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January 19, 2016 8:54 AM

MotoGP » Read, Gardner discuss Rossi, Marquez clash


I wonder if Gardner's comments are coloured by his hopes for Remy's career, or at least an invitation for him to visit Rossi's ranch. It would be his priority at this point. Anyway, that's their opinion, and fair enough. They were both great riders. But why continue the soap opera? Mind you, Gardner is the same bloke that quipped in the press (after Lawson won the 1988 WC for Yamaha): "He wouldn't have win it on a Honda". Not long after, Honda announced a satellite team headed by Erv Kanemoto with full factory support, and Steady Eddie, who duly won the WC in 1989, and on the barely ridable Honda... Gardner might have sympathy for Rossi because they both had their mind games blow up in their faces.

TrueFan

January 08, 2016 12:04 PM

MotoGP » ‘Best yet to come’ for Bradley Smith


Great insight from Herve, as usual. My only disappointment is that Yamaha is withholding the full seamless from BS and PE...I don't mind them holding back on the NEWest innovations, but really....deliberate back-speccing? As for Herve, and many others, Bradders exceeded my expectations last year. I've been a strong supporter of BS, but mainly because I thought the OTT criticism was ludicrous, and way beyond what might have been fair comment. It has been really good to see a number of fans acknowledge that they've since eaten their words in criticising him...Respect to them. More importantly, it's been good to see a young rider with talent show his potential. I wish him and Pol well for 2016.

TrueFan

January 13, 2016 2:58 PM

MotoGP » Bridgestone era ends with ten more lap records


AyrtonSenna: That record by casey is awesome. Interesting also that I heard via the grapevine that some of his times on last years' honda were in fact better than pedrosa and marcs in testing, on the 2015 frame and engine...
Agree. I had to do two double takes when I looked at the list and his name was still on it, and then it was from 2008 - on an 800! That is an amazing feat. It's not as if you get wet races there to leave old (dry race) records stand longer. I don't know about the testing lap times though, I'd like to see them in the same conditions before I got very excited. I don't expect that many lap records will be broken this year. It will take a while for the teams to adapt to the Michelins and the ECU software.

TrueFan

January 11, 2016 3:24 PM

MotoGP » Marquez is MotoGP’s ‘volcano’


Roll on Sepang and the testing. I can't believe how hard it is for some of these people to let the drama go. It's 2016 now...It all starts again in a few more weeks. Hopefully the whining won't last much longer, and we'll see whether the Ducati is competitive with the same tyres and fuel loads, if Honda has made progress making its engine more manageable, and if the Suzukis can get a step closer.

TrueFan

January 08, 2016 1:09 PM

MotoGP » ‘Best yet to come’ for Bradley Smith


FLtrooper:
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I will admit I've eaten some words this last season, everytime I assumed Smith would let me down he stayed upright and keep going. It's going to take another year of him beating Pol, the Ducatis, and the Suzukis, Before he earns my total respect. :)
Fair comment... although it might be a big ask. As a Ducati fan, I'm hoping for a marked improvement there, especially if Crazy Joe can step up.

TrueFan

January 07, 2016 5:11 PM

MotoGP » MotoGP makes 2016 concessions official


I can't see anything in this "announcement" that wasn't already announced. At least in 2016, we're back to one class though. That has to make for better racing. @SoSlo surely you realise the history of these rules over the last decade? They were brought in to stop the exodus of manufacturers, and to "reduce the cost" of competing. The CRT experiment was a failure. The Open Class was better, but still a nonsense. Concessions overcome the biggest obstacle to competition, because the engine freeze effectively locked out new manufacturers, instead of merely keeping a lid on R&D costs. With the engine freeze applied to all, as your post implies, existing successful manufacturers have an overwhelming head start. That would be ludicrous.

TrueFan

December 30, 2015 4:57 PM

MotoGP » Six of the best: MotoGP 2015


ZeFrenchAngle: ... You do NOT win 5 GPs on an underperforming bike - that's nonsense !
I hate to bring up the war, but didn't Stoner win races on a Ducati that the GOAT couldn't ride? Really good riders find a way to make the bike work. Obviously, they can't dominate on lesser kit, but they still manage to win races, so it is anything but nonsense. Marquez showed plenty of talent this year. The Yamaha in 2004 handled better than the Hondas, but was still a little underpowered. Rossi won on it. The Yamaha was well and truly the best bike in the paddock in 2015.

TrueFan

December 23, 2015 8:18 AM

MotoGP » MotoGP Star of the Year vote: 1st


VR proved that he still has enough adoring fans to win a popularity contest, and it was the only weapon left when he wasn't good enough to fight for the championship...he ruined an otherwise good season. Before Sepang, I hoped he'd win, because of his consistency, but he still had to beat Lorenzo, regardless of what Marquez, Pedrosa, or anyone else did. He wasn't good enough, and he knew it, so he resorted to dirty tricks. He'll always be popular with his obsessed fans, and this silly poll is just a meaningless measure of that. Normal fans of racing will see him as carrying a tarnished legacy from now on. He really didn't need to do it like that, and at his age, especially with his otherwise very significant record, there's really no excuse. It will be interesting to see how he goes in 2016...

TrueFan

December 26, 2015 3:24 PM

MotoGP » EXCLUSIVE: Wilco Zeelenberg (Yamaha) - Q&A


Guna4699: ... Most fuel is stored directly under the seat but when fully filled, part of fuel load acts on the front which goes down as laps count.so load on front varies as race progresses,, Moving the filler back and using that space for other components will lead to constant load acting on front tyre. ...
That's an interesting idea Guna, but I'm not sure it's a particularly straight forward matter. Moving the centre of gravity of the fuel load towards the rear would work as you suggest at constant velocity, but dynamic loads under braking or cornering (which is when the front tyre performance matters most), it's a bit more complex than that. When they try winglets - which alter the load over the front - they mainly rely on rider "feel" and feedback to decide whether they help or not.


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