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October 30, 2012 11:10 PM

@Ben1 the satellite M1 is not "the bike that won the world championship". Any Spies fans will tell you that the #2 factory bike is not in the same league as Jorge's bike. Even if that isn't the case the satellite bikes are still a step down from Jorge's machine.

Even if they were similar at the start of the season did you not notice all those "2013" parts that Jorge got mid season but Tech3 didn't?

Yes I'm aware of the stories that Cal got 2013 parts for PI. But that doesn't mean Cal and Dovi have been riding the same bike as Jorge all year, any more than say Abraham has been on the same bike as Hayden and Rossi.

Educationer - Unregistered

October 30, 2012 11:50 PM

Ben Spies, Nicky Hayden, Colin Edwards, which one are you going to use as a defence for riding superiorty?
Maybe you will choose Moto2 or Moto3 for imspiration... oh, failed again!
Just another American demonstarating why their foreign policy has landed them so much grief.

bjr - Unregistered

October 31, 2012 1:20 AM

"brads bike was 28kph slower down the staight than mika kalios was"

If this was true then Brad needs to spend a lot more time in the wind tunnel or learn how to generate some corner exit speed.

I've been hearing this rubbish about his 'underpowered' bikes for years. They've been using spec engines for 2 years his bike is still slow? What's the common denominator?

Trent - Unregistered

October 31, 2012 1:43 AM

"Brad's bike was 28kph slower" - ha, what a laugh. If this is true, it's because he doesn't know how to exit out of a corner effectively.

And, on the off chance that there actually is something wrong with Brad's motor, if he was a good rider you'd see him come to the front in poor conditions.

I'd sight Ant West as Exhibit A. He has the talent to win in all conditions, but always rides second rate bikes. As soon as it showers, he storms to the front.

What does Bradley do when presented with these same conditions? Falls off and DNF's, or rides home in mediocrity.

He will crash and burn badly in MotoGP.

Educationer - Unregistered

October 31, 2012 4:28 AM

the one common denomiator is a crap chassis that does not allow you to put the power down. Trying different lines tack you away from the best of the grip and you end up crashing (hence broken toes).
I am a fan of West but he did diddly squat until he was allowed to ride a different chassis then voila, two podiums, what do you conclude from that?
Brad hasn't been allowed to ride a chassis, even a 9x world champ has struggled with chassis issues.

rolling stoner - Unregistered

October 31, 2012 5:21 AM

I really hope Brad does well in Motogp, it would be great if he is another Casey Stoner and clicks with the 1000cc bikes. I reckon Brad will be finishing in the top 10 consistantly and easily. Tech3 would not be putting Brad on the best satellite bike if they don't have confidence in him. IMO Moto2 in a really tough class if you don't have a perfect bike and I think Brad is as good as Jono Rea and he certainly did not disgrace himself..

Trent - Unregistered

October 31, 2012 6:54 AM


I agree with you for a lot of what you've said. Undoubtedly, West has done diddly squat. He's ridden sub-standard machinery for the majority of his career. I also have no doubt that Bradley doesn't currently have the greatest of equipment underneath him.

However, in conditions when it rains and it levels the field out, young Bradley doesn't perform any better. He crashes or finishes down the field, just like he does in the dry.

Therefore, to my mind it shows it is not the equipment that's the problem. He's not a rider who is capable (or worthy) of a MotoGP ride.

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