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July 10, 2014 1:03 PM
Last Edited 3 days ago

MotoGP » Lorenzo and Yamaha: One or two years?

It's a tough decision for JLo. Number 2 rider at Yamaha on a good bike but with a pay drop, or number 1 rider at Ducati on an unproven bike with better pay. That's assuming that there is a spare seat at Ducati, as Dovi and Cal haven't yet announced what they are doing next year. JLo doesn't need the money. He's already rich. But he has such a superior view of himself he may not be able to stomach the indignity of losing number one rider status. If he wants number one rider status he has to take a big gamble. "You have to ask yourself- are you feeling lucky, punk?" (Dirty Harry voice) From a race fan's point of view I'd rather not see the top four of the next two years being the same as the top four of the last two years so I'm hoping that JLo can regain some of his former self-confidence and take the plunge into the unknown. Nothing will change if things stay as they are.


July 09, 2014 10:33 AM

MotoGP » Understeer fear for Crutchlow

Nick636: Honestly, yes, Cal has complained. But let's be honest, he has had reason to. I am sure he never expected to be winning races or even podiums, but to have the series of electronic and brake failures hasn't helped. Gigi, I am sure, understands Cal's annoyance. @ DamZen1 And with that in mind, Cal is probably right NOT wanting to use the soft tyre. It's pointless developing something you will/may lose shortly.
I'm convinced you're right on every point, Kawaman.


July 04, 2014 1:41 PM
Last Edited 5 days ago

RR » BMW star Dunlop eyes more Ulster Grand Prix glory

frontbrake: Very suprised that Michael was not on the Builtbase Stand. If he new he had this commitment and did not turn up I consider this to Be very bad PR and even more considering what BMW have done for Him over the last six weeks. Better get that PR act together.
My thoughts exactly. Mickey D's attendance had been advertised for a couple of months. The staff on the Buildbase BMW stand were all wearing stern faces and seemed very embarrassed by MD's absence. He had clearly let them down, in addition to letting down the Bike Night Organisers and all the visitors who were looking forward to seeing him. Amazingly, my post has had some "disagrees", despite my comments being factual and based on first-hand experience. Were the disagree-ers there- and did they see MD? I don't think so.


July 09, 2014 11:03 AM

MotoGP » Adrian Newey: MotoGP guys 'superhuman'

mrfill: The idea of a Newey designed Kwack powered bike with proper aero however, is quite a prospect, although highly unlikely. \blockquote] Remember the last time when a top F1 boffin was hired to develop a MotoGP frame? Kenny Roberts hired (I've forgotten his name- damned alzheimers) to design a frame for the Petronas and in true F1 money-no-object style he chose to mill a complete frame out of billet. And it was an expensive disaster. I'm not saying Newey couldn't do better, but MotoGP's Laws of Physics and Aerodynamics apply completely differently to F1's Laws of Physics and Aerodynamics I also believe that the top MotoGP riders exceed the Laws of Physics at each and every corner. Or maybe the Laws are different for aliens?


July 07, 2014 10:19 PM
Last Edited 6 days ago

MotoGP » Rossi, Yamaha confirm two-year deal

Realist: At the end of the day though, poles and starting position doesn't matter. What matters is the end-of-the-season tally/position.
True mate, the end-of-season tally is important, especially to the teams' n1 riders, but for a n2 rider it doesn't matter so much. A n2 rider isn't there to win, he's there to support the n1 rider and keep the sponsors name in the spotlight (although some n2 riders don't see it that way). Also, poles and front row starts benefit the team as they have the effect of moving the other competitors backwards on the grid. Having your n2 on the front row can be a great advantage in delaying other riders, and helping the n1 rider by protecting him from attack. Also, Yam have previously experienced the problems of having 2 top riders in their team and without looking for stats I'd say that Yam's best years have been when they had a clear n1 and a clear n2 rider. That's why I reckon Cal would be good as Vale's n2.


July 07, 2014 12:44 PM

MotoGP » Rossi, Yamaha confirm two-year deal

OK, you’ve had your fun about me saying that Cal’s 2013 results with T3 overshadowed Dovi’s T3 results of 2012, but here’s some stats Dovi 2012 average start position 5.94 Cal’s 2013 average start position 4.06 . Cal almost 2 places ahead. Dovi’s 2012 average finishing position 5.39 Cal’s 2013 average finishing position 5.56 . Nothing in it. Dovi’s 2012 Pole positions Zero Cal’s 2013 Pole positions 2. Cal 2 poles ahead. I enjoyed watching Cal qualify and race more than I did Dovi. I admire Dovi’s riding but Cal gives better value for excitement which, importantly, means more screen time for the team and the sponsors. I still believe Cal would be a great n2 for Vale, a la Hayden and Edwards. Cal and Vale are mates. Cal would have his dream factory M1. Cal got poles on the satellite T3 M1 so he’d be fast on a Works Yam. Cal isn’t and wouldn’t be afraid to stick his neck out in fighting to upset Vale’s rivals. And he’d give what the sponsors want more than anything. Screentime. QED

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