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October 17, 2014 11:25 AM

MotoGP » Pedrosa: We found out yesterday…

Burgess must be high on the hit list, for obvious reasons, but you could argue that his methods stopped producing results some years ago. Rossi felt the need for a change, made it, and is a different rider this year. I have maximum respect for JB, for all he's achieved, but its not just riders who become outdated with the passage of time. I would love for JB to come back and take Dani onto a new level, but I don't think it's a given that JB would be a success just because of his record through the nineties and noughties.


October 07, 2014 12:34 PM

MotoGP » Remembering Norick Abe

Legend. Some of the obvious memories are his crazy ride at Suzuka in 94, his win from deep on the grid in '96 and his win at Rio in '99. But other random things stick with me that better sum up the rider that Norick was, such as Imola in '99. Running in a safe 3rd place and with no chance of catching the leading two, Abe never stopped riding the wheels off the thing, and never gave up on an impossible win. He crashed! Many a rider would have settled for a safe 3rd and it's to Abe's credit that he wasn't that kind rider, he was wild, passionate, unpredictable and incredibly fast. And so his results on paper only tell a fraction of his story, as Norick was above all else a racer and an entertainer. Very sadly missed.


October 06, 2014 6:58 PM

F1 » Massa ‘was already screaming’ for race to stop

Massa always complains about everything. Despite that, I quite like him, very fast on his day. But he sometimes seems afraid to take risks where as some of the more aggresive racers, Alonso, Hamilton, Vettel etc, will use it as an opportunity to shine. It's understandable given his own brush with death, but all the other drivers are saying it was fine. Massa was also the only one to really complain about the new team radio rules. Oli


September 11, 2014 6:52 PM

F1 » Raikkonen undecided on F1 retirement

Alonso gets the best out of every car, good or bad. Kimi, like Massa, only gets the best out of a good car. Maybe he is just not motivated when the car is bad, because it is clear he has the talent. I expect next year will be Alonso and Bianchi at Ferrari, and Kimi will get paid a lot of money NOT to drive for Ferrari for the second time in his career!


August 08, 2014 12:14 PM
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MotoGP » Cal Crutchlow talks Ducati U-turn

The Ducati that Stoner won the title on in 2007 was a far cry from the bike they've had for the last few years, so I think MM would find it a lot tougher than Casey did. People go on about Stoner being awesome on the Ducati and he was great in 07-09 when the bike was ok, no doubt about that, but they also forget that even with Stoner it fell apart a bit towards the end because the bike was getting worse and worse. The start of the demise of Ducati is rooted in the winter of 2009. He had a horrible run of front end crashes in 2010 because he found the new bike didn't steer like he wanted it to, and only made the top two 5 times in 18 races, finishing behind Rossi in the championship despite Vale breaking his leg, missing 4 races and coming back injured. Yes, he still had some great races, like his dominant win at Phillip Is, but he was a shadow of the Casey Stoner we'd seen in previous years. And to prove it, he went to Honda and thrashed everyone.

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