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November 03, 2014 11:34 PM

WSBK » New WSBK champion Guintoli joins PATA Honda for 2015

Well done Sylvain ! A long-awaited-for Championship. Remember a few years ago when Sylvain was working his nuts off testing the Aprilia, putting in determined performances trying to get a contract to actually join the Aprilia team? He showed the same determination this year as he showed then . Although Aprilia has not yet announced whether or not it will be in WSBK next year, the fact that they have let their most recent World Champion sign for another team seems to confirm they won't be in WSBK in 2015. As for the Honda, I hope the bike improves in comparison with its competitors as I don't want to see Sylvain tasting gravel and hospital food as often as JRea has in his WSBK Honda years. It's an intriguing situation, and I'm really looking forward to see how 2015 WSBK plays out.


November 04, 2014 1:57 PM

WSBK » Sykes, Baz step up feud on social media

This year Tom made the mistake of revealing his weak spot. Previously he had given the impression of being a straight-talking, no nonsense rider, confidently taking on all-comers and being ready to rumble with anyone . This year he showed it was possible to get under his skin and break his composure. Baz shocked Tom by fighting, rather than supporting him. Tom saw Baz as a handicap, rather than an ally. Tom paid too much attention to the Baz threat, and the year-long, nagging feud took a hold in Tom's mind. It took his attention and was a diversion from concentrating on the main goal. Baz spotted this, capitalised upon it, and was a constant thorn in Tom's side. Sylvain had a somewhat similar situation in his relationship with Melandri but Sylvain handled the situation more wisely then Tom. Sylvain stayed focussed on his goal, kept his cool, and didn't allow himself to be side-tracked by personal issues. The key to winning the Championship was in mental fortitude. And Sylvain won.


November 05, 2014 2:57 PM
Last Edited 86 days ago

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.


November 05, 2014 2:34 PM

WSBK » Aprilia boss celebrates WSBK titles as MotoGP beckons

I think the fact that they have let their two riders go is a sure indication that they will not be fielding a works Aprilia team in WSBK next year. But have they let them go ? Sure Sylvain is Pata-bound, but I haven't seen an announcement where Melandri is going. If he already has a signed and sealed contract to ride MotoGP with Aprilia next year, then he's a lucky man. If he hasn't yet signed his refusal to obey team orders might just have lost him a plum job. Also, I hope Albesiano and the team mechanics are not left jobless out in the cold.


November 04, 2014 1:33 PM

WSBK » Sykes, Baz step up feud on social media

Team Orders- yes, the sport would be more representative without them, but how would you stop them? Even if Team orders were banned they would still be present. The orders could be given in secret, and the riders instructed not to make the tactics obvious. Additionally a penalty clause could be written into a rider's contract which imposed severe financial fines if the rider does not adhere to his employers instructions . A ban would be impossible to monitor and impose.


November 03, 2014 10:57 PM
Last Edited 87 days ago

WSBK » Jonathan Rea to Kawasaki WSBK in 2015

Has Johnny left dumping that fickle Honda too late ? Are his best years behind him ? Has Sykes got too complacent and expected everyone to bow to his Championship Majesty ? IMHO I reckon the change will give Johnny new impetus and drive to get the results which the Honda denied him. However with his long-time crew chief Chris Pyke departing to pastures new, JayRea will have to forge a new working relationship with a new chief and team, which is easier to say than do. As for Tom, he's learned some tough truths this season, and maybe they will spur him on to be the gritty never-give-up rider he was in 2013. We won't know the answers until next year, but it is going to be fascinating watching how it all pans out.

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