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December 02, 2014 7:46 PM

WSBK » 2015 WSBK rider line-up so far

Too bad for Canepa if he's going to EBR in WSB. I agree they need to go more conventional in design and are better off going to the rebooted AMA effort in the USA. Seems like a light line up with limited stars as every decent rider is going to Motogp. Question why isn't Yamaha jumping in with a full WSB effort to advertise it's new R1. What a boost for it's new R1 if they enter directly instead of going to BSB for a development year. I can understand a smaller less successful company doing that but really Yamaha. What headlines if they jumped into WSB and went head to head with Kawi and Ducati.


December 04, 2014 3:55 PM

MotoGP » MotoGP pay TV 'something we must face'

To continue with respect to Motogp, I think their product is decent but not great by any means eventhough at the moment they get a good amount of fans at most tracks. However, I agree with most that the core fan base is way too small to be able to survive as a pay-per view service or even as part of a sports package add on to existing cable/tv service which you have to pay extra for. Yes the more rabid fans will pay but the fringe fans won't. Developing new fans would become a problem and eventually the fans attending the events will diminish.


December 04, 2014 3:48 PM

MotoGP » MotoGP pay TV 'something we must face'

Interesting argument with some good points and some bad points. But it's clear with examples from WSB and US's AMA that without free or near freeTV viewership the series suffers. In terms of WSB which had a decent product for quite awhile but less lately in the past few years. In the US they were on SpeedChannel but two seasons ago they were pulled off as I guess they couldn't come to an agreement. WSB went to BEIn Sports first on the internet as a free access for 1/2 the season then they went to pay only. Eventually BEin sports was picked up by some cable companies as packages you had to pay extra for. My guess in this change they lost all casual viewers and probably many fans not willing to pay the extra cash. Add to that the product becoming worse then it only makes sense that less people would be interested in seeing the event live. An even more dramatic example is AMA which has tanked and is to be rebooted by a new venture company including Wayne Rainey I believe.


November 21, 2014 8:05 PM

MotoGP » Lorenzo: Marquez talented, brave, takes lot of risks

Yearby you mention when Rossi is referred to as a 9X champ. I think that's caused by one MGP announcer constantly referring to Rossi as a 9X champ. While he is as you point out due to his lower class championships. But as a far as 500/MGP he's a 7X champ. I agree with you that Rossi didn't wipe the floor with JLo this season but regardless he beat JLo. However the real issue is beating Marquez. It was nice to see Rossi reducing the gap to Marquez but that gap needs to be reduced even more and consistantly at every race if he truly wants a chance to get #8 or #10 depending on how you're counting his WC.


November 17, 2014 5:46 PM

WSBK » New WSBK champion Guintoli joins PATA Honda for 2015

No respect by Aprilia, they could have set up a factory supported team for their recently crowned Champion or at least offer him the second factory seat on MGP. While PataHonda had a good effort their bike is way too old to compete on a regular basis with the Kawi. Guinters has tallent so he'll be close to the podium as Rea was but without added direct Honda support I don't think it will be easy. Also, no word from Honda when they're coming out with a new superbike, as it hasn't changed significantly since 2008. But with the new R1 coming out this year my guess it will be 2016 when we'll see the new fireblade.


November 17, 2014 5:37 PM

WSBK » Rea to make Kawasaki debut in Aragon

It's likely that Kawi will dominate next year as Aprilia factory has dropped out leaving a privateer to run the Aprilia effort. Will that effort get added support from the factory now that they're going to concentrate in MGP? I guess only Ducati will be challenging the Kawi boys with a lil'Honda with Guintoli as possible challengers for the podium. Has Suzuki or Yamaha committed significantly to WSB next year? As Yamaha is coming out with their new R1 have they noted a return to WSB and if so with who?


November 17, 2014 5:26 PM

MotoGP » Aprilia: Pneumatic for Sepang, seamless to follow

I guess Aprilia is honest to their word that they entered 1 year early to develop the bike while racing in 2015. So to that end, it make sense they'll bring in technology during the season while developing the bike with an eyeo on the 2016 bike. However, I still don't like that they brought in Melandri as his antics in WSB he should not have gotten this seat. They really should have pushed to get A. Espargaro instead he went to Suzuki. The could have got a good up in coming Moto2 rider for the second seat. Too bad they couldn't convince Biaggi to come back for 1 or 2 years but I'm sure he's enjoying retirement too much.

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