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December 20, 2015 11:41 PM

WSBK » BBC SPOTY: Ratings vs records

To be honest, all motorsport other than F1 is pretty much ignored by the mainstream media. The BBC barely acknowledge MotoGP since they lost the rights too. To list a few people who should have more recongnition:- Andy Priaulx (4 time ETCC/WTCC champion) Allan McNish (3 time winner at Le Mans/3 time ALMS Series champion) Paul di Resta and Gary Paffet (DTM Champions) Dario Franchitti (4 time Indycar series champion) (did win BBC Scotland's award in 2007) If you ask people who Carl Fogarty is, more will say he won I'm a Celebrity than 4 time SBK World Champion, sadly.


March 07, 2016 1:36 PM

F1 » Halo is more relevant for IndyCar than F1 - Palmer

I'm not certain that the halo is the best idea for this, but regardless, I DO think it's relevant to F1 as well as IndyCar. Anything that makes the risk of death or serious injury a little less is worth implementing IMO, and it is likely that the FIA will make the halo or some equivalent mandatory when it's more mature as they did with the HANS device. Whilst such accidents are likely to be more prevalent in IndyCar and on ovals, Felipe Massa's accident at Hungary in 2009 could have been prevented, for example.


December 18, 2015 12:50 PM

BSB » Haslam returns to BSB with JG Speedfit Kawasaki

Several factors at play here. Leon is quick enough to win the title IMO, but we don't know how good the new Kwak is in BSB trim, nor do we know how good the Panigale will be as no top team has run a Ducati at all since GSE in 2008. I'm not sure either about the people saying Leon underperformed in SBK. Good results in 09 on a privateer Honda, contender in 10 on the Suzuki, 11 was a development year for the BMW. 12 admittedly should have been better, he never recovered from Melandri's ridiculous pass at the last corner at Donington. 13 and 14 were about inconsistent as the Honda has been for everyone but Rea although 2 Suzuka wins are not to be sniffed at, and last year as solid if unspectacular on the aging Aprilia with little factory support. People also forget that he should have had the dominant Ducati in 08. GSE let him out of his contract when the 1098 was ruled illegal under the BSB tuning rules, and he signed for HM Plant. Shakey then got the ride when the decision was l


November 22, 2015 6:53 AM

F1 » Lotus asks F1 to 'review its business model'

The fact that Gastaldi's right will change nothing, in fact nothing but the removal of the entire FIA hierarchy will change anything. Let's hope the investigators move there when they are done with FIFA. It's the sheer hypocrisy that gets me. Ferrari must be retained to maintain the integrity of F1 apparently, but all of the historical tracks (E.g. Spa, Monza etc) aren't important in the face of money from tracks that are dull to race on, dull to watch and attract no fans. If I thought it would be vaguely competitive, the "spec" engine supplier would be a great idea. Goes back to the days of the Cosworth DFV where any time could buy a competitive engine off the shelf for a reasonable price. Not sure engines are really the problem though given the tyre situation that only the FIA and Pirelli think is a good idea.


November 14, 2015 7:08 PM

WSBK » Hayden, van der Mark a dream team – ten Kate

Since Toseland's title:- 2008 5 wins (2 Checa, 3 Kiyo) 2009 2 wins (Rea. Leon Haslam finished ahead of Checa on the Stiggy Honda) 2010 4 wins (Rea) 2011 2 wins (Rea) 2012 1 win (Rea) 2013 1 win (Rea) 2014 4 wins (Rea) 2015 0 wins It's clear though that it's the bike/team at fault. Checa became champion on the Ducati after leaving Ten Kate. Max Neukirchner and Rueben Xaus were former race winners, albeit at the end of their careers on the Ten Kate bike. Hiro Aoyama was a 250cc world champion. Haslam has won races on Suzuki and Aprilia bikes in SBK, Guintoli was the reigning SBK champion when he joined. Rea, Haslam and van der Mark in various teams have won the Suzuka 8 Hours multiple times on Honda machinery as well.


October 02, 2015 1:24 AM

F1 » F1 moves for louder cars in 2016

Yeah, this'll make me watch F1 again. Performance limiting tyres, teams threatening to leave if they don't get their own way, fake engine noise and crap racing on (for the most part) the same faceless flat circuits in the countries that pay the most. Let the drivers race, and leave pit stop strategy and tyre management where it belongs, in endurance racing.

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