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Oli

January 09, 2013 8:07 PM

RR » Adrian Archibald quits road racing


Great rider, and seems like a really nice guy as well. Always safe and damn fast too. I'm sorry to see Archie go, but it's also nice to see someone walk away healthy and happy with what they've acheived. @Snell He's a 3 times Isle of Man TT winner. Maybe you have achieved far more than that in life, but to most of us mere mortals, that makes him a legend. Oli

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December 21, 2012 1:21 PM

MotoGP » Pesek gets Ioda place, 2013 MotoGP grid complete


@shuggiemac No one is suggesting a team from the Crash.net comments board would take on Pesek and come out on top. If we say he's rubbish, we're clearly not talking about relative to the average guy on street. But this is MotoGP, so we're comparing him to the best in the world. And as fans of the sport, we are qualified to give an opinion. I think it is clear to most people that Lukas Pesek did not earn a MotoGP ride through results. He was a decent 125cc rider (about 6 years ago at that) but he was barely average on a 250 (he had decent kit as well in 2009) and has never been anywhere on a 4-stroke. So no, he hasn't earned his ride. Which means he's paid for it. And usually you have to accept that is part of the sport. But in my opinion this qualifies for special comment, because Pesek has been particularly nowhere in recent years. He's quite an extreme rent-a-ride case.

Oli

December 20, 2012 11:57 AM

MotoGP » British MotoGP makes top ten UK attendance list


Aside from the TT not being ticketed and therefore true attendance be accurately recorded, even by estimates it is unfortunatley not really close to the top ten. Last year the steam packet reported 11,237 bikes came for TT fornight (so max 20,000 people) and 41,100 people came through Ronaldsway. Even if we said a generous 75% of those flying came for the TT, we're still looking at only 50,000 people flying or riding there. Sure, there would have been some people driving and some people as foot passengers, but I am sure nowhere near enough to get up to the 100,000 people mark. The TT is growing though, it's brilliantly marketed, the best TV coverage for generations... it's on the up.

Oli

December 13, 2012 7:43 AM

MotoGP » You mark MotoGP 5.6 out of 10 for entertainment


The problem that MotoGP has is that it responded to the loss of the tobacco industry money by relying on the factories to use MotoGP to sell road bikes. That was fine in 2004, the world had money, and MotoGP had Suzuki, Kawasaki, Aprilia etc. But when the economy issues hit, half the factories pulled out. I am sure Suzuki, Kawasaki etc would have stayed in MotoGP if they'd had tobacco money paying for it. In addition, all the other factories have scaled back support - Honda had 7 factory or semi factory v4 NSRs in 1998 in addition to another 3 v-twins. Now it has barely a third of that. The need to cut costs is the underlying issue and the sport will continue to struggle until it recognises that. We all want to see MotoGP remain a prototype sport but unless changes are made, Honda and Yamaha will continue to spend silly money on beating each other and no one else will be able to compete. Oli


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