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July 22, 2014 5:17 PM

MotoGP » Herve Poncharal (Tech 3) - Q&A

Interesting comments from Herve, and pretty much how I read it for BS. By default, he's gone, but he still has a chance. Can't ask for more than that. Last year was for learning, lower spec and all. This year, on the full factory M1, it really is put up or shut up. He has shown promise, but so far hasn't delivered. Those are the cold hard facts. Pressure's real. Worrying about losing his ride will ensure that he loses it. He doesn't need to win races necessarily, but get podiums, or go very close. He needs to find a way to convert a fast lap into a fast race. If so, his career MIGHT live on...Motorbike racing is measured by results alone. I think it was sad that so many armchair experts wrote him off before he started, but that's the lay of the land. They did that to Stoner too, even when he won on the Ducati. If you're good enough, you can make them suck it up and eat their words, or forever just look stupid. I'd still like to see Bradders cut through, but it's a long shot.


July 22, 2014 5:30 PM

MotoGP » Herve Poncharal (Tech 3) - Q&A

So far, the silly season has produced the obvious...Marquez, Rossi and Pedrosa renewed, and Lorenzo is almost there, Dovi signed, Cal realised his options, Ionnone locked in...the underperforming satellite riders have discovered that their two year contracts are only reliable if they get results...and so on. We are hearing that the Honda proddy will breath a bit more life next year. The most eligible Moto2 rider has signed again with Marc VDS. The most promising Moto3 rider is signed(ish) with the same team, but apparently doesn't believe he's bound. HP is also looking at other Moto3 riders skipping feeder class progression. I was quite surprised by this, until I reflected on Eddie Lawson, Wayne Gardner, Wayne Rainey, Kevin Schwantz and Mick Doohan - 14 WCs between them who all skipped the feeder classes. Maybe it isn't that big of a deal. Can't wait to see how it turns out!


July 22, 2014 5:36 PM

MotoGP » Aleix Espargaro to launch Moto3 team

mrfill: Whatever you may think of Dorna, the introduction of moto3 was a piece of genius. And maximum credit to Aleix. I wish him and his team the very best of luck.
I agree with your sentiment mrfill, but perhaps the "genius" tag is a trifle excessive. 125cc 2-strokes have no contemporary relevance anymore, and Moto3 was the obvious direction. It has produced some awesome racing I'm with you in spirit!


July 20, 2014 4:10 PM

F1 » Hamilton: I did as good as I could

fourteenseven: mercedes slowest stops of the day were all on rosbergs car today
They could afford to lose a few seconds by taking their time, but they still couldn't afford a mistake if they rushed it:) Lewis OTOH needed everything to work so he could salvage second. 18 places with no contact? Not quite. 17 with some minor wing damage is still a good effort though. It just shows how much advantage those Mercs have this year.


July 21, 2014 7:14 PM

MotoGP » Three riders for factory Ducati team?

shamarone: re: "I'd just love to continue racing with them all the way to the end of my career." famous last words.
I think Stoner said that about Ducati too, after his original renewal. IIRC, Del Torchio shafted him after that...Pretty sure they would have been a tad more supportive with the benefit of hindsight. It really wasn't the bike!!! Back on-topic... we don't know how good or bad Cal is on the Ducati. He's had some problems with it, and he needs a few rides in a row which don't inculde bike failures. Crazy Joe has really done well, but he still has plenty to do, and plenty of time to do it. Whether he's in the factory team, or a factory supported Pramac seat, he has a good opportunity.


July 20, 2014 3:31 PM

F1 » Rosberg wins but Hamilton recovers to third

Well, the main interest was obviously whether LH could make it through to second with his wing. But unfortunately, there's always the risk of an incident when you're starting with so much to do. With Nico gone, the interest was all in the mid-pack struggles, and some of them were pretty good! Bottas kept his head in the finish, and held on for second. Vettel beat his team-mate too. A race full of surprises...


July 19, 2014 6:40 PM

MotoGP » Home MotoGP title not a target for Marquez

shamarone: Q: How do sponsors help him tip the bike into a corner without the rear wheel being on the ground? A: by paying his wages. this deferred cash is then focused unseen (like so much laser beam) for 20 years into paying the wages of Japan's brightest boffin engineers who (armed with Skynet supercomputers) analyse geometry for countless hours, after which point they design kick a$$ ally twin spars/swingarms with just the right ratio of flex to stiffness so when the tyre makes contact with the ground...? he doesn't spit the dummy. seeing this, our inherently frail nature kicks in and declares him "Superman".
Hahaha. That's good! I don't know what you're smoking s1, but it must be some dangerously funny stuff...

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