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July 16, 2011 3:22 PM

MotoGP » German MotoGP, Sachsenring - Qualifying

I don't buy this....I am not one of the yellow tinted glasses brigade(more of a Rossi realist)but he is one of the top 4 or 5 riders in the world. To be that far back with the resources he has access to is starting to look like a deliberate "go slow" program by Rossi to force Ducati into building something he can ride. The Ducati/Rossi marketing steam roller is going off the rails(just read some of the anti-Ducati posts on this site) so sooner or later the bean counters are going to force the engineers to make wholesale bike and/or staff changes to get Rossi back up the front I don't like to sound like a conspiracy theorist but that's what it is starting to look like


July 09, 2011 2:27 AM
Last Edited 1518 days ago

MotoGP » 2012 Suter goes head-to-head with 800cc bikes

@ fan Totally agree, I believe both yamaha and ducati GP teams use Marelli engine management systems so it seems bizzare that BMW want to D.I.Y. in the public eye. It would seem smarter to use a proven system and get some race results while developing their own ECU's in parallel. Being able to compare two different systems on an identical bike in race conditions would also have to speed development.


July 08, 2011 11:17 AM
Last Edited 1518 days ago

MotoGP » 2012 Suter goes head-to-head with 800cc bikes

For Suter to move to MotoGP is as big a move as a rider moving from Moto2 to MotoGP. First is the frame, it might handle ok with the 45 - 50 degree lean angle Dunlops, how is it going to work with super sticky 60 - 65 degree lean angle Bridgestones? Then there's the engine..if they can get 250 competitive HP out of the BMW engine(and that in itself will be a struggle) then the team will need some serious electronics to make it rideable, and at the moment, BMW can't get the 220 HP WSB engines 'managed' properly. What they should do next year is give the CRT teams an extra hour(or 2) practice at each track to try and fast track their development This "6 seconds" should be ringing alarm bells at Dorna


July 06, 2011 1:30 AM
Last Edited 1520 days ago

MotoGP » Stoner breaks record in final 800cc test

@ Dr GP The reason fast riders don't want someone getting a tow during practice or qualifing is the following bike(when it is close)affects the top speed and handling of the lead bike. @ dave Abraham does get tows off Rossi regularly(it was plain to see during last weekends qualifing). Rossi doesn't complain because, 1 they are both riding Ducati's and 2 Rossi is nowhere near the front so it is not so much of an issue


July 03, 2011 2:46 AM

MotoGP » Stoner: Right choices at the right time

@thruoneearouturmother Interesting question "Dray" got banned from this site but posts under several unregistered names such as 'westminister' and a few 'moto(somethings)' ..same anti Stoner rants though. "the morgue" has been very quiet since his prediction of complete Rossi dominence of 2011 hasn't quite come true, his 'sargent at arms'(Sukhoi 46) is hiding out secretly planning a way of smuggling in a Marlbrough disguised M1 into the Ducati pits


July 03, 2011 2:08 AM
Last Edited 1524 days ago

MotoGP » Worst Mugello qualifying for downbeat Rossi

I predicted at the begining of the year that Rossi would struggle on the Ducati until at least the middle of the season. I also predicted that if the results weren't coming by then, Ducati would probably be forced to revert to a conventional chassis. It seems at the moment Ducati are willing to change anything for Rossi EXCEPT the chassis material ....probably to much of a technological step backwards for them to stomach. However, their hand may be forced....according to other media outlets, fewer and fewer journalists are turning up at the Ducati press conferences(where Simonchelli's are packed)so the great marketing Ducati/Rossi combo is slowly going off the rails. It will only be a matter of time before the bean counters will overide the engineers and perhaps listen to J.B. who said 2 years ago "carbon frames(for bikes)just don't work"

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