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March 04, 2011 2:04 PM

MotoGP » Ben Spies: 1000cc MotoGP will be better for me

Hedgeholer, I make you right. The 800's are probably only 20bhp down on the 990's at most, and if you stand on any corner at a MotoGP circuit you'll almost certainly hear the TC cutting in. They're hardly slow and can only use max power when they're stood up and over 100mph. Without anti-wheelie they'd be looping out! I don't think the 1000's will be any quicker, my perception is that factories can keep their current engines (so no development costs) and that those who do opt for 1000's will be able to run them at a lower state of tune, increasing longevity (engine life). Lower cost racing. I think we won't see much more power than we're currently getting unless they make combustion more efficient somehow- and those gains will apply to any size/format of engine. Tell you what though, I'd rather have 24l fuel than 21l! CR Teams all the way!


March 03, 2011 9:42 AM

WSBK » Pedercini celebrates best Kawasaki results

This might be adding fuel to the flames, but Badovini is mentioned twice. Once for running on in a corner this year on the BMW, and once with reference to him riding for Pedercini in 2008. I believe the first poster thought Badovini was riding for Pedercini this year and pp916 corrected him. Badovini is riding the italian satellite BMW with Toseland this year. You would think that whilst the ZX10 will benefit from a lot of development over this year, so will the BMW. The S1000R is probably similar to the Aprilia in so much as it's a powerful, agile (nervous) bike perhaps lacking in stability? I tend to think that all the marques will continue to improve this year, with the exception of Suzuki and Ducati.


March 02, 2011 1:32 PM

WSS » WSS: Ellison soldiers on for strong sixth

Ellison is to me what Colin Edwards is to others! I know there are younger and faster guys coming through, but I really want him to do well. Based on Sundays race WSS will be close this year, and he did benefit from some others misfortune to get his sixth. If James can get podiums this year I think it'll mean an awful lot. Best of luck, fella!


February 24, 2011 5:09 PM

MotoGP » Honda comments on DCT gearbox rumours

Yes, eliminate all rider aids and electronics. I want to see carbs (gravity fed, of course) and old fashioned distributors whipping around too. Ban ECU's, ban active this and electronic that- and then we can rejoice as 100bhp bikes run around on cross ply tyres... ..or think of the fun you'll have on your 600 with lightning fast upshifts and TC that makes you feel like a riding god, and abs that stops you being run over by a truck. Tech is good, as long as it is in balance.


February 24, 2011 2:33 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: We are quite worried

Let's not forget how good the Honda is: Last year Lorenzo was the class of the field. Spies is thought by many to be one of the most naturally talented riders currently racing. They are QUICK! Aoyama was coming nowhere last year and Marco Simoncelli was fighting for top tens. This year they're top of the tree! Yes, the factory Duc's are 2 seconds off the lead- but my word, the RCV is one sorted bike. Like someone said t'other day, this is like Honda in 2002- or back in the days of Mighty Mick. HRC have got it very right this year.


February 15, 2011 2:09 PM

MotoGP » Moto2: Smith encouraged by Tech 3 progress

Just read the interview- it must be a translation from English to Spanish and back... ..or a press release. Doesn't sound like Bradley at all, and the grammar doesn't suit a native english speaker. I share the thoughts that the Tech 3 isn't the best chassis out there but young Bradders will do his best. Sure, Scott Redding is doing well at the moment but how quickly the brits forget! Brad was winning races in 2009 and got plenty of podiums- he is quick. Look at Haslam, he was in GP once upon a time but it took him a few seasons at BSB before he got truly dialed in and now he's argubaly the top WSBK brit. Brad'll come good yet.


February 15, 2011 2:00 PM

F1 » Webber: Schumacher test pace 'just a little show for Germany'

Hmm, confused. (really). I DO think that Schumi's time is not truly indicitve of his pace, is unsustainable and ultimately Mercedes will be fighting for 6th- 8th, not 1st and 3rds. BUT... if it's that easy to put on the soft tyres and set a quick one, why doesn't everybody do it? Sponsors do like it and it gets people talking- if it's worth 2 seconds to throw on super softs for one lap I'd ask my drivers to do it if I was team principle. It's all well and good saying the time is effectively void because of the tyre advantage, but if it really was that easy I think they'd have all done it.


February 14, 2011 11:10 AM

MotoGP » Moto2: Márquez, Redding share honours on final day

Got agree that the weight issue is over rated... How heavy are the bikes? 140kg? And the fuel? 21kg And a typical rider? 58kg? And kit? (boots, leathers, helmet) 6kg That's 226kg Even if the next rider is a full stone heavier, that's 6.3kg. There is not much of a difference between 226 and 232kg in the real world. Sure, you'd rather be the lighter rider most of the time, but it's really not the be all and end all that some people think.


February 11, 2011 9:49 AM

WSBK » Laverty eyes top five in rookie season

Sorry Budner, but I'm not so sure. He's already saying that he expects top 5 or 6, and would be very pleased with top 3. So I don't think he's being that modest! (Although you wouldn't expect him to not be positive, so I'm not knocking him). Yes Spies won in 2009 (like Camier), but Sykes came nowhere on that same bike in 09, and whilst Cal got a Moto GP ride from the R1 in 2010, JT spent more time in the gravel. I DO tip Laverty be a top six player but I still have my doubts about the R1.. Like the M1 the crossplane crank engine is a little down on bhp, and due to its extra width (and possibly extra rotating mass) it doesn't seem to be as agile as other bikes either.

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