacle, his own team changing sponsors to Fiat, Stoner going to Ducati, and all the rest of the offseason madness really put the Pons headlines on the backburner, but no doubts about it, that cat had a LOT of things going and really got screwed...


Remember, before last year, Sito Pons had been competing in MotoGP for some 25 friggen years! :eek ...the fact that he's missed not one, but now TWO seasons is actually pretty big news, but it seems people move fast and he's already 'old news' for some :shrug .

Nevertheless, you gotta remember what his main reason for pulling out of MotoGP was. Not that he didn't have a bike (he still had the Honda), and it wasn't that he didn't have a rider (he had Checa and WAS going to have Stoner for a while too). Sito is quoted as saying his main reason for pulling out is "the loss of title sponsor Camel". (yeah, that tool Biaggi had a lot to do with all that :shake ) if he would have had adequate sponsorship, he never would have left.


with all of that said, listen to Sito Pons talking about racing no more than a season past...
"The decision to withdraw from this year's championship has been a very difficult one to take, but our determination and competitive spirit remain unchanged and 25 years of success at the top level serve as a motivation to continue. Our firm intention is to return in 2007 and work is already underway on the new project."

That kid was planning on being back in 07...thus, SOMETHING happened...AND he already was quoted as to having a "new project" going...now if he was just speaking of sponsorship, he would have probably just said "sponsor", but the new "project" makes sense with his switch to the Yamaha and with what he expected to be his rider in 08, Sete Gibernau.


And so, although all that subsequently fell through this year, I think it would be crazy to think that Pons won't be back in GP either in 08 or 09. He'll be back! THe only question will be 'what sponsor, what bike, and what rider'...and, unless he's drastically changed his mindset from a few weeks ago, he'll still have Sete Gibernau (at least at the wings), if he needs him.
(oh, and speaking from Sete's corner...come'on, nobody believes Sete 'retired' with his head up. If he got the chance to ride competitively for a team like Pons in 08 or 09, he would jump at it)...


'PONS & GIBERNAU 08'!!!!!!!!
that's my early pick on next years "make your predictions" thread :laughing
 

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The fishy part is Sete. I hope Sete comes back, but I don't think it will happen. He retired, he didn't go on break. Last year the poor man was like a rag doll, in and out of the hospital more than he was on track. I think he saw that, and of course the incident in his last race and called it quits.

I think he may come back in the background somewhere. Running a team or mentoring a new rider. But I don't think we'll ever see him ride a full season again.

I could of course be wrong. Those bikes have a mighty big draw towards them and I'll bet it would be hard to resist a competitive ride for more than about 5 minutes.
 

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DUCATI

In The Top 3 if not #1, the tire manufactures are going to step up for Rossi to be in the Top 3.
 

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hehehe...


Threadjack:

On a completely unrelated note (the pic above of pedrosa made me think of it) has anyone else noticed the new "Repsol lubricants" ad that has been running on speed lately?

The announcer keeps saying stuff like "use the same lubricants that world champion Nicky Hayden uses" and stuff like that, with various shots of him riding the 990 around.

I guess I only noticed because I was thinking... hmm.. they're not using his #1 plate bike in this ad, it must be old. And then I saw 26 go by for a split second.

thought that was pretty odd.

;)

And yeah, Val's gonna stomp.
 

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I like re-watch this season and how there was each rider. Also at motocross I like to watch how they overcome obstacles
 
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