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TalentFan

October 07, 2014 11:11 AM

WSBK » Baz plays down Kawasaki team orders call


Transmation: Message to Melandri: "You stupid ar$e. You just fecked up, upset your employer and sponsors, & made yourself look like a terrible loose cannon through the whole paddock" Baz here making the very best of a situation, and demonstrating a professional approach by not hindering Sykes' & Kawasaki's run at the Title - even though he & Sykes don't get along. Baz just proved he's a strong Team player and can be trusted, and this will be noted and approved of by Teams. Melandri? If this has negative repercussions for his career and future rides... well I'd have to say it serves him right. He just damaged his own credibility and value and clearly sent an unmissable Live TV message to Teams & Sponsors that MM is not to be trusted, and might just have traded a petulant 2nd place and a Race Win for a position in the relative wilderness (in bike Team employment prospects). Idiot.

TalentFan

October 07, 2014 11:55 AM

WSBK » Baz plays down Kawasaki team orders call


There's lots of talented riders chasing a (very) few competitive rides in Motorcycling. Time to face commercial reality... would YOU as a boss of a Company hire an employee who you KNOW has a history of doing what he wants, with a callous disregard for the best interests of your Company? Of course not. You'd select one of the many other talented applicants knocking on your door (Melandri can't be the only guy bringing personal sponsors to the party - in fact his sponsors might not take kindly to being held up as the reason MM chose to ignore his Team). At what 32? and without the kind of clout of a Rossi, I don't think Melandri can afford to be a prima donna and throw his weight about as he did at Magny Cours. Baz just proved his head isn't up in the clouds, while Melandri frankly just proved he's acting like a 32-year-old spoilt teenager IMO.

TalentFan

October 07, 2014 11:18 AM

WSBK » Corser eyeing top five for new BMW team


Strong words from Corser. I hope they can be a force and bolster WSBK - it needs it. If the rumours are true, then having Brookes and Camier as Team Riders would be tremendous too I think. Camier has already shown he's adaptable and rode well standing in for Barrier on an S1000RR, while Brookes adapted well to the R1. Both riders also have the right attitude and love to get stuck in, so from a Racing Fan perspective these are also 2 guys I'd like to see out there. Nice to read something potentially positive for WSBK... Dorna seem intent on just abandoning WSBK & letting it fade away, while they put all their efforts into manipulating and fabricating the facade of Racing in MotoGP.

TalentFan

October 07, 2014 2:29 PM

WSBK » Baz plays down Kawasaki team orders call


Insidejob: But hey! Who wants to see the results manipulated? It's not racing is it?
Of course I agree entirely... in principle. But even I have to be pragmatic and realistic about the reality, which is that the Teams employ the riders to do a job for them, and that sometimes that job means having to set personal goals aside for the overall good of that team (ESPECIALLY when that riders own tilt at the title is already a lost cause). Or.... they won't want that Rider in the Team. Melandri would have been able to (justifiably) state that he graciously surrendered wins he could have and would have taken... so that his Team had the best possible opportunity to maximise their return from the season. It would have done him no end of good longer term. Instead.... He made the wrong and entirely unprofessional choice, and may well yet have plenty of time on his hands to regret it I think.

TalentFan

October 07, 2014 12:25 PM

MotoGP » Marquez ‘trying not to think’ of MotoGP title chance


MM's 2nd WC is a foregone conclusion, and a non-event. He has no need to think about it. His bike is easily and dramatically superior to 80% of the field, while arguably better than 95%. Of the also-rans, four are Honda customers... so in the really, really unlikely event that it became necessary, then there's 4 bikes who won't get in the way (after all, Melandri ain't on any of them haha!). Marquez can go on a Sunday cruise and come in 4th and be crowned Champion in Japan without having to break sweat - all he has to be concerned with is making it through to the end of Lap 1 without incident. I'm no soothsayer, but I stated a 2nd MM title was a virtual certainty before the season even started. The only surprising things this season have been 1. Dovi & Ducati's form 2. Lorenzo's relative poor season 3. Rossi's improved season Things in GP's follow a pattern & a general predictability that is both intriguing, boring and concerning. None of it good.

TalentFan

October 07, 2014 11:39 AM

MotoGP » Hayden braced for hardest braking


As for Nicky... He's on a hiding to nothing this weekend, and risks damaging a wrist that needs healing time at the very least. All of MotoGP (for the rider) due to the electronics is in how hard/late you can brake & make the turn - its THE last weapon in the Armoury the Rider can employ - & NH has been detuned on a circuit where its even more important than most. He has a contract for 2015, where at least he should get a few more dobbins, and a chance his wrist will be stronger. TBH, I wish NH would park it for the rest of 2014, look after himself (and that wrist) and look to give it his best shot in 2015.

TalentFan

October 07, 2014 11:35 AM

MotoGP » Hayden braced for hardest braking


my guess is Scott Redding will have 30 or so extra ponies this weekend.
Less any ponies they have to 'take back' into the corral to ensure that the 20L of fuel can still get Scotty's extra weight to the flag perhaps? This is a stop-start track. That means lots of drag-race type thirst on full afterburners out of turns, while pushing an extra load equivalent to a sack of spuds every time. My big concern for Redding remains that in 2015 on a 'Factory' bike with just 20 Litres, he'll be hamstrung and won't be able to use all the extra shove in the pneumatic motor, or 20L won't get him to the chequered flag. Perhaps he might actually be better off getting next years 'Open' Honda with more poke AND keeping the extra 4L of go-juice? Fuel limits and multi-tier classes in the premier Grand Prix - AAARGHH!!

TalentFan

October 07, 2014 3:33 PM

WSBK » Baz plays down Kawasaki team orders call


In the latter races of Hodgsons WC with Xaus as teammate... Ruben was clearly in great form and flying, while Neil H needed to stay on board, take solid points and close out the Championship. Several parallels there with the Guintoli / Melandri situation. The big difference? (Despite not being as successful and arguably needing wins on his resume more than Marco), Xaus 1. showed his speed by closing in on NH and climbing all over the back of him (so there could be no doubt from Fans that Xaus COULD have challenged for the top spot) but 2. showed his Class and accepted that while he could not win for Ducati, that NH could, and played his wing-man role perfectly, protecting NH's tail and doing a sterling job for his Employer. No need to wonder which of the two Riders (RX or MM) came out of their respective situations smelling of roses... & which one came out smelling like the fertiliser they use to grow them!

TalentFan

October 07, 2014 3:21 PM

WSBK » Giugliano: I don’t understand why I’m crashing so often


Whats the old adage "a fast rider can learn to stop crashing, but a slow rider can't learn to be fast"? Or something like that. DG is FAST. On a lap he's quicker than Davies (though I get the feeling that its Davies' set-up and feedback thats helping Davide more than the other way around). If (IF) he can start keeping it on the Island, and retain his speed and racing aggression, then this chap will be Mustard. I do rate Chas, and while Chas isn't showing quite as much pace, he throws it at the Airfence a lot less too - so maybe its brains and not a lack of pace that we are seeing there (CD jumped on the Aprilia Customer bike and showed his credentials clearly enough). Seems to me that the Panigale and its 2 pilots are just that half-step away from being contenders - if they can find that last bit somewhere then it could be a whole different story. DG is a Trier, and is damn close to being a superb WSBK Racer IMO. If Ducati think so too and give him another season, then he just mi


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