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Jon

August 18, 2011 2:38 PM

WSBK » de Puniet not ruling out Superbike switch


Sweeble, Jerry Burgess also thought 600cc was the ideal size... I agree! A 600cc MotoGP bike would still have 170bhp and could be made into a skinny, 150kg, electronics free weapon. (But that's not going to happen) Anyway, my understanding is that there won't be any factory Suzuki's next year, and I'd be inclined to say that teams would probably favour Bautista over de Puniet... One less seat- GULP!

Jon

August 18, 2011 10:25 AM

WSBK » de Puniet not ruling out Superbike switch


How long is Aoyama's contract? Rather than back to LCR (and Playboy!) why not go to Gresini? Whilst there's nothing to suggest he'd get a factory spec bike like Marco Simoncelli, they do at least have factory links. 2 bike teams should be stronger than a lone LCR outfit, and with the developments into the 1000cc rules next year surely you want a team with the money, resources and connections? Yep, Randy to Gresini would be a good move.

Jon

August 16, 2011 2:26 PM

MotoGP » Bradley Smith to MotoGP in 2012?


Bradley, take this with both hands. I thought Mike de Meglio was the business but you're beating him hands down. Staying in 125 for another season didn't do any favours, so take this ride if it's on the table. If it all goes wrong you can always move back to Moto2, but this is a career changer. Ok, on paper Bradl is the obvious Moto2 candidate to move up- but look at what Brad is doing on the Tech3 chassis! Herve also knows that Bradley has a strong fanbase and is excellent at PR- just what a team manager needs. People doubted Karel Abraham but who's saying he doesn't deserve his seat now? Brad, you can do it!

Jon

August 15, 2011 4:29 PM

MotoGP » Denning: Race stats show Suzuki's real potential


Ok, here's the deal to keep Suzuki in MotoGP next year: They can keep their 'current' bike with only minor refinements permitted, they must use the current spec of engine... ..but give them another 2 litres of fuel. Less than CRT teams but more than factory. Of course they'd never allow it to happen (cos it'd be grossly unfair!)but I'm willing to wager they'd find a lot of speed with more gas. It's not just about top end power, but about the way the bike behaves on a closed throttle and how the electronics work for the TC. One of Capirossi's big issues was that he couldn't get on with the 800 and it's fuel saving methods. Having fuel to spare makes a bike far more predictable, stable and friendly.

Jon

August 15, 2011 1:12 PM

MotoGP » Brno MotoGP test times - Monday 1pm


Remember how Casey crashed a lot in 06 on the 990? Was he ever seriously injured? I can't remember him ever having any big injuries, so don't speak too soon about him wiping the floor with everyone next year... First time his throttle sticks open and he has a big crash that unshakeable confidence will take a hit. And when he has a baby at home? Casey has awesome bike control but also benefits from an attitude of 100% commitment. If he loses faith or commitment he will lose his edge. Jorge has had big injuries, so has Dani, so has Vale. They'll give 99% whereas Casey gives 100%. That's the extra 0.5 second per lap... ..and that can go.

Jon

August 12, 2011 11:49 AM

MotoGP » Czech Republic MotoGP, Brno - Friday practice (1)


People, these comparisons are subjective! The GP11 is a dog compared to the RC212V (or whatever the Honda is called)but compared to an NSR500 it's awesome! In 2007 Duc had Bridgestone tyres and were the fastest in a straight line. B'stone were the tyre to have and the speed advantage made up for the handling defecit, and then some. You can't compare the 07 bike/series with 2011 where everything has moved on and we run control tyres. Some people make it sound like Rossi on the Ducati has 'proved' he's not the GOAT? Hardly! 9 world championships says otherwise. A requisite of being the Greatest of All Time is not to never, ever get beaten until you die. People get old, they slow down. Usain Bolt won't always be the fastest, Pacquiao won't always be the greatest. Things change, circumstances change, the world keeps turning.

Jon

August 09, 2011 1:31 PM

MotoGP » New MotoGP tyre rules begin at Brno


Forget about Ducati! In theory this will be good news for Toni Elias and the Suzuki's. Paddock legend says that they can't get heat in the tyres so maybe we'll see a better showing this weekend? I'm a Rossi fan but even I've got to admit that I'd love to see Bautista in the top six. I think he's as quick as Dovi and given a factory Honda he'd be fighting for podiums each week.

Jon

August 08, 2011 1:24 PM

BSB » MSVR announces technical revisions for 2012


Phil, don't underestimate what makes the difference. When you have 200bhp you can't use it most of the time, especially in the UK on tight tracks. New BSB will have still have 16.5" superlight wheels with fat slicks, super trick suspension, superlight bodywork and custom swinging arms. The problem with race electronics are that they already do benefit road bikes. Difficult to turn back. I think you need a compromise- electronics based on tilt sensors and ignition maps only, the kinda stuff that can be used on road bikes. GPS stuff and active suspension should be the stuff that's outlawed.

Jon

August 08, 2011 9:34 AM

BSB » MSVR announces technical revisions for 2012


Kawasaki WSB team will have no interest in entering as wild cards next year anyway as their bikes won't be eligable! No more wild cards for BSB runners, no chance for young UK talent to learn how to set up electronics and slower bikes than the WBK series. I am 100% for cost cutting, but we need to hope the WSBK series follows by 2013 or else the British series will no longer be effective prep for the world stage.


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