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TalentFan

September 22, 2014 10:53 AM

MotoGP » Bradley Smith - Q&A


Cue all the negativity and slating for the lad again. Another (for me) honest, critical and business-like appraisal of the situation, and how he is going about his business. A clever and analytical, methodical, professional approach is how this comes across. And a realistic one. All of which will be completely wasted on all of the grunting, ignorant and unthinking knuckle-draggers who'll just say he is rubbish and doesn't deserve the ride. The haters and trolls obviously cannot think as clearly and methodically as BS can from the comfort of their Sofa's, while he's doing it at 200+mph while trying to analyse his form and determine set-up and style. I like and look forward to these Bradley Q&A's. He's always got something interesting and informative to say, and clearly puts a lot of thought and effort into every aspect of riding a MotoGP bike.

TalentFan

September 22, 2014 3:46 PM

MotoGP » How big is too big for MotoGP?


You can't 'shave more weight off the bike' anyway... as now there is a minimum bike weight. So... a combined bike/rider weight package would allow some flexibility, but as has been stated, cost a team a lot to achieve a weight saving on the bike to compensate for a heavy rider, AND it'd mean a bigger rider gets a lighter bike than a smaller bloke - which has the pendulum swinging the other way! Thats why I suggested a 'sensible' bike weight, and a fuel formula so that at least a heavier guy can have more fuel to compensate for his size & weight disadvantage. As the riders say, even then the heavier bloke still has the extra weight to stop and turn. I'm glad that this article and rider comments have come out though. Its funny when the likes of Brain have given me heaps of grief about my loony theories - only to have the riders say pretty much exactly what I have (I bet that made him groan). Now Brain is trying to backpedal, but stealthily so, hoping that no-one will notice haha.

TalentFan

September 22, 2014 11:35 AM

WSBK » van der Mark steps up to WSBK with Honda


VDM looks like a damn good rider. Just like Leon Haslam, his Suzuka 8-Hrs performance proves the lad can ride a superbike.... but not necessarily the electronics-laden WSBK one. The recent LH Q&A outlined clearly that the Suzuka bikes run a spec where the rider has more of a say in how it runs than he does in WSBK. And the Honda is struggling there (ironically when HRC use electronics to dominate in MotoGP). Also... let's hope he doesn't end up like Jon Rea on the same career path and same stalling of his progression. Honda haven't IMO treated Rea all that well, esp. when he clearly demonstrated he's the only chap so far to get the most out of the Fireblade. JR believed, hung on, stuck around... and has been passed over after sacrificing years on a under-performing package, when there's a strong chance if he'd jumped ship he'd have a title (or at least a lot more silverware on the sideboard) by now.

TalentFan

September 22, 2014 2:39 PM

MotoGP » Bradley Smith - Q&A


Yes BS needs to beat PE..... just as much really as DP needed (and needs) to beat MM. But.... even if he doesn't, that does not definitely mean he's not good enough. The Team will see how he is performing with all things considered (and all the things we cannot hope to know) and if he is close enough to warrant / justify his position. One rider has to beat the other - so one is always going to be No2. DP keeps his ride because he's their best option - he is not dumped simply because a highly-rated rookie beat him. Same can apply for BS. Pol came in with A full Factory Yamaha contract and great things are expected of him - its reasonable to think that he is expected to be the better of the 2 by Yamaha. I'd guess it'd damage PE's stock more to be beat by BS, than it would the other way around. So if PE beats BS (like he is so far)... then that doesn't have to mean BS is a) rubbish, b) on the way out. But for sure it would be far better for BS if his 'long game' (of working hard

TalentFan

September 22, 2014 11:58 AM

MotoGP » Bradley Smith - Q&A


.......... (BTW - for all we know Pol might be less analytical than BS, and is actually going fast on settings that BS is working out. It happens, & maybe BS's skills in this area is one of his key benefits to Tech3. Not saying it IS so, but T3 did give BS another year!) Guiliano often out qualifies Chas Davies. But CD tends to outpace DG in Races, and it seems to be CD that works hard on setup. Setup that benefits DG as well as himself. But the primary point was that BS simply gets disproportionately 'picked on' because he's not achieving results that no other Satellite rider is achieving either, and (as the article makes clear) there's often a lot going on behind the scenes with these so-called identical bikes that we simply aren't aware of.

TalentFan

September 22, 2014 11:49 AM

MotoGP » Bradley Smith - Q&A


DB8: Also strange that an apparent Bradley Smith fan disagrees with me that he should be beating his team mate. There was no trolling in my statement. I've stood up for Bradley in the past, because he gets a lot of negative comments from negative people, but how can you disagree that he should be beating his team mate?
DB8. Don't take my post personally. I wasn't inferring that your post was trolling, and you ask a valid question. However, BS was answering questions posed to him (and he wasn't asked about Pol). My post was about a lot of posters who ALWAYS come out from under their rocks to lay into BS whenever any article or thread involves him. Invariably these negative posters have little or no substance in what they knuckle, and seem to think that if BS isn't inside the top 5, that that is enough 'evidence' to proclaim him to be rubbish, while totally ignoring the lack of parity among teams and the clear pecking order. (BTW - for all we know Pol mi

TalentFan

September 22, 2014 4:11 PM

MotoGP » How big is too big for MotoGP?


(Rossi) "you pay already five kilos you lose a tenth at the end of the lap. This is true. So to arrive at the same level you have to be better in some other areas." Redding 78kG, Marquez 59kG. 19kG difference (not including extra leather etc. in his suits), so lets say a round 20kG. That means (on EQUAL) bikes MM has a 4 tenths A LAP advantage, while Dani has over half a second. A Lap. Think on that. (Rossi) “Also with the fuel. When you have more weight you use more fuel, so automatically the bike becomes slower and slower. It is a problem for the tall guys.” So, with a tight fuel limit in Factory kit, Reddings actual deficit per lap (in fuel save mode in latter laps) is likely to be greater than 4 tenths a lap. So over a 25-lap race... Redding on a Repsol should not be able to get within 10 - 12+ Seconds of Marquez's pace, not due to talent, but due to size. Anyone still think poor SR has a prayer of podiums in 2015? Not on paper he hasn't - UNLESS he really is (significan

TalentFan

September 22, 2014 2:47 PM

WSBK » van der Mark steps up to WSBK with Honda


Trouble is Chopper51.... that MotoGP would not offer VDM any chance to make a name for himself. If he got any ride in MotoGP he'd be a grid-filler on a mediocre package. This is what will happen to EL, as is afflicting SR and NH and really most of the field by varying degrees. He could have tried the 'Sam Lowes' route (I think VDM is good enough to make the transition to a super-stiff highly competitive Moto2 arena... though even there (as SL is showing) you really need a top team to have a chance - talent alone won't get you there. Apart from that... there's nothing left but a WSBK ride. If (IF) he can shine on the bike like Rea has, AND makes the jump away from it sooner, maybe he has a chance?

TalentFan

September 19, 2014 4:41 PM

MotoGP » Loris Baz looking for a ride


Brain:
TalentFan:
Brain:
I had hoped you'd start to ignore my posts, so I could ignore you.
When a post count queen rambles on and on for an entire page, it's virtually impossible to ignore. It must be maddening to have so much to say with nobody listening.
Please TRY! At least this time it's just a personal b1tchy snipe, and you've for once not decided to try and rubbish what I posted, just because I posted it. At least I HAVE something to say.


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