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October 01, 2014 4:26 PM

MotoGP » Iodaracing planning to stay in MotoGP

How can Ioda stay in MotoGP? I thought all 24 grid places were taken. 2x Repsol Honda 2x Factory Yamaha 2x Factory Ducati 2x Tech 3 Yamaha 2x LCR Honda 2x Pramac Ducati 2x Gresini Aprilia 2x Aspar Honda 2x Factory Suzuki 2x Forward Yamaha 2x Avintia Ducati 1x Marc VDS Honda 1x AB Cardion Honda I realise there are still 4 seats unaccounted for in that lot but I was under the impression the bikes were confirmed even if the riders aren't. Anyone shed some light?


September 29, 2014 4:33 PM

MotoGP » Moto3: Fenati charges to victory - Miller, Marquez clash

Interesting to see the way the Miller incident is described on his web site. He was "hit on the inside by another rider -leading to a crash" apparently. That's not how I remembered it from yesterday. So in the interests of fairness I found footage of the crash from 3 different angles and watched them in slow mo. Going into the corner Marquez is in front and Miller starts moving to pass on the outside. Miller has better corner speed and by the apex he is half a wheel in front although they are basically side-by-side. Just a fraction of a second before he crashed Miller turns in tighter ever so slightly causing him to touch Marquez and lose control and crash out. As far as I can see Marquez kept a constant arc all the way around the corner. He didn't sit up, or run wide. My opinion (and that's all it is) is that Jack made a risky move, made a very slight mistake executing it and paid a very heavy price. A racing incident, but I fail to see any fault from Marquez.


September 30, 2014 11:10 AM
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MotoGP » Valentino Rossi talks Aragon accident

RSMick:Again if he had kept between the white lines like most of the riders did he wouldn't have crashed. You sometimes have to pay for your mistakes.
I don't quite understand your logic. So you're saying it's ok have something which serves no purpose but which is potentially dangerous? The reasoning being that it's not a problem if nobody makes a mistake. I can't disagree more. Riders WILL make mistakes at times when they're pushing hard. It's inevitable in motorsport of any kind. There should be least possible risk of injury (or worse) when those mistakes do happen. You can't build a wall next to track and say "it's perfectly safe as long as you don't hit it." Same logic applies here. If the astroturf had some genuine reason for being there (other than in car racing) fair enough, but it doesn't.


September 29, 2014 11:07 AM

MotoGP » Grass to grass ends in big Iannone accident

As I understand it the astroturf is there for the car racing. Something to do with reducing traction if they run wide which acts as a penalty. However, it is clearly a real hazard for bikes as we've seen with Iannone and Rossi this week and other riders in the past (Tomizawa amongst others). Why have a large run off area for riders who run wide only to have a short stretch of gripless plastic before you get to it? I hope the riders' safety commission raises this at their next meeting. There was a real risk of serious injury this weekend with the poor conditions.


September 29, 2014 8:54 AM

MotoGP » Moto3 Aragon - Race Results

What a brilliant race. Even more action than a normal Moto3 race. Ride of the day for me was Fenati. He came from 15th place, putting in fastest lap after fastest lap to close down the leading group and then battled for the win tooth and nail. Good clean riding too. Miller caused his own crash in my opinion. It was a desperate attempt to pass at all costs which backfired badly. He obviously had the pace to run in the front group and challenge for the win, so why try such an aggressive pass so early in the race? Great ride from Danny Kent too. A well deserved result for him.


September 29, 2014 2:40 PM

MotoGP » Lorenzo victorious as rain causes chaos at Aragon

RSMick: You have to have something to penelize not staying on track, the words of Julian Ryder and Keith Huwen yesterday.
Surely running on in a corner, having to slow and turn the bike and get back on track, probably losing time and possibly positions is penalty enough for a small mistake with braking, or finding a bike on the line you want and having to run on. It happens regularly and I don't hear anyone complaining that the rider has gained any sort of advantage. There is no need to put a potentially dangerous strip of fake grass between the track and the run off area which serves no purpose other than being a hazard.


September 29, 2014 1:51 PM

MotoGP » Lorenzo victorious as rain causes chaos at Aragon

Yearby23: Both factors though. Rossi out-braking and the astro-turf. If Rossi hadn't of crashed no one would be complaining about astro-turf on here.
I agree that both things contributed. However, only the astroturf presented a hazard. Rossi and Iannone crashing may have created more of an uproar than if it had been just Iannone for example, but that can only be a good thing for safety if someone listens. I (and many others) have expressed concern about astroturf before, especially after Tomizawa's fatal crash, although I'd forgotten about it until yesterday. Maybe someone as high profile as Rossi can get something done about it where anyone else might find it difficult.


September 29, 2014 12:38 PM

MotoGP » Lorenzo victorious as rain causes chaos at Aragon

Yearby23: So it's the astroturfs fault now? Not the fact Rossi out-braked himself...
Rossi made a mistake and ran a few inches wide. If it had been a normal run off area instead of astro turf, he would have been able to rejoin the track (possibly a few places down) and carry on with the race. The super-slippery-when-wet astro turf was responsible for the bike going down. Same goes for Iannone's crash. Without astro turf just off the outside of the kerb, he would have recovered control and been back on track.


September 25, 2014 9:40 AM

MotoGP » Pol Espargaro - Q&A

If the rider contest is done n dusted in the lower classes, then why have a top class at all then?. Worryingly I agree with this whole-heartedly. Using results in a different class as a yard stick of performance is misleading at best. Look at some of the champions who've moved to MotoGP from WSBK for example. Even Moto2, look at Toni Elias as case in point. Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP may compete at the same events and be part of the same overall show, but they are completely different disciplines.

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