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March 11, 2015 11:49 AM

MotoGP » Moto2: Lowes: Circuit of Wales has 'special opportunity'

Sam Lowes "“I'd like to see one with heart and character which is different from the rest" Agreed, we all would. SL "That is what Britain needs to bring back the love to the fans then British racing will take off again.” I wasn't aware that that British circuits had lost the love of the fans, OR that British racing needed to "Take off again". The CoW isn't intended to do any of those things. It is a commercial money-making venture and their aim is purely to make profits. After building a new circuit to Dorna's international standards there will not be enough profit to sustain the venue, so the racing will give way to an industrial ( or housing) estate. It's one big scam.


March 11, 2015 11:27 AM

MotoGP » Community shows support for Circuit of Wales

If Silverstone and Donington ( and Rockingham) can't meet Dorna's demands and still make money with ESTABLISHED circuits, the CoW never will with the added costs of starting from scratch. If they DO get permission to go ahead , it won't be many years until we will see the emergence of the "Circuit Of Wales Industrial Estate" with a bit of wide, twisty access road.


March 03, 2015 12:26 PM
Last Edited 106 days ago

MotoGP » Capirossi signs-up for World GP event

Let's be realistic, this is not so much a race as an opportunity to see heroes of earlier days back on track. The machines certainly will not be equal if they relate to contemporary periods, so as a race the results will be meaningless. Also, choice of riders is arbitrary. Some are World Champions, some not. Some are feted world-wide, some not. Some have raced comparatively recently, some not. Even the definition of "legends" appears to be "flexible". Among the riders it seems there are no specific age criteria. Jeremy McWilliams is older than many of the riders named, but would doubtless give several World Champions a drubbing. (Maybe that's why he's not included?) Likewise the Troys and many others you and I could name. However, once we forget the notion of a "race" it should be a brilliantly enjoyable event where I'm sure the riders will make themselves available to media and the public, old rivalries will be re-ignited in good humour, and a great day will be had by all.


March 23, 2015 12:10 PM

WSBK » Troy Bayliss to hang up helmet for good

Yearby23: Fastest 45 year old going. !
Troy is a great rider and well deserving of huge respect. it was a real treat to see him come back from retirement and test himself against today's young guns, but lets not get carried away. Hailwood came back to racing, in his forties after 11 years of retirement, and won again on the toughest circuit in the world. Think also of Jeremy McWilliams, several years older than Troy, still racing, and still winning. Troy's return has been a treat for us all and he has proved he's still got it. But unsurprisingly he's not got as much of "it" as he once had, so I wish him a long and happy retirement.


March 18, 2015 10:34 PM

MotoGP » Dovizioso keeps new Ducati fastest - with wings!

Codger: I brought in the fact that Sheene tried out winglets in 1978 and 1979. I remember that they were discarded because they upset the handling when leant over. I have done some research but can't find anything that explains why. Any thoughts on this point Tetters ??
I don't know anything at all specific to Bazza'a wing test. However, aerodynamics were in their infancy then, as were suspension and tyres.


March 17, 2015 1:47 PM

MotoGP » Dovizioso keeps new Ducati fastest - with wings!

Polyccio: What use are the winglets when the bike is at full lean?
Air is not a fixed horizontal element. Aircraft rudders prove that it works in all other planes (pardon the pun). Wings produce downforce at 90 degrees to their orientation. So if they are mounted horizontally on the bike they will increase downforce vertically i.e. through the tyre's contact patches. When the bike is leaning at any angle the downforce from the wings will still act through the tyre's contact patches. Other dynamic forces also influence the effects of the wings. Optimum downforce would be achieved if the wings were mounted on the lower forks so the full downforce is directly on the tyre, rather than on the fairing where its effect varies because it is transferred to the tyre through the front springs. But the Ducati's wings exploit the fact that under braking the wings' attack angle increases due to fork compression, yet gives less "drag" when accelerating. Simple, really .


March 02, 2015 2:26 PM
Last Edited 147 days ago

RR » Smiths Racing deny snubbing Johnson for Guy Martin

Guy has secured a top Supersport ride and given himself another chance to achieve that elusive TT win. Smiths have signed a rider with a huge following, enormous marketing value and strong media appeal which Guy heightens by his reclusive nature. ( I was wisely told by the late Shirley Crabtree, famous as wrestler Big Daddy, who was renowned for the briefness of his wrestling bouts to "Always leave them wanting more "). Unless Gary Johnson has other, better offers on the table, it seems like he has shot himself in the foot.

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