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LeisuresuitLarry

September 14, 2014 1:01 PM

MotoGP » Phil Read presents Yamaha with first title certificate


Well bully for you Pakundo, you've just read Phil Read's autobiography and so are now an expert. And of course Phil Read's autobiography is totally factually accurate? He wouldn't want to put any sort of spin on events to justify what at times was a controversial career? I suggest you do a bit more reading around the subject. Like for example why Read was described as the 'Team-mate from Hell' when he was with Agostini at MV. Or around the history of the TT and why he is far from popular with the fans there, even though he loves to gravitate around the Classic TT events now. Also read up about Bill Ivy who apart from being very talented was a genuinely nice guy who was universally liked & respected and whom I had the privilege to meet once. Keep reading son.

LeisuresuitLarry

September 13, 2014 7:28 PM

MotoGP » MotoGP Misano - Full Qualifying Results


Frisky46:
LeisuresuitLarry:
Frisky46: Yes, The Doctor owns Misano.
Really??? Perhaps you could explain the logic to that statement considering that Jorge Lorenzo has won there for the past three seasons and is starting from pole tomorrow?
From the past three years Lorenzo has also been performing better than Rossi but I think I see it turnaround this year. :)
Hope (or wishful thinking) reigns eternal.

LeisuresuitLarry

September 12, 2014 4:12 PM
Last Edited 3 days ago

MotoGP » Aprilia confirms Gresini for MotoGP return


RSMick: The trouble is it doesn't Superbike), it has done nothing for sales which you don't see a single WS bike in the top 10, even in SB mad Britain. GP sells the brand not the bike.
It's brand image that drives sales. In the past WSB really contributed to that when all the factory teams had serious efforts & top riders. WSB generated more brand equity than GP. The problem today is that WSB is a pale shadow of its former self. Only Kawasaki & Aprilia are taking it seriously. Ducati has dramatically scaled back, Honda and Suzuki's 'efforts' are marginal and Yamaha is not there at all. Now Aprilia is scaling back too. With minimal terrestrial TV coverage & most events in the calendar attracting tiny crowds, the series is in terminal decline. Circuits increasingly don't want to host the races. MotoGP has therefore become the focus of activities by default. I wonder if this would have been the case if InFront was still the owner of WSB rather than Dorna?

LeisuresuitLarry

September 12, 2014 12:05 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: I don’t regret joining Ducati


In 2010 Lorenzo was beating Rossi even though the garage 'wall' was up to prevent data going to Lorenzo's side. Rossi didn't like the fact that he had a fast(er) team-mate. He had always had folk like Edwards who were quite prepared to play second fiddle and play a supporting role. That was not Lorenzo. So Rossi gave Yamaha an ultimatum - it's him or me. And Yamaha chose Lorenzo. Having previously burned his bridges with Honda, what options did Rossi have left? If he wanted to stay on a factory bike, Ducati was the only game in town. What is truly amazing is that Ducati offered him such a huge salary. Considering Rossi's lack of choices they could have got him for far less. Ultimately it isn't a case of regretting joining Ducati as Rossi had backed himself into a corner and left himself with little choice. What he probably does regret (& he indicates this in the interview) is giving Yamaha the ultimatum in 2010.

LeisuresuitLarry

September 12, 2014 4:46 PM

MotoGP » Aprilia confirms Gresini for MotoGP return


RSMick: It always did have tiny crowds and non live poor television coverage everywhere except Britain and Italy, slightly Aus. The crowds were never as high as they stated in Britain, FGS used to quote 3 day estimates, have you seen Brands with 60k in? never mind 120k.
Well I do recall when Yamaha Italy had a serious factory supported effort with riders of the caliber of Spies & Haga. Or Ten Kate Honda when it was getting major HRC input. Or Suzuki through Alstare with Troy Corser. Or Ducati with full factory efforts and riders like Bayliss. I don't know about actual numbers at Brands but I recall going in the early to mid-2000's and the place seemed to be bursting at the seams. It took hours to get out of the circuit even on a bike. The last time I went to a WSB race in the UK (Silverstone) the place was almost deserted.

LeisuresuitLarry

September 13, 2014 9:42 PM
Last Edited 3 days ago

MotoGP » Phil Read presents Yamaha with first title certificate


For those too young to understand the first comment in this thread it relates to 1968. Honda had pulled out of racing leaving Yamaha dominant. Phil Read & Bill Ivy were both factory Yamaha riders (& friends at that point) and Yamaha 'decided' that Read should win the 125cc class and Ivy the 250. Whilst Bill Ivy followed team orders and allowed Read to win in 125cc races, Read ignored the orders and took the 250cc title too, much to Ivy's anger. Yamaha was also furious and Read never again rode for the factory team nor got any support from them from that point. It all means that this 'event' smacks of hypocrisy in my view. As for the second comment from Vilas46, well it just shows he is posting on matters about which he has no understanding whatsoever.


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