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Hates Carthaginians - Unregistered

March 18, 2012 12:30 PM

Well, just watched Formula 1, dull as dog ****.
Never mind the best of the rest, the top 6 drivers didn't overtake once! The only swaps in position happened on pitstops. Those freaks up front can round up the rest of the field but once pitted against each other, well, lets just say that none of the mclaren or redbull boys can get past one another when it counts.
Give me a Motogp race any day of the week. Woop di sh!t that Stoner or Lorenzo piss off up front, the rest of the field will do battle and it's very seldom there isn't slicing and diecing for podium positions, and i can promise you that not one single Motogp win or even podium has been the result of a pit decision, well, short of Hayden coming in at Australia last year to put on wets on a drying track with 3 laps to go. I'm sorry, it's hard to help stupidity.


March 18, 2012 4:54 PM

“guess what tet, the goal here is not "attracting" major sponsors...? the goal here is "RETAINING" major sponsors (critical difference). Posted by shamarone”
I see what you're getting at, Sha, but the point I was making is that of sequence. The quality of the racing attracted the crowds, this attracted the TV broadcasters, and that attracted major sponsors. When the quality of the racing deteriorates, viewing figures drop, and sponsors look elsewhere for exposure. Having FAILED to RETAIN the likes of Fiat, MotoGP needs to boost the quality of the racing and get back into the “attracting” phase. IMHO.

hello moto - Unregistered

March 18, 2012 9:51 PM

What do I think about MotoGP?

I think the fans don't understand race sanctioning or the differences between GP and SBK. I think the MSMA and Dorna basically copy other sanctioning bodies, which makes them as useless as the punters.

If the MSMA are too stupid to realize that over-priced lopsided victories are not good for their business, they should be dismissed. If Dorna want to be product developers (e.g. NASCAR), they should be dismissed when their contract is up.

hello moto - Unregistered

March 18, 2012 9:53 PM

Quit following other sanctioning bodies. Look at the economics of government. It is similar to racing. The GPC must create a system where people compete equitably, and the result of competition is equitably-distributed wealth and utility for everyone (with an emphasis on the end consumer). They aren't even trying.

MotoGP must have relatively open technical regulations and fierce competition. Fix it or GTFO. I can find all the incompetence I want at work. I get paid to work, I don't get paid to watch GP. If the GPC doesn't "get it", hire people who understand governance and economics.

bjr - Unregistered

March 18, 2012 10:33 PM

.....Never mind the best of the rest, the top 6 drivers didn't overtake once! The only swaps in position happened on pitstops.....

You must have blinked when Vettel overtook Shumacher. I'll admit Schumacher was on the grass at the time and had gearbox issues but it was for position, and Vettle finished in the top six.

I can see why Dorna want a full grid, so they can cut to "action" somewhere else during the race rather than the obligitory 10-15 second cut to each backmarker that probably fullfills some "minimum air-time" clause for each team's sponsors.

Maybe the bikes should be made to start the race on their qualifying fuel load, and have to make one compulsary fuel stop. Or maybe use Bernie's idea of using water sprinklers on the track to spice things up.

MM - Unregistered

March 19, 2012 4:48 AM

When WCM tried to enter MotoGP using a prototype bike with an engine derived from the Yamaha YZF-R1, the Flamminis went running to the FIM to have it banned for using production based engine casings. So why is their supposedly 'production based' WSBK series allowed to get away with changing almost everything in the engine BUT the casings, then bracing the frame and adding prototype ECU, coils, swinging arm, forks, yokes, wheels, brake calipers, discs, non-road legal tyres and carbon bodywork? They've been allowed to get away with infringing on MotoGP's prototype racer series for years and it's time it was stopped - for the good of both series.

RossiKing - Unregistered

March 19, 2012 7:32 AM

BAN Stoner from racing and the battles will come back
Stoner is just too dam fast for his own good.
No matter what he rides or what gets done to him he is too quick

Get the pack racing each other and things will be good but as long as Stoner is in it he'll be too fast for anyone and we all just have to accept it

Sometimes in life you can be too good that it works against you, unfortunately Stoner is too good and is spoiling the show

MM - Unregistered

March 19, 2012 5:33 PM

RossiKing - It's difficult to tell with some but I assume you're not serious, just making a point. Agostini said, "I like to play a little Brands Hatch before I go on to win." His advantage enabled him to put on a show for a while before disappearing into the distance. However, I don't blame Stoner for clearing off whenever he can, rather than risking another rider taking him out. There's great satisfaction in being able to take uncompromised racing lines and hitting your marks every lap. Many people don't appreciate this skill as much as dicing for position because fast riders appear slower to them than those 'scratching' and getting out of shape. Ask the average driver to imitate a racer and their driving gets less, not more smooth.

MM - Unregistered

March 19, 2012 5:44 PM

It's for other riders to raise themselves to Stoner's level, (and the other factories to Honda's). New talents will come along, (who may also enjoy dicing more than he does, even if they risk losing out as a result), and Stoner will retire eventually. Meanwhile, enjoy the spectacle of watching such a supreme talent while you can.

RonM - Unregistered

March 20, 2012 9:58 PM

as far as I'm concerned there was nothing wrong with the original classes 125/250/350 and 500 over my years of watching motorcyle racing I will say without any doubt (in my mind)the racing was more exciting to watch through the 60's 70's and 80's and even 90's when the rider had sole control(or didn't whichever the case may have been)of his machine it was down to the rider not the fancy gizzmos (now to much like F1)I have seen some classic battles (to many to be able to mention in this forum)Ok just to satisfy some,there have been a few in MotoGP but not as many as formally when men where true racers not gizzmo pilots

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