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August 05, 2014 5:15 PM

MotoGP » Edwards heads for ‘emotional’ US farewell

JimmyTheRealOne: Sorry Colin, but you were invisible in MotoGP. Look at Max Biaggi, that guy wanted to retire as a champion. He even sit out a year to get the best possible machinery from Alstare. Still today, when you say "Colin Edwards", the first thing that comes to my mind is "Castrol Honda World Superbike".
3 things for me.. Edwards v Bayliss at Imola, MotoGP Jerez elbow save, and Assen 2006 against Nicky Hayden.
And Donnington in 2009, taking a podium a week after breaking his collarbone...brave.


August 05, 2014 9:46 AM

MotoGP » Miller to join Crutchlow at LCR?

cont...change any of the fundamentals in racing. His slides were awesome. Stoner's dominant results on Bridgestone precipitated a mass exodus from Michelin, and the control tyre situation that resulted (not really driven by Stoner, just the misconception that "it's the bike", and the Bridgestone front tyre technology was a step ahead in grip). Kenny Roberts pioneered the rise of the dirt trackers in GPs. Wayne Rainey pioneered the go-fast-out-of-the-blocks-on-cold-tyres approach. I can't think of too many other game changers, although plenty have contributed subtlely to the advancement. The best is the Rossi one-legged cornering style that everyone copied, despite Rossi verifying that it was practically accidental, and made no difference to his lap times! He must have had a LMAO moment or two watching the trend take hold... It will be interesting to see whether anyone else adopts the Marquez front-wheel-monocycle-corner-entry technique.


August 05, 2014 9:45 AM

MotoGP » Miller to join Crutchlow at LCR?

From what I've seen, of the current feeder class riders, Miller has the most "X-factor", albeit without a significant winning track record. Vinales is the other that could deliver based on straight talent. I only watched the MotoGP in CoA, so I didn't see that race, but to my mind he hasn't been as consistent since he had the minor meltdown with his management at the time. Rabat has plenty of talent too, and some of the Moto3 guys will be worthy of a chance. Marquez in Moto3 took a while to get results, but in Moto2, he was the outstanding rider, including in 2011 when SB won. McCoy is an interesting case study. He only won a few GPs in both 125s and 500s, but on the 125s he was never on top shelf equipment IIRC. In the 500s, he was effectively on a good satellite Yamaha. He either pioneered 16.5" rear tyres when everyone else was running 17", or vice versa. The others all followed when he won a race or two. Although he never dominated, not many riders can single handedly change any o


July 25, 2014 7:52 PM

MotoGP » 2015 MotoGP rider line-up so far

I don't see Hernandez moving just yet. He is trying to secure a 2015 bike, rather than the hand-me-down version he currently rides. Although there are some good riders in Moto2, apart from Rabat (who has decided to stay another year), there are no obvious stand-out performers...some promise, some capable old hands, but no young guns. Maybe that's why the rumours suggest interest in Miller. Moto3 seems to offer a bit more promise, but less proof of the pudding. Bradley might get another chance by default! If he does, he'd better make the most of it! I like Vinales and Aegerter, but they are not really pushing Rabat too much. Maybe another year will help. It all changes in 2016.


July 29, 2014 1:18 PM

MotoGP » Dovizioso best out of the blocks?

Unfortunately, these stats are skewed. In some races, the Ducati riders lap times are only competitive for 3 or 4 laps, then the tyres drop off. Other riders still have 20+ laps to set their best lap times, and the gap between their quickest lap and their first lap will be greater - especially after the traffic thins out. The Bridgestones haven't worked well on Ducatis since soon after the first Yamaha switched to Bridgestone, whether by design or coincidence.

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