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kneedragon1962

March 27, 2015 8:12 AM

F1 » Six of the Best: Here comes the rain again...


"Just so you know, I am half-Italian, and I don't hate Ferrari..." We all want to see Ferrari there, they're the heart and soul of the sport. Same on the bikes, we all want to see Ducati in the hunt. Problem is they look for advantages that the rest don't have. There's a certain kind of attacking aggression you want in your lead driver or rider, but I'm not sure you want the team or team principal to exhibit the same trait. Look at football for a moment - if your captain gets sent to the sin bin for punching another player, that's part of the game. But if the team owner gets caught bribing the referee, that's different thing.

kneedragon1962

March 25, 2015 4:55 PM

F1 » Six of the Best: Here comes the rain again...


Another suggestion. Not so much spectacular at the time, but the long term effect on the sport. The Chinese GP, in ... '08? Marc Webber's 2nd year at Red Bull and Seb Vettle's first. Free for all between the two drivers up to then, to establish dominance in the team. And up to that point, the team had been neutral. But Mark crashed out of the lead, in the rain, driver error, and the support of the team swung behind Seb from that point on. That moment shaped the sport for the rest of that season, and the 3 that followed.

kneedragon1962

March 22, 2015 11:40 AM
Last Edited 161 days ago

WSS » Wilairot claims historic first win on home soil


...Trying to imagine what that must have been like. I was a huge fan of the sport in '86 when Gardner won his first title, but Australia didn't even have a grand prix. So for the next year they gave us one, and Wayne got into a fierce 3 & 4 way dice that included Rainy, Schantz, Lawson and him, and a young recruit nobody had ever heard of called Mick Doohan. All parties led at some point, most several times, but with a lap or two to go, Wayne said the right words to the gods and made a half second gap, which he held to the end. Girlfriend Donna ran out into pit row to greet him, with a tv camera in hot pursuit. I was , er, a little bit impressed. As moments go, it was gold, absolutely beautiful. So, I'm trying to imagine how it felt to be a Thai today, and better yet, how it felt to be Ratthapark Wilariot. Heart goes out to him, and his fans. Congratulations. Welcome to the club. There'll be some BIG parties going on in Thailand tonight.

kneedragon1962

March 19, 2015 2:17 PM
Last Edited 164 days ago

MotoGP » MotoGP: 'Never go back to 800cc'


Bridgestone and Michelin both offer significant feel and rider feedback, but the 'language' it comes in is quite different. If you know Michelins, Bridgestone are initially quite weird, and visa versa. I think for a few races, there will be an enormous advantage for the people who've ridden Michelins before. That would be Rossi, and I can't think of anybody else... People who routinely push the front extremely hard, are going to hurt. That means Lorenzo. M&M pushes it pretty hard as well, but he's young and has reflexes like a cat. I think he will fall over a few times, but will learn and adapt. I don't think you can teach Lorenzo new tricks. Rossi doesn't need to learn any, he just needs to remember.

kneedragon1962

March 19, 2015 2:10 PM
Last Edited 164 days ago

MotoGP » MotoGP: 'Never go back to 800cc'


Let's try and remember the last time Michelin were on top, and Bridgestone arrived. At first, the Bridgestones didn't quite have the rear grip, and they were slightly more difficult to manage. But, unlike Michelin, they made one tyre and it was the best they could do. Michelin made at least two different standards of tyre, and while their support for the top man on the top bike was extraordinary, nobody else got help anywhere near that good. The good things about Bridgestone, everybody got the same thing, and it worked reasonably well in a broad range of conditions. And then we started to get some faster blokes on them, who could and did push the front very very hard, and we realised the front grip of the Bridgestone was way better than almost all the Michelins, even what the top rider had. That wasn't an instant race winner, but it would help a lot if you depended very heavily on front end grip. Once people realised that, suddenly everybody wanted to be on Bridgestones.

kneedragon1962

March 19, 2015 3:58 AM

MotoGP » ‘The GP15 is a real Ducati’


LOL. It doesn't like me, this thing. Let's try again. "Germans Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach developed a four-stroke internal combustion engine and install it in a self-propelled bicycle in 1883 - it was the worlds first motorcycle." Now that was the world's first internal combustion vehicle, and it was a motorcycle, kind of, but they never manufactured them for sale. But the company is still going...

kneedragon1962

March 19, 2015 3:45 AM

MotoGP » ‘The GP15 is a real Ducati’


BMW are not in MotoGP right now, but we hope... They started in about 1915 making aero engines, and got shut down by the terms of the Treaty of Versailles. They clawed the company back together in about 1923 and started making motorbikes. Aprilia started in 1945 and made bicycles. The founder's son made about a dozen 50cc scooter things in 1968 and began making a 'motocross bike' in 1970. In the early '80s they started to buy engines from Rotax and make bigger bikes.

kneedragon1962

March 19, 2015 3:35 AM

MotoGP » ‘The GP15 is a real Ducati’


... bl00dy thing... And I looked up the big four Japanese ones, and 2/3 of the post got cut... From memory, KHI formed in 1889 or something, and Yamaha dates back to about the same time. Suzuki formed in the early '30s, and Honda started a 'research group' with 12 employees, in '45. He liquidated it and started the modern company in 1948, and by '64 was the biggest motorcycle company in the world. Only Suzuki was making anything you'd describe as a motorcycle before WW2.


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