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October 10, 2013 10:10 AM

MotoGP » Lengthy shoulder surgery for Abraham

@shuggiemac The point you raise is a valid one. Yes it does take shed loads of cash to support a career in the early days and Stoner's family mortgaging everything to finance him is far from unique, not just in MotoGP but in many other sports. Probably where a lot of people are coming from is that Stoner's family and others had to take risks and make massive sacrifices and he still had to prove that he was an exceptional talent to get a works ride. KA's dad didn't have to make such sacrifices - he simply wrote a cheque and bought KA whatever piece of kit he wanted, whatever the best that was available, and financed a team being built around him. I'm sure Karel is a really nice guy but realistically would he be in MotoGP with any team in the absence of that financial backing? I doubt it.


October 10, 2013 9:59 AM

MotoGP » Honda mulls penalty appeal, introduces safeguards

Something like this has never happened before and nobody anticipated it would. I fail to see how any blame can be attached to Honda. Sh1t happens and now the problem has been identified Honda would have changed the sensor design or positioning to prevent a repeat anyway. Are 'Race Direction' now going to inspect every other manufacturers' bike to ensure their systems are not vulnerable? As for Marquez, he seems to have been penalised for riding on the limit 100% of the time. Well, isn't this what racing is supposed to be about? My view is that neither MM or Honda deserved any form of sanction. The problem is that Race Direction backed themselves into a corner by announcing they were going to investigate what was purely a racing incident and then had to come up with something to justify themselves.


October 08, 2013 10:13 AM

BSB » Easton confirms BSB return with PBM in 2014

Really struggling to understand your points here guys. PBM has announced they will stay in BSB next season with Kawasaki bikes and the two riders are Shakey and Easton. End of. The Farmer issue was when Haga came in to ride shotgun for Shakey in the showdown rounds & PBM said that they would provide a third bike for Farmer for the remainder of 2013 if he wanted it (& was fit). I don't think there has ever been any commitment made for Farmer to be retained for 2014. MotoGP is another issue. PBM will be campaigning two bikes there and therefore he needs two riders. At present the most likely scenario is for M. Laverty to be retained and Alex Lowes to join.


October 07, 2013 8:28 PM

MotoGP » Moto2: Danny Kent to leave Tech 3

Agree with the majority of posters here. The sport is mainstream in Spain and to some extent in Italy. But pretty much everywhere else it is bikers only who support the sport and they account for 4% of 'drivers' in the UK. But I would disagree with those who say BP doesn't have any involvement. Castrol is a wholly owned subsidiary of BP and has a long history with racing, including PATA (Ten Kate) Honda at present. Shell has also been a consistent and long-time supporter of the sport & is involved with Ducati. But both are 'industry' players, targeting bikers as customers. Where are Vodafone, or BAE, or AstraZeneca or GSK or Unilever or any of the big Banks? Nowhere to be seen.


October 07, 2013 11:40 AM

WSBK » Yakhnich confirms WSBK move without Lowes

It's a shame that he couldn't have gone to WSB with Yakhnich and the new Yamaha R1 as was originally envisaged. I don't blame him for looking elsewhere if Yakhnich are going with MV. MV has a recent history of bouncing in and bouncing back out again in rapid succession with a half-hearted effort. Under the circumstances a competitive Moto2 ride has to be preferable. Best of luck Sam.

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