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October 14, 2014 1:13 PM

BSB » Brookes opts to stay in BSB for 2015

" I'm going to WSB next year" Was that a pay negotiating ruse, or just wishful thinking ? Shaun Muir showed great loyalty when Hutchy was going through a long and difficult recovery period, so it is a little surprising that he is persevering with Brookes after the Aussie effectively announced he was quitting the team. I really hope Bridewell stays with SMR for 2015. At the start of the season I got "disagrees" when I said that by season's end Tommy would be giving Brookes a hard time. In the early races Tommy had some dnf's, but as the season developed Bridewell got the good results while Brookes had the dnf's. Now there's only two points between them. Together they would make a strong pairing for 2015 if the new R1 is as good as they hope.


October 11, 2014 5:35 PM

MotoGP » Rossi 'happy and satisfied' with front row

Insidejob: Given the race pace of the top guys I expect Jorge to fly past Vale by lap 3 and pull away with Marc and Dani. Unless of course Vale has found an improvement in setup.
Vale's side of the garage are usually able to come up with something during morning warm-up.
Frisky46: He certainly has the pace for a podium but for winning he needs that something special. Hope warm up is good for him. But anyway, you can expect the unexpected from him.
There's no doubt that VR46 already has "that something special". And he knows how to use it. No matter how much or how many criticisms are showered upon Dorna and the Factory Teams, we are certainly being treated to magnificent racing in the second half of this season.


October 11, 2014 4:53 PM

MotoGP » Dovizioso takes Ducati's first pole since 2010

Codger: Go Dovi......The boy sure can ride. Begger it ! As a Dovi fan and a Ducati fan I should be dancing on air. How can I with the stupid, unfair, and un-needed tyre disparity ?
Agree with Codger here. Personally, I'd be happy for Ducati to have the factory tyres and factory fuel restriction, but keep the engine change allowance so they can develop a competitive bike. Then when they win a couple of races, lock them down to the same restrictions as Honda and Yamaha.
Wisely, if uncharacteristically, Dorna have anticipated your sentiments and there's already a set of rules and circumstances which will progressively remove Ducati's concessions if they get too many good results. But with VR46 only half-a-tenth off Dovi's pole time, Vale will inevitably overtake the Duc, and will really enjoy the moment ! I think it highly possible to see VR on the top step again, if his injury doesn't handicap him over the race distance.


October 11, 2014 5:21 PM

MotoGP » Dovizioso savours ‘special’ Ducati pole

Well done Dovi, masterful ride. Shame the tyres will go off and drop you back into the field. But even more well done Gigi, who appears to have made best use of the rules, and has, through his own brain-work brought that recalcitrant old Donkey-ati nearer the front than it has been for a very long time. It all bodes well for the new Gigi-cati when it arrives, as he obviously has identified where the improvements need to be made. I think by mid-2015 there will be 3 teams regularly battling for supremacy.


October 10, 2014 1:43 PM

MotoGP » No seamless downshifts for Yamaha

So now we have had the discussions regarding how seamless shifts work, what Dorna should do, what the fisherman did, and the philosophy of MotoGP competition, can I comment on the actual topic ? i.e. VR46 doesn't expect a fully seamless shift on his Yam until sometime in 2015. It was only yesterday in another thread that I said " Honda's seamless gearbox is an advantage which Yamaha didn't have until recently. Even now it only operates on shifts in one direction ( I am not referring to the Boy Band ). Yamaha are now working to complete their totally seamless gearbox, while Honda are already testing their 2015 bike. Because Honda are technically ahead any improvements that Yamaha gains are likely to be soon out-weighed. VR and JLo are doing very well on one-step-behind bikes." All I have to add now is that it is actually quite pleasing that the seamless changes are predominantly achieved by mechanical, rather than electronic engineering.

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