MotoGP » Stoner: It could be a colourful season!

"When we're off the track we're team-mates and when we're on track they are other competitors" - Casey Stoner.

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March 01, 2011 10:08 PM

if you did away with half the electronics in these bikes, i bet all the Honda's would be on the deck. Only the truly talented riders would come out on top. Rossi, Hayden, they are more of "old school" riders who have been around and know how to use the throttle to keep control, not GPS and traction control. Let's put the talent of the riders back into the race, not the computers. Then we would see who is truly the top rider.

fan - Unregistered

March 01, 2011 10:21 PM

Traction control is probably the smallest part of the electronics equation. Most of the electronics are used to calculate fuel consumption. All of thise fancy electronics are needed because of the useless fuel limits. Raise the fuel limits and the need for those electonics start to go away.

Most people who complain about electronics haven't the first clue what they are used for and why. You could put all of those riders on 500 two strokes and the finishing results would not change. The riders are where they are becuase the are the most talented riders on two wheels. No matter what you put them on they will be fast.

Factoid - Unregistered

March 01, 2011 10:25 PM

"He added that Ducati simply didn't have the budget or manpower to respond to problems that arose during the season."
Posted by 44d

That doesn't make any sense. They were offering Lorenzo a lot of money to jump ship. Where were they planning to pull the money from? Weird.

Stavros - Unregistered

March 01, 2011 11:46 PM

RCBOOY2, if they were to take the electronics off the bikes the finishing order would be the same, but with bigger gaps between the riders because setup would become even more crucial for tyre wear. Stoner would dominate even more with his ability to setup a bike well from track to track and his ability to steer the bike with the rear wheel as shown repeatedly at Phillip Island.

44d - Unregistered

March 02, 2011 12:06 AM

Factoid, they were planning on dumping their superbike program to compensate if they got Lorenzo or Rossi.
In Rossi's case Marlboro came in with a big bag of loot as well.

Too aid in constant all year development though, superbikes had to go.

The Mentalist - Unregistered

March 02, 2011 12:15 AM

I wouldn't count Rossi out just yet. He WILL fix the Ducati it's just the thing he can't fix his shoulder. That is up to mother nature. He is one of those guys who thrives being the underdog. Winding up established guys like Harada and Capirossi in 250 and Biaggi in 500 brought out the best in him and even later on in his career he showed the same fighting positive attitude when facing problems. Again, it's all about the shoulder coming back to 100%.

The Mentalist - Unregistered

March 02, 2011 12:28 AM

Of course making the Duke to his likings will ask for a major investment from Ducati, but I can't recall Rossi using up 8 to 9 different chassis or engine configurations in a single season to get the bike where he wanted it. He's not John Kocinsky who demanded this team to break down the entire bike the night before the race after they just did that two days before. My estimate is three chassis, couple of forks and swingarms, but Burgess and Rossi know where they're going, they're not wasting time, it's not the blind and the deaf working on that bike

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