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August 19, 2014 3:45 AM

MotoGP » Rossi: Marc’s wins the rider, mine the Honda...

Love him or hate him, the ONLY reason Rossi is sitting on a Factory Yamaha right now is because of the support from his fans. Those people that buy t-shirts, go to races in their yellow knickers and wave their yellow handbags, directly (and indirectly) put money into the pockets of the promotor and the team. Personally I don't understand "fan" mentality and never will, which is why I work in Engineering and not advertising or public relations. There's no argument that the "Rise of Rossi" has been great for business but I look back over the years of racing and now question how much of what I was shown was real and how much of it was stage managed? My personal opinion is that the racing ended with Mick Doohan and the the major characters for the new show had already been cast and just needed to be filtered in. In recent years one extra didn't follow the script so he didn't last too long.


August 14, 2014 3:37 AM

MotoGP » Rossi: Concentration, studying every corner…

My point is, there're many cries that Honda's the best bike, Honda spend more money, Honda's blah blah blah but their results since Rossi left were p!ss poor at best, even when running 3 factory machines. Stoner showed the world what he could do on a bad bike, so his performance on the Honda was what you'd expect from him on a competitive bike but he wasn't walking away with every race in 2011 and it only took a bit of fiddling from Bridgestone with the tyres to royally stuff up Honda's start to the 2012 season. Some races it's clear MM is cruising while other races he's had to dig deeper than he'd like to put his machine in the #1 spot. The Yamaha isn't the dog that everyone keeps bleating on about if the "couldn't-do-a-thing-on-the-Ducati" Rossi, can be always on the podium with the Yamaha..


August 13, 2014 11:09 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: Concentration, studying every corner…

shamarone: re: "The Honda is strong in every way" meanwhile, the Yamaha is WEAK in every way. sadly this is what we're seeing.
I still don't understand this, if it wasn't for Stoner and MM, Yamaha riders would have won every riders WC since 2008, and they placed 2nd and 3rd at the last GP. Rossi (an old has-been as some would argue) is also only 4 points behind Dani in the riders WC. Honda have had two very exceptional riders in the last few seasons...


August 10, 2014 11:55 PM

MotoGP » Unbeatable Marquez equals Doohan's perfect 10 at Indy

I had a good laugh when MM "ran wide".... Dovi and Rossi stuffed themselves up and MM went through and thought "Sh!t, there's still 20 laps to go. Better let Rossi back through and make it look like a race." Lorenzo, Stoner and Dani would have cleared off given that chance, but at least MM is doing a small bit to make a show of things. Good hard riding by the top 4..


August 10, 2014 8:26 AM

MotoGP » Lorenzo: So many riders waiting for a tow

Getting a "tow" isn't just about gaining an advantage via slipstreaming and picking up new lines. You also gain a similar type of benefit that you get when you look" through" a corner rateher than 20ft in front of your bike when cornering. You think less about what you're doing and react more to what the bike is doing. By focussing a bit more on the bike in front you free up your subconscious to deal with reacting to what the bike is doing. Just you can run up a set of stairs faster by letting your body just do it rather than try to watch every single step you take.


August 05, 2014 5:26 AM
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F1 » Hembery: Pirelli focusing on 19-inch tyres not 18-inch

So for Formula E do they limit the amount of fuel you can put in the generator to charge the batteries? or does all the electricity come from "renewable" sources ?? All jokes aside, the only reason they run large wheel on road/track cars is so they can tune the vehicle with suspension components because it's darn near impossible for Joe spanner turner to redesign a chassis to work with a tyre that has the suspension built in. With a larger wheel, a larger amount of tuning range is shifted to discrete replaceable/adjustable parts rather than the unadjustable bits but the absolute level of performance is still lower because the unsprung weight (tyre +wheel instead of just tyre) will always be greater.


July 28, 2014 11:36 PM

F1 » Hamilton cost Rosberg win chance – Wolff

I can see both sides of the coin with regard to orders, but under the current circumstances the team order had nothing to do with securing a DWC or CWC but simply to place one driver further ahead in the DWC than the other for political reasons. If a fresh set of tyres was best for Nico then it should have been best for Lewis as well, with Mercedes probably getting a 2-3 finish instead of a 3-4, but I'm guessing they don't need the constructor's points that bad. For whatever background reason it was the right call by the team, but it was the wrong call for the fans of F1 and the wrong call for whatever shred of integrity is left in the sport. I know Lewis didn't do it for the fans and that he ignored to order for his own selfish reasons but it was the right decision for the sport and fans on the day.


July 25, 2014 5:27 AM

F1 » Massa critical of FIA stewarding

In some respects it's a bit like the old pedestrian on the crossing, Yes the cars have to give way to him BUT stepping out in front of a driver who isn't going to (or can't) stop means you're going to lose out anyway. I think on many weekend we see a driver put their car where they probably shouldn't and it's only because the other driver who may be entitled to hold his line yields is what prevents the accident from happening. It's a judement call from the lead driver really, do I hold my line and have the crash so the other guy crashes out as well and goes to the stewards and learns not to do that again, or do I yeld when technically I don't have to, continue the race and every other driver now knows I can be bluffed out of a corner?

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