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February 11, 2016 4:01 PM
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WSBK » Haslam: IodaRacing won't replicate Aprilia results

Greavesit: There is only on winner a year so based on what youre saying if youre not champ, youre rubbish
Not rubbish, no. Just not good enough to win a world title. Or a even BSB title, for that matter.
cfsteezy: People forget just how well haslam has done. His factory bikes were not all that great...developing bmw, a suzuki, a half assed aprilia effort.
He's had a works Ducati in BSB and didn't manage to get it done. The Aprilia he rode last year was was every bit as high spec as the one Guintoli used to win the title the year before, His contract was with the factory and the garage manned by Aprilia employess. Romano Albesiano among them. The fact he wasn't offered a works Ducati or Kawasaki, or any other bike in World Supers for this year, I propose to you, is simply because the various factories and team managers have eventually reached the same conclusion. As much as the Brits hate to hear it, he's not World Champ material.


February 11, 2016 1:22 PM

WSBK » Haslam: IodaRacing won't replicate Aprilia results

owlockey: Apparently Haslam already has links with the Suzuki squad for 2017, i don't think it would be a bad shout, alongside a young rider from WSS, WSBK or a domestic championship could make a formidable squad.
Maybe if there was nobody else available. He's had several shots on works machinery and failed to live up to them. If the Hammamatsu mob are really serious about a works effort with the L7, there are plenty of alternatives that would likely do better than him.


December 22, 2015 1:51 AM

BSB » Haslam returns to BSB with JG Speedfit Kawasaki

Yossarian: They're a hard bunch to please here, unimpressed with a win and fourth in the championship behind only works bikes.
Give us a break. There weren't any Aprilia factory employees in Haslam and Torres' garages last year then? Those bikes were works in all but name. What about all the other seasons he failed to deliver, on works machinery? Suzuki in 2010, BMW in 11/12, as-good-as works Honda 13/14 and finally on to the RSV4. Compare Haslam's results on those machines with others who campaigned on them and you'll find the guy is severely wanting. The Brits on the Crash board always go on about this guy, but the fact is he couldn't even win your domestic championship, even when riding the best bikes, prepared by biggest and best funded teams on the grid. He may, or rather... *should* win a race or two next year. But that'll be about it.


May 26, 2015 6:24 PM

WSBK » Guintoli uses British round to test Honda upgrades

There must surely be a new Fireblade for 2016. The current machine hardly set the world on fire when it first came in to the series and on top of that, the other factories have moved the goal posts, widening the gap even further in the years that have followed. I guess it might give us an idea just how important Honda takes racing in World Superbike that they haven't been bothered updating the thing significantly. In that, they can't really be that bothered about it? With rumours of a reinvention of the GSX-R for next year, a new R1 run by a works team and possibly an updated ZX-10R, Big Red simply *has* to do something. Perhaps though, as a counter argument, the current bike's selling just fine as it is? In that case, why bother?


May 26, 2015 12:53 AM
Last Edited 343 days ago

WSBK » Dominant Sykes unbeatable at Donington

Nick636: Did anyone else notice the BLATANT difference in watching Sykes in these 2 races? Comparing this round to the previous rounds this year, was like watching 2 completely different riders. Tom LOOKED supreme. Confident. Comfortable. I hope this continues and he can make it a fight to the end.
Indeed! He looked like his old self. However, I feel the title may be a little too far out of reach. The points deficit will be very hard to make up if #65 keeps his head. He should hopefully win a few more races, though. And ensure a 1-2 finish on the riders' points table as well as the manufacturers' title for KHI at season's end. That should certainly keep the guys back in Akashi happy.


April 26, 2015 3:44 PM

MotoGP » Marquez in doubt for Jerez after surgery?

Jakel: HRC need Stoner to take points off Rossi. Aoyama is no chance of getting near Rossi.
There's next to no chance of that happening. Even if HRC puts him on the bike. Reality check: two or three days testing every year or two is somewhat less than the level of preparation needed to compete at the top level in Grand Prix. At the very best, he'd be a second off the pace of the top guys, easily. All the Stoner fans who are constantly pining for the guy to return really need to accept this fact. The point is moot, however, as Marquez will race at Jerez. Even if he's not 100% fit, he simply has to. The docs will shoot him up with pain killers and he'll ride round and bag some points. The injury shouldn't interfere with his riding too much and another zero score really would give him a mountain to climb to retain his title. Personally, I'd almost be up for a bet on #93 winning next week.


February 05, 2015 3:10 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: I'm not very satisfied

The 2006 bike also suffered from this problem that along with some other issues hindered his progress for a large part of the season. Chatter is a very mysterious phenomenon that seems to come and go with little explanation. It may possibly indicate a fundamental chassis problem that will need a serious amount of work to rectify. Or, it might not happen again all year. With Lorenzo's style being so different he might not experience it, either. If Rossi's side of the garage can't dial this out quickly, alarms may well be going off at Yamaha HQ.


January 26, 2015 6:05 PM
Last Edited 459 days ago

WSBK » Jerez - Unofficial testing results [Monday]

I'd get my betting for the rider's championship done now. The way I see it, it'll be a rider wearing green colored leathers that takes the big one home at the end of the year as KHI looks to have by far the strongest line up Rea continues to impress on the ZX-10R and we know Sykes will win plenty this year so the safe money would go on Sykes but. at this stage, a speculative punt on Rea might give better odds. I think it'll be pretty close, when it's all said and done, but I'm feeling fairly certain it'll be down to those two.


November 27, 2014 3:26 PM

WSBK » Rea quickest for Kawasaki in Jerez

Kawasaki certainly look to have the strongest rider line up for next year. Possibly the strongest they've ever had in the history of the class. With the works Aprilias and BMWs now out of it and nothing useful coming from the other Jap factories they should have a machinery advantage too. It will be pretty interesting to see how Rea and Sykes get along, or not, as the year progresses. I'm not sure who I'd back at this moment in time for the big prize but I expect both guys to win plenty of races next year and one of them to be champ. Just a question of which one...

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