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August 15, 2014 3:26 PM

MotoGP » Factories set for first Michelin test

Maybe Yamaha will get the jump on this one. They will likely have their 2015 bike to test with, while Honda will be a couple more months, and Ducati won't get theirs until February, Honda's 2015 will be about the same as the 2014, so no big deal for them. Ducati is again behind the curve. Never mind privateers and newcoming factories. It would be nice if the control "constants" were at least constant.


August 15, 2014 10:10 AM

MotoGP » Rossi: Honda has found something

In reality, Rossi is most likely stating some things that he believes to be true, highlighting that the Honda has an edge. He wants to destabilise Marquez if he can, because he wants to see this run of victories come to an end, and the easiest way is to "innocently" discredit his victories. Funny that he didn't mention the tyres, maybe because he's the "Bridgestone ambassador", but if I agree with one thing that Prof-X bangs on about, it is how critical a change in the tyres can be. We've seen it every year. I don't necessarily believe that the favouritism-by-design argument, just that when they make a change, there will be winners and losers, and it's much harder to change to bike to the tyres than the tyres to the bike.


August 15, 2014 9:48 AM

MotoGP » Rossi: Honda has found something

Brolong22: ...
... And was able to race right up front against experienced proven winners from day 1, with no learning period, adaption nor learning curve in what us allegedly the pinnacle of racing. Those things scream 'package superiority' - thats why.
TF, I've taken the bait...Stoner, Honda satellite, day 1, up front. (Michellin controlled his tyres after that). Ducati, day 1, up front. Honda, day 1, up front. Remember how righteously the throng decried Stoner on the Ducati - "it's the bike! it's the bike!" because he made it look so easy. It didn't matter that Loris struggled, then Melandri became lost on the same bike. It was only when Rossi got on it and didn't know what the front end would do, and discovered real understeer...then finally admitted defeat. It's not just the bike. The Honda is better, but that's part of the deal. It is a competition between teams. This is more Marquez than you think.

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