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March 05, 2014 7:17 PM

MotoGP » Honda responds to Ducati’s Open decision

Called it, knew that either Honda or Yamaha would complain once Ducati moved to open and showed some improvement. But figured it would be Honda to complain first. That said, Honda's threat to leave if they can't continue to use their proprietary ECU software is a joke. They just want to maintain an advantage because that advanced ECU software doesn't make it into their road bikes for many years. Look at the fireblade it's still almost using carburetors while other factors have all kinds of electronic goodies on them. On a side note: I own a '08 version sans any advanced ECU, TC or ABS specifically for that reason. Point is that Honda isn't trickling down any significant tech from it's Motogp other than the plastics to resemble their factory bikes.


March 05, 2014 7:24 PM

MotoGP » Honda responds to Ducati’s Open decision

I agree with talenfan in that top level roadracing is different for the fan, operators of the series and that of factories, satellites and privateers that participate in said series. A fan mainly wants to see good competition and their favorite rider or team win, a series owner wants higher TV/internet ratings and more fans in the seats along with more sponsors paying big bucks while manufacturers want to WIN (no matter how) to show their kit is superior to others. I guess the organizers job is difficult in making most if not all parties happy or at least generally satisfied to continue participating.


March 03, 2014 6:04 PM
Last Edited 45 days ago

MotoGP » Official: Ducati goes Open class for MotoGP 2014

As one poster noted the switch can be seen to be unfair as they're a factory competing against non-factory teams to get an advantage to fight against Honda and Yamaha factory teams. However, Gigi is working within the rules. The Ducati will be helped by the added fuel, engines and softer tires allowed in the Open class. The open ECU versus a factory ECU was noted by Ducati as only slightly slower than their ECU version. Which as they get time to adapt to they'll probably be improve their times. I'm sure that if Ducati is suddenly competing directly with the remaining factory teams those teams will be pushing for a rule change. In terms of Honda threatening to leave if a standard ECU is required, I say let them go. Racing will be better and eventually they'll want back in.


February 27, 2014 7:57 PM
Last Edited 48 days ago

MotoGP » Dovizioso makes Open class Ducati debut

If the Open ECU isn't much worse than the Duc factory ECU then why not go that route especially if you can use more fuel, develop and use more engines and be able to use softer tires that can provide an advantage at certain tracks. Plus as they adapt the bike to the open rules my guess is the bike's results would probably no worse than it's current results and have potential for even better results. So really what's to lose?


February 27, 2014 7:46 PM

MotoGP » Grip problems continue for 'worried' Rossi

While this tire situation doesn't sound good for Yamaha I wouldn't jump to the conclusion that it's part of a grand conspiracy by Dorna to push for Honda or future stars. But that said, it will be a big problem if it becomes a runaway by Honda from the start of the season as fans will lose interest. While I don't have the numbers to back this but my sense is that fans have been losing interest slowly over the past few years due to lack of competition as many races are decided within the first few laps for the most part. How many races have come down to the last lap, very few.


February 26, 2014 5:47 PM

MotoGP » Aleix Espargaro edges closer to top spot on Open Yamaha

RB46 I thought I heard that he's on a full M-1 until his teams components are ready. But I could be wrong. That said, it's likely that as time goes on that he'll get slower as the spec moves away from the factory M-1's. However, Espargaro was impressive last year and has shown to be even more this year as he may be nipping at the heals of the factory boys.

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