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June 25, 2014 11:23 AM

MotoGP » Assen ‘strange’ for Dovi, a ‘favourite’ for Crutchlow

We live in hope, but it's hard to get excited about Ducati's prospects without something tangible that overcomes the turning problems. Dovi is a model of consistency, but he's so diplomatic in what he says, it rarely sheds light on anything. Cal, OTHH, says what he thinks, and gives the odd "overshare" at's entertaining to some of us, but objectionable to the "politically sensitive" fans. Hopefully, Dovi will put in another good race, and Cal won't have bike problems...Sadly, they'll both be mid-pack come the end of the race though.


June 25, 2014 5:10 PM

MotoGP » Rossi returns to scene of winning joy

TrueFan: Melandri won three races for Gresini Honda in 2006. Since then, there Ben Spies for Tech 3.
Ben Spies was on the factory Yamaha in 2011 when he got his win at Assen. Tech 3 have never won a race in MotoGP.
Fair enough, I should have checked before posting. I stand corrected. I'm pretty sure I'm right with Melandri though. Stoner was fast out of the box on the LCR 990 Honda too. Melandri just got him on the very last bend before the finish in Turkey in '06. Satellite bikes 1-2. He won races on the Ducati that no-one else could ride. The point is, it isn't simply that Marquez's Honda is magically better than everyone else's bike. The biggest difference among the Japanese factory bikes is still rider performance. The technical differences are smaller.


June 24, 2014 5:28 PM

MotoGP » Guy Coulon (Tech 3) - Q&A

Given the various opinions deriding all the electronics in the modern MotoGP bikes, and the postulation that they are "ruining the racing", by having the bikes "practically ride themselves", it is refreshing to read the view from someone on the inside who explains the way they actually work, and what they actually do...well, at least an alternative view of them. I wonder TalentFan thinks?


June 24, 2014 6:46 PM

MotoGP » Rossi returns to scene of winning joy

jorgebest: Vale will definetely win in assen if he is on the Repsol Honda. the fact is vale is riding so well this year but his machine can't let him to steal a win. Vale showed at last race at catalunya that how good he is this year leading the race for 15+ laps and not make a single mistake but get beaten by Repsol Honda. Chances are less that Vale can beat Repsol Honda but we can hope.
Unfortunately George, the talented, charismatic and accomplished 7 time 500/MotoGP world champion has a contract with the Yamaha Corporation, and I think they might be upset if he jumps on a Repsol Honda bike instead, regardless of its "special" capabilities.


June 25, 2014 12:00 PM

MotoGP » Rossi returns to scene of winning joy

AussieNSW: @KnowNothing Mate I have to tell you something 99% of the riders on the grid have the heart and the talent to win, but unfortunatly 95% of them dont have the machinery to do it.
They're loose statistics...22 out of 23 riders don't have a bike capable of winning? Yet there's not much difference between the bikes of Marquez, Pedrosa and Bradl, and different suspension and brakes for Bautista. The differences are in the data maps, setup, and support, and the riders themselves. It could be that Marquez and Pedrosa get first go at new frame and suspension parts that come out during the year, but that's all. With Yamaha, the four bikes are close to the same. 35% of the current grid ought to be able to win races, or at least finish very close. Melandri won three races for Gresini Honda in 2006. Since then, there Ben Spies for Tech 3. Prior to this year, the satelite bikes generally started the year roughly equal to the factory bikes, and then, as updat

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