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May 01, 2014 3:47 PM

MotoGP » Smith keen to continue ‘steady improvements’

Dovi wasn't forced out of Tech 3, he had signed for Ducati before Smith's deal was done. It was Cal that was forced out to make room for Pol. Dovi is an intelligent rider so I can't see him moving to Suzuki. I think he will likely end up at Yamaha if Lorenzo jumps ship. Here's my prediction for 2015. Remember, you read it here first! REPSOL HONDA Marc Marquez Jorge Lorenzo FACTORY YAMAHA Valentino Rossi Andrea Dovisioso FACTORY DUCATI Cal Crutchlow Andrea Iannone TECH3 YAMAHA Bradley Smith Pol Espergaro FACTORY SUZUKI Danni Pedrosa Alvaro Bautista GRESINI Scott Redding + some Italian. LCR Who knows / cares?


April 28, 2014 11:42 AM

MotoGP » Lorenzo: Sweetest third place of my career

You guys really are missing the point. Fact is, the Honda is markedly superior to every other bike out there. And MM is full of confidence and riding the wheels off it. The reality is that any Yamaha, be it ridden by Jorge or Valentino, has it's work cut out to keep anywhere close. Yamaha really missed a trick this year by not going open class like Ducati. The Yam is down on power and yet there is no option to improve the motor during the course of the season. They can play about with electronics and fiddle about with settings to improve tyre life but the reality is that it will be Respol Honda one-twos again and again this season unless Marc or Danni make errors. Jorge understands this so he is already thinking ahead to 2015. Lorenzo to Resol Honda (with MM). Pedrosa to Suzuki.


April 28, 2014 1:57 PM

WSBK » Ducati celebrates return to WSBK podium

The Panigale hasn't been a success and still doesn't really look like it can get to grips with the Kawasaki or Aprilia. If Ducati follows their usual trend of 4 years / model, a new superbike will be out in 2015. Hopefully that will be rather more competitive than the Panigale. Perhaps a trellis frame that handles and a motor that generates some power and torque below 6000rpm might be recommended?


April 10, 2014 9:24 PM

MotoGP » Colin Edwards to retire at end of 2014

Am I the only one here who thinks this is all kinda odd? Barely one race into the season and Colin is announcing his retirement? You tend to do that two thirds of the way in, not right at the very start. And hasn't Colin had many many years experience on the M1? OK, it will have changed and developed over time but I can't imagine it is that alien to his style. What does this say about Colin's motivation and how much effort he will put in over the season? I wonder what Forward Yamaha think of all this? Perhaps they are wishing they'd chosen another rider for 2014 now?


April 22, 2014 11:16 AM

MotoGP » Cal Crutchlow ruled out of Argentina

In Tech3, Dovi was generally a bit quicker than Cal and more consistent too. Before that, Dovi didn't do at all badly on the Repsol Honda. Cal has always been quick but with a tendency to bin the bike. If Dovi continues to out-perform him, the likelihood is that Cal will continue to over-try and excursions down the road will become the rule rather than the exception.


April 15, 2014 12:09 PM

MotoGP » Dovi: Open rules not behind Ducati podium

And as the story clearly says, Suzuki (& anybody else coming in) will be under exactly the same rules as Ducati. Some folk can't read eh? Back to the story, I think Dovi is right. It was notable that during the race Dovi was able to go underneath Bradl in a corner and hold a tighter line. It's been a very long time since a Ducati has been able to do that to a Honda (or Yamaha) so seems to indicate an improvement in cornering and a reduction in the chronic understeer, nothing to do with extra engines, more fuel or softer tyres.


March 26, 2014 5:00 PM

MotoGP » Redding: The target has changed…

I don't think Scott's comments are in any way OTT as some here feel. Let's not forget that last year he was runner-up in a GP class and could well have won without the injury issues he had. When was Hayden last in such a position? The truth is that Scott is a rider on the up whereas Hayden has been on the way down for quite some time now. On equal machinery Scott should have the beating of him.

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