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Joeski

November 12, 2014 1:45 AM

WSBK » Leon Haslam signs for Red Devils Aprilia


I think Leon still has it to be competitive.... The Honda was not the bike to do it for him...nor many others included one certain champion that left Honda and became champion!... I do not necessarily believe he will ever be champion but he is a competitor and on a proper bike he can be a champion... He had the opportunity but Suzuki failed him...Started well on BMW but never really improved much and Melandri showed him up a bit.... Anyway, I hoped his 2009 Honda experience would help him but even Rea has jumped ship so I did not expect much more from him at Honda but had my fingers crossed! With the rules next year...I do not know what will happen but stories have conflicted about Aprilia's capabilities in "standard" guise...so it really depends on what machine he shows up on next year...i.e a competitive new rules Aprilia or one that struggles under the new rules....

Joeski

November 12, 2014 3:47 PM

MotoGP » Valencia MotoGP test times - Wednesday (4pm)


I guess I will keep going....lol Nicky could also prove well with more power too and the remaining superbike boys are still in question at this time... I think Miller picked a bad time to come to MotoGP directly from Moto3.. he could have faired better 2-3 years ago!! Miller's positions this year will not reflect his potential TBH.... because he is racing against a massively experienced field....he may have the superbike boys as a guage but with little to no big bike experience and electronics, he could suffer plus the RS Honda may still not be the bike the Open Yamaha is which could put him on the back foot even further...

Joeski

November 12, 2014 3:42 PM

MotoGP » Valencia MotoGP test times - Wednesday (4pm)


Well...I can say this, making the top ten next year is going to be a mad house challenge as it seems the top 15 guys or even more have the potential to make top ten. I know Bradl is out of it right now but he is definitely a to ten rider IMHO...Once Redding gets that Honda sorted, I believe he will at least be top ten...if Suzuki comes good on their promise and all they have learnt this weekend then I can see Maverick in there as well. Alvaro looks set to press the top 10 with an underpowered bike in stock form at the moment and although Melandri is way out right now, he usually climbs slowly and I believe he is also top 10 material...well eventually and definitely if the Aprilia comes good with their developments i.e. pneumatic valves, more powerful engine etc etc. Danilo P! is also looking in top 10 contention and Yonny...wow I could keep going..

Joeski

November 12, 2014 3:23 PM

MotoGP » Valencia MotoGP test times - Wednesday (4pm)


When Aleix came to MGP in 2008 or 2007... I believed he never deserved the spot...because he did nothing to deserve it...After his foray in CRT, I was the first to congratulate him and said he deserved a better ride because NOW he had proven himself!!!! When he ripped up preseason last year, I said I knew he could do it given his experience on the CRT and how much he had grown as a rider... I think he is proving many wrong again that said he didn't deserve the OPEN Yamaha.. he should have been on the Tech 3 team IMHO!!! Now with a unreliable underpowered Suzuki look what he is doing and that bike still has years behind the competition... With that said, I would not write of DePuniet's performance as he had multiple issues and they detuned the engine to minimize the reliability issues so I believe he was good for another half second so not too bad.. but Aleix is riding this for the first time (no word yet on the state of tune on the engine) and is impressive!!!

Joeski

November 12, 2014 2:39 PM

MotoGP » Valencia MotoGP test times - Wednesday (3pm)


Well using the top 4 as the standard of measure...we can draw some interesting conclusions...firstly Alvaro Bautista under 2secs away...Melandri needs some more time of course... which is good as he is on the "superbike" version (I know the top boys are probably not at their best times yet but interesting nonetheless) Also, Alvaro is ahead of Redding? I do not think this is working according to plan yet for MVDS...the team is new to MotoGP so I am holding my comments until final testing in Qatar...My original statement stands that he will need all of 2015 to acclimatize for any possible top challenge but 6th in the championship at next years end is not unrealistic although difficult with Tech3, Ducati, and Cal looking better!! Cal is doing the business in my opinion as I believed he would but let's see how the season goes.. The top 4? well they are the top 4 with Rossi looking good at a track he really does not like... Thought Bradl would be a little higher but new bike also and he w

Joeski

November 11, 2014 5:38 AM

MotoGP » Redding rides ‘very different’ RC213V


I believe he needs the time to acquaint himself with the factory machine and I am glad most believe the same....BUT...if Marc Marquez placed 21st on the factory Honda in his debut...many on here would call for his head...so it is a little strange that Redding, who is no longer a rookie and now has the factory bike but is in 21st position.... I would think factory Honda was (even in mediocre hands) good enough for 10th position as many on here point out how great this bike is. Hell!! it is almost automatic...but he is not even close... With that said, I am always showing the other side of the coin...we want Redding to battle Marc but he isn't even close to Cal....I know he needs time and this is day one but he is not even a rookie anymore... but this is why I always ask fans to contain their over-enthusiasm and let the riding on track do the talking. I believe that this should give some credence to the ability of MM in his rookie year and even now!!! Anyway tomorrow is another story..

Joeski

November 11, 2014 5:50 AM

MotoGP » Redding rides ‘very different’ RC213V


Do not get mad at me people...I like Redding but I give the same advice to all my Rossi fans....tomorrow is not promised so enjoy today...Rossi did great this season...let's enjoy that and wish him well next year....all this crazy talk about JL is washed up and it is written that the Title is between Rossi and MM next year need to calm down a bit.... Look at how JL ended 2013...Arguably the strongest rider of 2013 minus the injury...I believe he won the most too...but look how he started 2014... Rossi could be in the same boat next year so let's relax a bit and see how it goes..Same for Scott Redding, enjoy his performance of 2014 but please stop predicting how great he will be on the factory Honda because right now..he has not turned any heads yet and after all the talk now fans who spouted off have to start thinking of excuses why!! So settle down and let them ride without judgment and stop pressurizing them with expectation before the season starts!!

Joeski

November 11, 2014 6:03 AM

MotoGP » Redding rides ‘very different’ RC213V


Perfect example...Aleix Esparago got off the CRT and turned heads in testing...hell he was never even below 14th on the CRT... so Redding on THE FACTORY HONDA!!! should at least be 10th?? I mean it is the best bike on the grid!! I hope you all see where this is heading... Anyway, I had to play the bad guy upfront... Redding is not Marquez...and will require time to adapt and will eventually be fast BUT I suspect that will be about mid season with some flashes of speed early on!! If he competes with Cal and gets the occasional 5th, I would say he is successful in his first Factory year..if at the end of 2015 he is 6th or better then job done and we (racing fans) will expect more in 2016... I will say he will have trouble beating the Tech3's, Ducati's and Crutchlow so that could put him 10th and if Bradl clicks with the FWD Yamaha,..Redding could be in some trouble that having a factory Honda will not fix...... it almost sound as if I do not like him but I think he is a good rider in a t

Joeski

November 09, 2014 8:57 PM

MotoGP » Smith: Espargaro showed his true colours


Bradley performed better in the last half.... let's see how he does in 2015...he already has the contract so no use whining about it now... he is not that slow obviously....lapped in the top 3 times...I thought he would/could do well here but alas...this is how it is in racing. If he does not step it up next year...then I would have to say let him go!... and that may be the case... Cal started to do well in his third year as his new teammate handed him his butt in 2012...granted his new but more experienced teammate compared to BS rookie teammate...but the boy has a podium in motoGP... so we will see how he goes next year... Do not get mad with me...I also did not believe he earned that seat in the first place but Cal had a worst rookie year (and I did not believe Cal earned his place initially either) and did great in his 3rd year so let's give this dude his final run and see...


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