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wosideg

December 21, 2010 11:32 AM
Last Edited 1297 days ago

MotoGP » Ben Spies: No excuses next year


Agreed 123.. btw..Eurosport opens up a new nightly series this evening called "best Battles-Bikes" tonight @1900GMT. Rainey vs Garner at P.I in 1989 kicks it off on British Eurosport 2, repeated @2300 on Eurosport. Schwantz, Doohan, Lawson to follow running up to Xmas..check listings for times and channels but as far as I can make out 7pm and 11pm are the key times. Classic Heavyweight boxing on beforehand if that's your bag too.

wosideg

December 21, 2010 10:00 AM

MotoGP » Moto2: Cardus switches to QMMF


Too true Simon.. Feeder for MotoGP?..The bikes are too slow and provide little relevance for the riders but it would be good to see some of the better, well funded teams take their new found 4T and prototype chassis experience to the big class in 2012, with CRT bikes. A lot of folk will be looking at Abrahams performance next year with critical interest.

wosideg

December 20, 2010 8:22 PM
Last Edited 1298 days ago

MotoGP » Ducati debuts: Rossi, Hayden, Melandri, Stoner


That's better.. Stoner is an enigma to me, blowing hot then cold. He is, on his day, without peer and on a bike that too seems perplexing. His attitude may be in some part the reason, and I draw some parallels with Rossis move from Honda to Yamaha in 04. He certainly feels 07 is not credited to him the way it should, for various well documented reasons, rightly or wrongly. It was Casey who set the ball rolling this 'super' silly season past. I think he wants to put to bed, once and for all, the shadow over that victorious season and talk of equipment advantage. I admire him for having the bottle to do that and believe it or not, would like to see him prove the doubters, including me, wrong. Not because I'm a fan of his, but for the sake of the sport and a talent that's clearly not fulfilled it's true potential.

wosideg

December 20, 2010 4:52 PM
Last Edited 1298 days ago

MotoGP » Ducati debuts: Rossi, Hayden, Melandri, Stoner


fan.. When do top level riders, or any racer for that matter, NOT want what the other faster riders have if they haven't got it? Part of being successful in any sport is having the mindset, perhaps blindly at times, that you're better than the rest..or at least no worse given a level playing field. Michelins contract wasn't with Rossi and Pedrosa..it was with the Honda and Yamaha factory teams. Sure the riders weren't happy at the way Ducati with Stoner dominated in 07 and were perhaps, quite naturally, looking for reasons why they got blitzed..for vanitys sake if you like, but they were still getting paid millions to lose. Yamaha and Honda most definately were not happy after spending fortunes, and paying losing riders' big bucks, to develop their 800s and then get battered. Michelin were the fall guys when in reality there were other engineering deficiencies as well, but come on..do you think they would honestly hold a hand up and say "WE got it wrong"..not very Japanese is it?

wosideg

December 19, 2010 10:06 AM

MotoGP » Ducati debuts: Rossi, Hayden, Melandri, Stoner


I don't know about shameful? Should Yamaha and Honda have stuck by Michelin? maybe..It's dog eat dog and if they thought tyres were significant in undermining their engineering efforts, in a free market what are they supposed to do? There were no rules saying who had to supply who? If you are Ducati it's easy to understand why they wanted to keep BS and deny the other two..they put the development in and thought that they had the right to an unchallenged period of success, after all they'd struggled against Michelins "overnight specials"..but's that's not how it works. For me tyres shouldn't dictate.

wosideg

December 19, 2010 8:55 AM
Last Edited 1299 days ago

MotoGP » Ducati debuts: Rossi, Hayden, Melandri, Stoner


BS refused Honda and Yamaha because Michelin threatened to quit if they lost them. BS has always advocated open competition believing no competition devalues the brand..the reason they'll pull out next year unless it changes. Honda were pi55ed that in the new 800 class that they had instigated, Ducati had come out and trounced them, tyres being one of the reasons..Stoner, horsepower and Magneti electronics being the others. both the manufacturers who ran their factory machines on Michelins were frustrated that their huge investments in development of their prototype 800cc machines and their big-buck contracts with superstar riders, especially Yamaha, had been virtually nullified by a significant tyre disadvantage.


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