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July 13, 2014 6:32 PM

MotoGP » Mixed feelings for Rossi at mid-point of 2014

The pit lane start aside, he rode well early to pick his way through the field, but couldn't stay within striking distance of Marquez and Pedrosa. He managed to hold off Lorenzo for a while, but JLo's body language just looked like he was going to get past. Once he did, VR didn't seem to have enough in the tank to fight Lorenzo, so he settled for points. I was surprised that there wasn't carnage coming out of pit lane, and conditions were difficult for much of the race. Rossi didn't ever look like he was riding as hard as Marquez or Pedrosa, or JLo once he settled into his rhythm. He rode most of the race on his hope of catching the leaders, and no-one close enough to challenge him.


July 15, 2014 10:43 AM

MotoGP » Bautista: ‘Nothing is clear’ for 2015

Bautista is a good rider, but he has not really delivered on the Gresini bike, for whatever reason. I expect he'll stay in MotoGP, but he may not retain as good a ride as he currently has. His results have been below the bike's potential. If you can't get consistent results, you at least have to deliver two or three flash-in-the-pan results... Suzuki may be interested in having himn help with their bike development. Redding is doing well on the proddy, whether it's enough for Fausto, we'll no doubt find out soon enough...


July 15, 2014 1:28 PM

MotoGP » Redding 3.5s from Bautista

It was a good ride from Redding, regardless of any problems Bautista had, or Hayden. He started towards the back of the pit lane group, and finished eleventh. Maybe when Honda made the claim about about the proddy being only three tenths per lap slower than the factory bike, they could see this race coming... :)


July 13, 2014 4:11 PM

MotoGP » Marquez: Strategy was to copy Dani and Valentino

Simple tactics. Cover your main competitors' plans, do it a bit better, and ride a bit faster... It was chaotic in pit lane, and even more so at the pit lane exit. Cold tyres, cold brakes - same for all of them. There was Marquez at the front, takes the hole shot and gets on with the chase. He had no way of knowing that Bradl's bike had a setup he just rode his bike as fast as he could. It didn't hurt that he got through the traffic slightly better than Pedrosa, he just stayed at the front and rode as fast as he could. I'm amazed that so many people moaned that the race was boring. The challenge was intense!


July 13, 2014 6:58 PM
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MotoGP » Riders want changes after ‘dangerous’ pit start

The start was certainly dangerous, but didn't result in any carnage. If one of the bikes at the front of that pack had stalled it would have made for interesting viewing though. An extra formation lap would fix it, but why should the riders that chose to start on the grid be penalised? If Bradl's crew had got the setup changes right, he would have cleared off into the sunset...but they didn't. They made the right call to go with slicks, so they should get some benefit for that decision. Other riders go to pit lane. Anyway, the factory bikes would probably run out of fuel on the last lap... Maybe, they should have a double grid on the track. If you change bikes before the start, you come out and do a second sighting lap, then take your position in original grid order, but on the grid behind the grid...Close the pit lane exit at a certain point, and any stragglers have to wait until both grids have passed. If a bike is behind the safety car, yellow flag rules apply.


July 14, 2014 8:29 PM

MotoGP » Marquez: Strategy was to copy Dani and Valentino

How did this thread degenerate into another GOATfest tragedy??? Get over yourselves people. It's BS. Give the riders some credit. Stoner was exceptional, but you can't compare him to Hailwood, because Hailwood raced on really dangerous road circuits...on much worse handling bikes. You can't compare Marquez or Rossi to Lawson, because although Lawson won championships on the sweet but difficult Yamaha, he also won on the extremely violent late 1980s Honda. The NSR500 that VR rode to victory was much more placid than the 1980s rodeo-ride. It's and endlessly pointless pile of crap discussion. Bottom line: Marquez has 9 wins in a row. There are 9 races to go. He has half the season's wins in the bank already. The only person I can recall winning half the races for a season, but losing the world championship was KR Snr, in the early 80s, and he hadn't won half the races by half way through....


July 13, 2014 6:41 PM

MotoGP » Bradl moment costs Pedrosa

Marquez got the run of the early traffic too, out of pit lane. But you can do that if you take the hole shot. Pedrosa looked like he was going to challenge Marquez early on, but never got close enough. Once Marquez settled into a rhythm (if you can call his loose style a rhythm) it didn't matter what DP did. The fact is, Marquez is simply clearing off with the silverware this year, and Dani has consolidated second place for now...


July 13, 2014 1:52 PM

MotoGP » Pits to victory for Marquez in Germany

Marquez great ride. Lottery start, but the cream rose to the top. It's not just the bike. Marquez had to work out the conditions himself, and ride at the limit without crossing it. He's getting better... Great ride from Pedrosa to get through the traffic and almost battle. Determined effort from Lorenzo, and solid ride from VR. Good effort from Redding too. Great decision from Bradl, pity his bike still had some wet settings.


July 13, 2014 7:07 PM

MotoGP » Marquez: Strategy was to copy Dani and Valentino

cossiegaz: Wonder what he would've done if one of them had stayed on wets and one of them went into the pits to change bikes.
Haha! That's pretty good! Marquez isn't telling you what happened, he's telling you a PR story, like he's been trained to do. No doubt, he would have looked at the track and realised that it was drying out fast too. But the sub-text of his story was that he's so far in front now, he doesn't have to win, just as long as he stays ahead of Pedrosa and Rossi...

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