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August 16, 2015 4:55 PM

MotoGP » Moto3: Antonelli claims first win in shortened race

Challenger: Two races in a row that Leopard have ballsed up!
Quite right. The team are doing everything to lose Kent his championship lead. According to Kent himself, he requested a new soft tyre for the restart but was overruled. "The main problem today was the restart, in which we asked for a new soft tyre but didn't get it. So we had to run again with the used medium and lost too much in acceleration. Brno is a track that has a lot of hard acceleration points, especially the last uphill part. I was on the limit throughout the race but there were too many sections where I was overtaken and that's because I was having scary moments with a slipping rear wheel." Leopard really start listening to their rider and helping him win instead of throwing a spanner in the works. No wonder he's thinking of getting out and going to Pramac.


August 12, 2015 1:26 PM

MotoGP » Smith keen to protect top satellite status

Smith will be staying with Tech 3 next year, and it'll probably be announced at the Brit GP. However, it seems like that's only due to Alex Rins declining the ride. According to Rins' management (as reported on Speedweek), Lin Jarvis offered Smith's Tech 3 ride to Rins 3 times during the summer break but was turned down, Rins preferring another year in Moto2. No wonder Smith has been less than diplomatic about Yamaha just recently. He's obviously way down their list of priorities, and knows it.


August 19, 2015 2:40 PM

MotoGP » Crutchlow: We need more testing

MattyMKO745: Interesting is that Scott is in advanced talks with Pramac.. A lot will be known come Silverstone.. Deal could happen, considering how keen Ducati are to get him..
Except that Danny Kent apparently has a 3-yr deal on the table from Pramac. And Petrucci is said to be staying. The problem (and the fun thing) with Speedweek is that they tend to report every rumour and whisper doing the rounds, which means much of their reporting is based on conjecture rather than fact. All makes for an interesting silly season though.


August 13, 2015 9:36 AM

MotoGP » Smith keen to protect top satellite status

TheBoogieMan: Dont blame Yamaha for trying to lock up Rins.. Hes the next best thing to Maverick right now as far as young riders go.
Yeah, there's kind of a craze in the paddock right now of teams trying to sign up the youngest, fastest kids and get them into MotoGP asap. It really kicked off with Vinales being signed to Suzuki, and now everyone wants to get in on the new talent before the rest. I think over the next couple of seasons that's going to make certain riders already in MotoGP very vulnerable when it comes to securing seats.


August 11, 2015 12:55 PM

MotoGP » Poncharal: Smith has raised some eyebrows…

Matt2: Smith has always been Herves rider...If it was up to Herve I think there would be contract already.
Yes, if it was purely down to Herve, I think Smith would have already have a deal. Yamaha, on the other hand, would probably rather pack BS off to WSBK on the new R1 and bring in someone like Rins. They were never keen on him joining the team in the first place and still don't seem that interested. I think Brad will finally sign for another year, but I suspect 2016 will probably be his last with Tech 3. There are just too many fast young riders coming through.


August 11, 2015 1:54 PM

MotoGP » ‘Loose rear feeling’ puts Redding outside top ten

Yep, Scott had a very similar season to this one in 2011 on board the Suter, which he just couldn't get comfortable with, citing the same issues of grip and feel. No one blamed his crew chief back then. He just never gelled with the bike. And if you read SR's reports on his current problems, he discusses the issues in terms of vague sensations and impressions rather than analysing more concrete things like the effects of frame geometry, weight transfer, ride height etc. Which makes me believe he's perhaps more of an intuitive rider than a technically-minded one (like Rossi or Bradley Smith). Basically, it seems that with Redding it's like trying to catch lightning in a bottle. Put him on a bike 100% to his liking and the results could be spectacular. But there doesn't seem to be any sure way to achieve that, hence the growing frustration in the team.

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