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March 24, 2014 10:36 AM

MotoGP » Pedrosa happy with podium feat at 'difficult' track

I like Dani, but when Marquez and Rossi turned up the pace in the closing few laps, Dani lost the gap. Sadly, I think this might be the story for the remainder of the season. Hs injured teammate who has not tested, stick his bike on pole and is able to open gaps when it matters. At least before he only worried about Jorge and Marquez. Now it appears Rossi could relegate him a further spot down in the pecking order. And with more competitive fields, other riders will show their talents well making a return to Honda very difficult. He absolutely must perform this season and beat his teammate on multiple occasions or else I think his days at HONDA are finished.


March 23, 2014 9:05 PM

MotoGP » Marquez begins title defence with victory in Qatar

One race does not a season make, still, some interesting observations. The rules, crazy as they are, tightened things at the front, regardless of the many criticisms of tire construction. Marquez is a force from race one and has stamped his authority on MotoGP with this win. Lorenzo's uncharacteristic mistake will reveal much about his character for the next race. Rossi's choice to change crew chiefs seems to be working out fine. Finally, in the closing laps, both Rossi and Parquez gapped Pedrosa. I wonder how he will respond, having said this would be the year he would take the fight to the others? Can't wait for round two.


March 20, 2014 8:08 PM

F1 » McLaren won’t increase Magnussen expectations

Taipan, Agreed. I saw him race last year and was impressed. I had heard that he was fast but erratic, but the race I witnessed was pure speed and control, and through testing and the first race this appears to be the new norm for Kevin. If so, he could be mega. It just seems great drivers just arrive, doesn't it? I think back to Kimi's first days. Fast and unflappable. Kevin reminds me a little of this, only a bit more talkative:)


March 19, 2014 7:18 PM

MotoGP » Crutchlow: The rule just got better for us again!

These rules, however confusing the process through which they were determined, make more sense than the last bunch. I did no agree with a factory team like Ducati bypassing the factory rules to run with the independents. And they could do so indefinitely. Now at least they keep the same advantage only until they have scored the required points and return to the level playing field. Good interim rules on the way to the standard ECU. Fine with me.


March 19, 2014 12:38 PM

F1 » Wolff admits title must be delivered

Mercedes currently has a significant advantage, and there is no doubt they will continue to develop the car. Regardless of bias, both drivers have the talent to deliver wins and a championship. So I understand Wolff's comments. What we do not know is the true pace of the other teams and where they will be in two races from now. After the third race I think we can better determine the differentials between the front runners. Right now is VERY early to make any predictions.


March 18, 2014 2:23 PM

F1 » Ecclestone warns quieter F1 could be costly

Lots of Bernie noise. Not so much engine noise. I am disappointed with the sound but I do not think the sky is falling. I certainly liked watching the cars slide a bit, though I think the overtaking could be an issue. How much of that is new regulations and how much is due to the hesitancy of the teams as they were doing everything to survive the first race I do not know. We will know more in a few races. I suspect the racing will be good. The noise? Yes, Ron is correct. I think these regulations came a year early and it would have been good to evaluate the changes for a year and make the necessary modifications for next. The teams are already well ahead on the fuel consumption so perhaps an increase in the maximum revs with a different exhaust configuration and a little more fuel will do the trick. I hope the three manufacturers will explore these possibilities in private through the year and make a recommendation to the FIA. Planned to go to Budapest this year and see no reason to ca


March 16, 2014 8:50 PM

F1 » Ricciardo excluded from Australian GP

I completely understand Red Bull's position, though the FIA cannot possibly back down on this issue as it would open up the flood gates of further manipulation of the rules. What i do not understand is why Red Bull refused to switch back during the race? They knew their flow rate, they know they had plenty of fuel, why not follow FIA rules? Had they been found to have burned too much fuel too quickly post race they could have presented that they switched back to the faultily FIA system only after being ordered to do so. I think they would have been better placed to win that one. I think Horner was making a stubborn point that RB technology was better and now they will have to pay the price. Too bad, because i question whether any team can challenge the Mercedes for wins for at least a few races and so points will be even more crucial.

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