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November 01, 2014 3:51 PM

MotoGP » EXCLUSIVE: Cal Crutchlow - Q&A

gatofuji: He is either confused or confusing (probably more the latter). When he states that he (or Pol) were or are in a stalemate at Yamaha even if they would win the championship, I don't get it!!! What is the main objective of a rider? To win races and championships or get support from the factory team? I would guess he wouldn't mind to be champion even if he rode a CRT, but from his interview it's not clear anymore...
I got confused by that too...maybe he meant that in terms of extending his contract with Ducati, after they signed AI and AD for two years when Cal had one year to go...but he's already in a factory team, and surely, if he won the world championship - in a factory team or otherwise - the future would sort itself out! And if it didn't, who cares? You'd still be WORLD CHAMPION!


November 04, 2014 2:35 PM

MotoGP » Marquez heads for one-off record shot?

He's had a stellar season, without a doubt, but this "record" is not particularly meaningful, although, 13 out of 18 sounds even better than 12 out of 18. I hope he has a good race, but I'm interested to see how Rossi and Lorenzo go. The wheels almost need to fall off for Rossi to miss out on second, and that's an exceptional achievement given the problems he's had in the last couple of years. Bring it on!


November 04, 2014 12:13 PM

MotoGP » Bridgestone asymmetric front returns for Valencia

Hopefully, they can match the compound with the track temperature a bit better, and we avoid the domino effect. Admittedly, Valencia's temperature range should be easier to match than Philip Island's. If you're going to have a "control-this" or "control-that", they ought not to have such a bearing on the the race results as they have over the past few years. Either the tyres suit the Honda, or they suit the Yamaha...or there are faulty units issued that delaminate. Control tyres should be neutral in terms of advantage. That aside, I'm looking forward to another epic season finale.


November 02, 2014 3:25 PM

MotoGP » de Puniet urges Suzuki to consider satellite entry

If you're developing a racebike these days, you need good data, so that the engineers can understand what the bike did. Good data requires good riders, and preferably more than one or two. They don't have the option at the moment, so they'll have to work with what they've got. Maybe they should have done a deal with IODA, and provided a better option than Aprilia did... I think Suzuki has a pretty handy rider in Aleix, and a Maverick has a lot of potential and outright talent. I don't think we should expect too much from it too soon. It will take time.


October 30, 2014 3:18 PM

MotoGP » Stoner completes two-day Honda test at Motegi

Tetley: The only way CS could catch MM is with a carbon-fibre rod, a heavy-duty line, and a Flying Fish reel on a still day. MM and DP would be well advised to ignore set-up tips from someone who made his name riding a GP Ducati. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. ( I'm expecting flak from down-under, and I don't mean last night's curry.)
Haha. Even though the comment has less substance than your curry, I like what you did there... The reality is that Marquez already used Stoner's setup data last year. Remind me how that worked out...


October 30, 2014 3:11 PM

MotoGP » Stoner completes two-day Honda test at Motegi

samas: @dickiebird. There is a race on you tube (full race) somewhere in England where just about all the bikes were much faster than Hailwood's Ducati I have no idea who the bloke was who came second but third was Phil Reed on a Honda a multi world champion who was racing and winning GP races for eight or nine years after Hailwood retired. Go check it out and you will see a racer on a much much slower bike blow all the competition into the weeds.
Absolutely, and anyone who has seen the IOM video of Hailwood on the SM Ducati would be amazed at how smooth he was, and how he beat bike with substantially more horsepower. Then a year later, he went back and won on a Suzuki 2 stroke privateer GP bike. The man was remarkable.


October 30, 2014 3:05 PM

MotoGP » Stoner completes two-day Honda test at Motegi

Various posts waffling on about the factory versus proddy debacle, despite the reality that much of Stoner's testing from last year was ruined by weather issues. The 0.3 seconds a lap statement has been discredited, and in any event, it was never suggested that the rider was Stoner, it was just assumed by the media and the punters. Props to mrfill for logical analysis! Equally probable root cause of the mythical result...

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