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March 24, 2014 9:02 AM

MotoGP » Valentino Rossi: 'Dangerous' Galbusera bet paid off

I'm not convinced in the "Crew Chief" is the problem theory. I thought for quite a while that VR started to believe a bit much of his PR, and he had a reality adjustment when he got on the Ducati. He didn't lose any of his skills, but his mind was scrambled, and his confidence was dented, despite his well practiced facade. It isn't the "settings". He used NH's settings at Ducati, and he has access to JL's at Yamaha. He probably had access to CS's settings at Ducati - he certainly did when first rode the bike. Maybe cutting his unbilical cord from BJB was what he needed to do in order to help sort out his psychological issue. Whatever. His ride at Qatar was the best I've seen from him in a long time. More so considering that every other factory Yamaha ended up in the hay bales. If he can keep that up, he'll have a good season. Marquez was ragged at times, but Rossi was taking it to the limit without going a millimetre beyond. It was good to watch.


March 24, 2014 4:25 PM

MotoGP » Rossi revels in old school MotoGP thrills

I posted in another thread, that that's the best I've seen from Rossi in years. Having looked at the timesheets now, I'm convinced. Rossi's best lap was towards the end, and it was only half a tenth slower than the fastest lap of the race (Bautista lap 4). It was faster than Marquez's best lap, and Rossi had 4 laps inside 1:55.8, while MM had 2. Starting from 10th on the grid, he was 6 tenths back at the end of lap 1, and 4 tenths from MM. Rossi looked controlled throughout, while MM looked "spectacular" at times - especially the stoppie. Not taking anything away from Marquez, he stood tall amongst the carnage, cracked leg and all, but Rossi (for me) made the better ride.


March 24, 2014 1:27 PM

MotoGP » Dovizioso 'happy' as Ducati halves the gap

sodesu: ... I'm excited to see what he can do for the rest of the season, would be brilliant to see him up there!
I think you're pretty close there, but ifs and buts don't win anything... It would be good if he stays upright and rides to his considerable potential. He is good to watch when he's on it. With Crazy Joe, you never know what you'll get... either "Brilliant" or "Bin-it"...


March 24, 2014 9:28 AM

MotoGP » Dovizioso 'happy' as Ducati halves the gap

sodesu: I think Iannone deserves a mention too, top 10 after falling is not too shabby! He had really good pace both before and after. 43 seconds behind at finish, anyone know how far behind he was immediately after the fall?
He went from less than 4 tenths behind the leader to 27.4 seconds, so it cost him just over 27 seconds, but he slipped back to 35 seconds by the next lap or so. He finished 43 seconds behind, but most of that extra 8 seconds was lost by getting through the field. It's hard to say where he "might have" ended up, but the fact is he crashed, and came back well. It's a pity, because he looked great out of the gate. He wasn't alone in binning it though.


March 24, 2014 4:57 PM

MotoGP » Late fall denies Bautista rostrum chance

Garcia: I have to add I didn't see any of the other crashes coming at all, but Bautista, come on , did no one else think he was riding too rash?
Well, I thought Marquez might go down, in fact, he got very close to hitting Rossi from behind, but managed to avoid him (just). Fortunately for MM, he hung in there for a win. With the problems they had with tyres, any of them could have gone down. I actually though Bautista rode really well until he crashed. He had the fastest lap of the race, and made up for a poor start by riding back through the field to challenge at the front. It seems these new tyres don't give much warning though - they just let go. No shame in going for it and binning it, but it was a waste of a potentially good result.


March 25, 2014 8:35 AM

MotoGP » Crutchlow's Ducati 'in a different place'

eadgbe: Truefan -Not sure what you're on about with: ...
Maybe it was a bad analogy, but I was trying to explain that when a calculated position (rather than a measured position) loses its base reference, things can go bang. Working off the transponder for calculating track position is asking for trouble, and that's what it produced. When developers write code that does "clever" stuff based on something like that, they need to have integrity checking code that makes sure the "clever" code is working properly, and fallback code for when it isn't... Ducati would be better off putting effort into solving its geometry problems than writing software that outsmarts itself. In the mean time, I'll try to refrain from analogies that outsmart themselves...:)

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