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April 14, 2015 4:36 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: I hope this contract isn't my last

At his current level, there's no-one to really challenge for his seat. There's no reason he shouldn't continue. Most riders retire because of injuries. Rossi has avoided them - apart from 2010. I can't even remember him having any serious injuries in the 125s and 250s. He crashed the 500 often enough in the first year, but luckily, they weren't any really ugly ones. He's earned it, and I hope they let him. I wouldn't have been as generous when he was at Ducati, but I admire the way he ate humble pie and worked his way back to the top.


April 13, 2015 6:53 PM

MotoGP » Espargaro fuming after Redding clash

Codger: Just a reminder that when Rossi took out Casey in the wet, Casey was a bit petulant and when Rossi went immediately to apologise a lot of people on here gave Rossi a fair bit of stick saying he only did it for show.
Rossi definitely did do that for show. If he had any respect, he would have spoken privately and apologised one-on-one, without the histrionics. Anyway, it's ancient history now. Scott was very "ambitious" making that move on Pol, and it looked bad, but it wasn't deliberate, just a badly judged move. He should have contacted Pol after the race to apologise, but the twitter babble exchange looks bad for both of them. Maybe he was waiting for Pol to calm down so he could have a rational conversation. There's a bit of history between them.


April 13, 2015 9:26 AM

MotoGP » Smith in factory mix during ‘best performance’

Garry: Doing well Brad, it seems strange that all your haters have shut up now.
You took the words (or at least the sentiment) right out of my mouth... "he obviously doesn't deserve the ride"...blah blah blah..."never more than mid-pack"...blah blah blah... It ought to be embarrassing for them, but they're probably too stupid to notice. I loved that he was right on Rossi's back wheel for a large chunk of the race, and Rossi was riding well! I always thought Bradders was capable of performing at that level, now I just hope he repeats the performance - preferably regularly.


April 13, 2015 9:52 AM

MotoGP » Marquez: It's going to be an interesting championship

There's nothing wrong with the Yamaha at the moment. There were 3 of them in the top 6. After Marquez pulled the qualifying rabbit out of his hat, he would have needed to lose a wheel (or similar) to not win that race. He wanted it...badly! I loved seeing him get to the front and eke out the margin until it was beyond challenge. To those that claim Marquez "likes to battle", I would say Marquez "likes to win"! Most racers like to win...if they have to battle it out, they'll battle it out, and generally enjoy it. They rarely enjoy losing the battle though, and anytime you see them and they were "happy for the battle", they're either doing PR or they expected to do much worse before the race. Je suis Charlie...


April 13, 2015 10:00 AM

MotoGP » Dovizioso: I didn't want to give Rossi final-lap chance

Tracks without a huge straight will negate the Ducati advantage. Not saying it's all down to the straight line speed because it isn't. But Rossi made all the progress through the corners and it was negated on the straight. Same for Lorenzo trying to catch them, faster than the Ducatis through the corners as proved by that awesome shot with him on Iannone, but blasted down the straight.
On entry to the straights, Dovi seemed to brake earlier than Rossi, and accelerate earlier. That had as much to do with their straight line performance. I suspect that was why Rossi's tyres didn't last as well (of course that's only a theory). Iannone was relying more on horsepower, but came from a long way back, and cooked his hoops. Still, it all bodes well for a very intriguing season...


April 13, 2015 9:41 AM

MotoGP » Dovi prevented 'perfect weekend' for Rossi

It was a really interesting battle between Rossi and Dovisioso. It seemed to me that when Rossi was in front, he was braking deeper to keep Dovi at bay, but it meant that he took the corner slightly slower and lost out under acceleration. Dovi deliberately braked earlier, entered the turn earlier, and started to accelerate earlier and from a higher corner speed. I also wonder if that approach contributed to Rossi's tyre wearing out more... Whatever, it was a great ride by both of them...


April 13, 2015 5:06 PM

MotoGP » Dovizioso: I didn't want to give Rossi final-lap chance

VegasRyder: Are much different than the lines taken on the RCv and now ducati. The M1 isn't a bike that works well when you square off the corners like Dovi and marc. Some tracks will work better for Yamaha. Some not. I think it's cool to see different lines . There was one corner where it was really really evident. Rossi running a wide sweeping line and dovi squaring it off.. Sure, rossi and lorenzo would love more grunt off the bottom that allows them to point and shoot in certain corners,, it's just not the way to maximize the M1's potential.
My point was that when I noticed the difference, Rossi was much more squared off. He was probably defending the corner entry by braking later, but it meant his line was less rounded. It wasn't every corner, but I'm pretty sure it happened at least a couple of times entering the straight. It might have been exaggerated by Dovi seeing it and braking earlier for quicker exit.


April 12, 2015 7:25 PM

MotoGP » Moto2 COTA, Texas - Race Results

Great ride by Sam Lowes!!! Really tough for Simeon, but it looked like he was at least half a bike length behind, and drifted into Zarco...he deserved better, but it was just a racing incident. There was nothing Zarco could have done. Amazing too how Syahrin, West, and Luthi came from nowhere to greatly improve....didn't see it on the video, just the lap timings. Interesting too how close the points table is...should be a tough fight this year!

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