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March 13, 2012 11:23 PM

MotoGP » Austin MotoGP in doubt?

You guys should read the lawsuit that Tavo Hellmund, the man behind the Austin track, filed against the current owners. The suit speaks more to the F1 race and the reasons for the delays in paying sanctioning fees and other problems. However, it's very relevant to what's going on with the Moto GP race. If the allegations are factual, the owners, who have no interest in racing, have eased Hellmund out of the picture. This is where the "contract issues" come into play. It would be sad to see a potentially good race venue lose a Moto GP race because of some CVC holdings-type people.


February 08, 2012 4:44 PM

MotoGP » Team stability key for Ben Spies

Someone said they hope Ben can get better starts this year, as he seems to come on late in the race. That may work to his advantage. I read an article at the Speed Channel website that said tire management will be a bigger issue with the new bikes. Those that can keep their tires under them will have a big advantage. In any case, best of luck to Ben.


November 22, 2011 5:22 PM

MotoGP » What's the story? Rossi and Ducati (2)

@Mac83. You're absolutely right about the inability of Rossi to come to grips with the Ducati. This whole article, while very interesting, merely shows how skillful Casey Stoner is. I believe he won more races in the era than anyone else. A recent article in Road Racing World explained Casey's technique in making the Ducati corner fast and quoted Jeremy Burgess as saying that no one but Casey could ride it like that. The R.R.W. article goes a long way toward explaining why Casey crashed a little more often than the others. He was closer to , or over the limit more often than the other riders. Next season it will be interesting to see if Rossi can make a competitive bike out of a turd.


November 16, 2011 4:12 PM

F1 » Austin F1 race in doubt as work halted

I think the comments about wasting taxpayers money are off target. I understand that some of these same public monies are used to promote other big events in Texas. There's no reason why they shouldn't be used for F1. The real problem is that F1 in the U.S. is completely insignificant and always will be. I would just as soon see them fold now and avoid more embarrassment for the U.S.


October 23, 2011 10:53 PM

F1 » New Jersey set to host second US GP

One thing you can't accuse Bernie of is not being a shrewd businessman. I guess if people want to pay through the nose to watch an F1 parade around some street circuit , that's fine. The one thing I don't want to see is any of the classic American road courses,Watkins Glen,Laguna Seca, Road America,VIR, or Road Atlanta brought up to "F1 Standards" for a race. These circuits would be so sanitized and emasculated that they wouldn't resemble their current layouts.


October 20, 2011 10:03 PM

F1 » Webber: IndyCar situation 'not right'

Wow , some of you folks are making some really dumbass comments about oval track racing and the safety of Indy Cars. I guarantee it wouldn't have made any difference what type of open-wheel car Dan was in. The result would have been the same. His death appears to have been caused by the catch fencing, not a failure of the car. While I'm not a big fan of oval racing , I do watch some of them and the competition on the short ovals in particular,can be very exciting and intense. I agree that NASCAR is very contrived, but isn't F1 also contrived with the DRS zones etc.? As far as close competition in F1, the sight of Mr. Vettel heading off into the sunset , miles ahead of the others, doesn't strike me as particularly exciting.


October 19, 2011 5:19 PM

IndyCar » President, Tracy defend LVMS; greats defend oval racing

@chasmunch A.J Foyt and Mario Andretti are two of the best, most versatile racers America has ever produced. They are both much better qualified to talk about this form of racing than Johnson. There have been a lot of hysterical comments since the tragedy ,along the line of banning Indy Cars on ovals etc. That is absolute rubbish. Why don't we give Indy Car a chance and see what they can come up with? Ovals are the bread-and-butter of American racing and if you ban Indy Cars from most ovals, then you kill Indy Car.


October 19, 2011 12:12 AM

NASCAR » Johnson calls for end to ovals in IndyCar

I think RawDawg is absolutely right. There have been a lot of overly - emotional comments over the last few days that imply Indy Cars aren't safe. Nothing could be further from the truth. This accident , however tragic it may be , was an aberration. The problem appears to be the layout of some of the 1.5 mile oval tracks like Vegas. I'm not sure that all of them are equally dangerous. Someone on Speed Channel suggested possibly going back to something like the Hanford Wing on ovals. It allowed safe passing which eliminated the cars being stuck in a pack at super high speeds. Speed itself wasn't the problem , it was the cars being bunched up and unable to pass.


August 01, 2011 4:24 PM

WSBK » Althea boss dismisses rivals’ Ducati advantage claims

I have to laugh at all of the Ducati freaks who portray Checa's team as a small independent team. When Ducati "allegedly" left WSBK at the end of last season , they gave two of their best engineers and all of their latest electronic , suspension and engine tricks to the Althea team. If Ducati is such a S*** Hot factory , then maybe they should build and campaign a superbike with the same configuration as the other teams have. That would settle the arguments once and for all.

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