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October 17, 2014 5:55 AM

MotoGP » Casey Stoner to test 2015 Honda, Michelins

TalentFan, you can say what you like about having the data analysts, but with a guy like Stoner producing the test data, compared to a "normal" test rider, there's bigger potential advantage right there, and no need to distract your factory riders - not that it would matter much for Marquez now, playtime has already started for him. Of course last time he "tested" most of the days were washed out, so it's only an advantage if he's on the pace, and the weather's good...


October 16, 2014 10:00 AM

MotoGP » Marquez: Mistakes caused by too much confidence

Well, Jorge is certainly capable of winning a championship. However, I think it's a stretch to conclude that Rossi and Lorenzo have Marquez's measure on the basis of the last few races, when Marquez was so far in front in the championship that it was silly, and practically inevitable that he win. He got there by dominating the season, in a wide variety of conditions and race situations. According to Marquez himself, the pressure you saw was all self-induced. That's completely believeable under the circumstances - given his age and other factors (such as the stature of the guys he's beating, and the relative ease he's had doing it this year). I hope the others step up the pace next year, and rise to the new benchmark.


October 17, 2014 7:58 AM

MotoGP » Leitner leaves as Dani Pedrosa’s crew chief

Motojunky: He will have to finish 2nd this year (or upcoming years) to equal a great rider who was runner up 4 times. Only us old fella's know who that was, because true fans don't just remember the winners. lol.
Im guessing Mamola, and I was born in 88.
In which case, you missed out on seeing him duck into the pit lane entrance to do a stoppie in front of the grandstand - during the race, and while he was in second - and rejoining the race!!! Kenny Roberts (his team manager) was not amused...haha. He was riding a Yamaha at the time, so it was '86 or '87 - I kept a framed copy of the photo in my office for a few years. It always made me smile, and reminded me not to take anything too seriously.


October 16, 2014 6:24 AM

MotoGP » Iannone keeps crew chief, Romagnoli stays at Ducati

I'm looking forward to seeing how the apparently improved Ducatis go at Philip Island over the weekend. No doubt Dovi will put in his usual work, but I'm hoping for a really good race from Iannone. There are a couple of tight corners which don't seem to work so well for the Ducati, but there are plenty of high speed power corners which might suit him if the bike behaves better, and the tyres can go the distance. On the topic of the crew jockeying, it seems extremely important to have the right mix of talent and experience in the crew, and especially the crew chief, where the chemistry seems to make such a difference. I can't believe how fortunate Miller is to inherit a crew chief that has supported two riders to win three world championships between them across two manufacturers. Honda really is giving the guy a shot at glory. Good luck to all of them.


October 16, 2014 3:58 PM

MotoGP » Iannone keeps crew chief, Romagnoli stays at Ducati

cossiegaz: Which other rider did Gabbarini help to win a chamionship? I don't really know anything about what he did before the Stoner years.
I just checked. I thought he was Marquez's crew chief last year, but he was in a separate role of "technical Supervisor". He certainly helped Marquez, but Marquez brought his Moto2 crew chief in from the start, so my comment above was wrong - I thought he switched roles this year. Sorry. I'd never heard of him before Stoner arrived at Ducati.


October 14, 2014 4:59 PM

MotoGP » Marquez success fuels hunger for 'more titles'

Codger: ...which is Marc's stand out it his winning a Title while a rookie or winning back to back Titles ??? ...
I had mixed views about his title last year. He did some dodgy moves, e.g. centre punching Lorenzo off the track at Jerez...and some great rides. However, I thought he won deservedly overall, and good for him. This year, no dodgy moves. Brilliant riding, and really impressive race craft. In fairness to Rossi and Lorenzo, the tyres didn't work for Yamaha in the beginning, but I don't think that diminished the result. Never mind the back-to-back-titles holy grail that means so much to the Rossi fan-base. An impressive season is an impressive season, and Marc Marquez has put in a very, very impressive season. At least equal to the best of Rossi, Stoner, Doohan and many others before. By the time he made mistakes, the game was all but over. He didn't give his talented rivals any chance. Would this year's performance have been less

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