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May 12, 2014 12:05 PM
Last Edited 127 days ago

WSBK » Perfect Rea on top of the world

It's great to see JR65 on the top step. His loyalty to Honda through the bad times seems to be paying off. LH91 is a great rider and a really pleasant bloke to talk to, but maybe all the injuries have taken the edge off his riding. I don't think he has a Championship left in him. Chaz is delivering results and Guigliano continues to be a threat. Gigi sits in his chair smiling, knowing the bike has been improved significantly. Melandri is lacking race pace and seems to have lost his cut-and-thrust style. He also appears to be lacking Manu, who is conspicuous by her absence. Is it just set-up problems? Maybe not. On the other hand Sylvain is showing how and why he earned his seat at Aprilia and is still at the front of the field in the post-Gigi era. The development of TS's bike seems to have become a little confused, and it's former consistency has wavered. Baz doesn't seem to be similarly handicapped, which must be worrying for Tom. It’s going to be an exciting, unpredictable season.


May 16, 2014 12:14 PM

MotoGP » Lorenzo: My dream is to stay with Yamaha

RaceRoad: Hope Dovi go's to Suzuki, now i can't cheer for him, its just like with Stoner, rossi, i hope he packs hi's backs and go
I agree there will be several teams interested in Dovi. But riders have to compromise their styles and techniques to ride the Ducati and it could take time to get out of the bad habits. Rossi had a tough year after he left Ducati and admitted it took a long time to adapt his style back to the Yamaha. It will be a huge surprise if the Suzuki beats Gigi's new Ducati regularly in 2015. There will be many rule changes for 2016, and a new tyre supplier, and every team will have to find their place in the new order, so riders may go for one-year contracts for 2015.


May 14, 2014 9:15 PM
Last Edited 128 days ago

MotoGP » Marc Marquez extends Honda MotoGP contract

JLo knows he would play second fiddle to MM at Honda. JLo knows the Ducati has given grief to so many top riders. JLo is probably talking to Honda just to make Yamaha give him more. By "more" I mean pay, and status, and preferential treatment, and first dibs at new parts, and so on Dani knows Honda currently have the best package. Dani knows he is better than Honda's other "satellite" riders. Dani by now will have resigned himself to being MM's wingman. Honda are probably just keeping him waiting and worrying to drive down his contract terms. Suzuki won't pay top dollar for a winning rider in their first year when they have little chance of giving him a bike which can win straight out of the box. They need riders who can develop the bike in its first year.


May 07, 2014 11:42 AM
Last Edited 135 days ago

MotoGP » Dovi: Top four ride in a completely different way

I'd like to discuss Dovi's PR skills, but it’s a long time since I last saw any comments from him. He is notorious for avoiding the public eye. If Cal didn't spice up his comments Ducati would not feature in the weekly news. As someone said, "Any publicity is good publicity, no publicity is bad publicity". Ducati sell their products by promoting the "Passion", the "Emotion", but Dovi does not display either. Typically, Italians are all gestures and reactions. Cal reflects the Italian and the Ducati ethic much more closely. Cal has had a rough ride so far with technical and other faults, culminating in a very painful injury. He came back after surgery then brake failure threatened to put out his lights. He is not a robot. He’s entitled to vent his frustrations. Don't get me wrong. I'm not dissing Dovi. He is what he is and he does what he does very well. I admire him as a rider. But PR is measured in exposure, in column inches, in sound bites, and that’s where Cal puts Dovi in the shade


May 06, 2014 11:49 AM
Last Edited 137 days ago

MotoGP » Rossi: Marquez could spend his career at Honda

Honda's prime aim is to win. They don't mind who does it, as long as they win. Currently MM93 is doing it and Honda are happy. This prompts Honda's next racing aim, which is to get regular 1,2s, that is first and second places. Honda don't need their second rider to beat MM93, they want their second rider to finish second. If Dani can do that his seat is safe. If Dani can't do that with regularity then Honda may want to hire someone who can. If JLo gets his act together and returns to regularly beating VR46, it might be him. If JLo doesn't get his act together Honda won't want him and maybe Yamaha will take on a younger rider with the potential to eventually take over when VR retires. MM93 will probably stay with Honda until either he stops winning or Formula One lures him away. However, with the ever-present risk of serious injury, imminent rule changes, stock ECUs, and Bridegstone's exit, nothing is set in stone and everyone's future status is likely to change.


May 01, 2014 11:34 AM
Last Edited 141 days ago

MotoGP » Bridgestone to quit as MotoGP tyre supplier

"The Tender application starts today, the 1st May 2014, and will conclude on the 22nd May 2014. " Only 3 weeks for the Tyre companies to have Board-of-Directors meetings to contemplate, discuss and subsequently decide whether or not it would make International commercial and marketing sense to enter a tender, then calculate the costs of research and development and international shipping and distribution of tyres which they haven't built for seven years or more, for motorcycles which they haven't had available for extensive testing and evaluation? That's a ludicrously short time and will necessitate hasty decisions which may come back to bite Dorna, tyre manufacturers, bike manufacturers, teams, riders, the public and the Sport itself. This is a major decision with world-wide consequences, and in reality needs at least a couple of months for any tyre company to do an international cost-benefit analysis. Dumb and Dorna?


May 01, 2014 6:32 PM

MotoGP » Bridgestone to quit as MotoGP tyre supplier

AussieNSW: @Tetley Most of the major tyre Co's already supply tyres to racing I will bet my penny to your pound that most of them have already got their quotes ready to go it will take them more like 3 days not 3 weeks ,these guys will have got the tip ages ago,so I would say don't worry my old pommie mate most of them will be knocking down Dorna's door to get in.
On reflection Bluey, you're probably right that the other tyre manufacturers have known about this for some time. i mentioned a few threads ago that I thought that BStone were losing the plot, due to them frequently not having appropriate tyres for the circuits, such as the unique fiasco at Philip Island where riders were compelled to change bikes. It seems now that in the face of ongoing criticism they have decided to call it a day. At least they have the grace to continue until end of 2015.

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