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August 22, 2014 3:57 PM

MotoGP » 50-year-old McWilliams talks grand prix return!

custard: I'm sorry but saying that someone can't do something because they are too old is the same as saying they can't because they are black! It's all down to their ability and he is going to hand at least half the field their ****s on a plate, and that's being generous! Get in there Jezza!
Jezza ia a winner at this level, and has kept his hand in, but the bike is an unknown quantity at this level. No-one on the grid is slow, not even the backmarkers. He has his hands full, but really looking forward to it!


August 19, 2014 12:54 PM

F1 » Verstappen gets 2015 Toro Rosso drive

From karts, to one season in a car, and then straight into F1? If that is possible it kind of suggests that F1 is not in fact the pinnacle of the sport as far as driver talent is concerned. I realise that F1 drives are acheived as much by connection/sponsorship as they are by talent, but for a team with a relatively competitive car to take on a driver so inexperienced really does demonstrate the true nature of 21st century F1. It is largely about the car, and the drivers input is limited. I'm not saying the top F1 drivers aren't the best, but their contribution is limited. They aren't being allowed to truly showcase their talent. Sadly the electronics are taking the bikes in a similar direction, although physics will always make bikes more about the rider. Anyone familiar with the 10,000 hours principle? Clearly 10,000 hours is not possible in the cockpit of a car, but the principle remains the same. Only those hours are being used up at someone's CAD station.


June 05, 2014 5:12 PM

RR » TT2014: McGuinness sets 117mph lap on electric bike

Racemaster: Love them or hate them the E-bikes are here to stay, and at the rate they are gaining on ICE powered bikes it may be game over for them soon. The largest hurdle they face is charge density it would seem. The amount of weight they carry for the battery packs is a huge detriment to them compared to their petrol burning brethren right now. With ever advancing battery technology, the packs will shrink and the speeds will grow. Now to fit speakers to them so they sound like an old Moto Guzzi V8!
Weight is an issue, but the biggest issue right now is charging time. Had a good chat with Mugen yesterday, including some interesting feedback from McGuiness and Anstey. These guys like the smooth power delivery, and don't notice the weight so much. The bikes are perfectly capable of two laps, but not at 117mph average. When they tested at Castle Coombe recently the two day test took 3 days because of charging time.


May 15, 2014 9:17 PM

MotoGP » Smith, Espargaro eager to shine in Tech 3 home race

Noriben: Smith supporters had adamantly made allowances for Smith during the last season, which was the rokie year for Smith, having repeatedly claimed that he was in his learning year, but it seems they would never ever make the same allowances for Pol....
As someone has supported Smith against the nonsense from some I have to disagree with what you just said. I have, on several occassions, said how well Pol is doing, and that he should be given until mid-season before expecting him to be on level terms with Smith. That's the way it is looking. Og course as Bigmart points out, Pol is on a better bike than Smth was last year. Difficult to judge how much of an advantage that is. Its the haters that tend to be the ones that heap praise on their favourite, and disrespect everyone else. Sad bunch.


May 10, 2014 12:37 PM

MotoGP » Gabarrini talks Redding, RCV1000R

herewego: Codger, there are so many experts on here it amazes me they haven't all been snapped up by the MotoGP teams to sort their bikes out !!!!
Good to see a bit of light hearted banter involving the debate of facts/physics rather than the usual my rider is better than your rider. At least Honda have put someone reputable on the case. Scott's weight will be an advantage if he ever gets close enough to the tiddlers to barge them out of the way.


May 07, 2014 4:01 PM

MotoGP » Smith 'happy and confident' for Tech 3’s home race

AmIEviL: he should be farther in front of his teammate then he is,Last season BS was no match for Crutchlow on the same equipment...By midseason Pol will be in front of Smith.
Except he wasn't on the same equipment. There is an interview with Poncheral on here..
And the first time he was given the same equipment (Post season test) he put in a lap time Cal would have been proud of.

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