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TalentFan

August 27, 2014 5:16 PM

MotoGP » Pedrosa eager to join battle of Britain


I'm not the only only one who thinks that the-powers-that-be have decided to engineer Marquez to be the new Rossi. All of em have seen what a money-spinner the Rossi phenomenon has been. And it is very possible that when Rossi finally hands up his helmet that MotoGP could see a slump. Thing is... despite no doubt excellent management and PR, not all of Rossi's charisma and appeal was manufactured. His public appeal and success cannot be simply concocted. Success and titles will carry mark a long way and make him popular. But I can't see him inspiring the same levels of widespread support as VR despite the Spin Doctors best efforts. But... it certainly looks like he's the chosen one to carry the flag for MotoGP into the post-Rossi era. So he WILL be successful. Which means DP gets to stay bridesmaid.

TalentFan

August 27, 2014 5:48 PM

MotoGP » Rossi ‘closer to goal’ heading to Silverstone


Thinking aloud here.... The team controls the data, electronics and set up of the bike, yes? The teams have terabytes of data on the setups of their riders, yes? So, with the Factory resources, they should be able to consistently set up a bike for their top-drawer riders to exploit fully, yes? So its reasonable to say that the team performance in bike prep should be consistent at this stage of the season. So... why did MM struggle at Brno? He hasnt before!, Meanwhile DP (who has not enjoyed such good feeling with his bike) has the opposite happen to his setup! Bizarre and too random IMO. Whats the only thing (apart from the track & weather) that the Team cannot fully control and regulate then? And what is THE vital interface? Yup - that'll be the TYRES then. See now why I'm asking these kinds of questions?

TalentFan

August 27, 2014 5:31 PM

MotoGP » Rossi ‘closer to goal’ heading to Silverstone


....... If not.... then ask yourself WHY? Its easy to do and costs nothing. I know of no such 'Football World Cup' style random public tyre allocation process? Do You? Without one... then we have to accept that it is more than possible that some teams could get tyres that were just a bit more equal than others. Not definite. But definitely POSSIBLE. Or... it could simply be that Bridgestone's quality control isn't all it should be, and that tyre performance within batches is variable perhaps. Either way - I am increasingly thinking that (as does indeed the Prof) tyres may be deciding the outcome of races like Brno 2014.

TalentFan

August 27, 2014 5:27 PM

MotoGP » Rossi ‘closer to goal’ heading to Silverstone


Codger...... Are you forgetting to take your meds? Never mind. If you want to believe the Prof and I are one and the same, crack on sunshine. I will admit the whole tyre thing interests me more and more though, but there's a key difference.... I actually still am in favour of control tyres (as long as 'control' is in the correct as in 'regulated and identical for all' sense of the term), whereas the Prof seems to hate the idea of a single tyre rule. Tyres are the only interface between rider, bike and track surface. So for sure they are pivotal (har). And there's evidence the tyres are inconsistent, so that will drastically affect performance and competitiveness in a single stroke. Question. Are you CERTAIN tyres are batched and distributed in a FOOLPROOF and PUBLIC, lottery-style draw that GUARANTEES random allocation to teams/riders? If not.... then ask yourself WHY? Its easy to do and costs nothing. I know of no such 'Football World Cup' style random public tyre allocatio

TalentFan

August 27, 2014 4:51 PM

MotoGP » Rossi ‘closer to goal’ heading to Silverstone


Joeski. Yeah, I'm one of the 'conspiracy guys'. Without wanting to steal ProfX's material too much... I think your 'top 4' battle might just be decided by tyres. It looked to me like MM's steamroller was stopped not by any change in his riding, but in him lacking grip at Brno. His bike looked unsettled and struggling to turn in and hold a line (relatively, it still wasn't a Ducati), and also on corner exit. Weirdly, DP's bike was great, when previously he seemed to have grip issues elsewhere like MM had at Brno. BS & CC were both vocal about huge tyre performance discrepancy (on the same compound at Brno) to the tune of over 1s a lap in Quali. The BIG questions for me are not IF the tyres may be so variable in a control tyre.... but WHY, and HOW.

TalentFan

August 27, 2014 8:57 PM

MotoGP » Rossi ‘closer to goal’ heading to Silverstone


Actually Joeski... if I had my tinfoil conspiracy theorist hat on, I'd be asking myself.... IF tyres could be manipulated through loopholes, then who would best profit through manipulating their Distribution? Ok yes, a Team might. But there's limited mileage in limiting the potential of one of your own bikes at this stage, so really a team would want the best for both riders. But... an organiser might well want to spice up the show for the punters by chucking in the odd curve ball perhaps? Its not a new idea by a long shot. To prevent people even thinking it, then Dorna could easily and at no cost have public witnessed lottery draws for tyres (and indeed Moto2 engines). It is very interesting to me that they seem to have choosen not to do so.

TalentFan

August 27, 2014 9:24 PM

MotoGP » Rossi ‘closer to goal’ heading to Silverstone


Regarding control elements and the need for such controls be be open book and independently verifiable (so that it is abundantly clear to teams and fans alike that all is fair, sqeaky-clean & beyond question).. Another anomaly to consider. Moto2 engines. Reportedly batched and dynoed before batch release to guarantee no motor will differ from any other by more than 1hp. This means that just what engines make how much power is known. But again - no public hat draw type distribution I know of. MarcVDS successfully complained at getting a mutt for Redding when he was leading the Moto2 WC, & got issued another motor. This should not have been possible. Yet it was PROVED. If it can happen with motors, it can happen with tyres then. Questions, questions.......

TalentFan

August 27, 2014 9:09 PM

MotoGP » Rossi ‘closer to goal’ heading to Silverstone


As for the changing environmental conditions argument... yes of course. But.... youd expect variance against others to be very small given the data and electronic compensations, and youd also expect all to be affected negatively, even if some were affected less than others. Conditions played no part in CC and BS finding identical tyres back to back in quali where no setup or condition change was present resulted in over 1s lap time improvement immediately at Brno either - that HAD to be down to the rear tyre swap. All I'm saying is that there seems to be a glaring loophole in the control tyre distribution, and that there's enough circumstantial pointers to enable me to query it. After all, we can all agree that no matter how good the bike and rider, he cannot win without tyre performance at least on par with his closest rivals, yes?


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