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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 98 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.


November 11, 2014 2:15 PM

WSBK » Leon Haslam signs for Red Devils Aprilia

Greavesit: I think you may be eating these words in a bit of humble pie this time next year!
That's the same line the Brits always come on here with, every time Haslam's ability is called in to question. After so many years of this guy not delivering, it's surely time you all faced facts. This guy isn't of the required standard. With the exception of a little purple patch that he hit in early 2010, he's been pretty much found wanting at world level.


January 26, 2015 6:05 PM
Last Edited 215 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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