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July 10, 2014 8:45 AM

MotoGP » Eugene Laverty: MotoGP talks with Aprilia, Suzuki, Ducati

I think that Tom Sykes' style is totally superbike and would be difficult to change whereas Eugene has experience on a larger number of machines and seems to take a more analytical approach to his riding. There's no question that EL is fast and I'm thinking that he might be as good on the Kawa as Tom (come race day). If Suzuki do want Cal, then I'd say he's lucky given the fact that he's been infected by Ducatiitis and should take the ride straight away. It'd be the end of his MotoGP career, but given the hotshots coming up through Moto2 I think his career after 2015 may be over anyway. An alien he ain't!


July 15, 2014 8:05 AM

MotoGP » Stefan Bradl: Right tyres, 'wrong' bike

I'm certain that the LCR Honda is the same hardware as the Repsol, the only difference will be the odd update part but with some of those little changes the rider prefers the old version anyway. The difference between Repsol and LCR will be mainly in the resources (people) available to work on the electronics and the rider. The other factor would be that Repsol will have 2 (excellent) riders to get data from and will also have data available from other Honda teams. I believe (on good authority) that Yamaha also work more closely with their satellite teams and are more democratic with the data. Honda are all about the factory team. If you put MM or DP on the LCR, I feel pretty certain they would have had a victory by now, Stefan is one of the top riders in the world but he lacks that extra that MM, DP, JL and VR have and that extra also tends to motivate teams.


July 11, 2014 8:40 AM

MotoGP » Bradley Smith: Nothing yet for 2015

KnowNothing: He achieved a grand total of 0 wins or podiums the year before he went to GP, and a staggering 0 wins and 3 podiums the year before that. Add these up and you get an amazing 0 wins and 3 podiums in Moto2 out of 34 races. Heady stuff! Now that's a good CV to get you a near factory ride.
Anyone with an ounce of knowledge knows that to get 3 podiums on that Mistral610 was an incredible achievement. That bike was and will never win a race unless it has heavy backing brought into the project. You're quite obviously a Smith hater. I know you get it quite often on here, but nevertheless your user name really is ideal for your posts.
JedPB67 I agree with you that Bradley's achievements on the Mistral were as good as a victory and also that teams find him to be a great rider to work with but I don't think it makes you a 'hater' to question what he's done. I have always been a big fan of Bradley's achievements but I c


July 11, 2014 8:43 AM

MotoGP » Bradley Smith: Nothing yet for 2015

JedPB67 I agree with you that Bradley's achievements on the Mistral were as good as a victory and also that teams find him to be a great rider to work with but I don't think it makes you a 'hater' to question what he's done. I have always been a big fan of Bradley's achievements but I can't help noticing that he seems to lack that last bit of aggression and desperation which separates the top guys from the rest. He's somewhere in the top 10 bike racers in the world, which is an incredible place to be but MotoGP needs to attract riders who have that last bit of magic. Bradley's a great racer but I feel he needs to find a level where he can win - WSBK? People always seem to talk as if there's something inferior in WSBK, WSS or BSB. I certainly don't think so, it's the racing that counts and BSB for example has been way better than MotoGP in the past.


July 10, 2014 11:36 AM

MotoGP » Lorenzo and Yamaha: One or two years?

He's had a cr4p year but he's still probably the second best rider in the world so who else would Yamaha sign? For me it's just a shame that the top Spanish 3 don't take a risk occasionally or that the big MotoGP teams don't take more risks in discovering the next alien. It's moves like the one Rossi made to Ducati (and also to a lesser extent his original one to Yamaha) that makes MotoGP interesting. Prototype running teams should look towards exciting new talent rather than running riders such as Bradl who will never mix it with the big 4 and that's particularly true of Ducati because they've got nothing to lose. You never know, they might find the next Stoner


July 09, 2014 9:16 AM

MotoGP » Dani Pedrosa re-signs for Honda

You can understand why Honda did it because in pure numbers Dani has to be the 3rd or 4th best rider in the world but you can't help feeling that it was bad because it prevents a new hotshot having a chance on a real factory bike and mixing the championship up a bit. Maybe a new challenge would have got Dani going a bit as well. No change on the only 4 bikes that can win then.

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