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TalentFan

June 20, 2014 7:32 AM

MotoGP » Ducati likely to lease rather than sell


Maybe loads of posters forget or are too young to recall that Yamaha and ESP Honda couldn't build a chassis that handled even in their GP bikes for years and years - even with their vast resources. Even Yam were being shown how to do it by ROC and Harris etc. and Hondas rep for mega engines and shopping trolley chassis is something they had for far longer than Ducati have carried it. There's an argument that Yamaha actually learned much of what made their bikes sweet handlers from privateer bikes using their motors and commissioned chassis rather than from their own engineers. It's taken Honda decades, lots of wrong turns, mass data and uber-budgets to get their chassis understanding to where it is now. So Ducati with a fraction of the resources and without solutions already... It's hardly a surprise that they've not nailed it, and a bit unfair to dish out the slating they get when Yam and Honda went through the same thing (they have just cured their issues over a much longer timefra

TalentFan

June 17, 2014 9:18 PM

MotoGP » Nakamoto: Racing is in Honda’s DNA


Nakamoto grudgingly admitted that a rev limit would work.... but stayed well away from admitting it would also remove the need for some v v expensive exotic materials, also pneumatic valves etc. In other words take away a lot of the advantages Honda can afford to spend on better than anyone else. In the meantime Honda have the customer RCV as a rolling testbed as a contingency, so they'll have a jump start with std valvegear data ( just in case). Vast budgets give them options no one else can compete with. He also didnt mention that Honda are vehemently against a rev limit in MotoGP (unless the limit was so high it didnt affect them of course - justvlike they have stopped bitching about the spec software now its going to have so much scope it wont curb their data-handling advantages IMO). Look up inscrutable in a dictionary - there ought to be a reference and picture of Nakamoto next to it!

TalentFan

June 20, 2014 8:07 AM

MotoGP » Ducati likely to lease rather than sell


What about Honda owned Showa suspension? They've been trying for donkey's years to build suspension that works as well as Ohlins. Hondas own Factory bikes use what forks? Yup - Ohlins. So even when Honda have been gathering data for years using another company's fork on their own chassis, and running. Showa fork on the same chassis and getting data from that.... Honda still prefer the forks they don't make themselves on their Repsol bikes. I've yet to see a single poster laying into Honda for not being able to build suspension. Hmm. Why could this be? Oversight? Ignorance of this? Or just that Honda win while Ducati struggle, so Ducati are an easy dog to kick perhaps?

TalentFan

June 20, 2014 7:52 AM

MotoGP » Ducati likely to lease rather than sell


That's not to even mention that now a lot of the percieved chassis problems and the solutions may just as easily be managed by electronics strategies on OTT powerful engines, so there is now another huge and hugely expensive area of development to contend with due to the OTT electronics. It's been reported that the teams no longer mechanically adjust spring rates on suspension during practice and quali - they use the electronics to alter engine characteristics and weight distribution instead. Now then...... Which team has the biggest budgets and a complete army of data engineers crowding their pit, with another vast army back at HRC base sorting all that out? Thinking. It's not a new concept. It'd be nice if some here would try it out before knuckling away on their keyboards with the slating grunts.

TalentFan

June 18, 2014 11:18 AM

MotoGP » Marquez: MotoGP titles matter more than records


Ezpeleta is a self-serving politician IMO. So there will be lots said about what they will do to improve competitiveness by making spec ECU & software compulsory for 2016 - to give the impression that they are proactive and working hard for the benefit of GPs and the fans. Meanwhile behind closed doors the reality is clearly going to be nothing like that - the signs are all there if you look past the Surface at what difference will really occur - ie none. So I can safely predict that the number of non factory wins in MotoGP will be NIL in 2016, & the general status quo unchanged from now. So - great news if you are a mindless factory rider sycophantic football-fan mentality type then. And a kick in the teeth if you are a genuine racing fan. Marquez fans rejoice! I can confidently predict massive success for 'your' rider for the foreseeable future!

TalentFan

June 18, 2014 10:19 PM

MotoGP » Nakamoto: Racing is in Honda’s DNA


Tell you what Truefan.. All the kiddies who never got to see the guys you mention should go digging and check some footage out. In particular for sheer balls and gung-ho, watch Gardner in what, 86 & 87 not just wrestling but having a full on streetfight with that evil aggressive Honda 500NSR. And he won a title while he was at it against legends in their own right. For sheer attention grabbing and seat grabbing entertainment, Gardners antics on that thing make anything young Marquez does on his 2-wheeled X-Box RCV look like a fella popping to the shops on a moped!

TalentFan

June 18, 2014 9:56 PM

MotoGP » Marquez: MotoGP titles matter more than records


@ Truefan. Cheers! Im thinking this to be more of a brief flurry of posts, then another hiatus. I still catch up on the MotoGP races (I used to hate to miss a live race but often now I watch a replay) but its now more of an idle curiosity to see if anything new occurs rather than the passion I had for so many years. So no worries about me getting uptight about it - I've accepted that GPs are a dead duck for a real racing enthusiast so its value to me is not worth it. @ Realist. Unlike me you seem to really getting into it. Ive seen all your recent posts, and I have to say that your growing Marquez fetish is bordering on evangelism, and (to someone like me) really quite disturbing! I'm seeing 93 posters, tee shirts and baseball caps in your near future! Each to their own I guess.

TalentFan

June 18, 2014 7:39 AM

MotoGP » Marquez: MotoGP titles matter more than records


@ AussieNSW See above for my take on the electronics and 2016. As for Dorna.... clearly they are more interested in providing the IMPRESSION that they are taking control of the situation then they are about genuinely changing anything for the better. As for electronics needed as a rider couldnt handle 280bhp without aids... well surely sense prevails here and we acknowledge that then 280bhp is too much? The teams job should be to provide the perfect balance of power and user-friendly and tyre-friendly power delivery for their pilot to utilise better than anyone else over race distance to gain victories? Take away electronic rider aids and the above is EXACTLY what teams would do, as it would self-regulate. It would also cost a fortune less, and enable many more teams to have a competitive package. A no-brainer. Also why Honda fight tooth and nail for as much technical complexity and threaten to leave every time a rev limit is proposed.

TalentFan

June 18, 2014 7:30 AM

MotoGP » Marquez: MotoGP titles matter more than records


@ lexis The big concern is that 2016 looks already to have been derailed, and the s Ec ecu and spec software will actually change little or nothing. Why? Cos it looks like Dorna have caved in to mfr pressure (and/or made a weak and dumb decision) by ramping up the facilities and I/O the ecu has, and the sophistication of the spec software to factory type levels. Remember the furore when the indie teams complained about the spec s-ware update, & that only Ducati in Open had the data resources to use it? Look for the same again. Honda has 10x the data handling and solutions staff, therefore arguably 100x more ability to fine tune the settings better and faster than any satellite team can at any meeting. Factor in their vast databanks of data solutions they can adapt too..... you get the picture. Dont expect 2016 to bring real racing back to MotoGP imo. Its a smokescreen & a con job.


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