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August 14, 2014 2:05 PM

MotoGP » Silverstone responds to British MotoGP loss

At the risk of being flogged by Shamarone, Brands will never hold an international bike race ever again. To be FIM homologated it requires the purchase of local residents gardens to be able to extend the runoff at the back of the circuit around Westfield, Hawthorn and Dingle Dell & Sheene Curve, the circuit could be modified but then it wouldn't be Brands Hatch GP circuit anymore! Surtees bend is too close to Clearways to make extra runoff after Cooper Straight, Clearways/Clarke Curve runoff would encroach on the entrance of the circuit and require demolishing the HQ, main grandstand and hospitality. Paddock run off would encroach into the paddock itself which can't be moved further out because of local roads to Fawkham and the M20, plus you'd lose one of the most popular spectator areas of the circuit. Graham Hill Bend exit is too close to the pit wall meaning the pits have to be removed! Basically the land within and surrounding the circuit is too small and Palmer makes so much o


March 27, 2014 12:43 AM
Last Edited 144 days ago

MotoGP » Redding: The target has changed…

I dunno, he sounded surprised to me and is simply announcing he's raising his own bar. The only person that's going to look like a fool in this situation is him, if he doesn't deliver so what has he got to lose? If this is how he psychologically prepares himself and it works then he's gotta do what works for him to progress. The last time we had any Brits with that mentality they became world champions more than once (Foggy & Sheene spring to mind). Gotta remember his bikes a lower spec than Nicky's he's on Showa suspension and Nissin's brakes and Nicky's an ex champ. I've always liked Scott's determination and his character, I say go for it mate, do us proud.


March 27, 2014 8:49 AM

MotoGP » Redding: The target has changed…

Regarding the honda tank I would imagine there's something in the purchase contract that prevents them from modifying certain bits of the customer bikes. Japanese firms have always been protective of their factory machine / no.1 bike specs to make sure they stay at the front. Sheene used to ignore them and modify his bikes and that used to infuriate the people in charge, eventually to the point where it was detrimental to his racing career. So I imagine they have to be careful about what they modify.


February 10, 2014 1:50 PM
Last Edited 185 days ago

MotoGP » Valentino Rossi impressed by Open, Espargaro

My prediction is this. After Friday warm ups they'll make some calculations, then they'll suddenly realise the Factory bikes wont be able to make race distance and be competitive at the same time. Just like the Bridgestone debacle of last year's Phillip Island race, it wouldn't surprise me at all if they ended up shortening all the races by a lap or two to keep the big boys at the front.


January 06, 2014 1:47 PM

RR » TT blow for Hutchinson and Brookes

Going by the article everyone else already uses Motec which means all their sensors and related mechanical components will work with the dumbed down Motec software. SMR will have to replace the entire Magneti Marelli kit at a £30,000+ cost, not just the software. Then they have to develop it to gain the expertise required to go fast enough to beat everyone that's used to the kit. You don't just bolt it on and go fast straight away, it just doesn't work like that. It's a shame but that's how it goes these days as sponsors just don't have the extra cash to throw around anymore. It doesn't make business sense to change everything for one meeting, even if it is the TT.


January 09, 2014 2:04 PM
Last Edited 220 days ago

MotoGP » Ducati switching to Open Class for MotoGP 2014?

I don't think either of them would be worried about which route they took if they gave Cal and Dovi a bike that can get them at the front and winning races. After all they are going to try it at the next test then make a decision. It'll still be a factory bike in the true meaning of the sense and it would be quite hilarious if either of them won the championship. Maybe the people that do the maths have worked out that you just can't get the performance you need on 4 litres less with their engine and software, after all it is a rule imposed by Dorna and probably based on some half brained theory. You never know it might set the Ducati engine free, I gather from what I've read the engine is a bit of a monster so maybe having more fuel to play with gives them more usability. I'm interested to see how this goes.


January 03, 2014 1:40 PM

RR » Martin clocks up the miles in New Zealand

Excellent stuff! I've heard this is a great race meeting. I'd like to congratulate my Kiwi mate, Dwaine Bishop on winning the Bears series on his Aprilia Mile at the Cemetry Circuit. He managed to complete the entire race day without 1st gear too!!! Hmmm... I think this may be a good excuse to visit my friends in NZ next year and blow away those end of season blues :)

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