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Tetley

April 17, 2014 12:22 PM
Last Edited 127 days ago

MotoGP » Rossi: We destroyed the front tyre


Codger: I have stated my opinion that it was a bad batch, based on the random selection of riders and bikes that suffered. Rossi says not, he says that his was a set up problem. If tyres are going to influence the races this badly it is looking grim for the future. Bridgestone have some investigations to do and I hope we get to hear what they find.
I agree it wasn't a set-up problem because Redding, Edwards and Bradl had similar problems. But VR is a Bridgestone Ambassador so he's hardly likely to blame them. I wrote earlier "There were too many riders having problems with the 2013 tyres which Bridgestone brought. It prompts me to wonder if Bridgestone over-produced in 2013 and were just using up their old stock left over from various races last year. It seems to me that Bridgestone have developed a very casual attitude over the last year or so." And if set-up WAS to blame, how can Teams develop a base setting when tyre spec varies race-to-race?

Tetley

April 15, 2014 2:01 PM

MotoGP » Tyre drop off causes Redding fall


There were too many riders having problems with the 2013 tyres which Bridgestone brought. It prompts me to wonder if Bridgestone over-produced in 2013 and were just using up their old stock left over from various races through the season. It seems to me that Bridgestone have developed a very casual attitude over the last year or so.

Tetley

April 15, 2014 2:22 PM

MotoGP » Podium is 'something special' for Ducati and Dovi


lukeyt750: If the factory yamaha's didn't have the problems they did - or Cal on the other duc he would've got 5th or 6th. If it was a level playing field all on the exact same bikes - I seriously doubt he could do better than 3rd anyway.
Well, that's two "if'"s, one "could have" and one " would have". Which all amount to a comprehensive "didn't". Any rider could win if The Genie Of The Lamp granted him just 2 "if'"s. But "if" we ignore the "maybe"s it can be seen that Dovi and his Ducati got a decent result, which is encouraging for the team as a whole and gives a shed load of data for Gigi to conjure into his forthcoming new bike.

Tetley

April 11, 2014 1:58 PM

MotoGP » Ben Spies: There’s one kid who could cut it…


Spies says he thinks Dorna should start a series in USA. If they did that then the American riders would have even less reason to join in the MotoGP WORLD Championship. The tracks might even call the American races the World series, like they do in a that ball game where none of the rest of the world compete. Unfortunately, Spies and the US and to a lesser extent the Australian posters on here do not appreciate that their riders must have both the talent and the will to go to the MotoGP arena because the World Championship is certainly not going to come knocking on their doors. There are those US and Australian riders who have made the move and done very well in MotoGP and WSBK, but those who sit at home saying "Ain't nothing happening 'round here" are simply limiting themselves. And from what I see on the TV, even when MotoGP and WSBK go to USA, the attendances are so small that any series organiser will see little benefit in expanding that market.

Tetley

April 12, 2014 4:06 PM

MotoGP » Ben Spies: There’s one kid who could cut it…


WhatIf: As a trackday guy, I can tell you a weekend will cost about $1000 for just the logistics and that's being frugal. the prize money is almost nothing, and even P1 is only getting about $5000 per race.
Let's compare the costs you quote with here in the UK. US Hotels and Motels are way cheaper than UK Hotels. UK petrol, fuel, gasoline, what ever you want to call it is around GB£ 1.30 Sterling per litre. That equates to USD 8.26 per US gallon at todays exchange rates. Even our inter-city roads are congested and delays are frequent, so mpg is low. So our travel expenses are at least as much as yours. AND, in BSB, British SuperBikes, there is NO prize money but still we have full grids with lots of privateers. So I'm sorry but US riders don't have it so hard. Their problem is they don't want it bad enough.

Tetley

April 12, 2014 10:53 AM

MotoGP » Colin Edwards to retire at end of 2014


DamZen1: Just youtubed the Jerez save :) give the lad a microphone a camera crew and a grid pass and we would get some cracking pre race interviews
You're right - it would be entertainment with a capital E. The question is- is he retiring because of the also-ran bikes, or because of the travel or because he has so much fun at his racing Boot Camp? I'd guess a bit of all three. Whatever the reason we will mis his larger-than-life character.

Tetley

April 11, 2014 3:13 PM
Last Edited 133 days ago

MotoGP » Ben Spies: There’s one kid who could cut it…


@Throttlemeister " Umm... multilingual? Not really. The Dutch and Scandinavian countries are multilingual, but the Germans, French, Spanish or Italians barely speak out of the door. It's hard enough to get a room in a hotel or food in a restaurant while speaking English there, let alone have a meaningful conversation. " Sorry but our experiences with languages in mainland Europe differ considerably. I have found that a large proportion of the population speak English, and most of those that do like to practice it at every opportunity, with the possible exception of the Parisians. I was in France, Andorra and Spain for several weeks last year and at the Spanish MotoGP most people, visitors and traders, spoke very good English. There was even English Commentary on the PA trackside. At another event I shared a large table with Germans, Spaniards and Scandinavians, and everyone conversed in English as a common language. Language? No Prob.


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