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March 03, 2015 7:01 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: New Ducati ‘fast’, tyre rule ‘unfair’

@racingfan999 In an effort to get teams to go Open and cheapen the racing which has become too expensive mostly thanks to Honda. You are missing the point, Dorna are not trying to make a two-tier championship, why do you think next year everyone will be under the same open rules? Open rules for all teams is what Dorna have been wanting for years, but the factories were against that. Spec ECU and shared software was designed to control the out of control electronics spending. Honda and Yamaha could have done what Ducati did and go Open for this year or last year, but they chose not to.


March 03, 2015 2:00 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: New Ducati ‘fast’, tyre rule ‘unfair’

People are completely missing the point and would rather subscribe to ridiculous conspiracies. The fact is that MotoGP is too expensive with the ridiculously complex electronics, and making the Open rules was all about beating that. Next year everyone will be under the same rules, and Honda and Yamaha will still be winning, but the sport will be much cheaper - progress. People need to stop being unreasonable. Yamaha and Honda could have become Open Class too if they had wanted, but they chose their electronics, 2-4 litres less fuel and harder tyres instead, that's the facts.


February 26, 2015 1:30 PM

MotoGP » Michelin cite grip balance for Sepang falls

Jack Mordino: Edwards, an "old school" rider liked the Michelin front. He stated that you have to start releasing the brakes as you lean-in, which he deemed as "normal", in contrast to the Bridgestones which offer so much grip that you could lean-in pretty much with full brakes still applied, something "unnatural" to him. Reading between the lines, the Michelin front tyre still complies to the philosophy it had when they were racing side-by-side with Bridgestone. Of course the accidents happened when already at full lean and on gas application so it's not about turn-in but gassing it out. Just sayin'.
Perhaps Edwards is having a negative effect. No one fast these days rides like he does anymore, and for good reason.


February 26, 2015 3:39 PM

MotoGP » Incidents mar Michelin MotoGP test

mrlong: Maybe its not a case of the Michelins being bad but the front grip of the Bridgestones being stupidly good and the bikes being built to suit those tyres.
if WSBK put on the BStones and the carbon brakes they would be much faster. If they have the TC investment that the GP bikes they would be even faster. Then it would only be the difference between the power that the motors make, but some times that wouldn't be that big of a diff. As for people falling off, well inexperience and setup would be the biggest reason, Michelin's lack of testing would be another. Pirelli have done a decent job in WSBK, and like Ben Spies said, most likely the problem with the Bridgestones are, they are too good (too specific).
You can't just slap on different tires and carbon brakes, it's not that simple.


February 24, 2015 2:17 PM
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MotoGP » New Ducati ‘already better than GP14.3’

TrueFan:..same tyres and fuel allocations in "Factory 2" as the "Factory" entries...
Ducati chose to run with them, it wasn't forced on them
Well yes, but they needed to change the engine. The engine design freeze rule was supposed to be part of the package to make racing cheaper. All it really did was make racing a waste of money for teams that didn't have a competitive package, because it couldn't be fixed. Ducati took the smart decision to fix the bike, and the cost was the stupid tyre and fuel "advantages".
It was more about Dorna playing ball against Honda. Honda want to spend spend spend, especially on electronics, and Dorna are basically fighting against that, and they have won, because next year everyone will be under the same rules with 22 litre tanks, and most importantly a spec ECU with spec software. If Honda had their way the sport would be in huge trouble, the 800cc


February 18, 2015 2:46 PM

WSBK » Bayliss to make sensational WSBK return!

separated: Not meaning to damper the excitement, but people are expecting him to possibly fight for the wins? Let's not get ahead of ourselves. I am honestly hoping he doesn't hurt himself, he's been out of it for a long time.
He's 46 years old, WSB legend, MotoGP race winner and a 3 time world champion...not an idiot!
Did I call him an idiot? I'm just being realistic about it. Your expectations are high, so then are you prepared to give a prediction as to where you think he will finish for both races bar bike failures/collisions? Top 5? He'll do well to get into the top 10.

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