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Jack Mordino

October 17, 2014 8:27 PM

MotoGP » Casey Stoner to test 2015 Honda, Michelins

Stoner never liked the media, the crowd, and, in the racetrack itself, the hard passing maneuvers. All together made him retire. Regardless of how fast he was/is either as a racer or a test rider (my opinion is "superbly" in both) I think he'd had a hard time psychologically coping with the "new era" of regular hard passing, pioneered by Simoncelli and established by Marquez. Had Stoner been racing alongside Marquez, he would be the media's "best friend", to put it mildly.

Jack Mordino

October 17, 2014 10:33 AM

MotoGP » Pedrosa: We found out yesterday…

"It is thought that Leitner is especially unhappy at the decision to replace some of Pedrosa's mechanics for 2015. Repsol Honda team manager Livio Suppo described Leitner's move as: “A last-minute decision by Mike. We respect it. It was a question of changing lifestyle." " I don't want to jump into false assumptions here but my gut is telling me that he didn't get on very well with Suppo. The issue with the replacement of the mechanics that Leitner was unhappy with, only points to that direction. I don't know much either about Suppot or Leitner but Suppo has been in my "watch" list after what he did to poor Capirossi: The latter only found out by... journalists that Suppo had decided to sack him from Ducati. What a shameful way to treat a racer like Capirossi, who had given everything he had to Ducati.

Jack Mordino

October 18, 2014 1:06 AM

MotoGP » Pedrosa: We found out yesterday…

@ Yossarian: You do not understand the level at which the competition is, and probably how sensitive machines motorcycles can be. A super-geek in each position (engine, suspension, chassis, electronics, etc) would mean nothing if the machine as whole doesn't handle correctly. And, of course, for the level at which we are talking, where just 2 tenths of a second each lap put a team in a different category than another, the slightest of details can play a big part. The crew mechanic is all about the tiny details, and the psychology of the team. Don't take this as an insult but you are obviously rather young and inexperienced - if you do some riding in a track and start messing with the adjustments on your bike you'll realise what an effect the adjustments can have in the feeling of your bike. Also, try an get into a competitive and creative team project and you'll see what a difference a good leader can have. I'ts amazing, really.

Jack Mordino

October 17, 2014 7:53 PM

MotoGP » Pedrosa: We found out yesterday…

@ Yossarian: Being just a good mechanic won't be enough to cut it in the world of MotoGP. To begin with you have to have very good understanding of everything concerning the motorcycle: from the tyres to the electronis and from suspension to chassis settings.Secondly you have to possess deep knowledge and experience on how the settings may affect the handling of the bike. Thirdly, you have to be able to interpret rider's feedback and turn it into beneficial settings changes. Lastly but not least importantly you have to motivate and keep the team together. Schedules are hectic and work pressure can be immense. The crew chief has to manage all that, instill confidence, calmness and unity in the team for it to be efficient. Not a few things, now, are they?

Jack Mordino

September 27, 2014 3:38 AM

MotoGP » New Ducati 14.2 sweeps Friday at Aragon

Jack Mordino: It now becomes obvious: Preziosi was the undoing of Ducati (and Rossi) in the previous years. Dall' Igna's obviously better approach to solving the bike's problems promises great things for next year.
Sorry but the Desmosedici is Preziosi's baby...He was responsible for it since 2003 or whenever it was when they came to GP and he was partially responsible for the wins in 2006 through to 2010. You can't just blame it all on him. There was a rumour last year about him coming back to GP with KTM...and now that KTM have announced for 2017 I wonder if he will actually be with them.
Yes actually I can. From the 800cc era and onwards (the last 7 years) The Desmosedici has been notorious for being a bike that noone could ride, except for Stoner whose exceptional dirt-track-brewn talent made it go fast. The list of destroyed or almost destroyed riders is very long actually. This was mostly his fault because he was the

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