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December 10, 2014 3:37 PM

MotoGP » EXCLUSIVE Mike Webb (MotoGP Race Director) - Q&A

TF2, please feel free to remain critical of MotoGP, as a semi-prototype based, race team oriented series. Many people would be grateful however if you could express your views more succinctly and less repetitiously though. You have made it abundantly clear that you don't like this racing format. Notwithstanding, it has been this way since the beginning. Even with a locked-down ECU and software, teams with more money can have more analysts studying the data and tweaking that which they can tweak. Limit the analysts, and the rich teams will still have the best and brightest. If it were as one-sided as you suggest, Marquez would have won every race this year, followed into second by Pedrosa, then Bradl and Bautista. Next the four Yamahas - in their pecking order, then the rest... Or, maybe other factors come into it too.


February 23, 2015 3:45 PM

MotoGP » Dovizioso delighted by new Ducati GP15

kma55: ... a bit of a trade-off from all the good things they get in return (engine development, extra fuel etc). It is a bit of a mess but they can't have it all.
Sorry, but that's rubbish. The engine freeze is a very recent rule designed to preserve the status quo, rewarding software / data advantages. I find myself singing from TF2's hymnbook here... Ducati could not have properly understood their problem without making engine changes during last year. Fuel was irrelevant.Tyre sacrifice was a necessary evil - but that rule pretends that qualifying closeness might produce close racing... Nonetheless, I hope the Ducati is competitive. Dovi is a quality rider. I'm not convinced that he's a championship contender, but I'd be delighted if he proves me wrong. Go Andrea(s)


January 16, 2015 6:00 PM

MotoGP » EXCLUSIVE: Herve Poncharal (MotoGP) - Q&A

Great interview. Herve always gives it pretty straight. Like @grantrd, I noted those two paragraphs. Of course, some on here claim that Marquez only wins because of electronics and data engineers... I'd back Cal or Herve. Switch the factory bikes with satellite bikes, and the usual riders would still win. @Matt2, I respectfully disagree. Cal can be vocal at times, especially when he is speaking from frustration, but Herve is quoting him when he's giving a more considered opinion. And he's more than likely right. In 2013, Jorge was far and away the best rider on a Yamaha. The gap was much greater than any performance deficit could explain. @Codger, thanks for reminding us of Bradders' detractors...


January 25, 2015 4:46 PM

MotoGP » In memory of... MotoGP’s craziest winter

That Honda had more power than its frame could handle, and the handling was pure evil. That year, Gardner broke his leg (hay-baled it at the corkscrew IIRC), and Doohan screwed his hand up, not to mention lots of tank slappers. Eddie took a few races to come to terms with the Honda, but came home with the title. For me, it was an amazing performance, and he has been the benchmark for me ever since. One of the best seasons ever....


January 21, 2015 3:32 PM

MotoGP » Petrucci ‘can exploit Ducati braking’

@Bandini I doubt that Ducati gives a toss about the fuel concessions, and they had already worked out how to keep the software function they needed...which led to the silly "Factory 2" class creation. The thing they need is to redesign their engine and chassis in concert. That is tricky. What I am disappointed with is that Ducati will only give Pramac the old - and flawed - GP14.1 and GP14.2 bikes. Maybe they're useful to provide reference data, maybe not. It just seems that Yonny and Danilo are up against it before the year begins. Using the brakes is fine, but the only success with Ducati relied on rear wheel steering mastery. That will chew out the Ducati soft and medium tyres very quickly... Pity. Anyway, I'll still be watching with interest to see how they go.


January 21, 2015 2:28 PM

MotoGP » Moto2 ‘valid’ despite Miller’s MotoGP jump

@TF2, this discussion offers your cue to jump in and explain the merits of the "level playing field" where only rider skill is tested... I think it's a great pity that the Moto2 grid is now almost exlusively running Kalex - not that there's anything wrong with Kalex - it's just that the class will now more than likely stagnate. Props to Herve and Tech 3 for daring to be different and continuing to work with their project.


December 09, 2014 4:30 PM

MotoGP » Jack Miller ‘going to be great MotoGP rider’

shamarone: ... A: Dorna. ...
... Repsol has over Honda in GPs. & that is a 'repsol' bike MM rides, it's barely a Honda.
Well, if it is, it goes to show that Repsol (an oil company) are far better at producing a racing motorbike than Honda (a motorbike manufacturer with 50 years racing experience). Remind us all, how many parts of the bike are made by Repsol?
Haha... oil, fuel, decals, money...that'd be it. Stop destroying a perfectly good myth.


December 04, 2014 3:46 PM

MotoGP » 2016 MotoGP ECU to be ‘equal, easy, safe’

TF2: ... To me the bike is just the TOOL or piece of sports equipment that the player uses to match his skills in a contest against rivals. ... b) If the tools are so advanced that they permit consistency and a level of performance that the combatant cannot sustain using his own abilities... then that is not a Sporting Contest.
Having waded through all these posts... I can't resist having some "sport" with this... So how do you explain the use of a 250 bhp "tool" that propels the "sportsman" to near 350kph? I would argue that these bikes (which none of your "combatants" have a genuine hand in developing) are so advanced that they permit the same performance you object to...hence, by your definition, motorcycle racing is NOT a sport, and your rules don't apply.

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