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TalentFan

March 24, 2014 6:54 AM
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MotoGP » Bradley Smith - Q&A


Note that perhaps the tyres aren't really an issue at all? Brad never complained once about the tyre, but then he's pretty straight and honest in his comments and doesn't seem to try to make excuses to his credit. I've been thinking about it... And it seems that by race time all the Factory boffins had crunched the numbers and got the electronics set up. No one had problems with the rear and every crash was on hard braking and pitching onto the side of the tyre. That suggests that as the electronics are sorting the power and traction so well, that the only area left where a rider can have an impact and try to make time is under braking. So they are pushing later and harder into turns onto the brakes, and really pushing the limits. As brakes are the one area left without electronic management then pushing 100% every brake point of every lap makes the potential for front end crashes much higher. I'm no fan of the vast electronic intervention, and I think it possible that all it'

TalentFan

March 24, 2014 7:19 AM

MotoGP » Crutchlow's Ducati 'in a different place'


I'm sure you all know my feelings.... I dislike electronics replacing the riders inputs... Full stop. If Cal and everyone else had to make all the decisions and it was their throttle hands and skills making the exclusive inputs into the machines.... And the team techs jobs was to optimise the bike to make it the most user friendly package for the riders skills..... Then we'd get proper competition and truly deserving race winners and losers a heck of a lot more than we do with all this electrickery. Roll on a unified spec and software! Then Dorna.... Have the guts to cut back on the OTT tech, cutting costs drastically, giving more teams and riders a fair go, more entrants & sponsors and proper racing! This is Grand Prix, not X-box or Playstation!

TalentFan

March 24, 2014 9:26 AM

MotoGP » Crutchlow's Ducati 'in a different place'


Crutchlow was fuming for sure. He barely kept a lid on his temper by he look of it. Not good, but I can only imagine the frustration not to mention the hairy moments trying to ride a 240bhp bike where what happens every time you touch the throttle it's a lottery at high speed will do to your disposition! First race for his new employer and the software ruins his race... You can see why he might be a bit wound up straight after parking it when it quit on him! Realist. Think it's fair to say you really don't like CC eh? Getting the knives out in earnest aren't we?

TalentFan

March 24, 2014 11:05 AM

MotoGP » Bradley Smith - Q&A


@ Truefan. I don't think front end crashes undermine the software TC Etc argument no. I think it supports it. ABS is banned so braking is all down to the rider. Whereas throttle control and throttle application is triggered by the rider but actually modulated and distributed by the software. So the rider pretty much has power delivery more consistently maximised than he could do with his own skill... Otherwise it would not be sorted by the ECU. So the only way a rider cAn try to gain time is to push the front harder braking and harder through the first part of the turn... That is until he can get back onto the throttle and the electronics sorts out his drive. That has to mean more front end issues. At least that is the conclusion I came to after wondering just why every crash is a front end washout either getting onto he brake or before the apex. Doesn't that make sense to you?

TalentFan

March 24, 2014 9:08 AM

MotoGP » Crutchlow's Ducati 'in a different place'


@ Truefan I guess it just shows the lengths the Factory's are prepared to go to and the risks they are prepared to subject their rider to, in order to make the package capacity to lap a 10th faster here or there? IMO for the sake of the racing as well as rider responsibility etc etc then The organisers need to find ways to rein this OTT crud in. Maybe banning the sensors that let them do this and limiting the inputs and outputs on the ECU is one way? How about as I said before permitting only one unalterable map for the track with no corner by corner or on the fly alterations? There has to be a way to prevent the teams doing things that clearly the organisers feel is detrimental to the racing. If they'd wanted them to be able to do this they'd simply permit GPS right? Same for single clutch seamless gearboxes etc. Roll on the single control s-ware for all I say. Then hope Dorna have the spuds to cut all this nonsense out by limiting electronic. Intervention and putting the cont

TalentFan

March 24, 2014 7:34 AM

MotoGP » Lorenzo admits fault after falling from lead


Tyres same for all. Fallers all pushed the front harder than the mechanical grip, simple as that. Jorge didn't blame the tyres, he blamed himself for making a mistake. The electronics sort out the rear once dialled in. So a rider can make a mistake and LOSE time, but cannot really MAKE time back with the throttle once he is behind. All the rider can influence directly is not really speeding up, but slowing down - braking. So seems all the optimised and do called safer TC and digitised throttle application is doing.... Is shifting the riders focus to trying to brake and turn harder and later instead. Jorge knew he needed to push, and the only tool left to him is to push the front. Note ALL the crashes in the race were front end lock ups while fighting to make up time or to make a pass stick and keep in front. The guys who stayed on - esp MM & VR did the job of managing to brake the hardest most consistently without losing the front better than anyone who fell. Simple. We nee

TalentFan

March 24, 2014 7:00 AM

MotoGP » Bradley Smith - Q&A


......... I'm no fan of the vast electronic intervention, and I think it possible that all it's doing is transferring the risk of rear end spin or slide onto front end issues. Racers want to race, so if they don't have the ability to use their own skill to make back time with the throttle, only lose time.... Then they'll try to exploit any area that they DO have contr over to make time instead. It looks like Brad, Jorge, Alvaro, Stefan etc all demonstrated this at Qatar to me.


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