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March 24, 2014 8:25 AM

MotoGP » Bradley Smith - Q&A

TalentFan: Note that perhaps the tyres aren't really an issue at all? ... That suggests that as the electronics are sorting the power and traction so well, ... As brakes are the one area left without electronic management then pushing 100% every brake point of every lap makes the potential for front end crashes much higher.
A few comments. Firstly, ABS was one of the first "traction control" technologies developed. It may not be electronic, but there is plenty of scope for it to be electronically augmented. Besides, I watched Marquez pull an awesome stoppy at the end of the straight, where anything could have happened. These front end loses were poor edge grip and low feel issues, where the rider pushed it past the limit because they couldn't feel it and had to guess. Secondly, Brad explained how he was getting passed on the straights by riders getting the power down earlier in the exits. That might be assisted, but it's down to rider input. Thirdly, The


March 24, 2014 8:02 AM

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

TalentFan: ...Roll on a unified spec and software! Then Dorna....
It won't make a difference. Dorna still intends to allow development, but make it available to everyone. It has to be configurable, so that teams can have the same software, but run different portions of it - a bit like running Android with different apps loaded - to suit their needs and wants. Unless someone who is in a position of authority to set clear ground rules and effectively manage the software architecture and functional content, and "scrutineer" each software release, nothing will be solved. They really, really appear that they haven't thought it through, and on several levels it looks half cut. That's what you get when you make it up as you go.


March 24, 2014 7:49 AM

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

TalentFan: I was being told that MotoGP bikes definitely could not have corner by corner settings without the accuracy if GPS which is banned only a few days ago, while I was sure there was ways to do it. Electronics! The bane of motorcycle racing! @ Truefan. Care to comment?
My last post which appears to reply to this was written before you posted this... I could drone on about the stupidity of what these guys have done, but it isn't worth the effort. You might want to reconsider your views about the factories having super-genius software developers building super-smart ecu software. Only stupid people would calculate track position when they can't reset it perfectly at any time. I feel for Cal, you wouldn't know what the stupid thing was trying to do at any point on the track, and the software overriding rider input? Really? Smart people work with known parameters. It's like running pneumatic valves that have no mechanical connection to the crankshaft,


March 24, 2014 7:40 AM

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

Crash: "Although GPS is banned, other means of location are used so that ... can be optimised for each part of the circuit. ... It was a Magneti Marelli problem. The bike was completely out of sync. At the last corner it thought I was at the first corner, and every lap it changed throughout. So every time I crossed the start/finish it thought I was in a different place."
Well @TalentFan, I take back some of my comments in prior discussion with you, based on my informed view that no-one would try to run maps based on where the software THINKS the bike is on the track, because it's a stupid idea unless you can reset the position quickly and correctly at any time...this point was well demonstrated by Cal's situation, where it couldn't and it didn't. I can't believe what I've just read. Amazing. It's beyond stupid...


March 23, 2014 4:38 PM

MotoGP » MotoGP clarifies Factory-Open concessions

In some ways these rule changes are better, apart from the fact that they're still making it up as they go. Ducati and Suzuki need to be able to make engine and frame changes until they are competitive with the Hondas and Yamahas. The design freeze was an invented rule, and only works when the bikes are fairly equal. Having extra fuel to tweak performance doesn't help with bike development, it just allows a potential advantage that can be exploited. Ditto the soft tyres. Fast laps that don't really compare. Unfortunately, Dorna created this mess, so they have to live with it. I'm not a fan of the constrained competition anyway, but the rule changes plus the relentless tyre games makes the competition a virtual lottery.


March 23, 2014 5:04 PM

MotoGP » Qatar MotoGP - Warm-up Results

Props to Crazy Joe for a hot lap. Now to string them together. And props to Jack Miller, who obviously did. He looked the goods last year on the underdone Honda, but the proof is in the pudding. I think it's his first win too. Is he old enough to have a drink yet? I note that there is only a second between Crazy Joe and Nicky Hayden in 13th, so it doesn't really prove much at all, except that there are a lot of bikes on the pace.

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