Recent comments

  • Winter Racing: Superprestigio, 13th December 2014 - Marquez * 2, Rabat, Baker, Mees & Many Others - But No Hayden   1 hour 43 min ago

    Will there be any TV coverage? No way can I make it to Barcelona, but I'd like to see the races.

  • Winter Racing: Superprestigio, 13th December 2014 - Marquez * 2, Rabat, Baker, Mees & Many Others - But No Hayden   1 hour 45 min ago

    Since retiring, Stoner seems pretty content to not get back into any sort of competitive motorcycle racing. He's done cars, he's done go carts, he's actively racing remote control cars, but he doesn't seem at all interested in being back on a bike competitively. I think he'd do pretty well if he gave it a go.

  • Marc VDS Press Release: A Record-Breaking Moto2 Season In Numbers   2 hours 57 min ago

    There were two spam posts of gobbledey gook blather string of key words then links to sell stuff. David got to them, so now my post looks even dumber than it did previously.

    Oddest part was that their posts had gotten a half dozen positive reviews...alright, who are the spam lovers we need to weed out...
    ;)

    Howdy Pvalve!

  • Winter Racing: Superprestigio, 13th December 2014 - Marquez * 2, Rabat, Baker, Mees & Many Others - But No Hayden   3 hours 24 min ago

    Some 'em how it's done! I'm definitely going to head up the coast to the Classic in January.

  • Winter Racing: Superprestigio, 13th December 2014 - Marquez * 2, Rabat, Baker, Mees & Many Others - But No Hayden   3 hours 37 min ago

    Should do it!

  • Winter Racing: Superprestigio, 13th December 2014 - Marquez * 2, Rabat, Baker, Mees & Many Others - But No Hayden   4 hours 14 min ago

    Miller is due for a private test in Sepang at the end of November, and I believe he is heading home to Australia after that. He was keen to take part, but the logistics of it were just too difficult for him. He'll be at the Troy Bayliss Classic in January, though.

  • Winter Racing: Superprestigio, 13th December 2014 - Marquez * 2, Rabat, Baker, Mees & Many Others - But No Hayden   4 hours 18 min ago

    Miller did pretty well at the 2014 Troy Bayliss Classic but I'm betting there's no invite for him for this event... :-)

    (Sorry guys, it's quiet this time of season so I have to take my fun where I can find it)

  • Got A Question? David Emmett To Host Ask Me Anything Session On Wednesday, 26th November 2014   5 hours 43 min ago

    When I say cut back on engine braking I mean the engine braking control. Ie. the partial throttle used to negate it.

    Same as saying turn down the air conditioner, some may think you want it colder but others may think you literally want the compressor turned down, in which case it would get warmer.

  • Got A Question? David Emmett To Host Ask Me Anything Session On Wednesday, 26th November 2014   6 hours 45 min ago

    I will take a swing -
    Gandalf would kick Dumbledore's behind. I know this scientifically from seeing HRC's electronics and data engineering software functions. By the way, you are about to lose grip on your front steps and fall tomorrow so be careful or install a handrail. Perhaps you would like a brochure for Honda snow or leaf blowers mailed to you once you can safely get to your mailbox?

    My favorite MotoGP bike - this is going to sound weird, but...
    Favorite livery = Fortuna red and yellow w green Castrol lower
    Favorite "wow, look what you did!" = the team Roberts and KJr little garage project Honda V5 that managed to get in the front pack now and again.
    Other favorite "wow, look what you did!" = Hayate black Melandri menace pressing forward from "also ran Kawasaki" to 2nd pack major player on outdated under powered undersupported machinery.
    Favorite MotoGP bike? The Honda V5 they showed up with right at the beginning of the era. What a BEAST!

    Dserves a Factory bike? A.Esoargaro. Yes, that is a Factory Suzuki, but I don't see it as a Factory bike, and Aleix deserves a front runner. He is brilliant! Diesn't "deserve" a Factory seat? Strongly stated, would rather say "I don't think he should be in his current gqrage as much as he does in his next one" = Pedrosa. Just switch he and Aleix please.

    Do smaller lighter riders have an advantage over the taller heavier ones? I would say that there is a sweet spot in the middle that both the big guys and wee guys are at disadvantage relative to. Pedrosa plus a few inches and 15lbs would be at advantage over himself. Ditto for Rossi minus the same. When fuel limits are raised and tires are gotten into working temp range more easily the advantages shrink. In Moto3 size is a big deal, so we have a bias towards bringing little riders up in the GP's. Thanks goodness for Superbikes, where this isn't the case, so we can get some larger riders in the paddock. I have seen some just plain big fat riders do well on production 1000's.

    Current bikes too easy to ride and riders not as skilled as they used to be? Generally I agree w that statement but not across the board. Throttle control for sure yes. Casey was brilliant w his right hand. Doohan and co too. But what of, say, Lorenzo? He is skilled no doubt but differently. Precision and consistency in place of adaptability to bringing a loose bike back from the brink. Something different is going on in racecraft too in that there isn't room for error and recovery as much as there was. The bikes may leave more room for error, but your competitors leave LESS. Had you asked this in the 800cc 'polite' parade procession I would have answered emphatically yes. Now that bar-bashing limit pusjing riding is back I am back on the fence.

    What about other folks? Great questions!
    :)

  • Marc VDS Press Release: A Record-Breaking Moto2 Season In Numbers   10 hours 33 min ago

    I must be missing something. What are you referring to? How does this relate to the article? Now I'm curious. Especially since you are talking about the integrated control software that is threatening us.

  • Got A Question? David Emmett To Host Ask Me Anything Session On Wednesday, 26th November 2014   16 hours 4 min ago

    Just a few things...

    Do you believe that the smaller, lighter riders do have an advantage over the taller, heavier riders?

    Which current rider who is not on a factory option bike do you believe deserves one? Do you believe any of the factory option riders do not warrant their place?

    Do you think that the top open rider should appear in Parc Ferme?

    What track not currently on the calendar would you like to see MotoGP visit?

    What are your thoughts on some of the assumptions that the current bikes are too easy to ride and that riders are not as skilled as they used to be?

    What is/was your favourite bike in the MotoGP era?

    Dumbledore Vs Gandalf, who would win?

  • Marc VDS Press Release: A Record-Breaking Moto2 Season In Numbers   19 hours 21 min ago

    How can anyone pass up a good toilet spy camera? Great posts!
    Does this have anything to do with Dorna's website for developing Integrated electronics software? Someone go back and look at what Honda uploaded recently, or we are going to see another Aprilia go up in flames.

  • Ducati And Kawasaki Wrap Up World Superbike Testing At Aragon   22 hours 49 min ago

    SP_won I did see this video in the past and some of the stuff on that is quite clear. But since I am not a seasoned interpreter of the rules and also because of my knowledge of the technological issues is at best very peripheral I have not been able to read between the lines. I am sure it is not all that straight forward as it is. My reason for disbelief is that manufacturers like Aprilia, Ducati and Yamaha have all bumped up the horse power figures to over 200 on stock motorcycles presumably to negate the advantage that Kawasaki and BMW were having. So this means that the rules will now allow for further upward revision of power figures and we will possibly witness a scenario where the Superbikes will yet again start closing in on MotoGP bike figures. I could be all wrong here.

    So like you Sir SP_won I too shall wait for Sir David Emmett to give his more knowledgeable input into what the rules are and what their repercussions could be. Thank you David, I eagerly wait for your piece on this.

  • 2014 Valencia Moto2 And Moto3 Post-Season Test: Rabat Rules Moto2, Rins Impresses, Antonelli On Top Of Moto3   23 hours 6 min ago

    Sheesh... didn't realize how many are now running Kalex. Obviously teams will go w/the best chassis, but I liked it when different chassis manufacturers were duking it out like the first 2 years. Suter & Moriwaki are completely out??

  • Got A Question? David Emmett To Host Ask Me Anything Session On Wednesday, 26th November 2014   1 day 1 hour ago

    Am a bit confused - if possible kindly clarify how you can gain on fuel consumption by cutting down on engine braking.

    Traditionally manufacturers sacrifice fuel to decrease engine braking - Honda's air bleed being a case in point.

  • Got A Question? David Emmett To Host Ask Me Anything Session On Wednesday, 26th November 2014   1 day 9 hours ago

    Rossi or Stoner? I know, I know, the answer's obvious....

    But seriously, great idea. Why just one day? Keep it going all through the off-season!

  • Got A Question? David Emmett To Host Ask Me Anything Session On Wednesday, 26th November 2014   1 day 10 hours ago
    No

    I won't be around that day for business reasons but I hope I can enjoy the read up later.

    In any case it's a great idea David! The n-th of this site.

  • Yamaha Press Release: Q&A With Valentino Rossi - "I Am Still Here Because I Like To Prove Myself"   1 day 14 hours ago

    Honda tries to reset the bar, but sometimes that backfires. I believe that's what happened at the of the 2006 season, at the beginning of the 800cc era. Everybody thought it was an easy job for Honda to take 1 cilinder of the 5 cilinder 990 cc and have a very fast 800cc. But it was Ducati who prepared the best, going for outright power. The bike didn't steer well, but this Stoner guy knew how to deal with that.

    I will never forget the duc blasting past Rossi on the yam on the straight of Quatar with at least 20 km/h difference. And the Honda was also not fast enough.

  • Got A Question? David Emmett To Host Ask Me Anything Session On Wednesday, 26th November 2014   1 day 21 hours ago

    Be sure to put them up... My thoughts are.

    Q: How the heck did Yamaha get much more power out of that motor this season w so little fuel?

    A. Sacrificed braking stability by cutting back on engine braking. Saving ounces of fuel per lap. The yahama was noticeably more ragged and snappy under braking as the season went on.

    Q: What is the likely outcome for the performance characteristics of various bikes under 2016 electronics/Michelin tires compared to 2014?

    A. 17" wheel vs. 16.5" wheel. : ). Cleverly that means no direct comparisons can be made between brands. As for the bigger and skinner 17" wheels (relatively speaking), I think they would be more suited to corner speed and potentially help Yahmaha more.
    That said new bikes will be made to suit the tires by everyone so all that will really be tested is the speed at which the teams can an adapt, and Honda have shown us they can and will go through 6 chassis mid season if necessary to come to grips with a change in the tires.

    Q: What is the 2015 Championship/integrated electronics/software package shaping up to be like compared to 2014? Where is it going for 2016?

    A. Lowest common denominator.

    Q: Is it normal for me to have these feelings for racing motorcycles? It is like boobs were in middle school. I like them more than the umbrella girls. Will I ever be 'normal' again? Is there hope for me?
    A. Got me there, but I think you know the answer. : )

  • Got A Question? David Emmett To Host Ask Me Anything Session On Wednesday, 26th November 2014   1 day 22 hours ago

    Are you a journalist by education or previous experience? Have you worked for newspaper or news channel or what so ever? You seem quite professional!

    If you don't mind me asking, how did you choose this career? I mean in very basic level, how did you find your passion to motorcycle racing and have you ever raced yourself and things like that.

    Kind regards,

    Eikka Karjalainen

  • Got A Question? David Emmett To Host Ask Me Anything Session On Wednesday, 26th November 2014   2 days 3 hours ago

    I look forward to reading the round ups and just about everything you write almost as much as I do the races.
    more then happy to chip in thanks for a great year motogp wouldn't be the same without you guys
    P.s
    Apologies for my poor grammar

  • Ducati And Kawasaki Wrap Up World Superbike Testing At Aragon   2 days 4 hours ago

    I am definitely not posing as "any other knowledgeable person on the forum", and this is from June this year so may not be the latest incarnation.
    If so my apologies.

    http://www.worldsbk.com/en/videos/2014/Scott%20Smart%20FIM%20SBK%20Techn...

    Looking forward to your bit David.

  • Got A Question? David Emmett To Host Ask Me Anything Session On Wednesday, 26th November 2014   2 days 7 hours ago

    One more reason I love the heck out of you and this site. David, you are a gem.

    Until then how about "ask Motomatters readers anything" - this community of motorbike racing crazies is amazing too. Care to help out?

    Q: How the heck did Yamaha get much more power out of that motor this season w so little fuel?

    Q: What is the likely outcome for the performance characteristics of various bikes under 2016 electronics/Michelin tires compared to 2014?

    Q: What is the 2015 Championship/integrated electronics/software package shaping up to be like compared to 2014? Where is it going for 2016?

    Q: Is it normal for me to have these feelings for racing motorcycles? It is like boobs were in middle school. I like them more than the umbrella girls. Will I ever be 'normal' again? Is there hope for me?

  • Ducati And Kawasaki Wrap Up World Superbike Testing At Aragon   2 days 11 hours ago

    I shall aim to write the new rules up in the coming weeks. Hold on for a while.

  • Ducati And Kawasaki Wrap Up World Superbike Testing At Aragon   2 days 22 hours ago

    Sir David or any other knowledgeable person on the forum, can you please throw some light on the engine formula of WSBK because the Evo rules seemed to have been ditched in favour of something else. People are calling it a compromise between the present rules and the Evo rules, but what sort of a compromise is it and what does it mean for racing? Is it going to be slower, or the same, will it be cheaper on the same....some
    answers please. Thanks in advance.

GTranslate