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October 21, 2011 9:45 AM

MotoGP » Malaysian MotoGP, Sepang - Friday practice (2)

Oh dear... same old stuff. My take? 1.) Stoner is currently the fastest rider on the planet. 2.) If Rossi was on the Honda he still wouldn't be beating him. 3.) But if he was on the Honda he'd be up there with Dani, Marco, Ben and Dovi. Jorge and Casey would probably have the better of him, though. So is he the fastest rider currently? No. Is he 'over the hill' or 'past it'? Of course not. And at 9 times WC is it fair to say that Rossi knows how to pedal a bike? Of course.


October 18, 2011 1:31 PM

MotoGP » '800cc king' Stoner: I'll enjoy 1000cc more

Where do people get off spouting about others 'intelligence'? Gimme a break... ..intelligence, knowledge and opinion are very, very different things. Don't be so cruel to people- we're all fans and enthusiasts. My only other 'comment' is to agree that with 21l of fuel you really shouldn't expect people sliding and wasting petrol. Electronics still rule the roost... ..and Moto2 with just 130bhp has shown the best racing this season. BHP doesn't equal close racing!


October 17, 2011 5:23 PM

MotoGP » Another 'what if' for Bautista and Suzuki

The GSVR has definitely improved, but let's not take anything away from Alvaro. They've only got his data to go on and are under funded- the guy is obviously a great talent. A character like Melandri would've given up with the Suzuki a long time ago but Bautista has put the work in and it shows. If Suzuki do pull out of MotoGP Alvaro deserves a good ride where he can shine.


October 14, 2011 10:40 AM

MotoGP » Moto2: Bradl tops day one in Australia, Marquez 17th

Yes Ty, the session was over and Marquez was going quicker than you'd expect, and yes I think the accident was 80% Marquez's fault.... ..but I've raced and now do track days, and you've got to protect yourself. After the chequered flag I tend to drop down to 70% racing speed and return to the pits/paddock. Dawdling on the apex isn't the safest thing to do, but yes, Marquez was going too fast. Sadly I don't think there are concrete guidelines on maximum/minimum speeds so this is always a risk.


October 14, 2011 10:11 AM

MotoGP » Moto2: Bradl tops day one in Australia, Marquez 17th

Just watched that video. Looks like Marquez was going far too fast... ..but Willarot was crusing very slowly on the racing line. That could be a 100mph corner, so even if Marquez backs off 25% he's still doing 75mph. And if Willarot is doing 40mph there's still a speed difference of 35mph. It shouldn't be about blame, but if it was you'd have to say 80/20 weighted at Marquez. It probably was his fault, but like many accidents, could've been avoided by the innocent party too.


October 10, 2011 2:28 PM

BSB » Hill ‘gobsmacked’ by dramatic title win

I was at Brands both days and it was a thrilling final race- I'm not going to take anything away from that, and Tommy was awesome to hold his nerve.... ...but if we didn't have the showdown format, how would've the top 3 finished? (I'm just curious, it's nothing concrete- who's to say that people would've ridden harder/easier, crashed or not crashed? Just a hypothetical exercise.)


October 07, 2011 3:56 PM

MotoGP » KTM unveils Moto3 engine

Remember all the talk about a 4 stroke successor to the Aprilia RS250? Well it never happened, and probably never will. But could KTM make a road legal 250 4 stroke sports bike with either a 33bhp spec (a'la Honda or Kawasaki), or a full bore 45bhp mini race rep? The Jap bikes are way too heavy at circa 150kg, I'm sure KTM could make a 120kg version? Genuine small capacity cornering machine!


October 07, 2011 12:32 PM

WSBK » KTM hints at WSBK appearance in 2012

Can't see why KTM would even consider going to BSB for the purposes of development now that the 2012 bikes will run lower spec engines? Wilcards are the only way forward for teams looking to make the leap into WSBK, otherwise they need to commit with no experience of the out-and-out top spec bikes.... ..unless WSBK adopts BSB regs, which let's be fair, it could well do to further seperate it from the modified road engines that Claiming Rule Teams will be using in MotoGP?


October 06, 2011 1:16 PM

MotoGP » Full Moto3 technical regulations announced

Yes, Boo, any manufacturer can build an engine for the series- assuming that they can provide the necessary spares and support (as per the regs). Sadly it's not as easy to stick a motox engine in a frame, they're built for torque and low end drive- these bad boys will need to make their power between 10 and 14,000 rpm if they're to get anywhere near the 50-60bhp mark. 450 twins would be ideal, but I suppose we shouldn't forget that some of these riders are literally children. A 450 4-stroke twin could make 100bhp- old 250 2 stroke territory. That's too fast. I'm looking forward to close racing, good reliability and equal equipment.

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