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October 27, 2012 8:54 PM
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MotoGP » Stoner 'on another level' says Lorenzo

@Steve929 you're spot on there. If Rossi had been taken out by an idiot then maybe there would be some justification in saying that Hayden didn't deserve his title, but Rossi wasn't taken out by an idiot and Hayden was champ. In this case it's even simpler if neither rider is interfered with or has a mechanical then the winner this year will be the winner fair and square. The simple fact is that we have got to this point because Jorge has been consistently faster than Dani. When Dani was getting thirds and a fourth Jorge was getting firsts and seconds. Dani is paying for that now. With Casey back on it it looks like there's a damn good chance Dani will be stuck on six wins. So those who were predicting that Jorge would be champion with fewer wins than Dani and moaning about it won't get their way. And anyway it isn't just about wins, it's about points.


October 26, 2012 11:12 PM

MotoGP » Moto2: Toni Elias signs 2013 deal

(cont) And things change quickly. Look at MotoGP in 2007 a Ducati won by a country mile from a Honda and Yamaha almost tied for second. In 2008 a Yamaha won by a country mile from a Ducati with a Honda some way behind in third. In 2009 the Yamaha dominated. First by a comfortable margin from another Yamaha, with a Honda trailing in third and a Ducati down in fourth. And with the exception of a single rider on a Yamaha it was the same three riders on Honda, Yamaha and Ducati. I don't suppose the skills of those three riders changed by too much in those three seasons, so you've got to put a lot of it down to the machinery. Ducati from dominance to a fairly distant fourth in three seasons. And it's not unique to Ducati. Consider Suzuki back in the early eighties. Champions in 81. Champions by a distance in 82. Third in 83. Sixth in 84.


October 26, 2012 11:05 PM

MotoGP » Moto2: Toni Elias signs 2013 deal

@Bradenws the powers that be thought that having a control engine and ECU would solve this problem and level the playing field, but there's a lot more to bike than the power plant. An awful lot more. Consider the development of Moto2 bikes over the three seasons they've been in use. Elias won on a Moriwaki in 2010 and there and there was another one in the top five to prove that it wasn't a fluke. Only one Moriwaki in the top 10 in 2011. After only a few races this year the riders who started on Moriwakis had dumped them as uncompetitive. Unfortunately developing racing machines costs money, those with the money will develop their bikes. Those without the money will stagnate and be beaten. And it's not even necessarily just about budget. There's the matter of having the know how to develop the bike. Unfortunately this is the nature of the beast and there is nothing you can do to change it. I suspect that the more the rule makers do to try to limit it the worse it will get.


October 26, 2012 3:54 PM

MotoGP » Hayden scratching head after chatter issues

Rossi and Hayden are both former world champions and remember Hayden beat Rossi to the 2006 crown. And yes I know Rossi chucked it away, but he did that by making an error so in the end by any measure that matters Hayden rode the best. But of course whatever the machinery Rossi has beaten Hayden more often than the other way round. Unless you are the sort of idiot who will select individual races or worse still practice sessions to prove a point the evidence is clear that Rossi is the better rider of the two. The gap isn't, however, as wide as some Rossi fans would have you believe. Even if rider A has won ten times more races than rider B that doesn't make A ten times better than B.

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