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February 05, 2014 11:41 AM

MotoGP » Crutchlow sees 'Open' class positives

@ctm, yeah, I reckon open class or an equivalent is here to stay. It's he only way that the category can attract competitors and create a more competitive grid. These current factory teams/bikes have given themselves a death sentence by making sure that the 4 best bikes are only ever going to be owned by 2 teams. They have created such an effective monopoly on the championship that for the championship to move forwards it needs to get rid of that monopoly or it will wither and die. That being said, the riders of these 4 bikes are that good that they would probably still win races on a good open class bike anyway but at least the monopoly n the machinery and the technology would be broken and it would be down to the best rider/engineer/setup.


February 04, 2014 10:02 PM

MotoGP » Crutchlow sees 'Open' class positives

I disagree with some of the comments about Cal here, I think for the first time in a long time Cal is starting to look down the track a little. He realises that right now, Ducati are behind the Honda and the Yamaha, but not by much. He also realises that the 'open class' rules are here to stay and will no doubt become the 'motogp class' rules sometime soon. So why not start your development right now and get into the Ducati development at the ground floor so to speak? I think he is actually making a fairly intelligent argument for Ducati to go to the 'open class' rules and has a long term plan.


February 16, 2014 9:45 PM

F1 » F1 field is ‘mediocre’ – Villeneuve

JV was an absolute talent, but he soon discovered that just talent alone can't overcome an ego that was unpromoteable, I admire the driver but wouldn't want to have a beer with the man. F1 is as good as it's ever been, there's one superstar and everyone else wanting to beat him which has made a lottery, hopefully these new engines don't become a nightmare, no-one wants to see broken down cars.


February 16, 2014 10:00 PM

MotoGP » Dall’Igna begins reshaping Ducati

I think Ducati are taking a step in the right direction here, rather than try to find a rider to suit their bike they've now structured themselves to engineer a bike to suit a rider just like the Japanese manufacturers. They were spoilt with guys like Casey who could make themselves comfortable on just about anything. Right now they've got 2 very good riders who both punched well above their weight on satellite Yamahas, they need to focus on creating a bike to suit these 2 guys. Absolutely agree Lux, if they can get themselves a few tenths between now and the season opener it'd be fantastic and then they'd have to try to get themselves at least on a par with Tech3 or the other satellite HRC machines by half way through the season.


December 13, 2013 2:48 AM

MotoGP » Updated 2014 MotoGP rider line-up

Yeah, it'll certainly be interesting eagle. Like you say, no one will be able to compete with the HRC Hondas and Jorge's Yamaha. It's at least then a bit of a lottery between VR's Yamaha and the satellite Hondas and (at least for the last season) Cal's Yamaha and the poor old Ducatis are at the back. Realistically, and all things being good and equal, anyone other than the top 3 won't be a race winner and will be only fighting for a podium position if one of the top 3 is injured or has a machine failure, they're just not in the same class. I'd love to see Espargaro and Brad Smith stick it up the top guys, but again I can't see either of them winning a race.


December 09, 2013 10:09 PM

MotoGP » Herve Poncharal (IRTA) - Q&A

Hey LLarry, we have to stay rational with what this is and also keep in mind the business motivations at play. Why would it be in DORNA's interests to run the championship down? They actually need it to go the other way so it is worth more money, makes them (and therefore the teams) more money and then can be sold on to another investor for more money whenever they want to get out of it. Your UK coverage sounds like it sucks though, we're so lucky here in Oz, we get the races pretty much live on free to air and they get replayed a couple of times afterwards.

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