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Cycle News 2019 Issue 40 October 8

Cycle News is a weekly magazine that covers all aspects of motorcycling including Supercross, Motocross and MotoGP as well as new motorcycles

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P116 CN III IN THE PADDOCK BY MICHAEL SCOTT T he most intriguing thing about Jorge Lorenzo's failure to mesh with the Honda is Marquez's success. Yes, we know the rider makes the difference. We've been told this over the years by riders as diverse as Valentino Rossi and, most recently, Marquez himself. But how much difference, and why? As usual this year there are three riders on the latest factory- spec Honda. Their varying results are very striking. By the end of the European season, Marquez had yet to finish below second, has eight wins and one non-finish, when he crashed in Austin. Business as usual. Cal Crutchlow has been nine times in the top 10, including twice third, with four non-finish- es. More or less as usual. Jorge Lorenzo, as well as four non-starts, has one non-finish, but has yet to finish in the top 10. Indeed, 20th place at Aragon was not only the third time he has finished out of the points, previously after falling and re- mounting, it was his worst-ever HOW GOOD (OR BAD) IS THE HONDA? With three great riders aboard the factory-spec Honda, why the widely different results? Is it bike or riders?

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