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February 07, 2012 6:36 PM
Last Edited 1461 days ago

WSBK » Alstare confirms sabbatical from racing

If you read the article about this from a few days ago you would understand why Batta has said no thanks to the MV deal and has opted instead to wait and form a team for 2013. MV while initially keen to enter WSBK as a full factory team in partnership with Batta changed the terms offered. Initially it was full works bikes & financial support for Batta's team but a couple of weeks ago they said they now wanted Batta to not only buy the bikes at full market value & develop them for both race & road ( At Batta's expense ) but also have an open contract that at any time MV could take control of the bikes & race program with no financial compensation. MV did say that with another full years production & sales behind them they may be in a position to offer bikes on a factory supported basis


January 31, 2012 11:45 AM
Last Edited 1468 days ago

F1 » Volkswagen again linked with F1

This story keeps getting re-hashed but VW have already stated their position on this. Early last year VW stated publicly that they would not enter F1 under their own name but were very open in stating that if the RRA was successful in controlling the spiraling costs in F1 they would be interested in returning to F1 but it would be under one of the other brands they own such as Porsche, Lambourghini, Audi or Bentley.


January 11, 2012 12:06 PM

MotoGP » Valentino Rossi signals desire to stay in MotoGP

@ RawDawg A press release from HRC was reported on here & GPone regarding 2012 machinery. In it they said that due to the time & resource constraints it would be impractical to produce seperate works & customer spec machines so they had taken the decision to initially only produce one specification machine that all teams would use but then after that updated parts would aside from Repsol who would get them immediately be desemenated to other teams in line with their results so far. Will flick back through both here & GPone and link you the article when I find it.


January 10, 2012 10:49 PM

MotoGP » Valentino Rossi signals desire to stay in MotoGP

@ RawDawg Actually Honda did give Gresini a full factory bike for Simoncelli. If you saw on here when Crash reported HRC statement for 2012 they signalled a change in who would get factory spec machinery for this year. HRC have said that for the first couple of races ALL the Honda bikes would be identical spec and from then on with the exception of Repsol other teams would be given updates based upon their performance & results when the parts became available. Essentially if Bradl for example on the LCR flies the LCR gets updates in line with Repsol, If he flounders updates are unlikely. The only exception to this was for Simoncelli who being employed direct by HRC and not by Gresini was guaranteed equal machinery to Repsol


January 10, 2012 6:34 PM

MotoGP » Valentino Rossi signals desire to stay in MotoGP

If we look at the differences between the circumstances & how Yamaha & Ducati reacted when Rossi requested changes I believe we can see why Rossi did not make the GP11 a better bike. Rossi joined Yamaha fully fit& Yamaha immediately made changes that they had previously refused to when previous riders had requested. They had almost unlimited testing closed season to test & develop the bike & it came straight out at the start of the season a race winner. Rossi joined Ducati still injured & indeed 2 days after sitting on the bike the first time was undergoing surgery. Ducati said at the time thet the bike was "already developed" so just needed fine tuning for Rossi to get the best out of it. Almost immediately Rossi was asking for major changes to the bike but was knocked back and continually allowed not much more than minor changes. It took almost the whole season before Ducati relented and even then they did not give anyone a real chassis as requested instead only an alloy version of t

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