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August 11, 2014 4:23 PM

MotoGP » ‘Intruder’ Dovizioso accepts hard passes

Robert Danley: He was only able to be an annoyance at the front because of the special soft tire. It is time to get rid of it. It allows them to qualify well and get in the way of the truly fast guys early in the race before it goes off. Stupid Dorna rules.
Factually not true. Dovi was racing the harder of the two options available to him i.e. the medium (which is also available to the Factory Teams). Dovi is not an annoyance. On equal machinery he would beat Rossi every time nowadays. Truth is, Dovi would almost certainly have preferred to have raced the hard tyre due to the abrasive nature of the new surface at Indy and have something left for the end. Until his tyres lost grip he showed he is a match for all (other than MM).


August 12, 2014 6:55 PM

MotoGP » Gresini suggests ‘major change’ to turn Bautista fortunes

johnny13: My understanding is that part of the negotiations with SR are to get onto Ohlins and brembo's for next season so he can compete on similar machinery. But then that was from MCN and lets face it recent front page news has not led me to believe anything they say lol.
It may well be. Note that the latest Fireblade SP has Ohlins & Brembo's. It does appear that Honda has recognised that the Showa kit isn't up to the same level, even though they actually own the company!


August 08, 2014 6:49 PM

MotoGP » Dovizioso: New Ducati engine for Indy

You guys just don't get it do you? The new 2015 bike IS a total re-design. CC will look pretty stupid if the new bike is a big step forward. The new motor Ducati are running is shorter & more compact. That won't help the understeer issues until the re-designed frame to fit it comes resulting in moving the motor forward and tipping it backwards aka the RC213V. But what running the new motor now WILL do is to test it repeatedly under race conditions. Then the team can iron out any issues and evolve it much quicker than they could ever do if they were just running it in a few test sessions. Contrary to the declared 'wisdom' on this site, Ducati are not fools, they know where the problems lie and the new bike will be a big improvement on the current offering.


August 07, 2014 6:27 PM

MotoGP » Jorge Lorenzo signs at Yamaha

LLarry: And I think that pretty much finishes Smith's time at Tech3. If Lorenzo hadn't re-signed, then Pol would have gone to the factory Yamaha team in his place meaning Smith would probably have been retained for a further year. But Pol will stay at Tech3 now, so the writing is on the wall.
Who do you replace him with? Bradl, Crutchlow are signed, A Espargaro and Vinales are rumored to be signed. Bautista maybe, Johnny Rea?
Tech3 has indicated it's likely to be a young rider from Moto2 or Moto3.

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