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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


January 01, 2012 1:41 AM

F1 » Berger: I wouldn't have re-signed Raikkonen

Sad fact about F1 today i sits not always about future talent its more about who can draw the sponsorship money to keep the team going. As a former world champ Raikkonen has a name that can persuede sponsors to part with large amlounts of money so as much as we would like it to be untrue Renault dont care as much about his possible future results as his current earning power anything else is a bonus


December 21, 2011 11:47 PM

WSBK » Lorenzo Zanetti signs for PATA Racing

@ davet1985 I agree I would also like to see Yamaha bikes on the WSBK grid but doubt very much it will happen. When Yamaha quit it was reported that several teams were negotiating to take over running the bikes but these all ended when Yamaha made a public statement that they were willing to supply production machinery only to any team & would not be passing on the race prepared bikes used in 2011 or offering any backup further than the same spare parts anyone could buy. It has been reported by some websites that the "works" WSBK bikes of 2011 have found their way into the ownership of Swan Yamaha in BSB but I doubt this is true because the work needed to repurpose & redesign them to the 2012 BSB "Evo" spec would be more intensive than starting with a base customer spec machine.


December 10, 2011 6:10 PM

BSB » Rob Mac Racing to skip 2012 BSB season

As a racer I grew up with a lot of respect for Rob Mac but as a team owner he has failed to make an impression. Well not a good one anyway... He has gained the reputation of a team owner who is known for damaging the careers of riders by giving them sub par bikes then sacking them when they failed to deliver results similar to teams with faster machinery. The only glimpse of any more was Loris Baz who he removed as a rider when a personal sponsor defaulted on payments then refused to release the contract when other teams wanted to give Loris a paid ride. Sorry to see the team missing? Not at all

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