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May 12, 2014 12:05 PM
Last Edited 72 days ago

WSBK » Perfect Rea on top of the world

It's great to see JR65 on the top step. His loyalty to Honda through the bad times seems to be paying off. LH91 is a great rider and a really pleasant bloke to talk to, but maybe all the injuries have taken the edge off his riding. I don't think he has a Championship left in him. Chaz is delivering results and Guigliano continues to be a threat. Gigi sits in his chair smiling, knowing the bike has been improved significantly. Melandri is lacking race pace and seems to have lost his cut-and-thrust style. He also appears to be lacking Manu, who is conspicuous by her absence. Is it just set-up problems? Maybe not. On the other hand Sylvain is showing how and why he earned his seat at Aprilia and is still at the front of the field in the post-Gigi era. The development of TS's bike seems to have become a little confused, and it's former consistency has wavered. Baz doesn't seem to be similarly handicapped, which must be worrying for Tom. It’s going to be an exciting, unpredictable season.


May 07, 2014 11:42 AM
Last Edited 80 days ago

MotoGP » Dovi: Top four ride in a completely different way

I'd like to discuss Dovi's PR skills, but it’s a long time since I last saw any comments from him. He is notorious for avoiding the public eye. If Cal didn't spice up his comments Ducati would not feature in the weekly news. As someone said, "Any publicity is good publicity, no publicity is bad publicity". Ducati sell their products by promoting the "Passion", the "Emotion", but Dovi does not display either. Typically, Italians are all gestures and reactions. Cal reflects the Italian and the Ducati ethic much more closely. Cal has had a rough ride so far with technical and other faults, culminating in a very painful injury. He came back after surgery then brake failure threatened to put out his lights. He is not a robot. He’s entitled to vent his frustrations. Don't get me wrong. I'm not dissing Dovi. He is what he is and he does what he does very well. I admire him as a rider. But PR is measured in exposure, in column inches, in sound bites, and that’s where Cal puts Dovi in the shade


May 06, 2014 11:49 AM
Last Edited 82 days ago

MotoGP » Rossi: Marquez could spend his career at Honda

Honda's prime aim is to win. They don't mind who does it, as long as they win. Currently MM93 is doing it and Honda are happy. This prompts Honda's next racing aim, which is to get regular 1,2s, that is first and second places. Honda don't need their second rider to beat MM93, they want their second rider to finish second. If Dani can do that his seat is safe. If Dani can't do that with regularity then Honda may want to hire someone who can. If JLo gets his act together and returns to regularly beating VR46, it might be him. If JLo doesn't get his act together Honda won't want him and maybe Yamaha will take on a younger rider with the potential to eventually take over when VR retires. MM93 will probably stay with Honda until either he stops winning or Formula One lures him away. However, with the ever-present risk of serious injury, imminent rule changes, stock ECUs, and Bridegstone's exit, nothing is set in stone and everyone's future status is likely to change.


May 01, 2014 11:34 AM
Last Edited 86 days ago

MotoGP » Bridgestone to quit as MotoGP tyre supplier

"The Tender application starts today, the 1st May 2014, and will conclude on the 22nd May 2014. " Only 3 weeks for the Tyre companies to have Board-of-Directors meetings to contemplate, discuss and subsequently decide whether or not it would make International commercial and marketing sense to enter a tender, then calculate the costs of research and development and international shipping and distribution of tyres which they haven't built for seven years or more, for motorcycles which they haven't had available for extensive testing and evaluation? That's a ludicrously short time and will necessitate hasty decisions which may come back to bite Dorna, tyre manufacturers, bike manufacturers, teams, riders, the public and the Sport itself. This is a major decision with world-wide consequences, and in reality needs at least a couple of months for any tyre company to do an international cost-benefit analysis. Dumb and Dorna?


May 01, 2014 6:32 PM

MotoGP » Bridgestone to quit as MotoGP tyre supplier

AussieNSW: @Tetley Most of the major tyre Co's already supply tyres to racing I will bet my penny to your pound that most of them have already got their quotes ready to go it will take them more like 3 days not 3 weeks ,these guys will have got the tip ages ago,so I would say don't worry my old pommie mate most of them will be knocking down Dorna's door to get in.
On reflection Bluey, you're probably right that the other tyre manufacturers have known about this for some time. i mentioned a few threads ago that I thought that BStone were losing the plot, due to them frequently not having appropriate tyres for the circuits, such as the unique fiasco at Philip Island where riders were compelled to change bikes. It seems now that in the face of ongoing criticism they have decided to call it a day. At least they have the grace to continue until end of 2015.


April 29, 2014 12:31 PM

MotoGP » Valentino Rossi: Bradl cost me a podium

@V4Poweeeer “Its a five year contract so I don't see how Rossi retiring would affect the Movistar contract.” "but factory Yam moving to open class have you forgotten the Ducati debacle .The GP commission has slammed the door shut for another established factory to take that route. Cobber, like the rest of us, you only know what has been published, that is, what Managements want us to know. Rossi is a huge Brand and Movistar knows his value. Movistar would not be happy with a less marketable rider, given that Lorenzo may leave Yamaha. The Movistar deal and Rossi’s withdrawal of the possibility of retirement were close together and that’s why I float the idea that there may be a link. I didn’t say, or mean, that Yam would move to Open Class. My comment was “with an imminent move to make the "Open" class the norm” and referred to the new rules for 2015 and beyond which will move the two classes closer together and may erode Honda’s current advantage.

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