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November 11, 2011 11:55 AM

MotoGP » Loris Capirossi reaches the finish

Mixed emotion, really. Part of me is glad he's giving it up now, part of me wishes he'd given up in 2009 and another part of me wishes he was going to WSBK on a 1 year contract. I don't think he'd win but I'm sure he'd be fighting for podiums every now and then, and I bet he could've brought money into a team... In 2006 I thought he showed real class and could've clinched that title. Just a shame he didn't get on with the 800's and their super lean fuelling.


November 10, 2011 1:19 PM

MotoGP » '1000cc suits my style' - Crutchlow fourth at Valencia test

I'm not trying to pee on the parade, but which rider has said 'I don't enjoy the 1000 as much as the 800'? Answer? None of them. Seems they all like them, which is either great news, or good PR for the sponsors. If you listened to every riders feedback it sounds like they'll all be shooting for podiums next year, but barring any big surprises, I think we'll see the usual suspects at the front. Let's see if they're all as happy when they're squabbling over 10th place and don't have enough front end feel....


November 08, 2011 5:46 PM

MotoGP » PIC: Aluminium twin-spar Ducati

Just as a side note, the Ducati GP11 has been ok on damp surfaces as the chassis hasn't been 'worked' as hard as when on slicks on a dry circuit. Road bikes are still too heavy. I'd like to see sports bikes weighing 170kg- not 190kg as present. One way of doing this is to use a carbon swinging arm and the engine as a stressed member, removing the frame. Ok, at the moment it's not working in GP's but I hope someone comtinues to develop this. I'd swap a little bit of ultimate feedback for a 20kg weight reduction on my road bike!


November 04, 2011 10:37 AM

MotoGP » Valencia MotoGP - Friday practice (1)

I think the generally accepted explanation is that Ducati's weakness is the chassis- which just happens to be carbon. It doesn't behave like the alloy beam/perimeter frames of the other bikes. When the track is cold, wet and slippery the chassis dynamics aren't as important. The tyres don't offer the same grip so don't work the chassis anywhere near as hard. In the wet it's more about the general balance, grip from the tyres (equal), the electronics and of course the rider.


November 02, 2011 11:34 AM

BSB » BSB 2012: EVOlution

You've got to be careful with these regs- can't be too stock or else you run the risk of one manufacturer white-washing the class (like BMW in s'stock). My other fear is say one manufacturer makes a great bike, but for one element. There should be enough scope in the regs for a tuning house to be able to negate this weakness. Finally, I'm not adverse to basic TC- as long as it is basic and the same for everyone. We're not talking about active GPS based systems, but just simple systems like the stock stuff used on BMW, Aprilia and Kawasaki road bikes. Anyway, it is what it is... so I should just shut up and be happy!


October 28, 2011 5:13 PM

WSBK » 1200cc weight change, WSBK winter test ban

Best thread I've read for ages. It's not the v-twin formula that gives an advantage or else we'd have seen KTM fielding a team 2 years ago! As percentage correctly states, all engines do is convert energy from fuel into kinetic energy. It comes down to the volume of gas you can combust- engine displacement, valve size, piston speed etc etc... It's far from a simple equation. And we've not even looked at gyroscopics from the crank. 1200cc = heavier crank, harder to turn? I think the 1200 twin is a great match for the il4 1000, it's just that King Carlos was the class of his field.


October 25, 2011 5:28 PM

WSBK » Provisional 2012 WSBK grid

What is this Haga obsession??? The best rider in WSBK to have not won the championship, i think his time is well over. His nickname may be Nitro but his riding is far from the flamboyant days of old. WSBK doesn't NEED him- if he's riding, then great, but if not I don't think the series will suffer. Plenty of other talent out there.


October 21, 2011 10:37 AM

WSBK » OFFICIAL: Crescent Suzuki to WSBK

Whoa, slow down! Lots of talk about Tommy Hill being part of a 'dream team', but WSBK operates a conventional scoring system... ..and look who would've won BSB under a regular format. Yep, Shane Byrne. Shane has served some tough years in both MotoGP & WSBK- moving up to the world champs is tough. Sucess in the UK does not instantly mean success on the world stage. Just ask Camier! Tommy Hill derserves a shot, but as a number 2 rider at first. Slowly slowly catchy monkey.

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