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Jack Mordino

September 07, 2014 10:44 PM

F1 » Hamilton: I chose another route


I love how Hamilton almost suggests that the factory is actually trying to sabotage him in his bid to beat his teammate. Given that the factory is german and his teammate also german... and given his (teammate's) surprising strength -so the factory may want to protect his championship chances- this actually might even be true.

Jack Mordino

August 18, 2014 10:02 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: Marc’s wins the rider, mine the Honda...


(cont) Nicky Hayden: 1 Championship, achieved through careful and tactical racing, only with two wins. Friendly/likeable but otherwise unremarkable personality. Gradually faded after that championship, still riding. Casey Stoner: 2 Championships. Really exceptional & adaptable riding talent. Unable to adapt to the GP world, awkward in front of cameras and extremely wary of close passing maneuvers, causing controversy many times with his views on his rivals' moves. Left the sport in an manner that showed his dislike of the GP world. Jorge Lorenzo: 2 Championships. Fast, consistent, insistent and steadfast, Lorenzo is of the types to never give up. Initial winning antics raised some eybrows causing remarks as "arrogant" or "indigestible", he is however a fair competitor. That's a short summary of the posture of those racers. Reading it like this really shows who are the real greats, who have the potential to become such and who aren't/don't.

Jack Mordino

August 19, 2014 4:51 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: Marc’s wins the rider, mine the Honda...


Regarding the earlier discuccion about the meaning of racing and greatness: For me, the racing is the core and the pinnacle of the world of motorcycling. It can't stand on its own though. There's a bigger picture that has to be taken into account here. Motorcycling is a passion either if you race or not, either if you ride a GSXR, a Goldwing or a Harley. And this passion, has to permeate the world of the racing for it to pulsate healthily and lively, and stay away from sterility and from the factories viewpoint whose only interest is to dominate and sell bikes. From a certain viewpoint it's like going to a restaurant with your friends: The food is at the centre but what would be the point if everyone just sat there eating and barely talking? So, on that basis I cannot but take into account a rider's partaking in this motorcycle fest that is GP racing in order to assess his greatness. A rider's contribution to the feeling of passion and community with the crowds (which naturally compr

Jack Mordino

August 18, 2014 10:00 PM
Last Edited 33 days ago

MotoGP » Rossi: Marc’s wins the rider, mine the Honda...


(cont) Still strongly involved in many ways in the sport, including occasional racing. Mick Doohan: 5 Championships, intense but sterile personality. Super-human resilience and willpower. Forcefully dominated after the departure of Rainey & Schwantz. Retained "advisor" status at HRC for a few years after retirement, now runs his jet business. Alex Criville: 1 Championship, spent most of his career shadowing Mick Doohan. Managed his single championship after Doohan's retirement, faded into nothing afterwards. Unremarkable personality. Kenny Roberts Jr: 1 Championship, achieved with effective tactical racing. Unremarkable personality. Valentino Rossi: 7 championships, passionate, adaptable, and eager for close fights. Inspires the crowds with a second-to-none rapport and flamboyant style. Still very competitive after almost 20 years in the racetracks, shows promises of a post-rider status racing career as team manager. Ncky Hay

Jack Mordino

August 18, 2014 8:19 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: Marc’s wins the rider, mine the Honda...


(...) greatness is not only the Championships won, but also the adventures that were undertaken.
Well said. It's not just about results. It's also about character, and attitude towards the sport ad what it represets as a whole. Take 1-time champions for example: Kevin Schwantz and Kenny Roberts Jr. The former is a motorcyclig legend of the highest order, a racer of inspirig posture, and mythical antics, still contributing to the sport, even if not on the saddle, decades after his retirement. The latter... who does really remember him? What did he do for the sport after his career ended? So, championships is not the only thing that contributes to greatness.

Jack Mordino

August 19, 2014 10:52 PM

MotoGP » Rossi, Lorenzo debut 2015 Yamaha


Guna4699: seriously i Don't knOw whats the pRoblem for Yamaha in powering up their engine on par with Honda and Ducati...?? ofcourse you'll lose something to get something else... what is that at stake with engine power up...??
The initial part of acceleration is when the bike is still heavily leaned-over. The traction of the tyre, which is still stressed to provide turning force, is crucial at that point in order to also deliver engine power to the ground. So acceleration isn't just about engine power but the correct co-operation of the tyre, the chassis and the engine. Hence quite complicated and no easy answers around.

Jack Mordino

August 17, 2014 11:57 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: Marc’s wins the rider, mine the Honda...


Nakasone: Of course rossi won because he had the best bike and no rivals. How else can the beatings he received from Lorenzo & Marquez be explained?
Have you ever been to a beach with nice, soft sand? It would probably come as a surprise to you, but know this: That nice sand is produced by the endless battering of the shore rocks by water. Yes, water, a liquid reduces the mighty boulders to fine sand. With time. Time is the factor here. Given enough time everything withers down to nothing. You are obviously too young to fully understand this but always think of the rocks turning to sand when at wonder at how some things change. It will make some things more obvious to you.

Jack Mordino

August 18, 2014 10:35 PM
Last Edited 35 days ago

MotoGP » Rossi: Marc’s wins the rider, mine the Honda...


SkyWilk:
Jack Mordino: (cont) ....
What a load of bull! So just because Doohan has other passions in life than motorcycle racing, and doesn't go around searching for ego strokes forever makes him a less great? It only matters what they did on the saddle, this is not a popularity contest, it's racing!
Doohan is certainly one of the greats. And not only because of his wins/championships. I know very well of his perseverence and super-human resilience to injury. Greatness doesn't come in black or white, if that's what you understood I was implying. Having a way to please or inspire the crowds for me, is an extra factor contributing to greatness but there's not just a single way to do this and of course, results matter the most. Anyway, no need to be frustrated, I'll change the text accordingly since you felt offended.

Jack Mordino

August 18, 2014 9:59 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: Marc’s wins the rider, mine the Honda...


I agree with you. But, in reality I'm not comparing the cicumstances and the conditions of the racing. I'm comparing the conduct and attitude of the racers towards the sport as a whole. I'm comparing their dedication and their love for their sport in order to point out the qualitites that make one great. This is something that in its deepest level is irrelevant to the peculiarities of each era because the passion for the two wheels and the world of racing is one and the same, nomatter the technology. On this basis, one cannot but assess various champions: Wayne Rainey: 3 Championships, very fast. Steadfast, relentless and tactical approach to racing, managed to best the "crazy" Schwant. Tragically ended his career after a paralysing accident, still interested in races and visiting the racetracks for US rounds. Kevin Schwantz: 1 championship, still loved and respected, at legend status. Remembered for his heroic "do-or-die" antics that inspired the crowds and even future champions


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