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April 10, 2014 7:54 PM

MotoGP » Big weekend for Valentino Rossi

According to Bike Sport News - " Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi has confirmed today at Austin’s MotoGP pre-event press conference that he intends to race on after the 2014 season and will not leave the decision until after the Mugello round. " The boy's feeling good ! If Yam really have got their bike nearer to the Honda it will be close at the front of the field. And close racing is where VR46 is at his fearless best. Bring it on .


April 08, 2014 11:35 AM

MotoGP » ‘The lap time difference was 0.3 second’

RSMick: It makes sense, their test riders cannot extract the full capability from these bikes, it needs a top class rider. Pnuematic valves and seamless gearbox are wasted on test riders, so I can see them almost matching the pace. Something the top riders have always said, the test riders just do not push these bikes to the limits.
I broadly agree that test riders don't reflect a bike's true capabilities. Every one has their own ceiling and an extra 50bhp wouldn't make them lap any quicker. Regarding the fisherman, I don't think he is a good choice of test rider. It is widely said that he is capable of getting a good lap time out of a crap bike, so having him on board makes any bike look better than it is. Regarding Nakamoto, he is a difficult man to believe as he never gives enough detail to pin him down. And we should bear in mind that when he was making those claims his real aim was to get more riders on his Open bikes.


April 08, 2014 4:09 PM

MotoGP » ‘The lap time difference was 0.3 second’

Horsemen46: False advertising, if I was Greseni or Aspar I would be at least threatening a lawsuit. If anyone of us was trying to decide on conducting business with Yamaha or Honda and Hondas president came out with this bold statement we wouldn't doubt them and it would be the meat of the selling point. Honda needs to release a 24ltr tank and either valves or seemless ASAP to avoid legal trouble and getting embarrassed weekly by Forward
I understand your comment, but you are assuming that Knackermotor told those teams the same as he told the media, which I doubt. I'll bet he doesn't even tell his dentist which tooth is hurting. BUT, there's a new Head Honcho at Honda and he'll be weighing up Marquez's disqualification, misinterpreting the "Open" rule book, and releasing claims which are obviously unrealistic, and I say again unto ye, I wouldn't be surprised if Knackermotor soon gets the heave-ho and a company Tuc-Tuc.


April 01, 2014 1:34 PM

RR » Dunlop targets 130mph Supersport lap at Isle of Man TT

benignlyindifferent: I agree, but riding the Isle of Mann and "keeping safe" are not normally used in the same sentence. I enjoy the spectacle but always cringe and worry who we might lose this year.
There is always a backlash when fatality figures for TT fortnight are released. What they don't tell us is how many locals are included. The last time I was there a local crashed his van going to work and died. it was nothing to do with the TT, but he was included in the TT fortnight fatality figures. There are bound to be others. It is also worth noting that many of the fatalities are visitors and contrary to popular belief the majority are not during Mad Sunday. My cousin who lives in Peel tells me that during TT fortnight they move the speed limit signs further away from built-up areas and you can see the empty posts at the roadside. All fatalities are devastating, but not all are during the races.


March 26, 2014 1:13 PM

MotoGP » Rossi revels in old school MotoGP thrills

TrueFan: Marc's bike was so much visibly faster than Vale's on that last lap that I suspected that the Yam had gone into "get-it-home economy mode" ...
I don't think the data supports that view. 1'55.813, 1'55.732, 1'56.442, 1'55.710 - Marquez last 4 laps. 1'55.621, 1'55.715, 1'56.624, 1'55.781 - Rossi last 4 laps. Rossi was faster than Marquez in the last sector of the last lap. He was not in fuel economy mode. Rossi did 4 laps under 1'55.800. 3 of them were in the last 4 laps. @TrueFan You're probably right. VR completed the slowing-down lap so he can't have been so low on fuel. But when Marquez made that last overtake with such apparent ease it seemed at the time that the Yam was somehow holding back. Maybe MM had the extra in hand all the time, but didn't want to show his hand? On the plus side for VR, he seemed to hold a smoother cornering line while MM had a looser rear ( Oooh, Matron!).


March 26, 2014 12:52 PM

MotoGP » Crutchlow's Ducati 'in a different place'

@TrueFan" Well, yes and no. The transponder failed, and as a consequence, the software was thrown, but it was still a software fault. They should work off the telemetry in the first place - it's not a stupid arcade game. As you might have noted, TF believes they should just ditch the lot." Ideally yes, but even in our everyday vehicles we have come to rely implicitly on the reliability of electronics. For example, electronic ignition invariably lasts the lifetime of our cars without any maintenance whatsoever. Likewise, in years of racing, Ducati has probably come to accept and expect the reliability of transponders. They have more to worry about than things which don't go wrong. If transponder failure was more common they (and all the others) would probably have installed contingencies. Electronics are essential these days to control fuel injection and ignition, so we can't do without them completely, but certainly we could benefit from fewer race-specific gizmos.

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