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July 10, 2014 12:15 PM

MotoGP » Lorenzo ‘trying to revert the situation’

Mick Doohan had his rotting lower leg sewn to the good one so that blood could circulate, thereby avoiding amputation. After that he went on to win multiple world championships. He wasn't talking about being scared of a track that he once crashed at. But then I'm old, and another poster pointed out to me that "kids these days like to share their feelings". I hope I'm wrong about Lorenzo, but what is coming out of his mouth does not augur well.


July 08, 2014 2:43 AM

WSBK » Sykes tempers speed with caution to extend lead

@ 1MoreRound & Notanmsvfan Spot on! What is Rea doing? Maybe he knows something we don't. We had the rumours that Honda was going to bring back the V4, nothing happened. Rea wins the Suzuka 8 hour and gets a complimentary go on the MotoGP bike, woopeee. Then back to the drudgery of flogging the old war horse. What exactly is it that you get in return for this loyalty? As far as I know motorcycle racers don't get pensions. Compare Rea's lot in life to Loris Baz. Gee thanks a lot Honda.


July 01, 2014 4:04 AM

MotoGP » Dall'Igna: New engine ‘first step’ for 2015 Ducati

Any shortness achieved by switching to air-bags (they are only pneumatic in the sense that the valve spring has been replaced by an air bag) would be minimal. The desmo system loses almost zero power to operate the valve train as opposed to springs or air bags. Preziosi confirmed that they had not run out of space when testing how far they can move the engine forward. But obviously there is more to it than just shifting the engine forward. One option may be that they are stacking the gearbox cluster more vertically or closer to the crankshaft to make the engine more compact in total length. This would give a lot more freedom with wheelbase and weight distribution.


July 02, 2014 11:05 AM
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MotoGP » Dall'Igna: New engine ‘first step’ for 2015 Ducati

"Everyone knows about this yet fails to admit that 2007 just so happend to be the perfect marriage of bike, rider, tyre, regs, team... . . . . . " Really? I guess that is why Stoner had to battle with his team mate week in and week out. The reality is that Stoner is a top tier rider (one who can win a championship) and he was on a fast pig. The other bikes were too slow at the beginning of the season so Stoner could take the pig easy around the corners and make up for it on the straights. That advantage didn't last very long. At the time there were all sorts of stories about why the Ducati was winning. None of them involved Stoner's ability to ride a pig fast. Now, in hindsight, most of us know better.


July 01, 2014 8:14 AM

MotoGP » Dall'Igna: New engine ‘first step’ for 2015 Ducati

liltonbeat: It'll be a Honda clone. Took them a long time to work that one out... if you can't beat them... Road-going Ducati V-four with pneumatic valves? They won't be able to sell enough of 'em. It will probably be red.
Oh too funny. So what, you stop every three hours at the garage to re-inflate your 'pneumatic' valve storage tank? Please do a bit of background study on the technology that you wish to comment on.

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