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October 21, 2014 10:54 AM

BSB » Brookes vows to prove he can be a ‘champion’

"Josh Brookes says he is determined to prove he can be a British Superbike Champion in 2015 after disappointing end to his 2014 campaign." Sadly, his achievements never match his promises. He was "determined" to rock the world on the Tyco bike, but left the team without coming up with the goods,saying the bike wasn't quick enough. (Josh Waters took over the Tyco ride and has been performing well as a rookie on the same bike.) Moving to SMR Milwaukee Yamaha, Brookes was again talking himself up, and "determined" to take the fight to top three, but ended up ( as I predicted ) behind his team-mate, Bridewell. And JB was equally "determined" to go to WSB, but Team Managers saw through his bluster and he got no offers for a WSB ride. Sure, he's a good rider, very quick on his day, but it's a shame his mouth rides better than his arce.


October 21, 2014 11:12 AM

BSB » Kiyonari: I’d wake up and remember my bad mistake…

Lady Luck is a fickle mistress. Kiyo had an off in practice and broke his collarbone. Shakey had an off in Race One but escaped injury. That's racing. The last three races were promising to be thrill-a-minute between Kiyo and Shakey but sadly it was not to happen. Either one of them would have been a worthy and popular champion. With Kiyo already signed for 2015 on a BMW, but Shakey's intentions not yet announced, the Japanese Gentleman may yet find himself clearing a space in his cabinet for another BSB Championship Trophy . 2014 has been a great BSB year. Roll on 2015.


October 17, 2014 12:11 AM

MotoGP » Valentino Rossi: It’s personal!

Now, more than ever before, the race results will be influenced by grid positions and who gets out of the first corner first. On current form, if If Lorenzo gets into the lead he'll be hard to catch, but only a fool would discount VR's determination, as CS learned at the corkscrew. I have to say that it looks like Dani has become a little demoralised by MM's runaway success, and is unlikely to finish ahead of the Yam riders. It is going to be an exciting competition for 2nd in the championship and I think we'll have to wait until the flag drops at the final race to see who has prevailed.


October 14, 2014 2:33 PM

MotoGP » Dovizioso: Ducati not ready to win

MLF: duc can qualify well and get in the way for the race because of their concessions.
It is unlikely that Ducati will win a GP this year, but the aspect worthy of comments and congratulations is how Gigi has advanced the current bike's performance envelope. It was a no-hoper at season's start, but is now capable of a Pole and a top five finish. These are significant improvements and yet are still within the same rules they had at the start of the season. Also factor in the inevitable improvements which Yamaha and Honda have made during the course of the season and it is clear that Ducati have achieved their targets for 2014. Their aim was to evaluate why the GP13/GP14 under-performed and formulate a fresh design with the handicaps corrected. For 2014 they should be compared with their former selves, irrespective of the concessions they have compared with other teams.


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.

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