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April 30, 2013 3:49 PM

MotoGP » Valentino Rossi: We can be very fast at Jerez

Pre-event expectations favour Yamaha first and George,Dani and Valentino secondly in no particular order. Of course Marc will be up there,but a yard or so off the other three over race distance I expect. Why?. COTA was an entirely different kettle of to Jerez. The old guard know Jerez on a GP prototype and will carry that through the weekend. Marc's best chance is a Qatar like podium on paper right now. Mind you he is full of surprises. I would not mind at all seeing another one.


April 29, 2013 5:44 PM

WSBK » WSBK Assen: Checa won’t back down from Ducati challenge

Three races in and losing the restrictors is no longer an option. That is of course if the FIM and the fans wish to see twins compete against 4's on any given Sunday. Next round is Monza. Personally I couldn't be bothered. Keep the rules as they are and Ducati may as well pull out. The ballast needs to be junked as well. Race of the day was Superstock 1000 anyway.


April 12, 2013 7:50 PM

WSBK » WSBK Aragon 2013: Laverty pips Davies in Q1

The backfired trick and the Panigale. With all the mass and restrictor penalties,Ducati went 'supersquare' to achieve swept volume and maxRPM. Correct in theory,but its hurt them both ways. A twin cannot max swept volume like any 4 and the super short stroke robs the bike of the the bottom end initial grunt off the corner. No doubt the supersquare twin is an amazing piece of tackle on the road. In that realm it has the best of everything. At the cutting edge on the SBK race track it is seriously compromised. Compromise is what the Panigale is at this level and its showing.


March 20, 2013 4:00 PM

MotoGP » Hayden, Spies sample COTA on Panigales

Colin and Jonathan Green were cruising around on R6's I believe. No harm in learning a thing or two about the circuit on Panigalle's or Go-Moto scooter's,even a bicycle at that rate. What's important is that the Ducati (American) boys will arrive in Austin with some track knowledge under their belts. Smart move by Gobmeier to not waste effort and $$$ going to Austin for the GP test alongside HRC and Yamaha. Good to see they commited to giving their riders a little track experience prior to the event.


March 05, 2013 7:08 PM

MotoGP » Marquez: Qatar level clearer at Austin and Jerez

No doubt about it. Ducati were invited and HRC/Yamaha hoped they would. AUDI/VW aborted the proposal because of the cost. Maybe its time to stop laying blame at Ducati's doorstep. VW call the shots and I don't think they give two hoots about MGP. As long as the Ducati brand's exclusivity punts sales into the stratosphere stateside,this trend will continue. I guess Preziosi saw this comming and Gobmeier now sits with the poisoned challis. More support will go in SBK's direction from now on from VW. The original D16 GP project is destined to die a natural death. Lets face it. How many VW's and Audi's are sold daily vs GP derived L-4 Desmo Ducati's. Strictly business. Anyway this was about Marquez on the L-4 HRC bike. His take on Jerez and Austin testing is telling. He sure is a realist. 9 days at Sepang is not representative. He's got his head screwed on right. Should he remain top 3 over the next couple of tests the 2013 championship is a definite 'go' for him. Like it.


February 28, 2013 4:46 PM

MotoGP » Sepang 'reality' for Valentino Rossi

Not surprising. We get older and slower. Rossi can draw on experience over race distance and thats about it. Bearing in mind Sepang is arguably his best circuit,this test is pretty representative of his potential 2013. Take heart Vale. Consistency saw Nick as GP Champion back in 2006. This will be his target as it was on the red bike. Keep it upright over the weekend and see how it all pans out. A title is always in the offing. No win it or bin it approach from him. Never was.


February 26, 2013 4:18 PM

MotoGP » Sepang II MotoGP test times - Tuesday (Final)

By and large, unimpressive stuff from the entire bunch. Let me qualify the statement. Millions are spent getting teams opportunity to test at exotic locations and yet you have a situation where,once they arrive,they spend half of the day at least sitting on their collective backsides. Not long ago everyone bemoaned the fact that limited testing was doing the series harm. Now,they have all the time in the world,yet if everything is not 100% they sit in the box.. On average the riders put in 125 km today and they did not even have to contend with oncomming traffic. WOW !! Then they complain they don't have enough testing time. Rain came down and so what ? Go test ! There is no gaurantee that it will not rain on race day. Witness 2012.


February 12, 2013 6:25 PM

MotoGP » Pedrosa, Hayden talk one engine less - for 2013

Jeez that was all of a sudden. I'll take a while to get used to the layout,but I like it. My previous comment was no put down on Lorenzo. It was a big up. The engine cap is no big deal for MSMA prototypes,its the same for all. The rubber..therein lies the real rub. Only way to neutralise the MSMA prototype Factory prototype club is to allow open warfare within the black magic. I reckon Michelin,Dunlop and HangCook can develope compounds and structure for particular bikes and teams per circuit quicker than the MSMA and Dorna can change engine rules and ECU'S than Dorna can manipulate factory seats.


February 12, 2013 3:50 PM

MotoGP » Pedrosa, Hayden talk one engine less - for 2013

George run 4 engines ? Ha ! The bloke is so ruthlessly efficient at managing everything MGP, from raw race pace to tyres to team mates, 4 engines is a handicap Dorna should impose on him like they did with the late weight increase imposed on HRC last year. Ducati. Well,never was a problem with the engine. Anyway,its by and large an MSMA deal,rather than a Dorna decree. All in the name of development for the road. Now for 2014. If they could agree to enforce road/production valve train actuation on all GP bikes and impose a 15000RPM limit with the spec ECU, we would see some real close action on track.

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