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August 15, 2014 2:11 PM

MotoGP » Factory engine for 2015 Open Honda

In the end, barring rain and multiple crashes, only 4 (6) bikes can make it to the podium. 0.3 seconds per lap is really not racing, is it, , , , , , , , IMHO, a better solution would be each factory MUST produce and enter 4 identical bikes - two teams of 2 bikes each or whatever. Satellite should really be Factory in a different color. If the riders are truly the greatest (MM, etc) then they are not afraid of losing to a lesser rider on the same bike. And a great rider (MM, etc) would make up the difference between machines of different make if say "Honda" was a better product than "Ducati" (or whatever). So the podium would still have different manufacturers. Would be nice to see everyone (even Rookies) getting a fair shake. At least NOW they can once again be gifted a Factory ride. Enough of this numbers for numbers sake, I want racing!!!


July 29, 2014 4:22 PM

WSBK » Guintoli hopeful for Aprilia contract extension

I like Sykes, he has learned a TON since 2009. However, IMHO, Rea is the best rider out there. With a better bike(which is partially his fault, he needs to jump the Honda ship) I think he would be wearing a crown by now. Melandri on the Ape will beat Sykes next year. Who should his teammate be - I think an up and comer. Either a new Aussie, American(?) or perhaps Barrier. Marco needs little teammate push, he simply wants to win. Guinters, well, perhaps Ducati could use him, although that team seems fairly set and competitive for next year. Maybe go to Honda after Rea wises up? Or better yet, sign with Bimota who is catching up fast!


October 26, 2013 6:45 PM

MotoGP » Ben Spies retires from racing

Well, that stinks. I was so looking forward to watching SBK this next year with Ben riding around, on a bike that he might have been able to fight on. I don't blame him though, given the circumstances, and litigation, I feel this was the best possible scenario. I'd like to think it could be a reboot for him, though at 30 years old, it is likely not. He has his trophies, money, and memories. He has done well. Perhaps a WSBK return in 2015? Stranger things have happened. Best of luck to you Ben. You have certainly earned your retirement through years of hard work.


August 29, 2013 11:39 PM

MotoGP » Hayden: We can't expect a lot to change

So sad to see 2006 always put down. Where were all the other "great" riders that season? "Rossi had bike issues". Blah blah blah. What about every other rider? Did everyone just plain suck? Back on topic: I'd rather see Nicky in WSB as I think it is a better series. I imagine he would rather go with what he knows for a few more years. I can't imagine winning a WSB title would be very satisfying after winning the MotoGP title. Not to say he could do it, or that it wouldn't be a great accomplishment, just perceived as a lesser success I feel. Nicky on a Honda would most likely find him ahead of Ducati without meaningful changes to that bike. As stated, not an alien, but I think a pretty consistent rider, who, with more confidence, might actually impress a few people on here.


August 29, 2013 11:27 PM

MotoGP » Redding officially confirmed at Gresini Honda

Yay, another great rider is "Forced" to ride inferior machinery in "The pinnacle of motorcycle racing". Meh. Honestly, I don't know how these warriors do it. Ride their sacks off, knowing they will not win a race, or even come close. Let the manufacturers make a single model bike to put on the grid. Whatever team wants to lease it, go ahead. All parts available to all teams, at the same price. Open book. Sure, today most teams would lease a Honda, so maybe Yamaha would lease a little cheaper to entice some sponsors? Repeat. In the end, I think you would have factories making balls out machine (as they do now) but all riders of that make would have the same chance (in theory) of being top dog. But what do I know? Good for Scott though, he made it.


August 19, 2013 2:52 PM

MotoGP » Ben Spies: I want to come back at 100 per cent

Haha! I love these same comments over and over. "Go back to AMA". Never happen, AMA is dead. This guy storms WSBK and many on here doubt his ability for MotoGP. Look down the roster for MotoGP folks, short list of those that have won a GP in the last 5 years, and he is one of them. Short list of podium finishers in the last 5 years, and he is one of them. I get it, you hate him, but at least respect what he has done, and therefore has the potential to do again. You just sound silly suggesting AMA. I agree with SHaddock, I don't doubt his physical condition, seems pretty open book, I wonder about his head, but after the last 1.5 years, I don't think I would be around the garage so I give him credit. As you know, I think MotoGP is a joke anyway. Seriously, 4 bikes with potential to win, why bother? (And that is not to suggest the top guys only win because of their bikes, far from it, they are outstanding, but going in knowing you are at a 0.1 second a lap deficit to start with


August 13, 2013 1:27 PM

WSBK » First team announces 2014 WSBK EVO move

I just don't like having 2 classes mixed in one race. I would like to see close, fair racing, where anyone could win (given the talent of course). In many ways this may be a step in the right direction, in others, it may become very confusing. Perhaps this is the beginning of the integration of WSBK and Moto2? More bikes on the grid is a good thing, but signing up backmarkers isn't necessarily a crowd pleaser.


August 08, 2013 12:45 PM

MotoGP » Marc Marquez: MotoGP’s best ever rookie?

While impressive, the year is not done. Having seen a rash of injuries this season from many of the main players, perhaps Marc's points lead is slightly misleading. We all know that injury is part of racing though. That being said, this boy can fly and takes no prisoners. Of course, at some point, his style will probably take him out of a few races (hopefully only himself though I fear others will pay the price). Do I think Cal or Ben or Marco could have done as well without the stupid rookie rule (?) - NO. But I do feel as though they had their nads cut out from under them, entering a race with no hope of podium unless a factory rider tumbled or crumbled. I can't imagine being a pro rider knowing you are fighting for 5th at best. Again, Marc is above their level as it appears right now. Lastly, MotoGP has become more of a soap opera than a racing venue. MM is a breath of fresh air in a stagnant series. We can only hope Casey decides to comeback so that we might have 5 - 7

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