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TrueFan

August 11, 2014 2:14 PM

MotoGP » ‘Intruder’ Dovizioso accepts hard passes


Dovi put in a great ride again, but Ducati is not yet making the steps they need to make. The tyres are still chewing out too quickly. It's fine to draft on the straight and pass, but if you can't hold the position or extend it, they will do the same move back. It's also easier to be philosophical about being used as a berm when you know it made no difference to the ultimate outcome of the race. It looked like Rossi thought he could get through, but mis-calculated their respective lines. There was so much dicing at that point, some contact was inevitable.

TrueFan

August 11, 2014 9:36 AM

MotoGP » Rossi: Like Ron Haslam at the start!


It wasn't age, nor fitness. He just used up his tyres. Frankly, I enjoyed watching the hard fight Rossi put in early. Even when he tried the slightly ambitious pass on Dovi, berming him. It was basically just good, hard, fair racing. By the end of the race, Rossi had left nothing on the table untried. It was right up there with VR's best rides of the year. Not one of his best circuits, and he just went for it. You can't ask for more than that. He will be too old at some point, but he isn't there yet. Marquez, OTOH, goes from strength to strength.

TrueFan

August 11, 2014 5:01 PM

MotoGP » ‘Intruder’ Dovizioso accepts hard passes


Vilas46: they both survive was just a bad decision for both on that time... You can bet that for both would had been better if they had keep or Rossi first or Dovi second or the opposite, that Loss there places to riders like Marquez and lorenzo, there reall problems here=)...
Rossi hit Dovi from behind. VR just miscalculated. The Ducati doesn't have tyres that last race distance, so he was never going to be there at the end. Also, he knows Rossi is fighting for second in the WC. Dovi let it go. VR made a mistake. No big deal. There was no chance for Rossi to complete that move - he came in too hot, and was always going wide.

TrueFan

August 11, 2014 10:18 AM

MotoGP » Lorenzo: I left it too late


It was great to see Lorenzo going hard at it again after his start-of-season disasters. He did fall back at the start, and had a hard time getting past Crazy Joe, Dovi and Pedro, but he managed his tyres pretty well. Lorenzo seems to be back in form, and riding with much more confidence in the tyres, whether he's adjusted his technique, or they're setting it up differently, no-one's saying. Of course, according to the conspiracy theorists, the race results are pre-ordained by the Illuminati as part of their global economic control, and we're all just locked into the matrix...

TrueFan

August 11, 2014 10:29 AM

MotoGP » Marquez: So difficult to win them all...


I didn't hear what tyres Marquez had on during the warm up, but I suspect it was a well used set of hards, and he wanted to test his late race pace. My speculation is that after he peeled off 6 consequtive laps in the 1'32s, he knew he just need to keep in touch with the others until his tyres came in, then he could get to the front and run away. If so, his biggest risk was to try to go as hard as the early front-runners, and bin it. However it happened, he timed it well, got through made a break and managed the gap. His consistent winning must be doing their heads in. It will come to an end at some point, but it's hard to say when it will be. Last year he made some silly moves, but he isn't doing any of that this year. He looks the complete package.

TrueFan

August 11, 2014 10:43 AM

MotoGP » Marquez: So difficult to win them all...


Tomco: Mike Hailwood certainly was a great rider but for a lot of the time he was up against people on bikes made in their garden sheds. Very difficult to make comparisons.
When Ago and MTB were both riding MVs, Hailwood won. He switched to Honda, which at the time was the equivalent of the Desmosedici, while the MV was like the RC213V of its time, but on steroids. On the wild Honda, Hailwood nearly won the championship...Honda pulled out, and paid Hailwood not to ride for anyone else. He returned to racing after 12 years, at the IoM TT, on an under-powered, understeering Ducati, and won...he really was something special, garden sheds notwithstanding. Let's see Marc on the Ducati...but for now, just enjoy watching him exploiting the Honda to the max.

TrueFan

August 11, 2014 4:08 PM

MotoGP » Marquez: So difficult to win them all...


lux:
TrueFan:
He returned to racing after 12 years, at the IoM TT, on an under-powered, understeering Ducati, and won...
If he had won the championship, that would have been impressive. But he won A single race, kinda of his home race too actually.
Well, obviously, you're free to be as unimpressed as you wish. However, if you haven't raced a motorcycle for a decade, and you choose as your first return race the IoM TT, with all the risks that go with that, at the age of 37 or 38, I'm impressed. IIRC, he lived in New Zealand in those days, and he didn't do any other races to get back up to speed. Just rode and conquered. His bike had a fork rake of 31 deg. Not nimble.... And the IoM TT is not for the faint hearted...

TrueFan

August 10, 2014 8:48 PM

MotoGP » MotoGP Indianapolis - Race Results


martin.mm.108:
et77m:
martin.mm.108: Honda Power!...
So ? Whats your point ? That MM wins with honda power? And pedrosa ? ...
... problem? I'm not one of the deluded who think the bike plays no part and is the reason why I been a fan of Honda since the days of Gardner.
Gardner's Honda was horrible, pulling tank-slappers out of any corner. Why do you think he challenge Steady Eddie with his "You couldn't do it on a Honda" taunt? And props to Eddie, he switched to Honda, and "did it"...


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