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Tetley

March 25, 2014 6:56 PM

MotoGP » Valentino Rossi: 'Dangerous' Galbusera bet paid off


@AussieNSW I admire JB and to a lesser extent your patriotism, but in true Ausssie fashion you overstate your opinion and can't resist sledging the new incumbent. Sure JB has an enviable record of championships, but even he didn't get a win on his first race. Give the new bloke a chance. @DB8 and @Herewego I totally agree. JB was brilliant in his day but his enthusiasm was on the wane. As for Galbusera, it looks like the start of a memorable association with VR46.

Tetley

March 25, 2014 7:26 PM

MotoGP » Rossi revels in old school MotoGP thrills


Rabcati: "unfortunately that little gap marquez pulled on Rossi on the final lap..." It was really the penultimate lap that cost Vale he was 6 tenths down on his previous 3 laps and last lap. Had he done a 1 min 55 on the 2nd last lap it could have been a totally different story.
Marc's bike was so much visibly faster than Vale's on that last lap that I suspected that the Yam had gone into "get-it-home economy mode" and reduced power to make it to the finish line. We already know that the Honda gives better mpg than the Yam so it seems like a possible explanation. VR hasn't mentioned it, but he wouldn't want to give the others valuable information about the situation, would he ?

Tetley

March 26, 2014 12:20 PM
Last Edited 152 days ago

MotoGP » Crutchlow's Ducati 'in a different place'


What happened between Cal and Hodgson was real, not sanitized polished-till-it-shines PR speak. Hodgson did a great job of catching a rider in the heat of the moment, and Cal gave an honest reaction. They are both Isle of Man residents and I'm sure they are good mates and spend time in each others company. Mates are those with whom you can let off steam, and it was their friendship which allowed us that brief insight into exactly what riders feel after a sustained period of intense, on-the-edge concentration, and a race-long tussle with electronics which had lost their way and were defeating the rider's input. Who wouldn't be more than a little tetchy in similar circumstances?

Tetley

March 26, 2014 11:50 AM

MotoGP » Crutchlow's Ducati 'in a different place'


eiiipo: I understand the opinions on electronic...BUT let's not forget these hated electronic are extending the careers of many many racers...
Au contraire. IMHO many many racers would have extended careers without electronics. Their experience would act in their favour. The electronics help younger riders more as they rely on them to overcome lack of experience in "feeling" traction and grip, and clutch control at starts, They rely on electronics instead of learning "feeling" and then transferring "feeling" into their right wrist and brake lever.

Tetley

March 26, 2014 11:28 AM
Last Edited 155 days ago

MotoGP » Crutchlow's Ducati 'in a different place'


@Chopper51 "Hey, what can you say! It all boil down to Ducati at the end of the day, they need to get better engineers to be compatible."

TalentFan: it seems that the Ducati had a bit of a senior moment and got itself all confused. This suggests that either somebody got the set point parameters wrong, or that Ducati only use the transponder?!
I have to disagree with you there. It is not that Ducati got it wrong. It is that the transponder failed. It could have happened to anyone. They will have it fixed before the next race, and maybe a re-set facility, and maybe a back-up installed. AND all the other teams will have learned a valuable lesson and be making sure it cannot happen to them.

Tetley

March 26, 2014 1:13 PM

MotoGP » Rossi revels in old school MotoGP thrills


TrueFan: Marc's bike was so much visibly faster than Vale's on that last lap that I suspected that the Yam had gone into "get-it-home economy mode" ...
I don't think the data supports that view. 1'55.813, 1'55.732, 1'56.442, 1'55.710 - Marquez last 4 laps. 1'55.621, 1'55.715, 1'56.624, 1'55.781 - Rossi last 4 laps. Rossi was faster than Marquez in the last sector of the last lap. He was not in fuel economy mode. Rossi did 4 laps under 1'55.800. 3 of them were in the last 4 laps. @TrueFan You're probably right. VR completed the slowing-down lap so he can't have been so low on fuel. But when Marquez made that last overtake with such apparent ease it seemed at the time that the Yam was somehow holding back. Maybe MM had the extra in hand all the time, but didn't want to show his hand? On the plus side for VR, he seemed to hold a smoother cornering line while MM had a looser rear ( Oooh, Matron!).

Tetley

March 26, 2014 12:52 PM

MotoGP » Crutchlow's Ducati 'in a different place'


@TrueFan" Well, yes and no. The transponder failed, and as a consequence, the software was thrown, but it was still a software fault. They should work off the telemetry in the first place - it's not a stupid arcade game. As you might have noted, TF believes they should just ditch the lot." Ideally yes, but even in our everyday vehicles we have come to rely implicitly on the reliability of electronics. For example, electronic ignition invariably lasts the lifetime of our cars without any maintenance whatsoever. Likewise, in years of racing, Ducati has probably come to accept and expect the reliability of transponders. They have more to worry about than things which don't go wrong. If transponder failure was more common they (and all the others) would probably have installed contingencies. Electronics are essential these days to control fuel injection and ignition, so we can't do without them completely, but certainly we could benefit from fewer race-specific gizmos.

Tetley

March 21, 2014 11:34 AM

MotoGP » Final Factory/Open MotoGP line-up revealed


TalentFan @Tetley "As I said, the results have been meaningless for years due to the huge advantages and the control over other teams competitiveness by Mfrs, plus their ridiculous amount of influence over Dornas technical rules. We can with justification question the wins of ANY of the races really for lord knows how many seasons."
It's true that the big spenders will generally have a significant advantage, but until the introduction of the CRT class at least everyone was racing to the same Rules. It was always about who could build the best bike within the Rules and who could best set it up for the track on the day, and which rider was the most skillful at using what he had. The Britten bike proved that ingenuity and innovation can sometimes prevail against the giants, and they did it without a huge budget and without the top riders of the day. We don't have that direct comparison now the Rules arbitrarily single out specific teams for benefits or handicaps

Tetley

March 20, 2014 11:35 AM

MotoGP » Final Factory/Open MotoGP line-up revealed


Dorna may just have been supremely clever and negotiated Honda into accepting control ECU and software OR maybe they have just lost the plot and forgotten their objectives. Who knows ? Race results will now be meaningless as the riders are now on different spec bikes and there will be a season-long litany of claims why everyone's individual favourite won or lost. The system is now akin to a handicap race, except in a handicap race the fastest bikes set off last. All this could have been completely avoided if Dorna had just relaxed the development freeze and allowed Ducati to experiment with engine mounting positions. But when you're up to your ar$e in alligators it's easy to forget that the prime objective was to drain the swamp.


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