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April 24, 2013 5:23 PM

MotoGP » Ben Spies to miss Spanish MotoGP

This is starting to look like John Hopkins all over again, unfortunately. Or even Toseland, who was never to recover fully from a hand injury. Ben just seems a shadow of his former self. It's never pleasant seeing this happen to any rider, so I hope he turns it around again. It'll be a sad end to a sparkling career otherwise.


April 24, 2013 4:50 PM

MotoGP » Lorenzo: Everything came together for Marquez

Lorenzo is right, MM hasn't been bitten yet, but he probably will be at some point (that high side on cold tyres at Austin could so easily have been broken bones), so he hasn't the same wariness that the more experienced guys have. Putting it on the line the way he does, you have to think that a few more incidents are in line for Marc this year (though hopefully nothing serious).


April 22, 2013 7:04 AM
Last Edited 615 days ago

MotoGP » Austin MotoGP: Crutchlow close to Lorenzo

Cal never had the race pace to match Lorenzo last year, and this demonstrates that he's made another big step forward as a motogp rider. If he hadn't fluffed the first pass on Bradl, he could well have been in close attendance to JL throughout. On tracks he favours, and with that promised extra support from Yamaha due to arrive after Le Mans, I think we might see him closer still.


April 21, 2013 12:22 PM

MotoGP » Austin MotoGP: 'Great achievement' for Crutchlow, Tech 3

It doesn't matter if the engine is identical in spec if the chassis can't put the power as effectively to the ground. The factory bikes grip better and wheelie less out of corners and that alone can make the difference. Anybody thinking a factory bike isn't worth 0.2s per lap over a satellite machine is kidding themselves. There'd be no point in Yamaha running them otherwise.


April 10, 2013 10:52 AM

MotoGP » Caught out in Qatar

Can't help thinking it might have been better for Tech3 to let Bradley off the leash a little bit more in pre-season testing, as he might have found the limits there rather than under race conditions. Dialling down the horsepower and keeping him on old tyres might have been a useful tactic initially but I wonder if it left him a bit unprepared. Hopefully he can bring the bike home next time and gain some much-needed experience.


April 09, 2013 1:13 PM
Last Edited 627 days ago

MotoGP » Qatar MotoGP: Crutchlow 'frustrating' fifth after factory fight

"The performance on the fast straight was very, VERY noticeable of VR's bike over CC's satellite" I'm not so sure that there's much if anything of a difference in speed between the satellite and factory M1s. Rossi was also much faster than JL later in the race, and I think the reason was that both Cal and JL switched to a lean burn map to avoid running out of fuel. I don't think Rossi did - or at least not until he'd caught the Hondas. Significantly, Rossi was the only Yamaha rider to run out of fuel on the slow-down lap . So I think perhaps he threw caution to the winds and didn't change maps, causing his to appear to have greater speed and acceleration on a lighter fuel load.


April 08, 2013 7:29 PM

MotoGP » Qatar MotoGP: Crutchlow 'frustrating' fifth after factory fight

Christ, to read some of these comments you'd think the guy had done a Stefan Bradl i.e. nowhere near the front then chucked it down the road. And Bradl is on a factory Honda! If Crutchlow isn't quite at 'alien' level yet he's certainly not far from it, and is already much faster this year than last. Lets see how he goes on tracks that don't depend so much on outright top speed.


April 08, 2013 9:01 AM

MotoGP » Qatar MotoGP: Crutchlow 'frustrating' fifth after factory fight

Good and bad for Cal yesterday. He's obviously taken a step forward in pace - so much so that he can run with the factory guys for a race now. That's very encouraging.. The question mark is still over racecraft, because knowing how fast Rossi was closing it would perhaps have been better to let him through and then follow rather than trying to resist him. I believe he might have taken the fading Pedrosa for 4th that way. I think with hindsight he might be a little more disappointed with his decisions out on track rather than with his M1's power deficit. A strong effort nonetheless, and there'll be circuits on the calendar where outright top speed isn't so critical.

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