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April 10, 2014 9:24 PM

MotoGP » Colin Edwards to retire at end of 2014

Am I the only one here who thinks this is all kinda odd? Barely one race into the season and Colin is announcing his retirement? You tend to do that two thirds of the way in, not right at the very start. And hasn't Colin had many many years experience on the M1? OK, it will have changed and developed over time but I can't imagine it is that alien to his style. What does this say about Colin's motivation and how much effort he will put in over the season? I wonder what Forward Yamaha think of all this? Perhaps they are wishing they'd chosen another rider for 2014 now?


April 15, 2014 12:09 PM

MotoGP » Dovi: Open rules not behind Ducati podium

And as the story clearly says, Suzuki (& anybody else coming in) will be under exactly the same rules as Ducati. Some folk can't read eh? Back to the story, I think Dovi is right. It was notable that during the race Dovi was able to go underneath Bradl in a corner and hold a tighter line. It's been a very long time since a Ducati has been able to do that to a Honda (or Yamaha) so seems to indicate an improvement in cornering and a reduction in the chronic understeer, nothing to do with extra engines, more fuel or softer tyres.


March 26, 2014 5:00 PM

MotoGP » Redding: The target has changed…

I don't think Scott's comments are in any way OTT as some here feel. Let's not forget that last year he was runner-up in a GP class and could well have won without the injury issues he had. When was Hayden last in such a position? The truth is that Scott is a rider on the up whereas Hayden has been on the way down for quite some time now. On equal machinery Scott should have the beating of him.


March 18, 2014 11:09 AM

F1 » Ecclestone warns quieter F1 could be costly

The Renault RS01 of 1977 onwards sounded pretty good as I recall (especially when they exploded!) and that was a twin-turbo 1.5 V6. But they were not rev-limited or fuel restricted and didn't have all the hybrid / energy recovery nonsense that the new cars have. I think Ron Dennis is right - revs are the answer to the sound issue but we are talking once again about a wholesale change in the engine regulations to make that happen. Ultimately though, sound is secondary to good competitive racing and when so many teams are struggling for reliability and simply being able to complete more than a few laps this surely can't be a priority for already hard-pressed teams?


March 14, 2014 1:03 PM

MotoGP » Ducati Open or Factory? The wait continues…

Let's be clear on all this. What Ducati (& Forward Yamaha) have done is entirely 100% legal. They have looked at the rules that Dorna introduced and interpreted them to their best advantage. There is nothing wrong with that - all teams in motorsport, be it 2 or 4 wheels seek to gain an advantage by doing this. The argument that 'open' is only for privateers is false. Dorna has publically said that in a year or two they want to end the factory class and all teams to run under open rules. Therefore you would have thought that they would welcome what Ducati & Forward are doing with open arms. The 'opposition' comes from Honda who were not as smart and are fearful of the competition, so they have lobbied hard to get Dorna to come up with this dog's breakfast called Factory 2. Honda don't want a level playing field, they want a situation where they can out-spend everyone else to gain a technical advantage. Honda says jump and Dorna says where's the trampoline? Sickening.

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