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October 28, 2013 11:17 AM

MotoGP » Crutchlow wraps up 'top satellite' title in tough race

Seems to me that Cal has had an outstanding first half of the season and a pretty mediocre second half. The dividing point came when he got some of the factory upgrades and couldn't get comfortable with them, but the real watershed was Silverstone. Before then he seemed willing to put himself on the line and to risk crashes, but the Silverstone tumbles really shook him. Significantly, he hasn't had a single get-off since then, and I suspect he just hasn't been willing recently to rake the risks he had been. Not for 5th in the championship anyway. I agree with everyone that the Duc will be a huge challenge, but at least he'll be joining when a brand new bike is being developed, so he won't have to try and ride like Lorenzo any more. With Dall'Igna at the helm, things could still turn out ok, so here's hoping we'll see the red bikes back in the mix over the next couple of years.


October 10, 2013 12:07 PM

MotoGP » Ducati appoints Gigi Dall’Igna as General Manager

This one has been hotly rumoured for a while, despite denials coming from all sides. It's pretty good news for Ducati's GP project that GD has finally come on board, as he'll have a much better technical understanding of what's needed than his predecessors. Ducati have a long way to go but at least they're moving in the direction they need to find solutions.


October 01, 2013 12:09 AM

MotoGP » Crutchlow mystified by top speed struggle

It almost defies belief that some people will find reasons to disbelieve or doubt what Crutchlow is claiming regarding the speed deficit when the evidence is plain to see from data and TV coverage. His bike plainly couldn't even stay in the slipstream of a 3-bike group in front of him, and he was dropped like a stone along the back straight every time. Even team boss Poncharal - not someone typically critical of Yamaha - was moved to comment in the Tech 3 official press release that: "Clearly we were down on speed". I don't think there's any serious claim by anybody - including #35 himself - that there's any attempts at skullduggery from Yamaha, but that new engine does unfortunately seem lacking some hp when compared to previous motors.


September 30, 2013 4:00 PM

WSBK » Guintoli: I need to get focused again…

Sylvain is my favourite rider in WSBK and I was rooting for him to take the championship, but you can't honestly say he deserves it when he seems less willing than the others to put it on the line for wins. Sykes has some failings too (he rarely seems to recapture places when he loses them in a race) but at least he gets out there and scraps like hell to get to the front. I hope we see more aggression from SG in the few races that are left. At the moment it looks like he simply doesn't want it enough,, which simply isn't a champion's attitude.

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