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TalentFan

March 22, 2014 12:10 AM

MotoGP » Happy Bautista top 'factory' rider at Losail


2 seasons basically flogging a Showa/Nissin Honda test mule through races to suit HRC has been AB's lot. Its good to see him going well and showing he is better than so many give him credit for. Like I keep saying... level the tech playing field and rides like AB, AE and others can start to prove that the gap to the "Aliens" may be nowhere near as big as those Factory bike uber-electronics and uber-budgets have been making it look. Same goes for the likes of Nicky Hayden, who right now is proving it too, unfortunately by a lack of pace brought on by a bike that is not as competitive as AB's.

TalentFan

March 22, 2014 7:58 AM

MotoGP » Rossi: Espargaro is the race favourite in Qatar


....... So.. if Factory teams are at a disadvantage (IF) then they chose their path. They chose 5 motors, 20L etc. In any case HRC & Yamaha will only be getting a small dose of the feeling they have dished out to Sat & Private Teams forever. At least they had choices, & they took them - a choice their Satellite customers were never given by them. Saying the Factory teams might be hard done by is rubbish IMO.

TalentFan

March 21, 2014 7:40 PM

MotoGP » Qatar MotoGP - Free Practice (3) Results


Im still keeping my optimism under wraps. I have an idea that its just that the Factory guys simply dont have enough of that dreaded data for Losail. The new tyre compounds mean that their software solutikns from last year dont work as well, so they simply havent had the time yet to analyse what data they are collecting, and be able to translate that into new pages of code and algorithms for the ecu to optimise the electronics to the track and the new tyres. You can bet that the software guys are on overtime flat out to come uo with simething for qulaifying tomorrow. Once the Factories get a handle on the new tyre electronic solutions the Open guys will get a harder time, and every track they geg tk the Factory setup will get optimised faster and faster. Its far too soon to be sure of a new dawn and new winners and a big shift in the status quo IMO. And I'm one of the ones who wants to see the Factory tech advantages removed and the electronics curbed!

TalentFan

March 22, 2014 8:24 AM

MotoGP » Happy Bautista top 'factory' rider at Losail


@V4Poweeeer Gresini and AB have developed that Showa and Nissin kit for Honda, basically making AB job much harder with no other data but his own. So they deserve the props for how good the stuff now is. Honda used Gresini over the last 2 seasons to get around testing restrictions, they own both brands, and I'm sure that Honda hate it that they've had to use competitors Ohlins and Brembo kit to be competitive. So... if AB now is in a position where his bike is getting competitive at least with other satellite factory bikes, well he deserves it cos its his work and that of his team that got it there.

TalentFan

March 22, 2014 7:53 AM

MotoGP » Rossi: Espargaro is the race favourite in Qatar


I dont know why anyone is whining about the Factory Teams only having 20L. No one should forget their insistence that mfrs wanted to use to MGP to develop, it was a key element for them.... plus the MSMA proposed the fuel and engine limits themselves. Open Class was not introduced with development as the goal, but Racing. And ALL entrants were given the option by Dorna to choose which rules set they wished to follow in advance. This is pretty generous. In fact, thd only team to get mucked about really were Ducati, when they opted for OC and then the knee jerk F2 move. Bottom line? The Factory teams were given the choice and chose keeping their own advanced software and secrets, with their self proposed constraints rather than join the new OC rules and get the same rules as the rest of the field. So.. if Factory teams are at a disadvantage (IF) then they chose it and in any case will only be getting a small dose of the feeling they have dished out to Sat & Private Teams forever. A

TalentFan

March 21, 2014 10:26 PM

MotoGP » Espargaro continues unbeaten run, Crutchlow misses cut


Working so hard on development so they could dominate and Dictate the general finishing order with them always at the front, getting loads of positive exposure for their brand, while increasingly making MotoGP processional and predictable. Honda & Yamaha look after their own best jnterests. All Dorna are doing is (finally!) Making some apparent effort to look after the interests of Grand Prix Racing. Which means stopping the mfrs having advantages that ruin the Racing. I have no problem with that. At all. Agree that Bautista n Gresini have done a good job though.

TalentFan

March 21, 2014 11:05 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: Espargaro is the race favourite in Qatar


Still think at the moment the Factory guys ard suffering as they havent collected loads of data for Losail with the new tyre compounds for 2014. So their electronics (the bane of mc racing) arent optimised yet for the new rubber. If they have enough time to crunch the numbers then the Factory boys could well be back up front. If not fully sorted this weekend then they will IMO. Its way too early yet to think the Factory lot are out of it.

TalentFan

March 21, 2014 9:03 PM

MotoGP » Honda explains standard ECU agreement


Yup. That was me. And at the time I wrote it I meant it, and Dorna hadnt shown anything but capitulation to the MSMA. Now it is different, so Im happy to acknowledge it. Really Mick. Being a little bit petty arent you? I note you dont quote me when I said ages ago that the Mfrs had to be reined in and that it was inevitable if MotoGP was to move forward. If you cant stand a different standpoint to your own without getting all bitter and twisted, and looking to get all b1tchy then maybe you oughta give it up or go geg some counselling. Seriously.

TalentFan

March 22, 2014 12:24 AM

MotoGP » Qatar MotoGP - Free Practice (3) Results


DontTesttheX: Not liking the dorna system one bit. Talk about market distortion/intervention.
And what would you call the years of Factory Team domination where they always made sure they had more of everything to ensure advantage and wins? To my mind at least the organiser intervention is more likely to be to even up the field, rather than stratify it as the Mfrs do deliberately in their own favour. Definitely the lesser of 2 evils IMO. Even if it is a freak one off, Losail 2014 has been one of the most interesting pre-qual Practices for many a long year!


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