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January 17, 2014 4:03 PM

MotoGP » Rossi outlines 2014 targets at Yamaha launch

Really boys, you should park the excuses on brakes or conspiracy theories. Rossi isn't winning because he lost the edge in 2010 after he broke his leg. The two years at Ducati merely disguised the fact - the bike was blamed for his lack of performance. The truth is that 2014 will be a carbon copy of 2013 - the championship will be between Marquez & Lorenzo with Pedrosa sometimes in the mix. Rossi will be fighting it out for fourth with Bautista and Bradl. The only real difference will be that Crutchlow will be further down the field now he is not on the Tech3.


January 17, 2014 5:16 PM

WSBK » FIM issues Bimota homologation statement

WSB is not a prototype class - it is supposed to be about mainstream bikes that are widely available for sale. It's true that the FP1 was allowed to race, but on the assurance that the bike was going to be produced subsequently at the required homologation numbers (but never was). Lessons should have been learnt from that. If you let Bimota get away with this then how do you legitimately prevent any other factory from producing a very limited edition special and then claiming the right to run it? The rules are there for a reason and if Bimota can't meet them then they shouldn't be there.


January 13, 2014 10:23 AM

F1 » Surtees rejects 'gimmicky' double points plan

Don't kid yourselves guys. Whilst Surtees views are spot on, his opinion means nothing to those in charge. The simple fact is those in 'authority' are only interested in developing the 'show' to make even more money. Whether this compromises what racing is all about matters not one jot to them. Add to that egos the size of supertankers, and other peoples' views, even if they were great champions, count for absolutely nothing.


January 10, 2014 12:52 PM

MotoGP » Ducati: 'No further plans' for Open MotoGP class

I think people tend to forget that Ducati is actually a very small factory. They only sell around 40,000 bikes per year, Honda sell more than that in one month. The level of resources Ducati can devote to racing is much smaller than either Honda or Yamaha so under the circumstances they have actually punched well above their weight since they entered into MotoGP. Let's not forget they won a significant number of races in the 990 era and were 2007 champion as well as having the most number of wins during the 800 era (accepting a certain Mr Stoner was on board). How does that compare with Suzuki and Kawasaki which are both much bigger enterprises? Ducati's problems really started with the move to the control tyre. The wheelbase of the Ducati has always been long (due to the L-motor) but that was not a issue when Bridgestone made specific tyres for them that counteracted the inevitable understeer that the design could generate. But with the control tyre introduction which suited the inl


January 10, 2014 12:53 PM

MotoGP » Ducati: 'No further plans' for Open MotoGP class

CONT - inline four design of Yamaha much better than anyone else, the Ducati has suffered from chronic understeer ever since. Their efforts have focused on trying to re-engineer the bike to counteract this but it may just not be possible. It is far easier to make tyres to suit a particular bike than to modify a bike to suit the tyres. Overall I doubt Ducati will find a solution unless they go with an inline four or shorter V-angle engine, something they would be loath to do from a marketing angle. Perhaps the best thing to do is the Kawasaki approach - abandon MotoGP and focus once again on their Superbike effort (which has anyway been sadly neglected over the past few years as resources have been sucked into the MotoGP effort.) It is better to be good at one thing than mediocre at two.

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