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March 15, 2014 11:11 PM

MotoGP » Ducati Open or Factory? The wait continues…

@Tetley, While I totally agree that Ducati are not the bad guy's here, you cannot possibly think it in any way, shape or form (regardless of being within the rules) fair, just or "propper", that Ducati be allowed to carry on their full factory effort (including software) but with concessions the other factories are not allowed and the other open teams unable to use the ECU (effectively). DORNA have made a meal of this one and Ducati are not at fault but that does not mean Ducati deserve a "leg-up" either.


March 15, 2014 11:02 PM

MotoGP » Ducati Open or Factory? The wait continues…

I don't understand all the fuss from both DORNA or the "fans". The issue as I understand it is the new improved software for the open class. Block its use and revert the open class teams to the original "standard ecu"....problem solved. I can see the inept side of DORNA here, in creating a whole heap of unnecessary bull. As for the "fans". The only constant in this sport from day one, has been ever changing technical rules. Some for the better and some for the worse but all with their critics.


March 14, 2014 11:10 AM

MotoGP » PICS: Extra lever on Factory Yamaha

I have no idea what it is but as for some of the comments on here... Many riders use rear breaks, not to stop but to settle the bike. I remember a handlebar rear break set-up used by one Mr Doohan after he smashed his leg and that was at his request not Hondas insistence. The Yam lever bolt is hollowed but its there. The zip-tie is in place of the common wire lock tie (seen on the honda pic with standard bolt). Only one week to go.....


March 08, 2014 12:58 AM

MotoGP » MotoGP Factory 2 triggered by Ducati 'advantage'

I see this as no different to WSBK, where rules are changed in order to allow more even competition among the different manufacturers with there different "designs" (pneumatic valves, desmo, V4's & inline 4's etc etc.). When they feel one group has a distinct advantage, they change the rules again. I personally have no issue with this. A lot of people are crying foul but think of this, Ducatis biggest issue (regardless of why) is that it cannot turn the bike. It cannot make up the difference on the straights because of fuel limitations. They are now in the position of what ever time they lose in the turns, they can make up on the straights due to 4 more liters of fuel. We all now the power of the engine so with more fuel and softer tyres and there own ECU (effectively), I think there is a real threat of a manufacturer who cannot compete on current terms will all of a sudden be winning races out of the blue. Dont know the answer but something had to be done IMO. I side with thos


March 05, 2014 10:17 AM

MotoGP » Rossi signs off with speedy simulation

Im with one was able to complete a 27 lap simulation? Correct me if I am wrong, but wasnt the point of this test to work out the tyre situation come October? If so, not sure how they could do this without a race distance simulation? Not so positive was the fact that some of the runs were cut short due to tyre issues.....what happens come October? I am hoping the data from this week will be used to produce another set of rubber to be tested again at PI before October.


March 04, 2014 8:18 PM

MotoGP » Honda responds to Ducati’s Open decision

Couple of points, Regardless of the facts, it does look like a dummy spit from Honda. If the ecu is basically Ducatis anyway, then it is simply the different tyres! They are now on pace (over one lap) consistently over the last 3 days of testing (1xsepang and 2xPI). If the new situation allows Ducati to catch-up and compete this year, it simply means Yam and Honda will switch and then pull away again. It still costs money to design new frames and engine internals and Honda in particular can develop a whole new bike from scratch within one year.....can Ducati? When will the tyre change again.... The only way to ever have a properly functioning (equally competitive) series over a long term, is to cap teams and in particular, factories total budgets. You are only allowed to spend X amount for the year in total on your racing program.


February 27, 2014 7:59 AM

MotoGP » ‘F****d!’ - Valentino Rossi ‘surprised’ by tyre decision

Just my 2 cents, but has anyone else considered this tyre decision in the following context.... In trying to get a large grid (20+) In trying to get even competition between the 20+ In trying to get the above 2 as cost efficient In achieving the above three against the "forces" of Honda & Yamaha Maybe all that was need was to design tyres and impose a fuel limit that makes a switch to open class the only "real" option? They already had the fuel limit before this test.....?.....?....?


February 23, 2014 10:14 AM

WSBK » Guintoli triumphs in truncated second race

@mjgroves, I dont think Ronnie's issue is the red flag but that the race was called rather than a restart (IMO). Safety is, as it should be, first priority. Restart the race though (when safe to do so) for the paying fans (track & TV) to get their 2x20+ lap races. WSB is either a sporting series in its own right or drop it, just dont turn it into a gap filler between EPL matches and F1 races etc. Its hard enough to attract sponsorship dollars without sending the message that your investment is only a donation in disguise.

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