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September 15, 2014 4:17 PM

MotoGP » Smith: We need to learn from Rossi, Lorenzo

Revilo, You make some good points, particularly that he has the skill to be there, although needs to find something to give him the edge in races. I would challenge your set up point. Data and set up is everything at this level. Even the phenomenon that is Marquez cannot win when he doesn't have the set up. There is also a natural order thing at play here. Look at the results this weekend. 5 full factory bikes (yes, I include Iannone, particularly as Misano is Ducatis home circuit), followed by a factory supported satellite, followed by a satellite. Plus then of course a disappointing Cal and Bautista. What Smith needs is more consistency to back up his occassional fast pace. I think he right though, him and Pol are slipping back, but that is again the natural order between factory and satellite as the season progresses.


August 27, 2014 11:00 PM

F1 » Hamilton ‘will always put the team first’

Clichy27: I do not understand the vilification of Hamilton. To my mind he is the best Grand Prix driver the UK has ever produced with the possible exception of Jackie Stewart. From my generation Surtees, Mansell and Hunt were all great and certainly the latter two had character flaws but they were still great drivers. Clark was like Vettel and lucked into the right car at Lotus as Vettel did at Red Bull. Moss was before my time but still remains bitter that Hawthorn won the WDC. I am no fanboy but do appreciate driving talent and Lewis has that in abundance. Button is correct that the wrong Mercedes driver is leading the WDC.
Stewart revered Clark, as did his other peers. He could drive anything. Hamilton is a very good driver, and great to watch, but since he burst onto the scene and just pipped Massa to the championship he has yet to put together a great season. On that basis he can't yet line up against multiple world champions.


August 29, 2014 12:58 PM

MotoGP » MotoGP Silverstone - Free Practice (1) Results

sodesu: Pretty crazy really how Aleix Espargaro is 10 kph down on many of the factory bikes and still manages to be in the top 5...
Not really, he is a very good rider on very sticky tyres. Lap times are gained through the fast corners, and if you have super sticky tyres, well...... Still needs a large dose of talent to deliver on those tyres though. Never really understood what the higher fuel limit on the open class delivers. Anyone help? Surely they can turn the wick up to deliver better torque/drive if not outright top speed?


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.

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