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April 25, 2016 12:24 PM

MotoGP » Scott Redding: I was worried

I'm still not convinced Redding has all the qualities that make a top flight MotoGP rider. Fast and talented certainly, but he doesn't seem capable of adapting well - either to circumstances or machine idiosyncrasies. Which makes him very inconsistent. I don't see him advancing any further with Ducati - or any factory team - until he starts stringing together a run of solid top 6 finishes.


March 18, 2016 1:30 PM
Last Edited 27 days ago

MotoGP » Crutchlow concerned by wing safety, turbulence

Anyone remember F1 cars circa 2007/8? They were covered in winglets and scoops in order to try and increase downforce. The result? It killed overtaking because of all the dirty/turbulent air created. I don't think we're anywhere near that level yet, but the trend towards more aerodynamic enhancements certainly has potential consequences for ease of overtaking and even safety. It won't be long before every bike has them, so I guess we'll find out soon enough.


March 16, 2016 5:01 PM

MotoGP » Bradley Smith talks Tech 3 ‘exit’

Smith had - and is still having - his shot. If he had done what Spies did and be sensational from the first season, he would be on everyone's shopping list. Sadly, the top teams tend not to be interested in the 'steady improver'. They all want the newest wunderkind, the brightest flame. The time window for a rider to prove himself in MotoGP is narrow. Pol E will discover this. I think for 2017, Redding may well be the only Brit on a competitive package.


March 16, 2016 4:47 PM

MotoGP » Bradley Smith ‘almost certain’ to leave Tech 3

No surprises here. Tech 3 has always been a feeder team whose official role has always been to bring on rookie riders and audition them for a possible factory slot. With Yamaha chasing Rins for several seasons now, and with more talent pooling in Moto2, BS was always going to be on the block this year. Same for Pol. And to be objective, Bradley has been very solid without being really outstanding. To date he has significantly fewer poles, podiums and fastest laps than his British predecessor at Tech3, Crutchlow. At the same time, BS has made continuous and steady improvement and perhaps still has untapped potential. I don't think he'll struggle to find a ride for next year, but unless he has an absolutely stellar 2016, I don't think he'll be first choice for the most competitive teams.

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