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December 11, 2014 10:56 PM

MotoGP » EXCLUSIVE Mike Webb (MotoGP Race Director) - Q&A

The "problem" with a level playing field is that if you roll the same group of 16 different balls down the field the same way each round they'll get to the end in the pretty much same order every time. The "level playing field" that organisers want is one with specifically placed bumps to to slow down the faster balls and speed up the slower ones so they they all have the same chance of reaching the end at the same time.


November 11, 2014 11:58 PM

MotoGP » Jack Miller: It’s out of this world!

Tim Watts:Taking this a little further, Stoner won two championships on two different makes of bike by the age of 28. This lends far more support to the argument that Stoner had talent and that is what Dorna wanted in motoGP.
Nope, Dorna wanted Stoner playing the "bad guy" and getting beaten every race. That would make great entertainment. Dorna did not want another talented Aussie handing Spanish riders their @r$$e$ every weekend like Doohan used to do.


October 29, 2014 11:03 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: Mistake to leave Yamaha over No.1 status

The only mistake Rossi made was believing the BS being spouted that the Ducati was the best bike and Stoner was a whinging crasher. He realised that mistake the first time he hopped on the bike and went 2 sec slower than Stoner went on it the day before. The only thing that saved Rossi's bacon is that he's very popular and that popularity puts money into the pockets of people that decide who sits on which bike. business is business, and anyone disagreeing with that probably thinks Jack Miller is getting a MotoGP ride on talent alone as well...


October 20, 2014 4:55 AM

MotoGP » Valentino Rossi wins dramatic Australian MotoGP

Before the world explodes is a Rossi love-in, think of this. In 2013 Yamaha and Honda won 9 rounds each. In 2014 Yamaha is sitting at 4 wins and Honda on 12 with two rounds to go. So ask yourselves this question. Has throwing it's support behind Rossi helped Yamaha's competitiveness or should have they stuck with Lorenzo's direction? There's no argument throwing support behind Rossi has made sense economically but results wise it's been a poor year...


October 20, 2014 10:36 PM
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MotoGP » Valentino Rossi wins dramatic Australian MotoGP

Motojunky: You don't think it has anything to do with the fact that MM is something special, and after winning in his rookie year, has learnt a lot more, and is better this year? Or that the Honda may have a better bike ? No I didn't think so. Just heap all your worthless stats at slagging Rossi. Oh, and I bet Yamaha are a little bit dissapointed at having 3 of their bikes on the Podium at PI.
I genuinely though MM was a manufactured champion in Moto2 but his dominance in MotoGP has been surprising. But I stand by my original comments that Yamaha has had a poor year results wise and if you take the Aragon and Phillip Island results out of the picture where Honda was leading convincingly when MM made stupid mistakes, then it looks even worse for Yamaha. If Yamaha racing are happy with how they ended up with 3 bikes on the podium then they are very deluded and short sighted. Yamaha marketing is probably doing cartwheels...


October 19, 2014 11:37 PM

MotoGP » Marquez: I was trying to win Doohan style!

LiVio: Im not really a fan of all these records point scores etc .Race schedule has increased a lot so lorenzos points of 2010 are not comparable to say doohans 1997 season as he could take 75 points more! Also mick won 12 from 15 races so already what marquez does is irrelevant .
Spot on LiVio. Marc has won 11 races from 16 starts.. Mick won 12 from 15 starts... Not to take anything away from Marc, But fair is fair.. Had mick had another 3 races, only then could we have compared.
Yes. Maybe Doohan's record needs to be re-worded to "Won all but three races in a season". That'd future proof it :-)


October 07, 2014 10:42 PM

F1 » Smedley: Closed F1 cockpits ‘very easy to implement’

Just to inject a dose of (un)reality into the mix. In Australia, if you were to hire one of those JCB's', fit some crash protection to it and anybody were to hurt themselves within 100yards of it then you'd spend the rest of your life in court dealing with workplace health and safety as to why a piece of equipment was modified. You'd need every "T" crossed and "i" dotted with engineers reports and letters from the manufacturer but I still don't think you could modify one in any way shape or form and not be exposed in some legal way.


October 07, 2014 4:49 AM

F1 » Bianchi 'critical but stable' after crash

Looking at the Suzuka circuit from Google earth, that Green flag at station 12 would have been nearly unsighted by Bianchi at the point he would have lost it to end up in the fence. Most certainly the big yellow JCB would have been much more visible than the green flag after. It's quite possible he simply didn't see the waved yellows for that part of the circuit, or he did see them and didn't exercise enough caution and got caught out by whaterver caught out the other car. It tends to make sense that both drivers may have lost it at about the same part of the track to end up in the same spot. Puddle of water or stream across the track?? What will the FIA do for the next round in Sochi? Safety car when recovery vehicles are inside the circuit barriers untll the recovery vehicles can be made safer to crash into? Marc Marquez received a penalty for failing to exercise due caution in MotoGP for crashing in practice at a corner where marshalls were helping a fallen rider while yellow


October 01, 2014 12:04 AM

MotoGP » Valentino Rossi talks Aragon accident

F1 is trying to deal with this issue right now. The tracks are wider and safer with huge run-off areas and drivers are leaving the circuit to gain an advantage while the blokes running F1 can't manage it properly. That's why every race we hear drivers whining over the radio about other drivers leaving the circuit to get race control to issue a warning or penalty. Obviously the safest track would be a huge expanse of tarmac with lines drawn to indicate the "track" but that's just stupid. There needs to be some system put in place that a rider is penalised EVERY time they leave the racing circuit forced or unforced but doesn't create a safety issue.


September 30, 2014 2:46 AM

MotoGP » Valentino Rossi talks Aragon accident

Rossi tried to turn the bike while on the slippery stuff. Natural reaction to do but one that's nearly always going to turn things pear shaped. He could have traveled upright across the slippery stuff and braked on the concrete, but most that have gone that way end up deep in the gravel trap or in the wall after it. Stoner's been there and done that at that corner, so Rossi was pretty much stuffed from the moment he had to run wide, how gracefully he was going to crash depended on him. From a safety perspective, slippery stuff next to the track is a no-no BUT unless there's a penalty system in place to relegate (or add time to) riders for exceeding track limits then that's what they need to do to discourage riders from willfully leaving the track. Because the curbs and lines have grit (for wet grip) in them they now use them as well. I'm sure there'd be all sorts of screams if during the race Iannone was made to give up 5 seconds on the next lap for exceeding the track limits, or

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