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October 08, 2015 12:22 PM

MotoGP » West gets MotoGP ride for Phillip Island

Are the numbers so low at Phillip Island that they are so desperate to put an Australian on track they will give a Motogp ride to West? Dorna must be footing the bill on this one. I find it incredible the AB team will give Westy a ride but the impressive young dutchman Van der Mark wasn't give the same opportunity at Assen. No harm to West but as a stand in, even as an Australian at Phillip Island, he won't generate a lot of interest or do much with the ride. However I'd have been genuinely intrigued to see what Van der Mark would have been capable of on a Motogp bike


July 14, 2015 1:19 PM

MotoGP » Sam Lowes linked to MotoGP with Aprilia

I think Sams biggest barrier to securing a competitive ride in Motogp is the current glut of mid pack British talent in Motogp. That being the case why not give the Aprillia a go? the bike will likely be more competitive next year and with the 2016 regulations there won't be a better time to take a gamble on an underdeveloped bike. Be interesting to see where Zarco lands next year.


June 25, 2015 5:45 PM

MotoGP » Fast Rossi favours new chassis, wary of Honda

We know Rossi tends to choose his direction early in the weekend and focus on making it work. Lorenzo tends to hedge his bets a bit more chances are his position today is not his true pace, more likely, he is still testing and evaluating which chassis to go with. I'd be willing to bet his wet weather setup will be on the older more familiar chassis but which he will choose to race I couldn't tell you. Both Hondas are looking good pedrosa is a bit more precise than marquez so if their problems persist I'd expect pedrosa to do better in the race. If they give marquez a bike he can be wild with I wouldn't count him out for the win. As always weather could play a big part at assen. Personally I see a Honda win on the cards but the real fight is between Vr and Jlo for the championship lead. I expect there will be a serious ding done between these two this weekend. We all know Vr can battle but just because he likes to go away at the front doesn't mean Jlo can't scrap


June 25, 2015 6:02 PM

MotoGP » Race Direction to enforce stricter penalties for Moto3

The racing in moto3 is some of the best available. It's sad that qualify and practice is marred by this problem. Many riders have spoken out about it this year I'm glad race direction are taking their concerns seriously but on the other hand it's dissapionting it has had to come to this. I know moto3 riders tend to be young and it's difficult to qualify in such a competitive field but they really should know better. The 107% rule seems a bit odd to me surely penalties should be awarded to riders looking for a tow on the racing line irrespective of class it's not just a moto3 issue


June 15, 2015 6:25 PM

MotoGP » Marquez tempted by 2014 chassis switch

It sounds like Honda are running up against the usability problem previously seen by Ducati and the Yamaha. When you have a very talented rider who can extract the most from a bike engineers tend to go in a direction that sacrifices usability for perceived potential speed gains. Even with a supremely talented rider (Stoner, Rossi, Marquez, Lorenzo) there comes a point where the operating window of the machine becomes to narrow and this results in the rider overriding, crashing or making mistakes. Yamaha prior to this season had stated they were looking for more usability from their machine which they seem to have found and Ducati had a bike that eventually even Stoner couldn't be fast on consistently. I think this might be what Marquez is getting at when he says last years bike allowed him to make mistakes not so much that he needs a machine that allows him to make mistakes as the margin of error has become to narrow. The Honda has been widely regarded as the best bike on the grid for

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