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February 20, 2015 3:23 PM

WSBK » Guintoli 'still not dialled in'

Spinach: @Tetley While agree that Sylvain must be rethinking his contract, I'm not certain there were other viable alternatives. Sad really, champion of the last season, gets the boot, and no where to turn but a turd ride. Best of luck Sylvain, maybe Honda will give you a little something to smooth out this rough patch?
You're right- the acceptable options were few. But I don't think he "got the boot" exactly. He knew that Aprilia were taking their works team out of WSBK so he made an early decision based on the (same old) Ten Kate Honda promises. At that time he didn't know that Red Devils would be so well supported by the Aprilia factory. I'm sure Red Devils would have been happy to welcome a current World Champ into their team if the timing had been different.


February 20, 2015 1:20 PM

WSBK » Guintoli 'still not dialled in'

After the sweet Aprilia Sylvain must have been shocked by how user-hostile the Fireblade was. Then he picked up a significant injury when the 'blade ejected him. Now he says he's having difficulty getting it "dialled in" which comes as no surprise. JRea tried for years to get it to behave but it simply isn't up to the job. On the other hand, Michael VDM has no WSBK experience or reference points so is just riding what he's given as hard as he can. It's sad to see Sylvain off the pace and with little prospect of improvement, and realistically he's not going to be able to defend his Championship title. He must be regretting signing for the Pata Fireblade.


February 19, 2015 11:34 AM

MotoGP » Crutchlow, Miller unveil new LCR colours

The paint schemes on racing bikes are not designed primarily to look "pretty". They are mostly chosen by the title sponsor, who invariably wants the bike to match his own company colours. Most teams will happily paint the bikes in any colour the sponsor wants, as long as they pay for the privilege. Another consideration of choice are schemes which stand out from the crowd and can easily be picked out and recognised in a group of bikes on track. Another major factor is to choose colours which appear bright on TV, as not all colours translate well into the red, green, blue limitations which exist. A bike coloured black will not stand out on TV as other brighter colours will "bleed" into the edges of the black. On the other hand, a white bike will shine from the screen as the white "bleeds" out into the surrounding colours. "Pretty" is the last factor on the list. "Noticeable" is high on the list.


February 14, 2015 1:13 PM

MotoGP » ‘Radical changes’ unlock ‘Step 2’ Aprilia

Albesiano- "We've made some quite radical changes but now the gap is almost closed between the two bikes." Translated from PR-speak, he's actually saying that the new bike is nearly as good as the old bike. Or, to put it another way, Gigi's bike despite being several years old is better than Albesiano's latest and best effort. And Albesiano's was so wrong he had to move backwards towards Gigi's idea's. Gigi 1, Albesiano nil. I had great hopes for Aprilia and Albesiano, but they are fading.


February 13, 2015 12:23 AM

MotoGP » MotoGP top speeds ‘medium-term concern’

AmIEviL: Why do they want to slow the bikes down..isnt this GP racing? This is what people want to see the fastest highest technology bikes on the planet..........
Very few people can "see" the difference between a bike going by at 212mph and a bike going by at 180 or 190 mph. The only time the difference can be "seen" is if one overtakes the other, and if the regulations were amended so that every team's bike was slowed by say 25mph there would be no such differences in comparative speeds and the racing would not appear noticeably slower. It is also a fallacy that very high speeds equate to the "highest technology on the planet", when a relatively simple 2-stroke 1000cc motor would produce far greater bhp than the current complicated 1000cc 4-strokes.

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