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April 14, 2015 4:36 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: I hope this contract isn't my last

At his current level, there's no-one to really challenge for his seat. There's no reason he shouldn't continue. Most riders retire because of injuries. Rossi has avoided them - apart from 2010. I can't even remember him having any serious injuries in the 125s and 250s. He crashed the 500 often enough in the first year, but luckily, they weren't any really ugly ones. He's earned it, and I hope they let him. I wouldn't have been as generous when he was at Ducati, but I admire the way he ate humble pie and worked his way back to the top.


April 18, 2015 5:02 PM

MotoGP » Marquez moves to the top in FP3

Marquez is still travelling more easily than anyone else... behind his seeming ability to pull fast laps out of his back pocket, Rossi and Lorenzo still look good. Cal is quick, but less than metronomic, and the others have softer tyres to play with. Race distance has to be the question for them. Most interesting facts: less than 9 tenths covers the top 13, and only 1.4 seconds covering the top 19... It seems a while ago that we we watching CRTs dawdle around making MotoGP look ridiculous...this is a signifianct improvement.


April 17, 2015 4:43 PM

MotoGP » Suzuki leads FP1 - Honda, Yamaha linger

The track is dirty, and they're conserving their tyres. Unfortunately, if everyone conserves tyres, the track won't be cleaned... It's an abrasive surface at the Argentina GP, made worse by dust and dirt...the extra hard tyre is the option to have here, but even they get chewed out on a dirty track. The factory riders are not really putting in the laps yet - just getting setup etc. The fun will come later...


April 17, 2015 7:11 PM

MotoGP » MotoGP Argentina - Free Practice (2) Results

Nice work from Aleix, and encouraging for Suzuki overall, but the times still have plenty more to come down. They're still a second off last year's qualifying. Hopefully, the track is getting cleaner, and tomorrow the fun will really begin. The 2 class tyre situation really is silly on a track like this...I'm already looking forward to next year, when the silliness ends, and we're only into the third round... I hope we get a better idea who is really on the pace in FP3.


April 13, 2015 6:53 PM

MotoGP » Espargaro fuming after Redding clash

Codger: Just a reminder that when Rossi took out Casey in the wet, Casey was a bit petulant and when Rossi went immediately to apologise a lot of people on here gave Rossi a fair bit of stick saying he only did it for show.
Rossi definitely did do that for show. If he had any respect, he would have spoken privately and apologised one-on-one, without the histrionics. Anyway, it's ancient history now. Scott was very "ambitious" making that move on Pol, and it looked bad, but it wasn't deliberate, just a badly judged move. He should have contacted Pol after the race to apologise, but the twitter babble exchange looks bad for both of them. Maybe he was waiting for Pol to calm down so he could have a rational conversation. There's a bit of history between them.


April 13, 2015 9:52 AM

MotoGP » Marquez: It's going to be an interesting championship

There's nothing wrong with the Yamaha at the moment. There were 3 of them in the top 6. After Marquez pulled the qualifying rabbit out of his hat, he would have needed to lose a wheel (or similar) to not win that race. He wanted it...badly! I loved seeing him get to the front and eke out the margin until it was beyond challenge. To those that claim Marquez "likes to battle", I would say Marquez "likes to win"! Most racers like to win...if they have to battle it out, they'll battle it out, and generally enjoy it. They rarely enjoy losing the battle though, and anytime you see them and they were "happy for the battle", they're either doing PR or they expected to do much worse before the race. Je suis Charlie...


April 13, 2015 10:00 AM

MotoGP » Dovizioso: I didn't want to give Rossi final-lap chance

Tracks without a huge straight will negate the Ducati advantage. Not saying it's all down to the straight line speed because it isn't. But Rossi made all the progress through the corners and it was negated on the straight. Same for Lorenzo trying to catch them, faster than the Ducatis through the corners as proved by that awesome shot with him on Iannone, but blasted down the straight.
On entry to the straights, Dovi seemed to brake earlier than Rossi, and accelerate earlier. That had as much to do with their straight line performance. I suspect that was why Rossi's tyres didn't last as well (of course that's only a theory). Iannone was relying more on horsepower, but came from a long way back, and cooked his hoops. Still, it all bodes well for a very intriguing season...


April 13, 2015 9:41 AM

MotoGP » Dovi prevented 'perfect weekend' for Rossi

It was a really interesting battle between Rossi and Dovisioso. It seemed to me that when Rossi was in front, he was braking deeper to keep Dovi at bay, but it meant that he took the corner slightly slower and lost out under acceleration. Dovi deliberately braked earlier, entered the turn earlier, and started to accelerate earlier and from a higher corner speed. I also wonder if that approach contributed to Rossi's tyre wearing out more... Whatever, it was a great ride by both of them...


April 13, 2015 5:06 PM

MotoGP » Dovizioso: I didn't want to give Rossi final-lap chance

VegasRyder: Are much different than the lines taken on the RCv and now ducati. The M1 isn't a bike that works well when you square off the corners like Dovi and marc. Some tracks will work better for Yamaha. Some not. I think it's cool to see different lines . There was one corner where it was really really evident. Rossi running a wide sweeping line and dovi squaring it off.. Sure, rossi and lorenzo would love more grunt off the bottom that allows them to point and shoot in certain corners,, it's just not the way to maximize the M1's potential.
My point was that when I noticed the difference, Rossi was much more squared off. He was probably defending the corner entry by braking later, but it meant his line was less rounded. It wasn't every corner, but I'm pretty sure it happened at least a couple of times entering the straight. It might have been exaggerated by Dovi seeing it and braking earlier for quicker exit.

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