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CliffEdge

November 01, 2014 12:18 PM

MotoGP » EXCLUSIVE: Crutchlow talks 2014 ahead of Ducati exit


There are plenty of non-Italians who have done really well at Ducati - Bayliss & Stoner being two that immediately spring to mind. The reality is that Cal did really poorly in the first half of the season and was very undiplomatic, persistently blaming the bike and the team. The fact that he improved his performance substantially in the latter part of the season (on exactly the same bike he started the year, as he is so keen to keep pointing out) shows that it was his 'efforts' rather then the bike's failings that led to the poor results. You can therefore hardly blame Ducati for prioritising their effort with Dovi & Iannone as they were the two who were trying & doing reasonably well and it certainly had nothing to do with them being Italian. At the end of the day you invest in success, not subsidise failure.

CliffEdge

November 01, 2014 4:52 PM

WSBK » MV Agusta, Mercedes AMG announce cooperation


Forget talk of cooperation, this is just another ego-driven purchase by a German car firm. BMW has a successful motorbike division. Anything you can do, we can do better thought Audi - so then dramatically overpaid for Ducati. Well, Mercedes not to be left out of the German brinkmanship game take a stake in MV Augusta. Perhaps someone should have pointed out to them that everybody who has ever 'invested' in MV has lost a lot of money and left with their tail between their legs, including Harley Davidson. So Mr. Castiglioni has just taken another mug's money. No doubt he will buy back the stake in a few year's time at a fraction of what was paid. Hardly the first time.

CliffEdge

November 01, 2014 10:18 AM

F1 » F1: Vettel's pit lane start confirmed


107SS2009: Vettel cannot opt to sit-out qualifying as being allowed to start the race is not guaranteed, in fact Vettel will take part in qualifying and he will have to do a time within 107% of the fastest time to be guaranteed a place on the starting grid.
Come on, with Caterham & Marussia not there, do you REALLY think there are ANY circumstances in which the stewards would exclude Vettel from the grid? Not in a million years.

CliffEdge

November 02, 2014 5:28 PM

WSBK » Sykes brands Baz ‘immature and disrespectful’


I've got to say that I was really surprised Baz didn't move over and follow team orders. I thought he would whereas Melandri probably wouldn't. Having said that, it's good for the final race - winner takes all. As for Sykes comments about Baz though, whilst he might feel Baz was immature, Tom was ill-advised to say it. Baz now won't care less and is more likely to try and overtake Tom rather than yield places to him. Sykes may have just shot himself in the foot by not keeping his thoughts to himself because Baz has looked quicker than him all weekend.

CliffEdge

November 03, 2014 9:51 AM

WSBK » Sykes: I said Sepang DNF could prove costly…


Sykes needs to man up & take it on the chin (at least that part of him is big enough). Yes he lost points in Sepang but Guintoli also lost points when he had a coming together with Melandri. Truth is, Sykes had a 44 point lead after Luguna which he let slip. Nobody else to blame, not the bike. Sykes rode like a girl in Magny-Cours when it was wet, and come Losail, Guintoli did exactly what was required whilst Sykes choked. Ultimately the best man won. And next year Rea isn't going to pull any punches.


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