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August 27, 2014 6:31 PM

MotoGP » Rossi ‘closer to goal’ heading to Silverstone

TalentFan@ Not really. Everything changes on a minute by minute basis. Just using temp: The frame will flex differently with temp. The forks and shock will act differently with temp. The tires change dramatically with temp. Each of these things are independent of one another and affect setup. Fuel level plays a great part in the handling, seat length and position also play a big part. Setup is a compromise that tries, but will never succeed to be optimum. And sometimes riders do have times where things aren't comfortable and the limits are....shall we say... elusive.


August 22, 2014 6:00 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: Marc’s wins the rider, mine the Honda...

LeisureSuitLarry: I seem to recall that when Rossi was on the Honda he disputed that it was just the machine. He was quoted as saying it was 80% the rider, 20% the bike. Fair enough, I'll buy that, although how he can reconcile that statement to his days on the Ducati I'm not quite sure. Anyway, equally the same must apply therefore with Marc Marquez. 80% him, 20% the Honda? Sauce for the goose and all that. It might also be worth pointing out that the performance difference between the Honda RC211V that Rossi rode and the early Yamaha was huge. Whilst the RC213V is clearly the superior motorcycle the difference to the current Yamaha M1 is far less pronounced.
I wonder how many times people her will get the 80% 20% quote WRONG? It was not Rossi, but J Burgess who made the comment. If you need proof, watch Faster.


August 15, 2014 9:41 PM

MotoGP » Yamaha working on seamless downshifts

77dave77: When Honda came up with the seamless gear change , why did they not patent it to stop others copying it ? or is that not allowed in racing ? It seems they come up with the engineering solutions / advancements and others just copy it , flattering as that may be I am surprised it is allowed really and they do not want to protect it . As for traction control I seem to remember some years back when Rossi had it on his Yamaha he said himself that it felt like cheating and he was the one who was winning and few others had it , notably his team mate colin edwards .....
A patent discloses information about the device. One of the main reasons for a patent is to disseminate information so others can build a better one. in this case Honda wants absolutely no information about their $600,000.00 gearbox out there.


August 13, 2014 8:11 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: Concentration, studying every corner…

Rossi will continue to whittle away at the gap. But the Honda advantage is huge. It's main strength: it can remain stable into a corner with the rear wheel either up in the air and/or misaligned. The Yamaha must have the 2 wheels aligned. Not to mention the superior gearbox, better acceleration out of corners, deeper braking, lighter riders, better fuel management, more refined electronics, and the huge R&D budget. All that stuff adds up to 10ths every lap.

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