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September 25, 2014 10:42 AM

WSBK » Q&A: Davide Gentile (Eugene Laverty's Data Analyst)

Tell you what Crash... next time you do another (yes please, they really are interesting, and not just so I can moan about rider aids either) Davide Gentile interview... Can you ask him... if the need for electronics is Safety... then would he support a rules change that effectively made the rider aids work just for safety, and not about outright lap time optimisation? I've suggested this before... it should be possible to make it so that, IF a rider pushes beyond the boundaries of his own talent, and so triggers and 'leans on' the TC, the anti-wheelie, and so on... that this triggers a 'penalty' setting in the ECU, which reduces power by x amount, for y seconds to both keep the rider safe, but also ensure that he cannot benefit from his employment of the safety aid? You're not allowed to cut a chicane to save a crash and stay on, and gain a place or time, right? So why not apply the same logic to the electronics? It'd put the onus of skill and racing back to the pilot, and yet ke


September 25, 2014 11:27 AM

WSBK » Alex Lowes re-signs with Voltcom Crescent Suzuki

Yearby23: Why?! Seems like both Lowes brothers, hugely talented riders, are stuck with teams that refuse to move to more competitive machinery. Why stay?
Sam's in an iron-clad contract it seems, so he cannot move. Alex? I'm guessing there's limited if any more competitive rides available right now in WSBK, and he's not right at the 'No1' pick spot for one yet either? Also (despite what I may or may not like) it seems that the key factor is Electronics strategies, so it is possible that the GSXR as a base has potential even now... seems that the teams have to rely heavily on what the data boffins can do with super-complex solutions to take that last step (Pata Honda too). So... if (IF) their data guy Davide Gentile really cracks it and wins his race for the team, then maybe Alex has a shot at winning races on the track on a Suzuki? (Hell of a lot of ifs and buts I know!)


September 25, 2014 2:36 PM

WSBK » Dorna lines up new venues for WSBK 2015

I think the racing has been closer in WSBK, simply as the team budgets have meant that its not so easy to get big electronics gains over your rivals through faster and more consistent performance. The complexity and expense of the electronics is high in WSBK - but not the resources to exploit them so well maybe? Either way - it seems that the hotch-potch of rules fudging and the general decline of WSBK is making the future look very sketchy. Its definitely the very poor relation of MotoGP now that Dorna have control of both, so can create a gulf between them. I wouldn't mind if they tried to retain and sustain WSBK as a proddie and simple inexpensive, but still international and high-quality series (its what I think bike racing should be after all - all about the riding talent, not the sparky bits).... but Dorna seem to be doing nothing proactive, as if they don't want to be seen to kill it off, but instead are content to let it wither away through lack of attention.


September 26, 2014 2:26 PM

MotoGP » New Ducati 14.2 sweeps Friday at Aragon

Interesting! Ok, so its too soon to say that's there's a real renaissance and true front-running form from Ducati yet.... but there looks to be some promise. Gigi will become canonised by the Ducatisti if he gets that bike truly competitive! It'd be a very fine achievement if Ducati find a way to rival Honda and Yamaha under the current situation in GP's. Cue now a load of people moaning that Ducati are doing it with the unfair advantage of Open Class rules. Well, I say those rules were there for anyone to adopt for one... and for another why don't these same moaners whinge about Honda & Yamaha having a big technical and budget advantage the rest of the time? Its well known that I don't like all the electronics and rider aids, but if more bikes can genuinely empower their pilots to compete properly (not just settle for best of Tier2, Tier 3 etc.), then that's a positive.


September 26, 2014 2:59 PM

MotoGP » New Ducati 14.2 sweeps Friday at Aragon

FatAlfie: Cue tears from Cal :D
As usual there's always someone just dying to stick the knife under the ribs eh? I never understand why some glory in sticking the boot in - unpleasant and petty IMO. But yes, if Ducati have found something and move forward, then CC might well be left regretting the early Ducati exit. For one thing, he's leaving a Factory Team, and CC knows that he'd have much more likelihood of full support and no restrictions on his performances on the Factory ride. An LCR might (at the moment) prove to be potentially a faster and easier package... but ultimately its a Satellite bike, and Honda will always see to it that it doesn't get every trick bit and trick bit of code that the Repsol boys will get, and so his chances of wins (assuming the ability) are now virtually nil. The LCR might provide the platform for CC's improvement in results, but ultimately limits his horizon / ceiling to top 5 (if lucky) and maybe only top 6 or even top 8


September 25, 2014 3:04 PM

MotoGP » Nicky Hayden explains injury, operation

I flipped a dirtbike and broke my left scaphoid oh, 25-years ago now. Didn't hurt than much at the time, and I rode the dirtbike home one-handed & didn't give it too much concern. Off to A&E, casted up and crack on. But, after the cast was off and just strapped and braced it hurt like hell, and I couldn't put any pressure through the base of my hand without immediate sharp intense pain for I can't recall how long (but it ran into months). Without any rehab it took me weeks & weeks to regain full range of movement (mainly gritting my teeth, immersing my lower arm in water as hot as I could stand it (to warm everything up), and then manipulating the joint. I reckon it was at least 4 months after the cast was off before I never noticed it intruding any more. Nicky's medical and aftercare / rehab would have been top-notch, but even so, I can imagine he's had to endure one heck of a lot of discomfort, and the thought of him controlling a tankslapper with that wrist makes me wince just


September 25, 2014 2:25 PM

MotoGP » Rossi pushing for victory repeat

In terms of support... then (as much as I think Dani is a great rider)... then as he has always had top-drawer kit and support, then I can see the argument for suggesting he has under-achieved. Although, we really ought to take his bad luck and fragility compounding that bad luck into account. With a bit of a 'rub of the green' DP might well have a WC or 2 Trophy on the sideboard. Its not a coincidence nor 'just' their talent that has seen the MotoGP Champions get those titles. It's the fact that every one of them had a package that was either THE best, or ONE of the very best, while most of the field that could discount as true rivals. So, of the current top 4 who are riding and have ridden on the only Title-potential bikes in the field... 3 of the 4 are WC's, while 1 isn't. That still doesn't necessarily make DP undeserving of the seat though.


September 25, 2014 10:17 AM

WSBK » Foret gets WSBK return with Pedercini Kawasaki

Another of the 'old guard' old-school over-40's. A bit like Stalker in BSB perhaps, except I think part of CW's renaissance is the curbing of electronics in BSB has given him the scope to use his skill and experience, whereas in WSBK for FF, his experience is more likely to be a handicap (when trusting in and exploiting the electronics to do their job for you seems to be essential). Add to that that FF always seemed more at home on a SS than on a SB, and I feel he's got a tough job on his hands. I do wish him well though, despite my reservations.

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