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July 19, 2011 3:26 PM

MotoGP » Depressing race for Ducati

Actually, Mr Homer Simpson, it is the first time we have seen Stoner on a bike that his competition have been riding and vice versa. When Rossi hopped onto Stoner's bike, while the seat was still warm after bagging second place. he almost had an aneurysm on the spot. He was so slow that no one could explain what was happening and to this day they keep saying things like "once upon a time he won 7 championships, oh and some others in the tiddler class" This, as they so enthusiastically point out, is true. It also has nothing whatsoever with the here and now. Best if we revert to Occam's razor, the simplest explanation is the most likely. That being, Stoner is fast on anything.


July 19, 2011 3:12 PM
Last Edited 1106 days ago

MotoGP » Depressing race for Ducati

Dear John. What Mr How Good is trying to tell you is something that if you rode a motorcycle you might understand. You observe Rossi being some amount of seconds a lap slower than Pedrosa, and then you think that if Stoner was so much faster on the Ducati and he is the God that you think some posters claim he is, then he should be that much faster again on the Honda. Sorry, physics is involved. The motorcycle will fall over or assuming you add another 100hp, the tyres will melt. Trying to squeeze fractions of a second on any of the top riders "on their day" is difficult, never mind seconds. Also, as I said, Stoner does not have the choice of being an 'also ran' and picking up the pay cheque. cheers


July 19, 2011 1:32 PM

MotoGP » Depressing race for Ducati

Much as posters like to slag off Ducati. Please consider that this small firm is the only one to beat the Japanese giants in the premiere class since 1974. Honda have a market cap of about 70 billion USD and Ducati about 200 million USD. They are truly the David against the Goliaths. Rossi faces a daunting task and I hope he has a measure of success as the little Italian factory adds to the grid in many ways. Most of the vitriol directed at Rossi is just payback for the childish insults that have been directed at Stoner in the past. It is not really worth responding to such comments as anybody who rides or has ridden motorcycles (not scooters) could see what Stoner was doing. Reminds me of Read and Agostini battles, and a fantastic shot of Read on the evil handling MV, all out of shape with Ago on the Yamaha taking evasive action behind. Arguing that Stoner could have just ridden around like Hayden and played it safe is naive. No Australian or 'minor country' rider will keep his seat


July 16, 2011 10:51 AM
Last Edited 1109 days ago

MotoGP » Lorenzo leads final practice, Simoncelli crashes

Hayden is not on the same bike. Hayden is riding the GP11 and Rossi is riding his new improved version. The fastest Ducatis are the ones without the Rossi improvements. Also Hayden has been riding the Ducati, at speed, for years. Rossi has never ridden it at speed, nor any of the previous Ducati GP bikes. Despite this, he sees himself as the head of development. Perhaps a bit of time spent, like 50 laps, aboard every GP bike that Ducati has built might be a good place to start the process of making an informed decision. As opposed to 7 years of riding an inline 4 with a twin spar aluminum frame.


July 16, 2011 2:16 AM

MotoGP » German MotoGP, Sachsenring - Friday practice (2)

A repeat of one of my old posts but at least there seems to be some discussion here. Rossi had no experience of any of the Ducati race machines. 50 to 100 laps on everything from the GP7 forward would give him valuable insight into the development history, engine/chassis characteristics, the effect of the change to the carbon chassis and particularly the big bang, which I think is one of the biggest backward steps. He disregarded the screamer engine when he was not even physically capable of riding the bike at speed. In contrast to Hayden who was quite positive about it. I cannot see any improvement in the performance of the Ducati as a result of Rossi's input. In fact all I can see is the opposite. Coming from all those years of riding what is arguably the smoothest machine on the track does Rossi's approach appear to be an analytical process or one that is emotionally compromised by a successful history on a completely different machine? My opinion is the latter. cheers


July 09, 2011 4:33 AM
Last Edited 1116 days ago

WSBK » Checa leaves rivals trailing at Brno

Power, or horsepower as is often quoted, is not a product of displacement. It is a measure of work (torque) over time (in this case rpm). In order for a twin to compete with a four of similar displacement, it has to be able to rev to similar numbers. (Approx. rpm BMW-14,000, Duc 10,000) To achieve this the valves have to be huge, so that they can allow the engine to pump that much air, (commonly measured in cubic feet per minute, cfm) at that rpm. In order to have such huge valves the bore must be increased and the stroke reduced. The problem for conventional valve train designs is that valve springs cannot cope with such heavy valves at such high rpm. Ducati use a mechanical system to open and close their valves, so no valve springs, and also no loss of power from having to depress those springs. Checa is not riding the most powerful bike. He is riding the easiest bike to go fast on. If Rossi was riding the Aprillia who would be leading the championship?

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