Ryder Notes: Talking About the New Generation
by julian ryder, on the ground in the UK
Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Awww, look at all the pretty blooms, Marquez thought as he strafed the field again.
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Not content with inventing new ways to ride a racing motorcycle and to get pole position, Marc Marquez made it four race wins in a row off pole position. The good news is that the man most likely to rein him in may very well be Valentino Rossi.

Using a new chassis, Rossi not only did his best to disrupt Marquez's race in the early laps, he held off another late charge from Dani Pedrosa and looked like his old self both on and off the track. Jerez, the first European race, is a good indicator of form so hopefully from here to Assen the old devil will be on Marc's case. But the way Valentino celebrated second place told you everything you needed to know about the prospects of actually winning.

But Rossi had plenty to celebrate: a decisive victory over the old aliens including beating his teammate on a level playing field for the first time since they were reunited at Yamaha. Clearly, at 35 years old the will to win has not dimmed.

Meanwhile, the impact of Marquez's four wins from pole is being felt all over the paddock. Team managers are looking past the current crop of established MotoGP riders at youngsters like Vinales and Miller in Moto3, riders who may be able to learn to ride the Marquez way. An example? In the BT Sport TV studio this last weekend, James Toseland made in interesting observation. The double world Superbike champ reckons Marc is now saving front-wheel crashes off his elbow and rear-wheel slides off his knee slider.

Beat that.


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