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September 02, 2014 6:07 PM

MotoGP » Donington Park to host 2015 British MotoGP

Yearby23: Brilliant news. A million times better than Silverstone.
It can't possibly be a million times better. The last two years saw close results at Silverstone. But yeah, there's something about Donington...Craner curves, Melbourne hairpin, Redgate... I always regard Silverstone as a Formula 1 track, because it just is. However, the fact is, we've had some close racing there with bikes. Anyway, Donington IS more like a bike track, and it has seen some great racing over the years...Kevin Schwantz comes to mind.


September 01, 2014 5:07 PM

MotoGP » MotoGP riders to make Michelin debut at Sepang

I wonder which bike the Michelins will work for... The control tyre rule is at best a lottery for the manufacturers, and at worst, specifically slanted to favour the team chosen by the illuminati, just as the conspiracy theorists suggest. The change from 16.5 to 17 inch will be interesting, and again could have significant impact. At least they will be able to get some early data, and have a year to refine their designs... We'll wait with bated breath.


September 01, 2014 9:13 AM

MotoGP » Moto2: Alex Marquez to Marc VDS

Well that probably resolves the situation between MarcVDS and Miller, with the obvious outcome that they probably won't have any further discussions in the future. I'm not sure that it's the best outcome for Miller, but you'd have to assume that his manager knows what he's doing... of course, we all know what "assume" does. Anyway, it's a good result for Alex Marquez. That team would have to be the number one choice for a Moto3 rider looking to move up to Moto2. Good luck to him and Rins taking over the Vinales ride.


September 04, 2014 3:25 PM

MotoGP » Marquez unapologetic over 'aggressive' Lorenzo pass

The relevant rule (for those yet to discover the wonders of Google...) 1.21 Behaviour During Practice and Race... 2) Riders must ride in a responsible manner which does not cause danger to other competitors or participants, either on the track or in the pit-lane. Any infringement of this rule will be penalised with one of the following penalties: penalty points - fine - change of position - ride through time penalty - drop of any number of grid position at the rider’s next race - disqualification - withdrawal of Championship points - suspension. 3) Riders should use only the track and the pit-lane. However, if a rider accidentally leaves the track then he may rejoin it at the place indicated by the officials or at a place which does not provide an advantage to him. Any infringement of this rule during the practices or warm up will be penalised by the cancellation of the lap time concerned and during the race, by a change of position decided by the Race Direction. A board will be disp


September 04, 2014 3:09 PM

MotoGP » Marquez unapologetic over 'aggressive' Lorenzo pass

To determine what is "fair" and "allowed", you need to refer to the rules that apply. Rules are subject to interpretation, but interpretation is normally affected by precedent - as in if it is interpreted a particular way once, the precedent is set, and it is interpreted that way until an explicit rule redefines it. Hence, "dangerous riding" - refer to 1.21 (2). I would argue that although Marquez made an aggressive move to pass and block Lorenzo's exit, crucially, he rode a proper line inside Lorenzo, and although he blocked Lorenzo's line on ext, by then, he had completed the pass, and it was up to Lorenzo to avoid him. In my view, it was a liegitimate move. Last year I criticised Marquez for his pass at Jerez, because he could not hold his line without hitting Lorenzo. In fact, I suggested that if Lorenzo had not been there to act as a berm, Marquez would have run right off track. He got away with that, but he should not have in my view.


August 31, 2014 6:24 PM

MotoGP » Lorenzo 'left everything on the track'

Some people say that Lorenzo never battles. Well, he gave as good as he got today. His body language looked like he was struggling with his bike towards the end of the race, whilst Marquez was as loose as ever, making him look like he rides effortlessly. That was a great ride by both of them, and props to Lorenzo for taking it to the wire. It's good to see Lorenzo back in form.

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