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mrfill

July 31, 2014 6:57 PM

MotoGP » Mika Kallio - Q&A


@Zamb I don't think Mika would get an offer for GP - he's 31 and a bit old for any competitive ride. Also he is in a top M2 team, that he likes, has a crew he likes, a bike he likes and he is winning races. He could well get the title this year too. For Mika, it doesn't get any better than that. No move would provide the complete set. He realises that and is happy to stay and good luck to him. As an ambassador for moto2, he is ideal (more than be said for some others)

mrfill

July 31, 2014 8:18 PM

MotoGP » Red Bull increases Honda backing


Spending vast amounts of money in motor sport does not necessarily guarantee success. Witness Toyota's effort in F1. Outspent every team for years and never even got a win. Ducati must have spent a fortune over the last few years and still get nowhere. Honda spent loads in F1 on their own car but never had much success. But when Honda spend in motogp, they spend it effectively. Bit like Red Bull. They back winners but they also heavily sponsor the Red Bull Rookies. They have backed Honda for 9 years and now have decided to increase their backing to get their adverts on the bikes as well as the riders. 2016 should (t&cs apply) even out the bikes with standard software. No daft different 'classes' just bikes. Sure, some will have extra fancy bits like pneumatic valves but they won't have the software advantage. As for TC, they all have the same thing (in the ECU) so its equal. Advantage no-one. Once back to a single class, at least the factories will not have anything like the electro

mrfill

August 01, 2014 3:37 PM

MotoGP » Red Bull increases Honda backing


Peter Light: Back on the Redbull thing. I would love to know how much they spend on sponsorship in all sports across the world. With 2 F1 teams, just about every extreme sport in the world and the massive number of sportsmen and women with personnal sponsorship it muct be hunderds of millions. Anyone know a rough figure?
It is reckoned RB spend aroiund 35% of their revenue on marketing. Their revenue for 2013 was a little over 5bn€ so, on these assumptions, it amounted to around 1.8bn€

mrfill

August 01, 2014 3:55 PM

MotoGP » Red Bull increases Honda backing


TalentFan: [ Thing is Honda & Yamaha HAVE access to the spec ECU and software through their Open Class entrants. So they have plenty of time to work out how to convert their bespoke stuff to the language the spec ECU needs. And esp. Honda have the resources to set aside to crunch the numbers and do the leg work well in time for 2016. I don't want to be all doom & gloom, but I am convinced that the only thing that will need dialling-in will be the michelin tyres, & that won't take long to analyse. I cannot see the
The software will be standard. No-one will be allowed to 'convert bespoke stuff'. The code is fixed and the code will only do so much. Honda/Yamaha currently use their own code which does more and produces/uses additional data to that from the bog standard software. That will be of no use as the software will not be able to process it. The open bikes use the same ECU as everyone else. 8 bikes use bespoke software and these will lose that advantage

mrfill

August 01, 2014 4:03 PM

MotoGP » Red Bull increases Honda backing


contd. The difference between the factory and their open bikes will be purely mechanical (e.g. pneumatic valves). Yes, the factory bikes will still have an advantage but it will be much less than now. I reckon the savings on software development will be spent on mechanical bits and especially aero, where there is a lot more scope for gaining an advantage.

mrfill

August 01, 2014 2:17 AM

MotoGP » Red Bull increases Honda backing


Talent, It rather depends on what the software processes. You may have masses of data but if the software does not access it, it is worthless. Like having 500Gb of movies in mp4 format without having an mp4 player to use it. How the standard software works and what data it does use is a mystery but just because you have loads of set up data may not help. Neither Honda nor Yamaha have raced with standard software. Their race data has been gathered using their bespoke software and whether that will be of any use is the nub of the matter. I certainly hope that the additional data gathered will be worthless and that the 4 factory machines will be reined back a bit.


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