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September 04, 2014 1:04 PM

MotoGP » Rainey to help run American road racing

The key to getting more factory involvement has always been to harmonise the rules between the major series (WSB / BSB / AMA). If this happened then the smaller series like the German, Italian & Australian competitions would follow suit. There are also the benefits of local wildcards from the national series participating in WSB events which always attract in a bigger crowd. But the reality is that the series have moved apart rather than come together. WSB is still the most technically focused (& most expensive) whilst AMA is the closest to road bikes with a loud can and BSB is somewhere in-between. Unless those in charge come together for the greater good (& I honestly can't see that happening) then superbikes as a whole will continue to struggle. Too much vested interest & too little imagination.


September 04, 2014 7:20 PM

WSBK » Title contender Guintoli to ‘fight for every point’

ProfessorX: Melandri is a saint compared to MM who intentionally runs in to people when ever he is having problems passing. The only thing keeping MM from killing someone is the speed of his bike/tires.
Marquez is a hard rider not adverse to sitting someone up but all champions have that tendency. Rossi has done his fair share of moves and all of them are absolutely nothing compared to the Doohan / Gardner / Swantz / Spencer / Roberts days. It isn't a knitting contest.


September 06, 2014 1:18 PM

MotoGP » Aprilia boss opens up about MotoGP return

I'm not sure I really see the logic in this. The bike is 'not quite a prototype'. So it is essentially what Aprilia teams have already been running to date - an upgraded RSV4 superbike with pneumatic valves. The bike planned for 2016 is described as a brand new bike. Now I can understand running in 2015 if the bike you are campaigning is the machine that you are planning to run downstream as you can learn from and evolve the machine during the course of the season and progress faster than you otherwise would have. But if the plan is to go all-new from 2016 then frankly what is to be gained by running a somewhat uncompetitive machine next year? Surely better to keep a lower profile, perhaps give the bike to a privateer team to use but come in with a big splash in 2016 with the machine you view as being the full factory prototype?


September 05, 2014 6:38 PM

MotoGP » Moto2: Herrin out, Wilairot in at Caterham

Wilairot's record is not exactly impressive. 2007 (17th), 2008 (13th), 2009 (13th) - all 250cc. 2010 (22nd), 2011 (30th), 2012 (27th) - all Moto2. No wins, no podiums, no poles. Truth was that Honda brought him into the Thai Honda PTT-SAG team in 2007 because Thailand was (& is) a very important market for Honda's small bike sales. Bearing in mind this is Caterham we are talking about now, I would imagine he got the ride because he brought some Thai backers with him.

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