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November 20, 2014 12:07 PM
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WSBK » We have a lot of work to do, admits Sykes

I don't subscribe to the Honda / Ducati conspiracy theory, particularly as it hasn't yet been announced whether Honda will field the Fireblade or their new V4 RC213V road bike. Dorna made it very clear that they wanted to move WSBK closer to stock showroom bikes to restrict performance and expand the difference between WSBK and MotoGP bikes. That is what has happened. Sykes real worry should be that JRea is not yet 100 percent familiar with the bike, but is already a tenth faster than Tom.


November 20, 2014 12:22 PM

WSBK » PICS: Rea faster than Sykes in maiden Kawasaki test

EmmBee1964: If you read anything into these times then you are a fool.
The important aspect is not what WE read into the test times, but how Team Management and the riders themselves interpret the unspoken signs that the riders are giving to each other. Those signs are that that Jonathan is fast and will get faster, and Tom is on the back foot and is already worried by his fast team-mate. These times are VERY significant to those involved.


November 13, 2014 12:53 PM

MotoGP » Marquez: New Honda needs change of direction

Bendy: The 2015 Honda hasn't suited Marquez, so it's time Stoner was given his marching orders. Stoner isn't going to be useful in developing a bike for Marquez if he's riding style isn't the same. As time goes on, Stoner will become a much slower rider than Marquez and will be unable to reach the full limits of the bike.
I agree completely. I posted a few threads ago that the fisherman was an illogical choice as a test rider. It is said that he was the only rider who could tame the poor handling Ducati, so there's a real likelyhood that he could also ride around the 2015 Honda's faults instead of identifying and fixing them. I got "disagrees", as you probably will, but I simply don't rate CS when it comes to developing a bike .


November 14, 2014 7:26 PM

RR » Flying Easton knocks Rutter off Macau top spot

How on earth did Jack(ass) Miller become the major topic of an article about Stuart Easton and Macau GP ? Some posters are monotonous in their pre-occupation with the Ozzie. The Macau GP is a race exclusively for the possessors of large cojones. A special kind of bravery is needed to race on this armco-lined street circuit. Any mistake has serious consequences- just ask Guy Martin. The winners in he past few years all have a few things in common. Speed, Bravery, Fairness and Respect for other riders. None are loudmouth self-promoters. Few riders in any other discipline can match "Rat-boy" Easton, Hutchy and "The Blade" Rutter, although I reckon Lee Johnson is soon to join in with the elite band. Interestingly, I read that Stuart is riding Shakey's BSB Championship-winning bike and it is good to see Paul Bird letting the old chariot have another outing. So, best of luck to all the riders, and let's hope you all stay shiny-side up.


November 13, 2014 4:48 PM

MotoGP » Marquez: New Honda needs change of direction

Tetley: ... he could also ride around the 2015 Honda's faults instead of identifying and fixing them. ... I simply don't rate CS when it comes to developing a bike .
Stoner only rode this bike a few weeks ago. It would not have changed significantly, if at all. He also rode the 2014 bikes of both Marquez and Pedrosa, IIRC. Honda would have analysed the data from all of the tests, and compared the performance of them. What you want in a test rider is someone who can ride fast enough to capture data near the performance limit of the bike. Stoner is one of only a handful that can do that. From what I read, he had nothing whatsoever to do with "developing" the bike. Noone has said what feedback Stoner gave, just that some "interesting" differences in the data were noted. Are you sure that Marquez is saying something different to what Stoner told them? None of us know.
Good points. You're right. None of us know.


November 13, 2014 1:18 PM

MotoGP » Crutchlow 'fell at turn one, nearly landed at turn two'

Rowdy75: Must be something to do with living on the Isle of Man and that dodgy cat with the missing tail :)
I would NOT want to get on the wrong side of one of those "dodgy cat with the missing tail". Due to dwindling numbers and subsequent in-breeding they are known for being feisty, always ready to bite and scratch if you invade their space, and too aggressive to be considered a pet. No kidding, you have been warned.

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