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November 10, 2014 11:24 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: My bad luck is called 'Marc Marquez'!

Pole position, 2nd in Valencia and 2nd in Championship. That's no way for a has-been to behave ! You should have taken the advice of those who told you to retire after year 1 at Ducati. Only kidding VR46, you have surprised viewers world-wide with a great season of largely unexpected results. Congrats also to MM93 for a great year with good humour, goodwill and apparently care-free bravery. Sad to see DaniP relegated to a supporting role. His hopes of ever winning a WC have flown, and he will have to get used to having CC35 for company on track next year. And also sad JLo- no real sportsman parks a healthy bike in the garage, and sits out the rest of the race. It shows that VR46 has the upper hand and JLo has become out-psyched and out-raced. It's been an exceptional year of MotoGP. Roll on next year.


November 10, 2014 10:30 PM

MotoGP » PIC: Cal Crutchlow at LCR Honda

Interesting to see at Valencia CC35 on the 14.0 Duc was dicing with AD04 on the 14.2 Ducati. Also interesting to see that on his first day on the RC213V, CC35 lapped faster than he had during Sunday's race. He'll be a regular top 5 contender in 2015 and I confidently expect he'll get podiums before that season ends.


November 10, 2014 10:22 PM

MotoGP » Melandri signs, 2015 MotoGP grid complete

Yearby23: Good to see Melandri back on the grid. Don't forget he was runner up in 2005.
OK, but 2005 was TEN years before the 2015 season, during which time his results have not brought him a Championship, despite being in a "lower" class of the sport. I'm not saying he is a useless rider, but he's not a great rider either. I believe Aprilia wanted his experience to pass on to the younger element in their MotoGP pit.


November 08, 2014 4:26 PM

MotoGP » Valentino Rossi takes first MotoGP pole since 2010!

MM93 is always ultra fast right from the start of Practice session 1. But MM93 seems to fall off A LOT these days. Falling off in practice and/or qually hurts just as much as falling off in the race and is just as likely to result in injury. He's extremely lucky to usually walk away from his crashes. However, it can only be a matter of time until he pushes his luck too far, it bites him in the arce, and he has to miss some races. Has he reached his limits ? VR46, on the other hand, usually hangs back these days and stays safe during practice, saving his speed and aggression for qually and the race. That is a tactic which has proven successful lately. There will be sparks flying at tomorrow's race !


November 07, 2014 7:19 PM

MotoGP » MotoGP stars talk WSBK team orders

In any other job or profession, if you don't do what your employer wants, or deliberately disobey your boss's orders you are likely to face disciplinary action, or even the prospect of getting fired. Both Baz and Melandri were coming to the end of their contacts and so thought they could do as they please. If they had no intention of following their employers instructions the honourable thing to do would be to say so before the event so their employers could plan and consider alternative scenarios. Melandri and Baz were both wrong to leave revealing their intentions until so late in the races, leaving their paymasters no opportunity to employ different tactics. Team Orders are not popular among race viewers, but until the Rules forbid them they are a permitted element which any team can invoke. They are as much a part of the Rules as is fuel tank capacity or any other competitive criteria. That's the way the cookie crumbles.


November 07, 2014 5:02 PM

WSBK » Aprilia boss celebrates WSBK titles as MotoGP beckons

MotoMarc: If I were Aprilia I'd give Guintoli a shot at that seat or a young gun from Moto2 if any top candidates are left from that level.
I agree that Sylvain deserved a shot on the Aprilia MotoGP bike, but it's too late now - Guinters has signed for the ex-JRea Ten Kate Pata Honda seat. If TKPH get the RC213V-S which MCN have talked about, then Sylvain will be a happy bunny and JRea will be wishing he'd stayed, but if they keep that ancient Fireblade they'll be mid-field for another year. However, it will be good seeing how Michael vd Mark and Sylvain compare in 2015. As for Melandri, if a third Aprilia MotoGP seat had been available I think he would have taken more notice of Team instructions.


November 05, 2014 2:57 PM
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MotoGP » Rossi unveils new Yamaha R1 Superbike

My last big bike was a 1000cc Aprilia, but I couldn't use all its capabilities. I knew I wouldn't be able to, but I still bought it because I WANTED it. That is where the new R1 will find its market, in the "wants", not "needs" category. Incidentally, most of you will recall when Valentino Rossi lived in London but most of you will NOT know that when he was here Yamaha gave him an R1 to use. When Vale returned to live in Italy the bike was sold to a UK team owner, and when I visited that buyer a few years ago Rossi's R1 was still in his garage, just as when VR last rode it. I know this was true, as I was shown the V5 (title document) with Rossi's name still in it. The bike was completely stock, with (understandably) no indication of who the rider was. The tyres were original, the clock showed only nominal mileage, and I felt greatly privileged to be allowed to sit on Rossi's own R1 and have my photo taken. A great moment.

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