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March 23, 2014 1:38 PM

MotoGP » Honda explains standard ECU agreement

RSMick: Are you not watching the talent qualifying now ?
Yep I was. All of them. M3 and M2 as per the form book, and MGP... well MM proved the Factory HRC bikes still have it.. while as suspected the Factory Yams looking a bit more marginal. Form book a bit disturbed with the Movistar boys being a bit down, but Smith did a at job but the testing they had will have skewed results. Ince tyre data is crunched and solutions uploaded itll no doubt swing back. MGP race intriguing... my guess is the HRCs will have no issues making the distance at full noise, but jury is out on Yam. One thing seems likely -despite all the freaking out by many after practice, the status quo has not shifted to Open, but the gap has been closed it seems. Ducati behind the Yams still by the look of it, but closer. Race should be revealing. I know thats not what you were fishing for, but there you go.


March 23, 2014 3:19 PM

MotoGP » Marquez admits 'surprise' over Qatar pole

The kid still has the best bike, and the most, best data being used effectively by the most top data guys, and the HRC resources to sort it for him setup wise to minimise his lack of testing. And no fuel worries in quali, thats if they really have any at all. I wasnt surprised to see him up there. Its maybe a bigger surprise that DP esp. and the Movistar boys didnt close the gap more. Guess they just ran out of time and the new tyres messed with their electronic settings too much to sort in the time available? Losail is an oddball anyway, so I dont think the results here will be indicative of the rest of the season. Well, except maybe MMs pace on that bike which still seems to be the most sorted bike out there.


March 23, 2014 3:25 PM

MotoGP » Marquez admits 'surprise' over Qatar pole

Smith not a big guy at all, but he looks like a pub bouncer next to AB & MM! Honda with the best fuel data strategies AND anorexic dwarves pilotimg the bikes, while Yamaha have more normal sized riders. I still think that the Yam guys weight must be some factor making their job harder with 20L. The post race comments of the riders, esp any who feel their challenge has been reduced by fuel issues should be interesting!


March 23, 2014 2:25 PM

MotoGP » Smith hails maiden MotoGP front row

So... Smith gets within a hair of Marquez when MM has what is stil, the best supported machine with the biggest budget and more data and data engineers for his electronics than anyone else? This is the guy whos not fit to be there, while MM is the 2nd coming? AE, AB, BS. Just 3 examples of riders proving that in MotoGP that the depth of riding talent is there, but the tech is so advanced and complex that without the right kit and a half decent chance this series will make you look average. Roll on the unified class and the demise of Factory say I. Then rein in the software and hardware so its a fair shot for all the field to get a competitive bike. THEN we'll see some great racing, as well as more mfrs and sponsor's, and MotoGP go from strength to strength. And if you want to be the WC you'll really have to earn it by beating the field fair n square.


March 23, 2014 8:41 PM

MotoGP » Marquez begins title defence with victory in Qatar

Clearly all the Factory Teams sorted their tyre issues for the race.... Although lots binned it those who didn't were able to be fastest and consistent 55s. Those thinking Open is going to depose Factory just found out why Factory Teams were so keen to hang on to their bespoke software. Gap may be closer, but that's not quicker is it? Yamaha must have done a hell of a job... Was waiting for Rossi to slow and it never happened... Hell he even had the spare fuel to hoist stand ups on the cool down lap! Have to say I enjoyed a v good race and a top scrap for the win between MM & VR. MM was expected but VR was a revelation. Great debut for Redding. Taking Hayden's scalp on a first race on the same bike is no mean feat. COTA will be a more typical return to normal than Losail looks like.


March 23, 2014 5:10 PM

MotoGP » Bautista reaping rewards of strong pre-season

Happy to see AB going well he's had a lot to sort out with no one else to share the development load with sorting the boingy and stoppy parts out for Honda, so he's earned every last 10th outta that bike. Gotta hope that the HRC techs keep ABs engine on full noise and let him off the leash properly... Gresini and Alvaro deserve to be treated right by Honda after spending 2 seasons as a glorified test mule for them.


March 23, 2014 4:55 PM

MotoGP » Aleix Espargaro explains qualifying 'disaster'

Aleix wasn't really a crasher on the Priller though I get it there's got to be more pressure and more excited anticipation going for a front row. I really don't have a clue hoe the race is going to pan out.... Isn't that great! SO good not to be 99% sure who is going to be top 4 even before 1st Practice. Rules messy but I'm not complaining if it helps close the machinery up so guys like AE get to actually RACE!


March 23, 2014 2:12 PM

MotoGP » Lorenzo: Open class has too much advantage

Sorry Jorge, youre a great rider, and of the Factory guys last year my feeling is that your performance deserved to come out on top. But.... none of the Factory guys including JL were bothered when they Knew CRT werent even in the same postcode, and that Satellite bikes were kept a step behind and coukd also be controlled to a degree so they ciuld not present a full challenge. IF he'd lobbied to have things evened up when he had a huge advantage I'd have sympathy for him. I think his problems are twfold though. HRC looking to have the edge over them as expected, and now the possibility of more competition from Open too. Mind you, Open doesnt seem to quite have the legs yet... its the HRC clearing off thats the big thorn in JL & VR sides I think.

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