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kneedragon1962

March 22, 2015 11:40 AM
Last Edited 216 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 411 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 411 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 18, 2015 11:38 AM

MotoGP » ‘The GP15 is a real Ducati’


LOL, second separate box. Man, I'd love to know what they changed to get the front end working again. This is a problem which has defeated pretty much every rider who's ever got on the thing, so something very much wasn't right, and it stayed that way for a very long time. What was the problem, and how did they fix it? Yes, I know they have a perimeter / beam frame now, but they had that last year, and that isn't what fixed it. I figure it's something to do with the weight distribution, and the way the frame flexes, but I don't know.

kneedragon1962

March 19, 2015 2:12 AM

F1 » Horner denies Mercedes complaints are hypocritical


I wouldn't go pointing at Honda as a rhetorical tool in this. Honda McLaren have finished up the back once, in the first race, of the year, of the (new) partnership, of any involvement with KERS and DRS and all the latest chicanery... And by their own admission, they turned everything down to be conservative, to ensure they got home. Take a hard and rose coloured look at Honda McLaren finishing down there, because you won't see that for very long. It's like a cute baby photo of Ted Bundy or Mike Tyson or someone.

kneedragon1962

March 19, 2015 2:37 AM
Last Edited 412 days ago

MotoGP » ‘The GP15 is a real Ducati’


Harryx: mmmh, to me its a VW since a year or so... Ducati, as it was, is a thing of the past... sorry to say. ... Like it or not "Ducatisti" Only triumph is the last true Motorcycle-brand that is "on its own" THAT deserves real respect.
... um, Maybe I'm an old bloke with a dodgy memory, but Triumph went out of business when Meriden crashed. What you see today is a new consortium of money people who made a new company, yes British motorcycle company and Rah! Rah! but they purchased the rights to the trademarks and symbols and the name. They have a century of tradition because they bought it, not because they made it. Hardly Davidsomthing are an old motorcycle company. They don't make modern bikes. Triumph are about the same age, but that's the original Triumph. Ducati formed in 1926, but they started out making valves and condensers and other stuff for radios. They started making motorised bicycles in 1944.

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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