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Jack Mordino

October 24, 2014 2:38 PM

MotoGP » Marquez has changed race culture, says Redding


I'm glad an "insider" offers his opinion and supports what I've been asserting for quite some time now: Marquez has established a new paradigm of racing, which was pioneered (in MotoGP) by Simoncelli (not that Marquez copied Simoncelli - it's just that he is made of the same stuff). Far more aggressive than the previous racing consensus and of course far more spectacular. That's the main reason I dislike Stoner as a racer, although I admire him as a rider: He went the opposite way - he didn't want anyone close to him, ever, and made it verbal on every possible occasion.

Jack Mordino

October 18, 2014 1:21 PM

MotoGP » Casey Stoner to test 2015 Honda, Michelins


Yearby23: Jack Mordino... Very happy you've been watching for so long... Back in the 2 stroke era it was also common... However the difference between the 2 situations I mentioned were that Marquez and Pedrosa barely touched... Rossi punted Gibernau (who had the racing line) off the track.... Rossi even almost ran off the track himself. Practically what he did to Dovi this year at Indy.
Yes, I agree on what you say on Rossi's pass on Gibernau. You cannot judge the passing "consensus" for a whole generation of machines & riders based on a single event however. Those days MotoGP racers passed each-other almost exclusively while still relatively upright, whereas nowadays they pass each-other OFTEN while at full lean, right at the turn apex, which requires a greater level of aggression and leads to frequent contact. Simple facts, based on statistics, and that's what I was talking about, becaue I was talking about Stoner and how he would feel about the curre

Jack Mordino

October 18, 2014 1:21 AM

MotoGP » Casey Stoner to test 2015 Honda, Michelins


Yearby23: Hard passing has been going on for years... Look at Rossi at Jerez 2005 for the worst case scenario of a hard pass...Jason Plato levels of hard pass aka smash the opponent off the circuit..
No, back then this kind of pass was occasional. I have watched every single motoGP round from 2002 and onwards, and a great many of them multiple times. I know what I'm talking about. Rossis' pass on Gibernau wasn't much different than Marquez's pass on Pedrosa (the one where he nicked Pedrosa's sensor and he crashed). The only difference was that Those two were duelling for the championship and in absence of any other competition against Rossi this was a "hgihh-profile" maneuver - nothing really different from pure riding perspective. And not only that - passing (back then) was mostly done while under heavy braking, while the bikes were still relatively upright. This started to change from 2007-8 and onwards, as grip increased and motorcycles started favorin

Jack Mordino

October 18, 2014 1:21 AM
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MotoGP » Casey Stoner to test 2015 Honda, Michelins


(cont) ... motorcycles started favoring greater corner speed over the "park and squirt" riding of the past. Now we have reached the point where passes right at the apex of the turn are regular, with the passing rider often "squeezed" between the kerb and the rider being passed - and this not only requires much greater aggression, but it also very often causes contact. I can't count how many times Marquez and Lorenzo contacted each other in the last two years - the number of contact occasions would be unthinkable 10 years back. And of course, nobody seems to care now - it's considered "normal". And that, is the legacy that riders like Marquez have already brought to MotoGP, a legacy drastically different than that of Stoner who liked to go fast and win but didn't like to race.

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?


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