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Jon

May 04, 2011 9:47 AM

MotoGP » FIM explains 2012 MotoGP 'Claiming Rule'


I thought the purpose of this was to allow CRT teams to construct bespoke, prototype chassis but allow the use engines based on production technology? If the Aprilia RSV4 engine really is that good, let someone stick it in their own chassis and send it out racing! There was a feature on Crash comparing GP and WSBK times and they weren't far off... SBK engines still have to comply with class regs, meaning there is a great deal of further potential for tuning. I'm sure they could make a 240bhp SBK derived engine and put it in a GP chassis? And wasn't that the idea, rather than people having to manufacture their own engines?

Jon

May 03, 2011 2:19 PM

MotoGP » Rossi 'immediately better' with new Ducati parts


Ducati were very special in 2007. It's true Bridgestone were the tyre to have- how else would have Suzuki been able to get 4th overall for Hopkins? They had desmo valves when Honda & Yam started with springs (pneumatics came later), and they went back to the screamer engine over the long bang system. They had a very capable rider on a very fast bike with the best tyres. That sort of domination is very rare and took some special circumstances. But to say it was just the rider, or just the bike, or just the tyres it'd be foolhardy.

Jon

May 03, 2011 2:05 PM

MotoGP » Simoncelli: This makes me even more angry!


People say Marco is one to watch for the future, but he shouldn't neglect the present. The factory Honda is arguably the fastest bike, Pedrosa is injured, the Yamaha's are down on power and the Ducati's are in a mess. This year represents a great opportunity for him and maybe he does just need to knock off 5% his pace to get some finishes? If Marco had won on Sunday it would have been egg on Jorge's face, but instead he fell off and Jorge laughed last. Look at Hayden in 06- rarely the fastest but points made prizes.

Jon

April 14, 2011 2:18 PM

BSB » Laverty fastest as Swan reveals Yamaha colours


What does it matter if they 'have the balls' or not? Jenny Tinmouth is in BSB this year, does the TT and has no balls! Seriously, how many short circuit racers do the TT these days? Not many. Yet the TT racers who do short circuit are rarely at the leading edge (people like Plater excepted). It's specialisation. You can't compare. And if it's a question of courage, would you rather be a really fast rider or one that isn't quite so fast but are really, really brave? You talk about lack of respect but it sounds to me like you have a lack of respect for any racer who isn't man enough to ride the TT?!

Jon

April 14, 2011 1:57 PM

BSB » Laverty fastest as Swan reveals Yamaha colours


What has the TT got to do with anything? Does it matter how Hopkins would get on there? I thought this was short ciruit racing? If it's real road racing that floats your boat I'd recommend comparing Hopkins with Guy Martin next week, or even John McGuiness if he's doing STK1000 again. Might as well compare Stefan Everts with Valentino Rossi. As for being lucky to be on the grid, I think you're confusing the former GP podium scorer with someone else...

Jon

April 12, 2011 1:46 PM

WSBK » Corser: Small steps needed to improve


I completely agree with Jake on this, but just want to tale it a little further. SBK slicks are much grippier than STK series tyres, they work the suspension harder and frame flex makes a big difference. It's like Burgess about the Ducati in the wet- less lean, so no front end issues (in the wet the tyre goes before pumping/frame fles becomes an issue). Superbikes are a long way from production bikes (too far in my opinion). Time you've changed the suspension, wheels, swingarm etc it's far from standard!

Jon

April 06, 2011 1:29 PM

WSS » Ellison hints at WSBK move with PTR


Poor James- if he didn't have bad luck he'd have no luck at all. This guy is probably the most marketable racer in Britain after Cal Crutchlow. He's a good looking, fair, open guy who lived in his motorhome with his girlfriend (are they married now?). More of a pin up then Toseland ever was, this is the only current motorcycle racer who could go the 'celebrity' route. PR gurus, take note of Mr Ellison!

Jon

April 06, 2011 1:08 PM

F1 » FIA asked to consider 'electric F1'


This is essential- I'm fed up of paying £1.40 per litre just to drive to the shops. The quicker we have performance electric cars the better. Forget the silly hybrids and Geewizz's, we want lightweight sports cars with 300 ilb/ft torque and 150 mile ranges. The electric cars will be the saviour of fossil fuels- electric cars mon-fri, petrol classics for the weekend. A high profile electric race series is long overdue, think Isle of Man TT Zero.


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