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TedG

July 30, 2014 4:30 PM
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MotoGP » Red Bull increases Honda backing


Talentfan couldn't be more right. Honda/Repsol have such deep pockets that even a big company like Yamaha just can't keep up. Just to make the most of the electronics takes an army of engineers that Honda can throw at any obstacle and hardly make a dent in the wallet. Not to mention the chassis they throw at the riders to try each and every time they complain that there is a problem. Now lets add Red Bull to the mix and everyone, I mean everyone else is going to be sucking wind. Case in point: A $600,000.00 gearbox.

TedG

June 30, 2014 10:01 PM

MotoGP » ‘Scared’ Lorenzo haunted by Assen injury


I think there are many factors here. They showed his crash from last year and it was a dilly. But his confidence is a bit ragged at the moment because the tires don't accommodate his riding style. And he likes to jump out and run away, being back in the pack in tricky conditions isn't the best situation. And why get hurt when the championship is all but gone? All that being said I think he is making a shrewd move here, playing up a bad result to fear. Every rider on the grid now thinks the same as the Crash posters. They don't worry about him as much. But just wait boys and girls, in more favorable conditions he is still quite the power to be reckoned with.

TedG

June 30, 2014 9:11 PM

MotoGP » Crutchlow: If we can alter my bike we’ll get results


Lodge: Never could understand why there's so much air between the underside of the seat and the tyre on modern road and race bikes. Even on full compression you can fit Tom Sykes leg in there! It's not like they're going motocrossing. Fit a lower subframe, and to make it turn in quicker alter the steering geometry. The ground clearance will still be adequate. But the riders may need shoulder as well as elbow and knee sliders!
The answer is quite simple, go study how a lever works. Replace the CG with the pivot point. Then you will understand why Harleys take so much effort to change direction.

TedG

June 25, 2014 3:52 PM

MotoGP » Marquez: It can’t go on forever!


As for the best bike equation, isn't the technology a big part of the motivation for factories to participate in racing? Or more aptly in F1 racing. I am not a Honda fan, but I have to take my hat off to their investment in the technology. That gearbox, their chassis that can be dialed in to just about anyone, their almost overwhelming power, their fuel strategy, just to mention a few has brought the entire field's bar much higher. Look at the marketing side of this, in almost everyone's mind the notion that they have the technical edge is firmly planted. That moves their "It's the bike" mentality that much more forward. What does bother me is, engine limits, fuel limits, testing limits. All supposedly aimed at saving money. I call BS. They have to spend a ton of money designing engines that will last the season, instead of CNCing a new engine when needed. Fuel limits cost millions of engineering dollars/euros/yen to get the HP. Testing limits??? WTF?

TedG

June 18, 2014 6:40 PM

MotoGP » Crutchlow loathe to run soft tyre 'out of principle'


Say what you will but his comments put Ducati in the limelight. Sit silent and there is no publicity. Good or bad. Next year if the bike works it will be perceived as a much bigger success than if nothing was said about it. Ducati is newly owned and a competitive bike will show that the new owners have the smarts. I have to believe they tell him to be brutally honest and are loving every minute of it.

TedG

June 18, 2014 6:11 PM

MotoGP » Pol Espargaro inspired by past Marquez battles


The biggest difference is the fuel. The company with the most money can extract the most out of what fuel is available. This is why the non factory teams close the gap in practice. They just run full power. Come the race where they have to cut back the gap grows. Then add in the seamless gearbox, advanced firmware, huge data accumulation, and again the deepest pockets come out ahead. Even the extra allowance for open bikes is not enough to bridge the technology gap. Technology is leaving the non factory bikes behind. Technology is expensive and firmware is the biggest ticket item of them all.


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