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  • MotoGP Rule Update: Fuel Limit Raised To 22 Liters For 2016, SCAT3 Concussion Test Introduced, & More   3 hours 9 min ago

    "Agreement on the number of engines per season, and the minimum weights for MotoGP bikes have both been pushed back to February. It was widely feared in Dorna and IRTA that such a move could happen, as the longer such decisions are delayed, the less time there is to make the changes needed to prepare for next season."

    This sounds like the manufacturers are the ones dragging their feet (not Dorna or IRTA) on engines and weights and then the manufacturers will complain that they don't have enough time to prepare now that they dragged their feet. Department of Redundancy Department anyone?

  • MotoGP Rule Update: Fuel Limit Raised To 22 Liters For 2016, SCAT3 Concussion Test Introduced, & More   4 hours 6 min ago

    What's all this about different versions of the spec ECU software? I thought the point of the standard ECU was to make everybody use the same software as well as hardware. Everyone knows that the factories will have an army of programmers working full time on maximizing the "common" software. And remembering the problems caused a few seasons ago by a late change in bike weight limits why put off making weight limit regs. until February when winter testing is already in full swing? The FIM and Dorna need to be stronger and shut down this bickering from the MSMA.

  • Aleix Espargaro Injures Knee In Training Incident   10 hours 36 min ago

    I hate when people do that. Why did he hit the bike? I understand that he was mad to the bike for some reason and I have no problem with that if he is the only one who is driving that bike, but it is selfish to me when you share the bike with someone else and do that. He could also damage the bike as well. I know that the hit wasn't big enough but still...
    OK, there I've said what was on my mind :)

  • MotoGP Rule Update: Fuel Limit Raised To 22 Liters For 2016, SCAT3 Concussion Test Introduced, & More   11 hours 26 min ago

    SCAT..? Who cares.

    What about the real issues..

    Different versions of the spec software?..Jesus wept.
    It was already announced teams MUST change to unified software mid 2015?..When?

    Why no representation from Aprilia and Suzuki?
    Have the MSMA - minus the above - been reinstated as technical overlords?
    5 engines can be forced on manufacturers who don't agree, AFTER they've committed budgets to re-enter the championship?

    Help me out somebody because this piece is disappointingly light on the usual insight.

  • MotoGP Notes From The Superprestigio - On Ducati, Michelin, And A Fast Frenchman   22 hours 20 min ago

    Maybe there can be an accurate assessment of potential here that still does not make for an accurate prediction of what actualizes there and then necessarily.

    When I see good ingredients on the counter and smell the first few things hitting the pan I get a good sense of what could be cooking. The kid ain't no can a beanie weenie, and HRC is quite a chef.

  • Aleix Espargaro Injures Knee In Training Incident   1 day 2 hours ago

    Keep these guys in velvet-lined boxes. 18 times a year, take 'em out, use 'em, then wash 'em and put 'em away again.

  • MotoGP Notes From The Superprestigio - On Ducati, Michelin, And A Fast Frenchman   1 day 2 hours ago

    It's interesting how few of racing's Next Bob Dylans make it. And how pretty much every world champion was "widely tipped" by somebody at some point beforehand. Proving it doesn't take much mental prowess to be a cynic--or a prophet.

    But speculation is what keeps the sport going, isn't it? Whether in the minutes at the track waiting for the procession to come by again or the months at one's computer between the end of one season and the beginning of another.

    It is within that spirit that I offer this 2016 MGP Championship prediction:

    1. Quartarro
    2. The Great Jack Miller
    3. Rossi
    4. Marquez

  • Aspar Press Release: Nicky Hayden On His Wrist, And The Honda RC213V-RS   2 days 1 hour ago

    Nicky Hayden has always been a class act. What amazes me is his determination and positive attitude, regardless of the situation he's in. Whether it be an uncompetitive bike, injury, or political nonsense, the guy gets out there and works hard. I've never heard him complain about anything. A champion in all respects.

    The years of racing at the highest level have taken their toll, however. James Toseland had to retire because of wrist injuries shortly after he moved back to WSBK. I really hope Nicky recovers and doesn't have any nasty crashes this season.

    As for the RCV213-RS, it undoubtedly has the hardware to compete, being basically a 2014 Factory Satellite bike with Magneti Marelli software. The key to its competitiveness will be getting the software working with the engine, since as far as I know, the RCV213 engine has never used the MM software.

    Honda should provide heavy support in this regard, because they themselves will have to learn to use the MM software in 2016, and lessons learned here will prove invaluable. As a result, I'm predicting that the RCV213-RS will be up to speed fairly quickly, and should be able to challenge the Forward Yamaha on a regular basis in terms of performance.

    All the best to Nicky, take care of yourself, and do the USA proud! MotoAmercia is working on getting new talent over there, but it'll take a while yet.

  • MotoGP Notes From The Superprestigio - On Ducati, Michelin, And A Fast Frenchman   2 days 1 hour ago

    Tipped by everyone I speak to in the Spanish CEV championship, and a lot of top Moto3 teams. I know of at least 3 top Moto3 teams who were very annoyed that Honda has already tied Quartararo up. I was told that he was lapping consistently 0.4 seconds under the pole time at Valencia. HRC are rumored to have him under contract.

    The reason I use a phrase such as "widely tipped" is because I don't want to reveal the names of the people with whom I have had informal, off-the-record conversations.

  • MotoGP Notes From The Superprestigio - On Ducati, Michelin, And A Fast Frenchman   2 days 7 hours ago

    'Money talks' I suppose, a keystone component of motor racing throughout the ages is that never let the safety of individuals get in the way of the show or the money that it brings.

    Would we really have been deprived if he hadn't been allowed to race the first part of the season?

    Let's hope that there isn't a serious injury involved in the early part of the season, if there is those responsible for bending the rules would need to be brought to account.

  • MotoGP Notes From The Superprestigio - On Ducati, Michelin, And A Fast Frenchman   2 days 7 hours ago

    "The Frenchman has been widely tipped as the man to beat Marquez"

    Widely tipped by whom? This kind of thing annoys me, the kid hasn't even started a race yet and already the writing is on the wall for number 93!

    Plenty of riders that have become World Champions in later years did not excel in the smaller classes (thinking of Stoner for instance, who despite success at regional levels very early in his career, was neither 125 nor 250 WC yet went on to double WC in the big class). Similarly plenty of 'next big things' have gone on to disappear or fail to reach the status that their performance in the Red Bull Cup or Spanish CEV would indicate; Jakub Kornfeil, Arthur Sissis, perhaps even Karol Hanika who.

    No doubt the kid is quick, but lets see how he copes with the modern lifestyles of a GP racer, the massive media and financial pressures, and everything else that goes with it, before rushing to proclaim someone as a world beater before they have taken more than the first step.

  • Scott Jones Shoots The Superprestigio Part 2   2 days 19 hours ago
  • MotoGP Notes From The Superprestigio - On Ducati, Michelin, And A Fast Frenchman   2 days 19 hours ago

    Great view of MM93 from Mees' s helmet of final. Nice instinct and courage! Two passes look fabulous. In flat track every 3-4 seconds you are in a heated "racing moment" with intense concentration and a "sideways principle."
    Coooool!

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=S7VCkd9vdjM

  • Superprestigio Superfinal Result: Marc Marquez Wins Duel With Jared Mees   2 days 21 hours ago

    Enjoyed watching the racing, but to be honest it's a novelty charity event. 200 meters is an 1/8 mile and doesn't really lend itself to any high speed draft passes or bar banging racing. Let's see Marquez vs Mees and Baker on the mile and see how that turns out. Now THAT would be fun to see !

  • MotoGP Notes From The Superprestigio - On Ducati, Michelin, And A Fast Frenchman   3 days 1 hour ago

    than the HRC/ Repsol connection. . As long as Repsol is the sponsor of Honda's GP effort, the pipeline of talent will point in their direction. Its a commitment to winning and why them and Honda together are so formidable.

    Monlau Repsol Technical School - Emilio Alzimora CEO
    Estrella Galicia/ Repsol Moto3
    FIM/CEV Repsol Spanish series .

    Now that Honda is taking the entry level seriously
    throw a little money at the kids, pay a few bills to help them along the way and when they blossom, you have pick of the litter.

  • MotoGP Notes From The Superprestigio - On Ducati, Michelin, And A Fast Frenchman   3 days 3 hours ago

    The repsol CEV moto3 championship has been renamed as the International Junior FIM champion.

    The age limit of 16 is still in place, only change is an exemption is granted for the junior champion. Ie Spanish championship winner.

    If you want to look at this politically it's more a move to make sure Spain retains its place to be status as the championship to get exposure in path to GPs than anything else.

    As for Fabio Quartararo being able to race he'd just have to sit out the first three rounds without this but otherwise could've done 15 if 18 rounds. So the aim is on more than a few wins but to give it a real go for the title, as it should be.

  • Scott Jones Shoots The Superprestigio Part 2   3 days 3 hours ago

    ... would it be to see MM93 on a Mile track one day?!

  • MotoGP Notes From The Superprestigio - On Ducati, Michelin, And A Fast Frenchman   3 days 7 hours ago

    if you listened to the commentary during the superp, you would have heard that there was to be a special practice session for roadracers friday night, and marquez blocked it saying both roadracers and flat trackers would have to be allowed.

  • MotoGP Notes From The Superprestigio - On Ducati, Michelin, And A Fast Frenchman   3 days 14 hours ago

    Hi David
    Thanks for keeping the lights on during the dark winter time.
    One big part of recent Honda success is the seemingly constant ability to secure the services of the fastst new riders, as early as possible. If they retain Quartarar, this will go a long way in assuring Red Domination in the coming years.
    Is it just a matter of Budget Power or do they employ some very effective policy, consisting a wide network of contacts, scouts and what not --besides deep pockets that is?
    It seems also that Yamaha and Ducati should do well to try such an offensiv recruiting policy as technical prowess alone is not enough for titles.
    Last time Ducati did that was with Stoner and Yamaha with Lorenzo.
    I would consider a related article very interesting.

  • MotoGP Notes From The Superprestigio - On Ducati, Michelin, And A Fast Frenchman   3 days 16 hours ago

    The Spies rule, never understood why it was called that, because it never affected 1 rider, including Spies himself. All i can say is, im sure glad to see it gone, we would have been robbed of GP history had the idiotic rule still been in affect.

  • Scott Jones Shoots The Superprestigio Part 1   3 days 16 hours ago

    ...tire flex on Noyes' bike! surprise

  • MotoGP Notes From The Superprestigio - On Ducati, Michelin, And A Fast Frenchman   3 days 17 hours ago

    HRC will always stack the deck if they can. Of course Marquez was faster this year. He's had a year to practice on a small track, nothing like an American short track. Jared Mees was not going to beat him on a stock bike. Sure it was lowered and had Mees suspension on it and his own pit crew working on it but you think if HRC lets Marquez race they're not going to do whatever they can to see him win. Nothing illegal I'm sure but do you think that was a "factory" one off bike? Doesn't matter really, it was all for charity. More fans than last year, probably more fans next year. All for a good cause right?

  • Superprestigio Superfinal Result: Marc Marquez Wins Duel With Jared Mees   3 days 19 hours ago

    Okay, you got me. Smith is immensely talented and I would kill for his job. And maybe Marquez is just a slightly more talented rider based on my personal view of what I have observed. Is that a nicer way to say it? ;)

    It wasn't to put Smith down, or Mees or Alex Marquez (I said the same thing about him). When I see something extraordinary, forgive me for getting excited. When the other guys do something I find amazing, I will gush about them too, especially if it is someone sticking an aggressive (but clean) move on Marquez! I'm actually not a fan (in that I would not support/defend anything he does irrationally). All I want is to see more brilliant riding and closer competition, and a 46 championship would be added bonus! :)

    Okay, I'm done stirring things up this week.

  • Superprestigio Superfinal Result: Marc Marquez Wins Duel With Jared Mees   4 days 11 min ago

    Interesting how oval tracks are anathema to European car racing fans, yet the bare-bones version--flat track--is becoming such a hit with European motorcycle racing fans. From what I've read about their interest in motorcycle flat track racing, it's like southern California in the late 1940s and the 1950s, when you could go to a dirt-track race pretty much any night between Tuesday and Sunday. Well, maybe not quite like that....

    Wonder if midget dirt-track cars are next? And/or if, twenty years from now, NASCAR-like car racing on asphalt ovals will have taken over from F1 in popularity with European car race fans?

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Márquez vs Hailwood – the percentages   4 days 25 min ago

    Post deleted. Never mind. ;)

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