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January 06, 2014 5:06 PM

RR » TT blow for Hutchinson and Brookes

Cutting out all the conspiracy theories here, the real reason is pretty clear. The truth is that the R1 is out-classed. It is now very long in the tooth and the stock electronics are way behind most of the competition. The only way SMR can continue to race the R1 and have any hope of being competitive is to load trick electronics on the bike to compensate. If they are not allowed to do that then the R1 performance would be shown up for what it really is. It has nothing to do with cost or setup or any of those issues. Running the standard Motec ECU would allow a more genuine comparison between manufacturers and the R1 would be shown up to be the out-dated slow old bus that it is. Don't believe it? Well, why are there no R1's at all at WSB or WSS level? Why does nobody else in BSB use the R1 other than SMR? There's no point in blaming Honda for this. The fault lies with Yamaha who have failed to develop a more modern bike and yet still want to sell the R1 at a premium price opposite genu


December 19, 2013 5:15 PM

MotoGP » Honda vows MotoGP withdrawal over ECU plans

To those who think Honda pulling out would not be serious I say one thing. 1967. The late 50's and up to 1967 were probably the best and most exciting racing years ever with top riders and every major factory seriously pushing the technology. Then the rule makers decided to restrict things (sound familiar?) and Honda pulled out followed by most of the other factories. Very soon almost every grid was full of nothing other than identikit TZ Yamaha's and the rider who won whatever championship was whoever Yamaha favoured with works parts. They were dire years and it took a long time before GP racing genuinely recovered. Is that the direction we want to go now? Some of the numpties on here should be careful what they wish for.


December 17, 2013 10:37 AM

MotoGP » MotoGP Penalty Points revised for 2014

I really don't agree with the points system. Nobody is going to be bothered about racking a few points up until it comes close to the limit. If the rider commits an indiscretion during a race, the penalty should be applied during that race. Either a ride-through or a time penalty added at the end, or disqualification if the offence is serious enough. What we do need is proper guidance to race direction so that penalties are consistent and applied fairly. As mentioned by another poster Lorenzo rode the last few races very aggressively and nothing happened but if MM had ridden like that he would have been crucified.


December 21, 2013 3:24 PM

F1 » Ferrari: F1 needs to plan post-Ecclestone

Really what F1 needs (& MotoGP & WSB for that matter) is ownership by a not-for-profit organisation whose brief is to promote & support racing, ploughing back funds rather than money constantly being siphoned off for greedy shareholders. Then we might actually start to see events where the quality of the racing and the entertainment of the fans becomes paramount. Then we might see races located where the fan base is considerable and long-standing rather than rich Arabs or Asians 'buying' a race as a status symbol and virtually nobody going to watch. Then we might see ticket prices come down to reasonable levels which mere mortals might actually be able to afford. Dream on Larry!!!


December 13, 2013 8:24 PM

BSB » Honda title winners pull out of BSB

Looks to me like excuses rather than anything else. The argument that Honda only races to be competitive and win doesn't hold water. Honda has been uncompetitive in WSB for years now. If they followed a consistent approach they would have pulled out of WSB too. The reality is that they have been too slow and sloppy ... missed the boat on all the good riders and let their main sponsor go without putting in place a replacement in sufficient time. Seems to me that it's the team management that needs to change more than anything else.


December 16, 2013 1:06 PM

WSBK » 2014 World Superbike entry list so far

The reason why so many teams are running the Kawasaki is that they are the only Japanese manufacturer who has released a genuinely new bike in the last couple of the years. The Yamaha, Suzuki and Honda all date from around 2007/8 and have had nothing other than very minor upgrades since launch. As the sport goes more towards superstock format where the bikes are closer to the road-going machine this can only increase Kawasaki's advantage. The days when Japanese manufacturers would launch a completely new superbike every four years, with a major upgrade at two years, now seem long gone. Perhaps it's not surprising when superbike sales have plummeted world-wide and what sales there are increasing seen in the naked sector. Purely as an advertising medium, perhaps superbike racing has simply lost its relevance.


December 16, 2013 12:54 PM

BSB » Kiyonari in surprise switch to BMW

Kiyo seems to suffer from bad homesickness from what I've heard. No doubt when his head is engaged he is a brilliant rider but if it isn't then he really struggles to be competitive. Perhaps a change to BMW may be the spur he needs to get back to where we all know he can be. Hopefully it will work out - otherwise it could be another Nori Haga scenario which would be a great shame.

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