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TrueFan

July 03, 2014 9:57 AM

MotoGP » Anthony West - Q&A


Great interview, Crash. Nice work. This bloke has done it the hard way for years. He has had to suffer from the problem described by S1's silly acronym far too often... Underfunded teams with trailing edge technology. Interesting to hear Ant explain his race tactics. He also managed to give a "tell it like it is" insight without trashing anybody, or bigging up himself. Interesting to hear about the engine allocations, too. It seems odd that they would use any two year old engines. Presumably, there are no year-on-year design changes.

TrueFan

July 02, 2014 4:24 PM

MotoGP » Rossi, Yamaha confirm two-year deal


MotoMarc: Truefan I disagree that it was all mind issues for Rossi's limited accomplishments last year. While his confidence was part of the issue as it was at an all time low from the issues at Ducati the others included getting re-acclimated to the bike and not being able to make the bike work the way he wanted.
Fair comment....it wasn't all mind, but it was a key part. Whatever the reason, he wasn't "feeling it", and the results showed. This year, he's showing his capability much more.

TrueFan

July 02, 2014 3:53 PM

MotoGP » Rossi, Yamaha confirm two-year deal


Good luck to him. He's riding well despite fairly lacklustre qualifying, and he's more competitive than he's been for years. Despite the excuses (by his fans) last year to make allowances for his performance due to "age" and "Ducati damage", it was all rubbish. VR just needed to sort out his mind. Looks like he's done that well. He's never been seriously injured, and his skills have not mysteriously withered. It costs Yamaha nothing to have him on their team. No brainer really. Very pleased to see him continue.

TrueFan

July 03, 2014 3:12 PM

MotoGP » Rossi, Yamaha confirm two-year deal


Tetley:
jorgebest: atleast i am going to buy the motorcycles which he is going to promote
Purely with the aim of creating envy, I have sat on the actual R1 which Yam gave VR to use while he was living in London. AND i was shown the logbook for the bike with VR46's name as first and only keeper. And I have a photo of me on that bike. My bum has never been so honoured.
I'd be green with envy if you rode it and pulled a minger for the camera! Otherwise, it's just pretty cool.

TrueFan

July 02, 2014 2:00 PM

MotoGP » Dall'Igna: New engine ‘first step’ for 2015 Ducati


mbracing748: Desmodromic valve is way to restrictive, I do finally hope they find a solution using Pneumatic. This is a Race bike not road bike so I think they should treat it as such. Shame as I'm a Ducati person but this at top flight racing and there isn't any room for sentimental dreams and the bike should reflex that!
I'm intrugued. How is desmodromic valve action more restrictive than pneumatic? Even beyond that, how would pneumatic valves solve the understeer problem?

TrueFan

July 02, 2014 4:07 PM

MotoGP » Dall'Igna: New engine ‘first step’ for 2015 Ducati


KnowNothing: Although Ducs new owners have considerable financial resources...
In line with that, they didn't get those resources by wasting them. Ducati has an engineering design problem. The first step to a solution is understanding the problem in enough detail to know which possible solutions will work. Money alone won't solve it. The best thing they have going for them is that Del Torchio has moved on, and Domencali is CEO now. He is a career Ducati man, and understands the motorcycle business, and the value of MotoGP to the Ducati brand. Gigi needs to have Domencali approve his funding. It's Domencali who would put his tackle on the block with Audi for any "Audi money"... Agree with your post...shotguns are a bad strategy. Time and intellectual input are more likely to succeed than misdirected money - unless it's misdirected to me....

TrueFan

July 01, 2014 5:17 PM

MotoGP » Dall'Igna: New engine ‘first step’ for 2015 Ducati


Tetley: ... Ducati's traditional market signatures were trellis frame ( now ditched for MotoGP), Vee 2 configuration (now ditched for MotoGP)- how long will it be before Desmo valves and a 90 degree engine are superceded by developments? ...
Ducati began making singles, and put Desmo valves on them in the sixties. Dr Taglioni built the v4 Apollo in the 60s too. It was so heavy, it didn't make it into production. The bevel gear L-twin was born in the 70s, with a British (Seeley) frame design. Only some of them were desmos. Bevels were replaced with cam belts to save money and power loss. The trellis was born in the 80s, and was not really a Ducati invention. They didn't invent desmo valves either. Their only tradition is to dare to be different. Hopefully, whatever they come up with, it isn't a Honda or Yamaha clone, within normal geometric constraints.


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