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November 18, 2011 11:58 AM

MotoGP » Suzuki makes MotoGP exit official

To me, this news pretty much means the death of MotoGP as a "Motorcycle World Championship". CRT & satellite-kidding aside, it reduces the whole thing to a niche 3-player semi-duel. Shame, shame, shame. It will take just one more factory to drop out (probably of red colour) and then the series will seriously face the danger of outright extinction.


November 16, 2011 9:29 AM

F1 » Austin F1 race in doubt as work halted

@Mayo: Trackbuilding is not just a matter of pride. It has to be financially viable too. India and Korea are just as unsure about if their investment is really going to pay-off in the long run. As a side note, I'm at a loss about why Tilke is employed exclusively for the design of all the latest F1 tracks. The guy is good but as any designer in any field has his own taste and approach. Why not give somebody else the chance to design a track? I'm saying this because although Tilke's tracks are technical and challenging for the driver they usually don't promote passing very much. You need "esses" for easy passing, because in "esses" the line is a compromise between the exit of the first and the entrance to the second turn. This compromise can be taken advantage of by a car that wants to pass. The issue is that Tilke's esses put successive turns too close to one-another to allow for this.


November 11, 2011 9:40 AM

MotoGP » Will aluminium frame be Ducati's silver bullet?

@RawDawg: Of course nobody got "vindicated" by Simoncelli's death -for a start noone blamed anyone for not wanting to take too many risks. Beyond that, however, what justifies the refusal to take unnecessary risks riding a motorcycle better than the death of a co-competitor? Simoncelli's death is a tragedy to the whole world of motorcycle racing -and beyond- but let's not stay at a "leave this out of everything" status, reality has to be evaluated and juxtaposed with people's mindsets and practices, it's the only way to better the perspective.


November 10, 2011 2:42 PM

MotoGP » Will aluminium frame be Ducati's silver bullet?

(-cont.) What lies behind the above, is that Stoner offered wins to Ducati but his extraordinary riding and his willingness to risk masked the Ducati defects and just made the teammate and satellite riders look useless. This allowed Ducati to just sit and watch their wonderboy either win or lowside. Rossi changed all that because he doesn't want to risk and won't over-ride the machine as Stoner did. Now they really need to sort the bike out. I am actually enjoying very much what is happening in Ducati: it's 2 completely different worlds, 2 totally different philosophies that came together and we have the opportunity to watch this gruesome but also I am sure deeply productive process of trying to develop a better bike.

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