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January 19, 2014 3:20 PM

MotoGP » Moody not part of BT Sport MotoGP coverage

Murray Walker didn't always get his comments on F1 right, but he was an entertaining commentator with an engaging delivery and Brundle may have been more expert, but he wasn't as entertaining. Jonathan Palmer was an ex-driver, but was a bore. Conclusion- a commentator must inform AND entertain. That's what Toby and Jules did. Whitham and Burnicle do the same and are a great team. Parrish is good, Cox less so. The point is that when commentators are paired they must bring different tools to the table, rather than be mirrors of each other. I spoke to Jules a couple of weeks ago and witnessed a non-stop queue of enthusiasts each telling him how much they were going to miss him and Toby. That's popularity. Incidentally, of the newcomers to commentating, I immediately warmed to Neil Hodgson and I'd be happy to hear more from him.


January 26, 2014 1:42 PM

MotoGP » February deadline for Factory or Open class

@DuqueDomocos" Because there are not enough prototype bikes to hold a proper MotoGP event, we fans have to put up with different spec bikes racing in (at least) two different categories and also running on different spec tires. This series should be called 'MotoGP Limited' I think the mix of "Factory" and "Open" classes is a necessary transitional phase before MotoGP goes fully "Open". The 2014 dice is so loaded against "Factory" that the "Open" bikes will soon take over the whole of the grid. I approve of that.


January 19, 2014 2:48 PM

MotoGP » Rossi outlines 2014 targets at Yamaha launch

@BurroMiapanino "It's all about performance relative to the competition because only a bunch of fools would count on their competitors sitting on their hands, so for all intents and purposes he made the ducati worse." It was Ducati themselves who had no answer to the improvements of the other mnfrs. VR46 improved what Ducati gave him. In 2013 the Ducati riders reverted to the spec which Rossi and JB developed in 2012. Question- Why did Casey dump Ducati and go to Honda ? Answer- He knew Ducati's development philosophy was not not keeping pace with other Mnfrs, and he wanted to get his ass on a better bike.


January 18, 2014 5:32 PM

MotoGP » Rossi outlines 2014 targets at Yamaha launch

@Andrew Long “I can't see 2014 being any different than 2013 and I think Rossi in the back of his mind knows this.” I have to disagree as I think 2014 will differ in one important aspect. The “Factory” bikes will suffer from the fuel and engine restrictions and the “Open” class bikes will be much closer to the front than the CRT class ever was. Looking further ahead, it is highly likely that the “Open” class will become the preferred class for 2015. I do, however, agree that VR46 undoubtedly recognises these likelihoods, and he is sure to be contemplating the consequences. For example, VR46 has been successful on 500cc 2-strokes, 990s and 800s, but will JLo, MM and DP be able to adapt to bikes without full “Factory” enhancements? It may be that when the Aliens are on “Open” bikes Rossi’s experience will restore his competitiveness. So, the first 6 races will not only give VR the opportunity to evaluate himself, but also give him time to evaluate the effects the “Open” class may have


January 18, 2014 5:31 PM

MotoGP » Rossi outlines 2014 targets at Yamaha launch

@ Insidejob “There is nothing wrong with Rossi's brakes. They're exactly the same as 95% of the fields. Lever, pipes, caliper etc. There is much more to braking than that. Front to rear weight distribution, rake and trail, height of C of G, springs and damping, wheelbase length, frame and forks rigidity, engine braking, electronics settings, to name just a few of the variable criteria. The issue is not the hardware of the brakes themselves, it is how the chassis and the overall package reacts to the brakes.


January 20, 2014 1:20 PM

MotoGP » Lorenzo dismisses Ducati MotoGP rumours

" Describing his physical preparation when not riding a MotoGP prototype he stated, “There is not much to it other than running and cycling really. I just can’t go to the gym because as soon as I start to do that I put on muscle and I get heavier. Clearly lighter guys have an advantage in MotoGP so I have to be careful as I’m already one of the heavier guys.” That was Cal Crutchlow speaking to MotoGp (dot) com according to their web report today. Who are we to argue weight good vs weight bad when it is stated so clearly by the man on the grid?

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