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kneedragon1962

February 24, 2015 2:58 PM

WSBK » Sykes critical of van der Mark pass in race one


DBL : "He's hardly whining is he, he's just saying what happened. Like anyone who's asked about their race he says what happened, what should he do then, not mention it?" Oh, I agree with you. Completely. Funny thing is, for about 3 years there I was a Stoner fan and supporter, and you know what happened on this website? I must admit I'm amused and impressed they do it to their own champion as well, but it wasn't entirely fair on Casey and it's not entirely fair on Tom. Most people don't go from ride & race mode to PR mode as well as Rossi... Tom's a bit like Damen Hill. He's a master of the machine and superb at going fast, but he isn't really at his best going elbow-to-elbow.

kneedragon1962

February 22, 2015 11:51 AM

WSBK » Bayliss rues tyre issues on 'emotional' weekend


As a tv spectator, it looked a bit like he didn't quite have the setup right in the first. They changed a few things, and in the early stages of the second, he was faster, including on about the 7th or 8th lap a fastest lap of the race. But then he slowed and pitted, and changed both tyres. He did alright for an old bloke. My 52 doesn't feel quite as ancient as it did yesterday, I'm grateful. He didn't look quite like the Baylis I remember, but he didn't look like a silly old fossil out for a stroll either. I think given a bit more time on the bike, for testing and sorting, and a bit of personal training, he'd be pretty much right back where he was. Rossi does a pretty good job for an old man of 35, but Troy showed what the silver hoard can do. Good onya, mate, thanks.

kneedragon1962

February 27, 2015 5:56 PM

BSB » Milwaukee Yamaha unveil all-new R1


Looks alright. There were a couple of issues with the first implementation of the crossplane crank on the road. They were a trifle conservative, so it was a little bulky and heavy and over-engineered, and down a few hp. This latest one, they say, is smaller, lighter, has the top end back, and (road version) has electronics as sophisticated as anybodys. Ok, that all sounds good. And I do like the styling better. The last one seemed a little bit overtly Godzilla, but this is a tiny bit more generic... Let's see how it goes. It looks right. Come on Aussie, come on... LOL.

kneedragon1962

February 27, 2015 9:12 AM

MotoGP » Incidents mar Michelin MotoGP test


Greavesit:
Yearby23: Poor M1. Do we know if Lorenzo is ok? Because that bike is a mess. As for Michelin being 2 seconds off the pace, it is a long time over a single lap and no wonder there are crashes when people like Lorenzo, Dovi etc are doing their jobs and pushing the equipment to the limit. The times will rise with development, there was a time when Bridgestone was the inferior tyre remember...
Yes, there was a time when Bridgestone was inferior but I don't remember them being dangerously inferior. Theses a difference from being slower, yet predictable. It seems these ****elins are just letting go without warning. For me, that's a very different situation.
That depends. If your name was Rossi, they were pretty good, because they'd figure out what was needed and make it on Saturday night. If you were some new-start bumpkin, let's say Stoner, on a satellite Honda, they fell down at the front without a lot of warning... Oh he

kneedragon1962

February 27, 2015 9:45 AM

MotoGP » Incidents mar Michelin MotoGP test


One or two thoughts, for those who came in late... Casey Stoner came to MotoGP from little bikes. He'd been very fast on those. He got a ride on a satellite Honda, on Customer (2nd string) Michelins, with a crew chief / head mechanic who figured he knew more about this than some bumpkin teenage Australian, who seemed like he was going to cry sometimes. So Casey got 2nd rate tyres, and a bike set up by / for another man, a much older & heavier one... Guess what that NSR did? It washed the front, constantly. But Casey stuck it out, and not only learned to be as fast as the top shelf factory guys, he learned to detect and save massive front end looses better than any other man alive. Then he went to Ducati, which suited him, because here was another bike with a front that pushed, and mechanics / engineers who either didn't know what he was on about, or knew better.

kneedragon1962

February 27, 2015 9:04 AM

MotoGP » Incidents mar Michelin MotoGP test


Codger: Oh well, that's the end of their careers for front end riders like Rossi.
Actually, Rossi's one of the few who rode Michelins last time they were in, and the only one left who rode an NSR with them... I think Rossi will take to them pretty well. The one I see being hurt a bit, is Danny Pedrosa, and anybody else who is a real quick entry guy. Rossi is a front end guy, yes, and I agree with your point, but he has worked with Michelins before. He knows them, and pretty much none of the others do. Of course, that may work against him, because he'll be careful of things that used to bite...

kneedragon1962

February 27, 2015 9:20 AM

MotoGP » Incidents mar Michelin MotoGP test


ProfessorX:
mrlong: Maybe its not a case of the Michelins being bad but the front grip of the Bridgestones being stupidly good and the bikes being built to suit those tyres.
... As for people falling off, well inexperience and setup would be the biggest reason, Michelin's lack of testing would be another. Pirelli have done a decent job in WSBK, and like Ben Spies said, most likely the problem with the Bridgestones are, they are too good (too specific).
They've been set up around, and built around Bridgestones for a while. One thing they did in this test, was run them without any setup change. Stands to reason they'd be a little different. And go back to when the Bridgestones first showed up, years ago. The reason to have them was (a) No super favoured rider who got custom tyres over night, and (b) the front tyre hung on while leaned 60+ degrees, which the Michelins didn't...

kneedragon1962

February 24, 2015 2:29 PM

MotoGP » Marquez back on top as brake issue resolved


I don't know that I have a favourite. I just want to see good close racing. I would like to see Rossi do well. As an old bloke, it amuses me. I think it's good the Yamahas are right in the hunt, I think it's good that the Ducatis seem to have finally fixed their understeer (Geeze, I'd love to know what the problem actually was and what they changed that finally fixed it!) and it's nice to see Suzuki not only back but going fairly well. All these things bode for a great season. Now ... as long as ISIS don't take Qatar by the first round...

kneedragon1962

February 24, 2015 5:43 AM

MotoGP » Rossi, Lorenzo debut seamless downshifts


"2015 could be return of the Saturday night specials that help Rossi in several of his championships." LOL. I understand the sentiment and the reasoning, but I don't think it's going to happen... [whistles silly little tune...] Of course if he's still there when Michelin come back... LOL. And before the yellow army go all ISIS and exploding, I'm joking. Good effort from the Doc, he's going quick. It bodes well. All jokes aside, I'd love to see a real dice between the old master and the new just as much as everybody else.


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