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MartinJSUK

March 21, 2015 11:40 AM

WSBK » Rea edges Haslam to take first Thai WSBK pole


Great to see Rea doing so well, I was confident pre-season that he could at least match Sykes despite the Kawasaki being his bike and it being his team, and so far he's comfortably on top in that team. Great that his superb efforts on the outdated Honda are being rewarded now - Guintoli and van der Mark's relative struggles on the Honda back up the view that Rea has been possibly the best WSBK rider in recent years.

MartinJSUK

March 22, 2015 5:44 PM

WSBK » Downbeat Sykes admits to Kawasaki struggles


We can't read too much after two circuits - one brand new and one never Tom's strongest - but I'm not surprised Rea has come into the team and given him such a stern test. With Aprillia scaling back, Ducati's many early-season crashes and Honda with two new riders, you have to feel that Kawasaki need to build a lead early in the season, and only one rider looks like doing that.

MartinJSUK

March 21, 2015 11:42 AM

F1 » Nasr irked by ‘pay driver’ assumption


The runner-up in GP2 should be getting an F1 drive on merit, but sadly the sport's economics are in such a mess that he needs to rely on sponsors to get there (and last year's GP2 champion can't get a drive at all). I guess he's a mixture of money and merit, but if he can put a decent season together he might find himself ina paid drive with a decent team in 2016 or beyond.

MartinJSUK

March 15, 2015 11:03 AM

F1 » Hamilton romps to Australian Grand Prix win


Cars that can't be turned on, cars that can't complete an installation lap, trained lawyers signing three drivers to watertight contracts when they only run 2 cars, wheels that don't come off or go on properly, minor or non-incidents eliminating two top drivers from the meeting, cars a 17-year-old can drive almost as well as a veteran,rules designed to hinder the new manufacturer set up at the insistence of the biggest supplier. In general, a complete fiasco, a snooze, and a waste of everyone's time and money.

MartinJSUK

March 10, 2015 2:54 AM

F1 » Van der Garde legal decision with Sauber delayed


Whatever the rights and wrongs of the case, Giedo is not improving his situation by going to these extreme measures, especially so close to the start of the season. He could end up paying serious money to driving a car he doesn't know, for a team who don't want him, against a decent team-mate who will probably resent his presence. Does that set of ingredients make him likely to do enough to earn a 2016 drive with anyone, even before the toxic reputation he's buying himself is considered? And if he loses the case, nobody will touch him again. Ultimately, he's died by the very sword he lived by, it's not as if he got to F1 on talent alone.

MartinJSUK

January 02, 2015 7:43 PM

F1 » Ex-F1 driver Montagny fails drugs test


Presumably there was enough left in his bloodstream to be affecting his reaction times and hazard perception - which seems unacceptable in such a high-speed high-risk sport. The fact that he didn't appeal suggests that he was fully aware of what he was doing too. I really hope he gets a chance of rehabilitation and gets to return, with the same skill and racecraft but as a much happier and more grounded person.


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