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  • 2015 Mugello MotoGP QP Result: A New Kid On The Block   38 min 49 sec ago

    If I remember correctly, several people on this site have claimed the Book of Revelations prophesied MM93 as the GOAT.

  • 2015 Mugello MotoGP QP Result: A New Kid On The Block   39 min 33 sec ago

    Last year it was comparisons with Spencer, Doohan, VR, Ago... on and on it went. Record youngest win, record youngest champion, record win streak.... Now that there are tires that work for the rest of the bikes...

  • 2015 Mugello MotoGP QP Result: A New Kid On The Block   1 hour 2 min ago

    For Ducati, winning tomorrow is the brass ring. From Domenicali down to the guy that mows the lawn at the headquarters, EVERYONE at Ducati now smells a win tomorrow.

    Most of the crowd wants an Italian to win, they didn't pay to see Lorenzo take the top step. It's win it or bin it time for Dovi and Crazy Joe, there's no way either one will settle for watching Lorenzo motor into the sunset.

  • 2015 Mugello MotoGP QP Result: A New Kid On The Block   1 hour 11 min ago

    I do wonder if the Ducati just might do it here. However, I think the rider that comes out on top between Jlo and VR will go to be the champion.

  • 2015 Mugello MotoGP QP Result: A New Kid On The Block   1 hour 22 min ago

    Didnt you watch 2014? if you did you would have known. Alot was said when he won against a inferieur M1 the first 10 races. the best! the Amazing! the greatest! and so on.....

    but it seems on equal terms thinks change in a blink of an eye

    also in 2014 who laughed with mm? VR
    Who was harsh on JL in 2014?

    who doesnt laugh in 2015 when he lose.....MM
    who stays nice to mm in 2015.....JL

    thats what i dont like about him. when it was all MM other still could laugh with him but when its not mm he crawls and doest even congrats the winners.

  • 2015 Mugello MotoGP QP Result: A New Kid On The Block   1 hour 26 min ago

    Honda's problem isn't the bike, Honda's problem is that this year the other makers finally have tires that work for them as well.

  • 2015 Mugello MotoGP QP Result: A New Kid On The Block   1 hour 33 min ago

    .. is the weakest spot for Honda riders. I know that Rossi got off track there as well but Honda riders were terrible there. Aggressive engine and bike that doesn't want to turn? Where did we heard about that story...

  • 2015 Mugello MotoGP QP Result: A New Kid On The Block   1 hour 35 min ago

    Given the stellar results by Petrucci and Hernandez even while riding leftover bikes, Ducati's plan is to put them on newer bikes this season. Look for Ducati to line up five GP15's AT MOTEGI.

  • 2015 Mugello Moto2 QP Result: A Second First   1 hour 49 min ago
    NOW

    The Kalex/Honda 600cc 4 cylinder 4 stroke class.
    The blokes donning the leathers and riding their boots off the things deserve the credit race in and race out.
    However, this class was flawed with its inception. Obviously it would become a chassis war. Kalex have won over Moriwaki and Suter.
    This class needs to be trashed ASAP and replaced with OPEN for EVERYONE 500cc twins.
    I guess HRC won't like that proposition either, but who cares, its not like they cannot build a 500 twin.
    I took their 500 CBR twin around the block and its a fine bike.
    As ever it will have to evolve into an L twin to be competitive. Hell, its not like Yamaha, Suzuki and Honda have never explored L twins.
    All they have to do is talk to the blokes at NCR.
    Where is the GPC re M2? I guess Sepp could explain. Heh Heh!

  • 2015 Mugello MotoGP QP Result: A New Kid On The Block   2 hours 7 min ago

    No, next year we won't "be talking about how terrible the Ducati has become," next year the guy who beat MM out of QP2 on a leftover bike today will be riding a Ducati GP15 or maybe even a GP16. Won't that be fun. ;)

  • 2015 Mugello MotoGP QP Result: A New Kid On The Block   2 hours 22 min ago
  • 2015 Mugello MotoGP QP Result: A New Kid On The Block   2 hours 39 min ago

    Ducsidehighside, lest ye forget. Yamaha and HRC could have opted for OPEN regs some time back. Mr Jimmy tells me they can also enter 1200cc twins in SBK.
    Enjoy your brekkie run on your pneumatic valve Yam or whatever tomorrow.
    Ooops, the Japs don't do that valve train for you and me do they for the street.
    Meantime, I will fire up my slowpoke 748R and have some fun prior to Mugello M3
    After the racing I will walk my dog. Cheers!

  • 2015 Mugello MotoGP QP Result: A New Kid On The Block   2 hours 44 min ago

    Why do MotoGP fans seem to have such short memories?

    I reckon it's time we let go of the old 'you're only as good as your last race' nonsense.

  • 2015 Mugello MotoGP QP Result: A New Kid On The Block   2 hours 47 min ago

    One of these days Rossi's crew is not going to find a magic setup on Sunday morning and it could very well be today.

    As to your point about Lorenzo, I refer you to last year's race.

    All this means I actually think it will be between Lorenzo and Dovi.

  • 2015 Mugello MotoGP QP Result: A New Kid On The Block   3 hours 21 min ago

    More like he won't hold up race distance because they won't have the soft tire... this Ducati fervor is way out of hand. What Dorna wants for sure, and good for the fans, but don't think for a second that they can compete with Yamaha and Honda or their riders on a level field when they lose those tires (that put them toward on the front of the grid) and the extra fuel (which lets them catch up on the straights). It will be back to business as usual, and we will be talking about how terrible the Ducati has become. Don't forget how last year everyone here was talking about the RC213v like it was god's gift to mankind.

  • 2015 Mugello MotoGP QP Result: A New Kid On The Block   3 hours 30 min ago

    Does anyone have an accurate weather forecast. I guess all the teams are asking the same question!

  • 2015 Mugello MotoGP QP Result: A New Kid On The Block   4 hours 4 min ago

    The Ducatis and Hondas are much faster than Yamaha in the final sector with that huge straight - I think the advantage is more than 1/10th; and because of that I'm not sure that Lorenzo can get away cleanly. Dovi is fast here, and in that final section if he's close, he'll be able to pass on the power. If Lorenzo gets away clean (that is, has at least a 2/10ths lead going into sector 4 on the 1st lap), then he can ride away. Pedrosa has quietly had a good weekend also, and he is good at Mugello.

    However, I don't think it's possible for Lorenzo to hammer-time this one, especially with everyone on medium rear - the Ducs just have too much power (and possibly Pedrosa). THAT means that Rossi may be able to catch up, and I'm not deceived by practice. I believe that when the lights go out, Rossi already has Lorenzo's pace and might have a little more tomorrow. So if he can get through the field cleanly, we should see a 4-way (or 5-way!) battle for first.

    The one weakness to Lorenzo's style is that if it is contested, he loses the big advantage because his lines are perfect, and therefore not subject to any creative interpretation in a battle. In the races he won this year, Lorenzo had a full 1/2 second on Rossi through FP4 - right now it's closer to 0.1 - 0.2.

    The big wildcard question is Marquez. Will he crash? Will he take someone out? He's already hit multiple riders this year, and ended at least two riders' races (once his own, when he rammed Rossi at Argentina and then in Qatar). He doesn't seem to have the pace this weekend, and that bodes ill for anyone around him, especially at a high-speed circuit like this one. We can only hope someone in his garage tells him to keep his cool...

  • 2015 Mugello MotoGP QP Result: A New Kid On The Block   4 hours 11 min ago

    I suspect that if you look at the evidence you will find that no other rider has made fewer mistakes (in races and qualifying, when the pressure is on) in his first 40 odd races than Marques.

    And I am not even counting the successes.

    But don't let facts stand in the way of a good rant...

  • 2015 Mugello MotoGP QP Result: A New Kid On The Block   4 hours 13 min ago

    Am I incorrect in saying the top 6 are under the lap record of Mugello?

  • 2015 Mugello MotoGP QP Result: A New Kid On The Block   4 hours 15 min ago

    The man is starting from 8th place. You know what it means...

  • 2015 Mugello MotoGP QP Result: A New Kid On The Block   4 hours 16 min ago

    Since when has Marquez been referred to as the "Greatest of All Time"?

  • 2015 Mugello MotoGP QP Result: A New Kid On The Block   4 hours 21 min ago

    Attack!

  • 2015 Mugello MotoGP QP Result: A New Kid On The Block   4 hours 21 min ago

    He probably won't hold up over race distance due to injury, but that was fantastic.
    Well earned Maniac! The bloke worked his butt off to get that factory Ducati seat and he has earned it by the truck load. Another one to watch is Yonny Hernandez and oh well there are so many knocking on the door.
    Is Marquez' management talking to Gigi yet. Silly season and all. I guess right now some HRC riders would like to buy their way out of their contracts.
    I have no love for Suzuki, but they sure have a planted bike and two planted riders. Pirro in 6th, that is going to throw a spanner in the works at the start.
    George will want to disappear like a scalded cat on lap one.
    I can just picture him listening to King Kenny tonight visualizing the start.
    On the other hand we have seen Marquez and Rossi turn nothing into a big something during a race from behind. I just hope all the combatants are upright entering lap#2, because sure as hell in every riders' mind this start is going to be more critical than most given the championship standings.

  • 2015 Mugello MotoGP QP Result: A New Kid On The Block   4 hours 21 min ago

    The "Greatest of All Time" is looking more like an ordinary goat every week. Doubts here that it is entirely the fault of the bike as Crutchlow and Pedrosa, desperate surgery and all, aren't as troubled. The real problem may be in MM93's head and not the one with the camshafts in it. Up until this year he's had a cakewalk in GP. But Stoner was gone, there were no Suzukis, Ducatis couldn't even threaten and the Yamahas raced on tires that didn't work. Even with little competition, MM showed flaws. A poor decision at Philip Island cost a possible race win when when he "forgot" about the mandatory pit stop. At Mugello last year, he blew through a yellow flag flat out running off the track and nearly running full-tilt into Crutchlow's crashed bike, corner workers and Crutchlow himself.

    Now there are other bikes that can win and MM isn't the only rider with tires that work. Perhaps the pressure from some real competition caused the poor start and finish at Qatar. Later, an ill-considered pass cost him a finish and 20 points. Today another bad decision cast him a decent qualifying spot. Time will tell, but the guy who was once thought to be in the running for best of all time got booted out of QP2 by a second-rate rider on leftover bike.

  • 2015 Mugello MotoGP Friday Round Up: The Problem With The Honda, And Ducati vs Yamaha   4 hours 45 min ago

    "It is a foible of HRC's otherwise outstanding engineering department that they always end up chasing horsepower. Speaking to Thomas Baujard of the French magazine Moto Journal, 1987 world champion Wayne Gardner said that this was a problem which the riders had complained about throughout Honda's time in racing. "Like Doohan and Spencer, I was always asking Honda for engines which were not just powerful, but also usable," Gardner said. "But they just couldn't stop themselves from chasing even more horsepower."

    Mike Hailwood is reputed to have asked much the same thing way back in the mid 60's, after some years with MV, when chasing a better handling bike. Honda gave him more horsepower instead.

    Seems that history does repeat itself!

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