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6UE5T
post Nov 23 2020, 02:13 PM

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QUOTE(Aydee @ Nov 23 2020, 01:19 PM)
What a season! What a season ender! I am totally giving this season 5 stars out of 5.No matter who ended first and who ended last, virtually everyone had their ups and downs(except Rabat maybe). Same goes to Moto3 and Moto2.

Kinda sad after the race when everyone doing their farewells. Some people leaving and some jumping teams. Even when Lorenzo left it was like nothing special. Images of Rossi hugging the team members, LCR's goodbye to Cal was really touching.

Can't wait for next season to start!!
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I'd give 4/5 because it was so open right until the penultimate race, lots of surprises, and new winners, just missing half point due to MM not around and another half coz VR practically went anonymous throughout.
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post Nov 23 2020, 02:45 PM

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QUOTE(6UE5T @ Nov 23 2020, 02:13 PM)
I'd give 4/5 because it was so open right until the penultimate race, lots of surprises, and new winners, just missing half point due to MM not around and another half coz VR practically went anonymous throughout.
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Agreed on MM part but VR was the most consistent Yamaha rider for 2/3 of the season, with a podium even.
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post Nov 23 2020, 03:13 PM

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QUOTE(6UE5T @ Nov 23 2020, 02:13 PM)
I'd give 4/5 because it was so open right until the penultimate race, lots of surprises, and new winners, just missing half point due to MM not around and another half coz VR practically went anonymous throughout.
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Biggest Loser of the 2020 season: MM with zero point
Imagine without the 1st race crash, he could've crushing this field with consistent podium finishes. If that happen I guess now everyone will remark 2020 season as boring, another MM year, lol. cool2.gif
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post Nov 23 2020, 03:53 PM

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THE YAMAHA FACTORY RACING MOTOGP TEAM THANK VALENTINO ROSSI FOR 15 UNFORGETTABLE YEARS

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The Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Team look back with great pride on their successful 15-year long journey with MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi.
With the 2020 MotoGP season having come to an end, the Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Team want to thank Valentino Rossi for his 15 years of outstanding hard work, dedication, and passion. He has been a key member of the Yamaha family during two long terms in his impressive Grand Prix racing career (from 2004 – 2010 and from 2013 – 2020). The Factory Yamaha MotoGP Team take this opportunity to share their heartfelt appreciation of the still very much active MotoGP legend, as well as the departing crew members, and celebrate their remarkable achievements.

Valentino started riding for the team in 2004 and stayed for seven years, then had a brief two-year stint at Ducati, before he came back to Yamaha where he refound his purpose, his energy, and his performance. His second term with the Factory Yamaha MotoGP Team lasted eight years, one year longer than his first term and a clear indication of how much the Italian feels at home with Yamaha.

Valentino’s list of results achieved with the Factory Yamaha Team is extensive. He earned 4 MotoGP World Championship Titles and secured 56 victories and 142 podiums in their 255 Grand Prix races together.

Besides Valentino, the Factory Yamaha Team is also saying goodbye to highly-esteemed and much-appreciated colleagues Brent Stephens (Mechanic since 1999), Alex Briggs (Mechanic since 2004), Matteo Flamigni (Data Engineer since 2000), David Muñoz (Crew Chief since 2020), and Idalio Gavira (Rider Performance Analyst since 2019), who are all part of The Doctor’s crew.

Alex and Brent will be leaving Yamaha, whilst David, Matteo, and Idalio will continue their work with Valentino as a part of PETRONAS Yamaha SRT in 2021.

Also, Javier Ullate (Mechanic since 2003) will be leaving the team. In the 18 years he spent as a part of the Factory Yamaha crew, he worked with big names such as Carlos Checa, Marco Melandri, Colin Edwards, Jorge Lorenzo, and Maverick Viñales, helping them secure many victories and podiums, including three titles with Jorge.

The Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Team couldn’t let this occasion go by unnoticed. On Thursday 19 November, the entire staff (including the staff and friends of the team who are not in Portugal, who attended the event online) met up at the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP garage to give the leaving members the appreciation they deserve and present them with some parting gifts.

The Factory Yamaha MotoGP Team once again sincerely thank Valentino and the departing team members for their hard work, professionalism, dedication, and passion. Their stellar contribution and results will always remain a part of Yamaha’s racing legacy.


LIN JARVIS
MANAGING DIRECTOR, YAMAHA MOTOR RACING
This is an emotional moment. It’s always sad to bid farewell, especially to people who have been such a vital part of the team. But nothing in life is continuous, nothing remains the same, and that’s also the nature of MotoGP. The situation in the paddock is constantly evolving. People come into the team, some leave, and some come back again.

“2020 was Valentino’s 15th season with the Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Team. I have very vivid memories of those years. There have been highs and lows – it’s been a roller-coaster ride, but his list with results on a Yamaha is seriously impressive: 4 MotoGP World Championship Titles, 255 Grand Prix races, 56 victories, 142 podiums. It’s amazing how much he achieved during his time with us.

“In Valentino’s case we are now facing what I would call ‘a changing of the guard’. Though he is leaving the Factory Yamaha MotoGP Team, this is not the end of his career. This is not a complete farewell scenario, this is a transition moment. It’s important, regardless, because Valentino has been part of our team for so long. But next year he will be next door, so he will stay close. His factory-rider status continues, and he will continue riding a factory YZR-M1 with full support from Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. He will also be taking Crew Chief David, Data Engineer Matteo, and Rider Performance Analyst Idalio with him, so he will be surrounded by some familiar faces in the PETRONAS Yamaha SRT garage.

“Brent, Alex, and Javier will finish their long-term working collaboration with Yamaha. Their expertise, professionalism, and passion for the job is something that kept our team going for many years, so it’s very sad to have to say goodbye to them. We wish them all the best for the future and hope to stay in touch.


VALENTINO ROSSI
MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA MOTOGP RIDER
This is an important moment, because this is the end of our long journey together. Our history, between me and the Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Team, is divided into two parts – almost like a good movie, I think.

“The first part is from the beginning in 2004 to 2010. I think that was the best part of my career. We wrote history for Yamaha. We were able to win the championship for Yamaha after twenty-something years. I will always remember these achievements, for sure, because they are key moments in my career too.

“But I’m also very proud of the second part. I want to say ‘Thanks’ again to Lin and all of Yamaha. They gave me a chance to come back to the Factory Team after two bad years with another factory, when I was already ‘getting old’ by MotoGP-standards, so I was desperate. I will never forget the moment when Lin told me I would have a chance to come back here. I’ll always be thankful for that moment, because maybe I could also have stopped riding at that time if I wasn’t able to come back here. My return to the Factory Yamaha team has lasted 8 years, so one year longer than the first part. The second part was a bit more difficult in terms of results, but we did come close to winning a championship at one point, which could have changed our story. But things happened the way they happened, and I’m still thankful for the support I got from Lin, Maio, and all the Japanese engineers. But especially I want to say ‘Thank you’ to my crew. We’ve been together for a long time. Bernie, Alex, Brent, Matteo, Mark, David, Idalio, and more. I also want to say thanks to the other guys from the team and the hospitality staff. And of course to my mate Maverick: we also had a good atmosphere with that side of the box, so I want to thank them too.

“Next year I will still be riding a factory bike with full factory support, just in different colours. It’s true, I will not be sitting in the Yamaha Factory Racing garage, but I will be just next door – together with Matteo, Idalio, and David – so for sure we can still say hello.


https://www.yamahamotogp.com/news/22-11-202...rgettable-years

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post Nov 23 2020, 05:15 PM

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QUOTE(Aydee @ Nov 23 2020, 02:45 PM)
Agreed on MM part but VR was the most consistent Yamaha rider for 2/3 of the season, with a podium even.
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He only got 1 podium then the rest of the time he was just hovering in the mid-back or crash. That's not consistent unless you mean consistently slower. He only looked a bit promising in races 2-6 or just 5 races and even so not particularly strong either.

QUOTE(voscar @ Nov 23 2020, 03:13 PM)
Biggest Loser of the 2020 season: MM with zero point
Imagine without the 1st race crash, he could've crushing this field with consistent podium finishes. If that happen I guess now everyone will remark 2020 season as boring, another MM year, lol. cool2.gif
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IMHO the biggest losers are Yamaha, VR, and Dovi. MM to me just unlucky due injury but not due to his weak performance.
Yamaha is biggest loser because they have the fastest bike overall yet cannot win a single title.
VR because he was just lackluster until even a common rookie on a slower bike (AM) beats him and could not even capitalize a single win while there were so many others able to win for their first time. He was slow yet he crashed many times too.
Dovi because it's his biggest opportunity to finally win it yet he also could not capitalize while on his way out to unknown future.
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post Nov 24 2020, 12:59 PM

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QUOTE(voscar @ Nov 23 2020, 03:13 PM)
Biggest Loser of the 2020 season: MM with zero point
Imagine without the 1st race crash, he could've crushing this field with consistent podium finishes. If that happen I guess now everyone will remark 2020 season as boring, another MM year, lol. cool2.gif
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Imagine being in denial & a sour grape because your beloved yamaha can't capitalize on marquez absence 😂
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post Nov 24 2020, 07:54 PM

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QUOTE(RalphRatedR @ Nov 24 2020, 12:59 PM)
Imagine being in denial & a sour grape because your beloved yamaha can't capitalize on marquez absence 😂
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I'm glad it wasn't FQ walkaway dominating the championship, been fear of this if he gets confident by winning first race he will be invincible, MM#2, unable to stop him with Yamaha the best bike at the beginning of session. Rollercoaster drama is fun, but pity that guy now need seeking psychologist...

This post has been edited by voscar: Nov 24 2020, 07:56 PM
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post Nov 26 2020, 01:30 PM

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Btw there's rumour that MM might need another operation for bone transplant if his bone now still not yet fully healed! If he does need this 3rd one, he might miss again the first few races next year, not good news. 😕

This post has been edited by 6UE5T: Nov 26 2020, 01:31 PM
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post Nov 26 2020, 03:01 PM

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I'm amazed that Italians still revere Maradona even after he knocked them out of World Cup at their home ground. Probably his God status is big enough to gloss over his infamy.
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post Nov 26 2020, 05:10 PM

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QUOTE(6UE5T @ Nov 26 2020, 01:30 PM)
Btw there's rumour that MM might need another operation for bone transplant if his bone now still not yet fully healed! If he does need this 3rd one, he might miss again the first few races next year, not good news. 😕
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I hardly buy these rumours, but if Dr. Claudio Costa claimed that the surgeons screwed up the op, Marquez might as well go to him.


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post Nov 26 2020, 05:39 PM

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QUOTE(RalphRatedR @ Nov 26 2020, 05:10 PM)
I hardly buy these rumours, but if Dr. Claudio Costa claimed that the surgeons screwed up the op, Marquez might as well go to him.
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We should know within the next few days. The news said they're now checking the result to determine if need to do 3rd surgery or not. Hopefully good news otherwise it might hamper him again next season.

 

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