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June 30, 2014 7:00 PM
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MotoGP » Dall'Igna: New engine ‘first step’ for 2015 Ducati

A shorter engine should help. There is a critical measurement between the front axle and the center of the crankshaft. Ducati's is noticably longer than Honda or Yamaha, and conventional wisdom suggests that it is an issue. It is unlikely to be that simple, but it could well be a significant piece of the puzzle. Fortunately, these days, Domencali is CEO. He's a career Ducati man, and understands the importance of racing to the brand. He also rides bikes. Decisions have improved since he's been in charge. Hopefully, on track performance will follow suit.


July 01, 2014 3:56 PM

MotoGP » Racing brothers: Reaching the top

Apart from brothers, it also helps when you've had a Dad who was a racer...Kenny Roberts Jr springs to mind...and VR too. Access to good advice from a very young age ought to make a difference. VR eclipsed Graziano, and no doubt Dad was proud and happy when he did. KR Snr was a tough act to follow...but KR Jnr is still in the books as a premier class World Champion. Brothers are more likely to go at each other harder than anyone.


June 29, 2014 3:52 PM

MotoGP » ‘Over the moon’ Parkes pulls off slick trick

I saw him handing his bike to the marshalls before running for the pits near the start, and wondered what happened. Then he started in pit lane with Rossi, and I thought, well, VR's race will be tricky from here, he's dicing with the PBM thing, a few laps in, and Parkes is 6th or 7th. WTF? It took a while to make sense, with riders still pitting to swap. Then it looked like a good call. Turns out to be "some bad luck for the better"...Anyway, good for him hanging in there for what would have been interesting first laps. Paul Bird would have to be happy with the result. I doubt they've had a better result in MotoGP.


June 30, 2014 7:15 PM

MotoGP » Marquez makes it eight at Assen - VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

Yes...Marquez. Any doubts that this is talent ought to have been put to bed this past weekend. There's no way that software differences could account for the ease with which MM rode that bike in such dominant fashion over the weekend. The conditions were the same for everyone. By far the most difficult thing to do with electronic traction control, is cope with a co-efficient of friction that varies by the minute. It is simply inconcieverable that this result could be down to electro-trickery. There is no way this couldbe down to some perceived "Honda unfair advantage". If there is one, it hase been announced. The only plausible explanation for this result is a riding masterclass delivered by Marquez. Awesome!


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.


June 28, 2014 5:19 PM

MotoGP » ‘Scared’ Lorenzo haunted by Assen injury

cont... Ducati. He lost all sense of control. He wondered how the hell Stoner did it. He eventually became humble. Even when he returned to Yamaha, he didn't have his head in the right place to deliver. This year, he has recovered his self-belief. Today wasn't his best, due to tactics, but his riding (which relies on confidence) was exceptional. Scared is simply another way of saying your confidence is dented.

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