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February 23, 2015 9:46 AM

MotoGP » Sepang II MotoGP test times - Monday (5pm)

The times aren't so fast because track conditions are apparently much more hot and humid than at the previous test. So whilst we shouldn't read too much into the relative performances of VR JL DP and MM, I think the big news here is that Suzuki and Ducatis fortunes appear to have reversed. Hopefully the GP15's problems are just teething issues.....this is promising to be a great season if Suzuki are seriously this fast. A. Espargaro certainly deserves a fast bike.


April 18, 2015 11:01 AM

MotoGP » Rossi: Big issue is about the tyres

I agree that Rossi uses free practises intelligently to work on set-up, but remember he didn't always shy away from putting a fast lap in - back on the RCV he would always blitz everyone away at the end of the session like Marquez does now. Funny thing was he was crap at starts, so despite starting from pole, he would be in the first corner in the same position as today. He won one race starting from pole then entering the first corner in 16th. Not sure if even Marquez could do that today...


April 16, 2015 7:12 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: I hope this contract isn't my last

Realist: Look at the examples you chose. Lorenzo won back-to-back WC's before being promoted to the factory ride. Marquez, won two WC's and came in 2nd (only because of his eye surgery at the end of the season) before getting his factory ride. Pedrosa won THREE WC's back-to-back-to-back, plus he had a 3rd place. These guys KILLED IT in the lower classes. They had the spark from the very beginning.
Rossi's factory-backed Satellite squad consisted of Doohan's engineers and technicians, so it was basically a full factory effort, they just couldn't put him in the Repsol squad because he was already sponsored by Nastro Azzuro. But that kind of opportunity to go straight into a factory squad is really rare, and I agree with your point


March 04, 2015 8:26 PM

MotoGP » Avintia’s seamless Ducati gearbox…

mrlong: I still find it hard to understand why dual clutch's are banned but seamless gearbox's aren't. Surely if you have two options that give a similar end result, you'd chose to ban the most expensive of the two and not the other way round?
I'd wager that may have something to do with the richest team's dominance of the way the rules are written....


February 25, 2015 12:48 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: Marquez, Honda have held advantage

Guna4699: Book of excuses or sand bagging?? who knows?? According to Lorenzo new gear box gives improved corner entry and better braking stability without losing anything anywhere... These are directly inline with Rossi's liking and strength but his lap times doesn't look like exciting... he is also not particularly worried about something and says the test was positive. So is he refraining himself from showing his cards? Even in sepang 1 Where every others were giving their best in race simulation, he was using less than ideal setup and was testing something in simulation too... today also it looks like he was running with used tyres for most part of the day... Testing is only testing for Rossi, we know he could be a different rider altogether on race days but Marc factor can't be ignored... Man to beat is still 93...
Interesting isn't it? Rossi always engaged in mind games when he was at his peak, and now he may be trying again....can't imagine Marquez bein


February 16, 2015 8:33 PM

MotoGP » Ducati: ‘Completely new’ GP15 can win

Last year Dovi said that the ducati was fast enough at the beginning of a race but due to the chronic understeer he became exhausted and couldn't keep up the pace for the whole race - if the GP15 maintains the strengths of the GP14 whilst fixing the understeer problem, then I am sure it can win. Dovi just needs to match the agression of Rossi Marquez and Lorenzo, or Ianone needs to show maturity for that to happen - I seriously hope they manage it.

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