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May 31, 2013 9:40 AM

MotoGP » Ben Spies - Q&A

A Ducati on a lower spec tyre would work. Remember how much more competitive Rossi was in wet races? It's because when the grip is reduced the forces going through the frame decrease and things like chatter are minimised. It would be a leveller for chassis performance but I don't think it would solve everything, as arguably the strength of the M1 is the chassis and the Honda's are still clearing off into the distance with their seamless shift gearboxes, better electronics and overall power advantage.


May 30, 2013 5:27 PM

WSBK » No timescale for Ducati ‘challenge’, says Checa

Wow, this thread is getting nasty. What do we know? The Panigale in the hands of an injured Checa is struggling... it is in BSB, albeit it's not being ridden by championship contenders. It is, however, doing incredibly well in world/euro Superstock. It's a VERY good bike and whether you're using it for riding to the burger van, riding on track days or racing all the way up to club level you'll have no issues. Lots of Panigale's on the used market is no sign the bike isn't up to the level of weekend warriors (me included), it's just people buying + selling. Shamarone, you seem to know your bikes and have been around racing for a long time but I can't agree that Checa would've done the double on the 1198, just because GSE used to do well there!!! You might as well say BSA would win if they had a modern bike as they did quite well in 1953... Times change. Bikes change. Teams change.


May 30, 2013 11:28 AM

WSBK » No timescale for Ducati ‘challenge’, says Checa

Everything is relative in racing- a bike is only 'slow' when compared to the competition. If Carlos got back on the 1198 he'd finish no further up the pecking order as the BMW's and Aprilias (and the ZX10 in the hands of Sykes) are that much faster than they were in 2010/2011. People talk about the 2007 800cc GP bike with its trellis frame and how much better it was. Really? Na, it was just more competitive for its time but outright slower than the later 800's and certainly the 1000 (also with the control Bridgestones, remember). It looked to me that the WSBK is struggling with power delivery, making shapes and pumping the rear. If you watch the STK racing the Duc is always out of shape and needs refining. Carlos doesn't ride like that....


May 23, 2013 12:44 PM

MotoGP » POLL: Who should be Suzuki’s number one target for MotoGP?

I'm surprised that people want Edwards? Last won WSBK in 2002 and has never won a MotoGP, despite being in it for 10 years. People on this site give Pedrosa a hard time- what gives?! Colin has had factory Honda and Yamaha MotoGP machines, done little with them, and I'm pretty sure that Capirossi beat Colin's times at the Bridgestone test last year? Randy was top drawer until he went CRT... ..which goes to show how good Aleix Espagaro is. Pair Espagaro with someone like Hayden. Youth and experience brought together!


May 22, 2013 12:55 PM

MotoGP » Edwards goes 'old school' with no TC

I'm confused by the prospect of leasing an M1 engine. Surely that sits outside of the CRT regs, because you can't claim that for euro25,000 or whatever it is! If you can lease an M1 engine can't Aprilia 'lease' their WSBK spec engines, or at least create a hybrid engine based on the WSBK engine which can meet CRT service intervals but is closer to 240bhp than the 215bhp or whatever it is now? Can't help thinking that if Espargaro has a full fat superbike engine with gear driven cams and whatever else they want to do he'd be even closer to the front.


May 21, 2013 2:08 PM

MotoGP » Baptism of fire at Le Mans

I agree with Bubba, good pace for Bradders all weekend and a strong finish in very difficult conditions. I thought Rossi was guaranteed a podium spot- how wrong I was. Second point, why Brad over Cal? Brad is still learning- lest we not forget Dovi had the edge over Cal last year, it's obvious that this season it's clicked for him as he's raised his game a whole new level... ..which is probably why Herve is worried, as we all know Cal wants a 'factory' seat and is fairly open about this. Yes you want results but you also want a loyal, sponsor friendly rider. Third point, traction control. It's going nowhere but it shouldn't be as configurable as it is. Multi level is fine but setting up for every corner is too much. It's not going to translate to the road and hikes up costs. TC needs to be regulated.


May 13, 2013 9:21 AM

WSBK » WSBK Monza: Sykes reinstated to third position

My understanding is that the 'escape road' is just that, an escape road if it all goes wrong. Which it did. However, it's not meant to be an alternative route if the rider fails to make the corner- like others have said, if it wasn't there you can bet your bottom dollar riders wouldn't be taking the same chances. Using the escape route MUST have a mediocre time penalty to discourage riders out braking themselves and using it. Sykes was a fraction in front of Guinters when he ran off and rejoined in exactly the same place. Surely that's not on? A rider shouldn't be able to rejoin without losing at least a second relative to their previous position... ..or yielding a place when in a dog fight.


May 09, 2013 5:15 PM

MotoGP » Official: MotoGP to BT Sport in new UK TV deal

Forgive me if someone has already mentioned this, but despite living only 1 mile outside of the M25, I can't reliably get broadband over 1.5mb and NOBODY offers fibre in my area. Streaming anything except radio is impossible, even low quality YouTube suffers. What they hell am I meant to do? Pay for BT broadband so I can watch MotoGP via my Sky subscription? That's double money!!!

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