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LLarry

August 13, 2014 5:22 PM
Last Edited 2 days ago

MotoGP » British MotoGP to Circuit of Wales!


What??? My understanding was - There are problems with planning permission (because there is a significant amount of common land affected). They need a substantial grant from the Welsh Government (in other words the English taxpayer) which they don't have and may be regarded as illegal State Aid under EU law. They need substantial private investment which they don't seem to presently have. The fact that the circuit is a LONG way from where most race fans live and that a permanent cloud seems to hover over the Head of the Valleys almost guaranteeing a wet race seem almost inconsequential. So, let's award a long-term race contract to a circuit that doesn't exist and doesn't seem to have the necessary resources to create it. Brilliant. Only Dorna could be this incompetent couldn't they? No wait, the same thing happened with Donington and F1 didn't it? That went well.

LLarry

August 13, 2014 3:48 PM
Last Edited 16 days ago

MotoGP » Bradley Smith staying at Tech 3 Yamaha


Mediocrity rewarded. I had thought Smith might keep the ride if Lorenzo had gone elsewhere & Pol had taken the Factory Yamaha seat but as soon as Lorenzo re-signed and Pol was staying put at Tech3, then I thought it was game over for Smith. Really, is there so little talent coming up through the classes that Smith was considered the best option to remain on one of the best rides in the class?

LLarry

August 14, 2014 9:45 AM
Last Edited 18 days ago

MotoGP » Silverstone responds to British MotoGP loss


Once again, it all comes down to the greed of Dorna. The last time I went to the Silverstone MotoGP race, I baulked at the frankly ridiculous £85 basic entry fee. Yet the economics are simple - Silverstone has to pay £5 million to Dorna to host the event. If they get 80,000 spectators, that means each spectator is paying £62.50 to cover the Dorna hosting fee. Only if the circuit gets a massive crowd can they realistically make money on the event and if the crowd is thin then they end up losing. You can hardly blame Silverstone for refusing to continue to pay these crazy fee levels. So Dorna then bring COW into the picture. COW has absolutely no chance of making any money either but they can't see that yet and the loss would probably end up being picked up by the good old taxpayer. But Dorna are in a fix - they are contractually obligated with BT Sport to ensure there is a British GP in 2015. Silverstone & Donington should offer to host but at no cost whatsoever.

LLarry

August 14, 2014 1:25 PM

MotoGP » Which circuit should host the British MotoGP?


It could only be Silverstone or Donington because they are the only two circuits up to FIM standards. Brands would be great but it isn't a question of money - they don't own the land at critical points to enable run-off zones to be established and there are houses in the way. My preference is Donington being more central and a better viewing experience. But at the same time the facilities are crap and the access is poor. Most countries have one or at most two main circuits and all the investment goes into them. That's why I'm opposed to Circuit of Wales - it simply further spreads the limited funds available. It's better to have one world-class venue than several average ones.

LLarry

August 12, 2014 6:55 PM

MotoGP » Gresini suggests ‘major change’ to turn Bautista fortunes


johnny13: My understanding is that part of the negotiations with SR are to get onto Ohlins and brembo's for next season so he can compete on similar machinery. But then that was from MCN and lets face it recent front page news has not led me to believe anything they say lol.
It may well be. Note that the latest Fireblade SP has Ohlins & Brembo's. It does appear that Honda has recognised that the Showa kit isn't up to the same level, even though they actually own the company!


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