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October 08, 2011 5:43 PM

BSB » Brookes on pole as Byrne crashes

The hardest thing to do, in a new class, is to set the right level of focus, or aggression. Too low - also ran. Too high - the field turns on you. (And sometimes the spectators as well.) Sadly, racing is in part a political game. It's interesting that Hamilton seems to get sympathy when he says he's going to race hard and not be browbeaten into going slower. (A view I support.)


July 28, 2011 4:42 PM

MotoGP » Kenny Roberts praises 'bulldog' Lorenzo

Stoner fan - Stoner supporter, but Kenny's right. Lorenzo's doing a great job and he's a tough little bu99er and beating him will not be easy. If only his spontaneous victory celebrations were not so obviously inspired by Rossi, and didn't go so hilariously wrong from time to time... But yeah, he is a truly superb rider and deserves some credit. Good to see Kenny giving him some. Although the Yamaha mafia might've had something to do with that...


July 17, 2011 5:54 PM

MotoGP » 'Upset' Rossi ready to ditch new Ducati

4) Ducati make bikes that have clever and elegant systems to adjust things, and this is true of their road bikes, superbikes, and GPs. Trouble is, it's mechanically complicated to adjust anything, and very difficult to adjust one thing without throwing everything else out of whack. Add to that, even road ducatis are very sensitive to setup. They go from great to terrible with very small adjustments. It makes finding the correct setup much more difficult and time consuming than it should be.


July 17, 2011 5:48 PM

MotoGP » 'Upset' Rossi ready to ditch new Ducati

3) At the leading edge of beam chassis development over the last decade has been the idea that the front of the motor hangs below the steering head and can 'swing' slightly from side to side, while the frame keeps the steering head aligned with the swing arm. As the frame flexes, there is a very small but significant amount of independent side - to - side movement possible at the front of the engine. That is not possible if you bolt the steering head to the top of the engine. You simply can't make an 'engine-is-the-frame' bike behave like a twin spar bike.


July 17, 2011 5:40 PM

MotoGP » 'Upset' Rossi ready to ditch new Ducati

If the 'real' problem with the ducati was easy to identify and fix, then they would have done it. I think the problem has about 4 parts, and the 'real' problem is the complex interaction of those parts. 1) Carbon fibre can be made to do clever things, but you have to be clever to make it work. It has a long lead time as well, so making another one slightly different takes a long time. It has different physical properties so it 'feels' different, and learning to read the feel is not easy.

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