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May 29, 2014 10:05 AM

MotoGP » Eugene Laverty on Suzuki MotoGP test: This is my chance


If you look at Eugene's record on the Aprilia, you'll see plenty of DNFs. Some were mechanical, of course, but he also did plenty of crashing on that bike. He hit a nice little purple patch at the end of last year but consider his record, so far, for this year and it's been back to normal service for him. So, yes. I think the run of results he had, to close last season, could very well be seen as a statistical blip. That is, if you're looking at the bigger picture and not just looking through your fanboy glasses.

MCP

May 28, 2014 9:53 AM

MotoGP » Eugene Laverty on Suzuki MotoGP test: This is my chance


The chances of Laverty getting a GP ride for next year are zero. Unless he can turn his season around and somehow win this year's title in Supers. Which would be little short of a miracle. It was crashing all the time that likely got him fired from Aprilia last year and if he keeps presenting Paul Denning with very expensive bent motorbikes instead of points finishes he most likely won't even be in the Suzuki Superbike team next year. He did demonstrate his winning abilities at the end of last year but it's starting to look more like a statistical blip instead of a true indication of what a potential employer can expect if they hire him as their rider. His only hope to get in to Grand Prix would be a ride for Paul Bird's team. Apart from that, BSB beckons, as it does for Leon Haslam and all the other Brits who can't make the grade.

MCP

May 12, 2014 6:59 PM

WSBK » Max Biaggi to test with Aprilia


I think Melandri is now finding out that the RSV4 isn't quite the magic bullet he thought it was before he signed up to ride it. Laverty struggled for a year and a half to manage anything like consistent results with it. Guinters managed a few good rides but again, nothing like the old dude he replaced achieved as did Leon Camier. I think it's fair to say that the bike is a somewhat temperamental mistress which, I think, kind of puts Max's results with the thing over the years in to a bit more perspective. In short, he was making the thing look good.

MCP

April 18, 2014 5:46 PM

MotoGP » Ben Spies - Q&A: Part 1


I think most people would agree that Mladin would have done pretty well in World Supers, had he decided to give it a go. His tenure with Cagiva in Grand Prix in 1993 was a bit of a waste of time but he was still a fairly young dude and not that long in to his professional career. Take the mature racer out of AMA in 2003 or so, stick him in World Superbike and he would have given anybody a hard time on track. And, most likely, off it as well. I think even Ben Spies would agree with that statement. For him, though, he was quite happy being one of the best paid riders in the world where he was, rather than taking a huge cut in money just to prove a point on the world stage. If you were getting paid millions of dollars a year in the job you're doing now, it would pretty hard to walk away from it, no?

MCP

February 06, 2014 11:14 AM

MotoGP » Sepang MotoGP test times - Thursday (Final)


DB8: I was just pointing out that today, JLO was faster, on average across the course of the day. Thats a fact.
Take a look at the long run Marquez did. His times are about a second faster than the Yamahas. Starting from low to mid through to high 2:00 laps at the end with a best of 1:59.991. Valentino was lapping at the low 2:01 mark with a best of 2:01.048. Although his times were more consistent, his run wasn't as long. Jorge didn't do a run of more than 5 or 6 laps today. If this was a race today, Marquez would have wiped the floor with everybody.

MCP

February 04, 2014 7:56 PM

MotoGP » Espargaro shines on 'Open' class Yamaha


This shouldn't suprise anybody! The bike is 90% of last year's Yamaha M1! Of course, it's going to be quicker than everything bar the 2014 factory class entries! The thing we should be looking at, is the performance of the spec software inside the ECU and at this very early stage, it looks to be working well. It's the Tech 3 guys who should be worried right now.

MCP

January 29, 2014 1:40 PM

WSBK » Matt Roberts joins Eurosport WSBK, BSB coverage


Plus, James Haydon can't finish a sentence without saying "You know..." at least eight times. He seems like a cool dude, though. Tony Carter will certainly not be missed by me and probably not by a good many others. Matt Roberts really has lucked out here. If you can remember his efforts at commentating with that grave dodger Nick Harris on the MotoGP world feed, they made the sport almost unwatchable, for me. At least he'll only be hosting the pointless blurb before and after the races which I usually keep muted anyway so it won't be too detrimental to the coverage. That annoying Steve Day dude, however, really does irritate every fibre of my being. For the constant repetition of pointless facts, sucking up to whoever his ex-racer, co-commentator is that day and the nasal, whining tone that is his voice, the man needs to be dee-stroyed!* *Repeat in your best Lt. Aldo Raine voice.

MCP

November 05, 2013 5:16 PM

WSBK » No Aprilia for Laverty, Suzuki beckoning?


There isn't a Brit fan alive that doesn't believe that Max had superior equipment to his team mates at Aprilia. I read an interview with Camier where he admitted that Max simply got more out of the package than he did. I don't remember him mentioning anything about his bike being a lower spec than Max's. Presumably, you all believe that Laverty had better machinery than Guinters all year? There surely couldn't be any other reason why he won so many more races than him? I think we'll likely see the Suzuki guys up nearer the sharp end a lot more often than they have been recently. Simply because Laverty is a true world class rider, Camier isn't and I expect we'll see results that will reflect that.

MCP

November 04, 2013 7:08 PM

WSBK » No Aprilia for Laverty, Suzuki beckoning?


Camier benifited greatly from having a works spec R1 in 2009. He still had to ride it, of course, and he certainly made his team mate and everyone else in BSB look pretty ordinary that year. But at world level, like a good few other Brit riders, he's been found wanting. Compare his results on the RSV4 to Laverty's. There's no evidence that he'd manage any better on any other machine either.


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