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  • Scott Jones Shoots Silverstone - Saturday Qualifying   1 hour 1 min ago

    I agree with you highside, just like a 250 racer, smooth and stylish.

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   2 hours 22 min ago

    To prevent the discussion getting even further out of hand, I am closing comments on this article.

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   2 hours 45 min ago

    :P

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   2 hours 47 min ago

    No, let's not go there ;)

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   2 hours 47 min ago

    At the end of the day of the race, the bike does not ride itself.

    The conditions were tricky. Jorge has won rain races before. He saw his visor fogging up before the aborted start and refused to take care of it............

    But then he decided to blame it even partially?

    No luck anywhere involved. The man with the most balls won the race. It was difficult for everyone.

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   3 hours 22 min ago

    IMO -peripheral vision is so important, I could see why JL did not put in the pinlock visor.

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   3 hours 46 min ago

    If Valentino would have stayed on at HRC, he would have several more championships to his name and would have already eclipsed Ago in total wins.

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   3 hours 47 min ago

    Was there something like that, I don't remember? I just recall Marquez crashing on his own and Lorenzo having a faulty tyre like Rossi in Austin, but if you say so, I guess I'll take that back.

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   4 hours 14 min ago

    'Each of Rossi's victories in 2015 has been down to circumstances going his way, or something unexpected happening.'

    EACH.

    Had Mr Emmet only talked about this race in these terms maybe, just maybe would he have a point(i still think he wouldn't. Rain is part of the game.). As it stands he has no case and neither do you.

    Also he implied in his only reply in the comments sections that Rossi had admitted that Lorenzo was OVERALL faster than him, not only at Silverstone, which is also false. Good thing someone called him out on that one too.

    There's a difference between expecting a journalist to cheer for your favorite rider and expecting him to give credit where it's due. Something all the people white knighting for mr Emmet seem to have trouble understanding.

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   4 hours 18 min ago

    A totally epic race. I’m blown away this year how MotoGP is the exciting class wile last year it was Moto3. In any case I think David wrote and exceptional article. As fans we love the riders and want our favorite to win. David is a journalist and has the interesting task of being a fan of all and a fan of none all at the same time.

    With the second half of the championship well underway I think we are at the cusp of seeing something so amazing. Personally I think that’s why we get all hot and bothered defending and supporting what riders we want to win. Anything we can possibly do to try and comprehend or rationalize how our favorite rider could and maybe should win.

    My heart is more with David here then without. I’m a huge Rossi fan and wile what he’s saying is painful it’s a reality i can’t walk away from. Since the second half of the season started i’ve been worried. Marc on a rampage and Jorge’s relentless pace overshadowing everyone and exposing Rossi’s flaws. I actually find it interesting because Marc and Jorge have been getting to the track and getting on the pace right from the get go. Rossi hasn’t really done that all year(accept maybe Assen). P1/P2 he’s down in 6-10th. P3/P4/Q2 he’s normally on the second or third row DAMN IT!!! Most of the time though he’s had the pace of Marc and Jorge. But, as we all know working your way through all that traffic and he’s miles behind when the checkered flag drops. That said he really does have exceptional race craft and his ability to fight back up the field and get on the podium this year is second to absolutely nobody.

    Jorge simply being Jorge this season will bring him all the way to the end of the season with a really good possibility of being world champion. Rossi on the other hand i think is going to have to dig extremely deep to pull this one off. I can’t lie that I really would like to see Rossi win a 10th. The past five year have been like a Rossi stock flash crash. Watching the rats flee his sinking ship of a career while he was at Ducati. Then his relentless bounce back after his return to Yamaha. It really would be epic to see him win a 10th.

    On a different note I think it’s incredible how dominant Jorge and Rossi have been this season. Of corse that’s down to Rossi and Jorge feeling good if not grate with the Yamaha wile Marc struggles but it’s still interesting to watch. I’ve only been watching MotoGP for three years but after last year Marc just seemed invincible. Marc is a tremendous racer and it's my hope that this probably disappointing dose of reality for him only makes him a better racer in the long-haul.

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   4 hours 19 min ago

    With Rossi's penchant for late braking, can you imagin how he would be on the Honda. Damn shame.

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   4 hours 20 min ago

    We had a strange weekend in Silverstone that made Rossi come out on top.

    I think no one argues that in the dry a win for Rossi seemed unlikely but I also think that Marquez would have won at Silverstone in the dry.

    So Rossi came out with +12 points instead of - 4 compared to Lorenzo ( giving that the order at the finish was 93,99,46).

    Now we have problaby the strongest circut ( at least on paper ) for Rossi coming up. If he wins there and Lorenzo is second then he leads by 17 points.

    Aragon is Hondaland and Maybye Rossi will slip out of the podioum for the first time ( Marquez, Pedrosa, Lorenzo, Rossi )
    After Aragon Rossi leads over Lorenzo by 14 points

    Montegi: 93,99,46 Rossi still ahead by 10 points

    Phillip Island: 46,93,99 Rossi gains to 19 points

    Sepang: 93,46,99 Rossi to 23 points clear of Lorenzo

    So in Valencia all Rossi has to do is to score 2 points.... But we all know what happend the last time that was the case :)

    If we try to see the races through Lorenzos (rather foggy) visior it might look a bit different:

    I really dont think he can beat Rossin in Misano so after Misano it will still be advantage Rossi ( 46,99,93 ) by 17 points.

    Aragon... I think Lorenzo wants to win there but if he does I truly belive Rossi will be no 2 because of the test they had earlier but lets say 99,93,26,46. So after Aragon Lorenzo is only 5 points after Rossi.

    Montegi 93,99,46 and now Lorenzo is only 1 point behind Rossi.

    Phillip Island.... I cant see Lorenzo in front of Rossi.... But maybye Marquez: 93,46,99 and Rossi is 5 points ahead.

    Sepang: 93,46,99 Rossi 9 points ahead.

    In Valencia we may get a repeat of 2013 with Lorenzo trying to outsmart Rossi ( in 2013 it was Lorenzo vs Marquez ).. But this time Marquez dont give a fuck and wins ahead of 99 and Rossi 3th... Title goes to Rossi with 5 points.. Hell if Marquez wins Rossi can even be 5th :)

  • Crunching The Numbers: Rossi vs Lorenzo, The Lessons From 2014   4 hours 21 min ago

    And we had a strange weekend in Silverstone that made Rossi come out on top.

    I think no one argues that in the dry a win for Rossi seemed unlikely but I also think that Marquez would have won at Silverstone in the dry.

    So Rossi came out with +12 points instead of - 4 compared to Lorenzo ( giving that the order at the finish was 93,99,46).

    Now we have problaby the strongest circut ( at least on paper ) for Rossi coming up. If he wins there and Lorenzo is second then he leads by 17 points.

    Aragon is Hondaland and Maybye Rossi will slip out of the podioum for the first time ( Marquez, Pedrosa, Lorenzo, Rossi )
    After Aragon Rossi leads over Lorenzo by 14 points

    Montegi: 93,99,46 Rossi still ahead by 10 points

    Phillip Island: 46,93,99 Rossi gains to 19 points

    Sepang: 93,46,99 Rossi to 23 points clear of Lorenzo

    So in Valencia all Rossi has to do is to score 2 points.... But we all know what happend the last time that was the case :)

    If we try to see the races through Lorenzos (rather foggy) visior it might look a bit different:

    I really dont think he can beat Rossin in Misano so after Misano it will still be advantage Rossi ( 46,99,93 ) by 17 points.

    Aragon... I think Lorenzo wants to win there but if he does I truly belive Rossi will be no 2 because of the test they had earlier but lets say 99,93,26,46. So after Aragon Lorenzo is only 5 points after Rossi.

    Montegi 93,99,46 and now Lorenzo is only 1 point behind Rossi.

    Phillip Island.... I cant see Lorenzo in front of Rossi.... But maybye Marquez: 93,46,99 and Rossi is 5 points ahead.

    Sepang: 93,46,99 Rossi 9 points ahead.

    In Valencia we may get a repeat of 2013 with Lorenzo trying to outsmart Rossi ( in 2013 it was Lorenzo vs Marquez ).. But this time Marquez dont give a fuck and wins ahead of 99 and Rossi 3th... Title goes to Rossi with 5 points.. Hell if Marquez wins Rossi can even be 5th :)

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   4 hours 47 min ago

    That is what's been going on here. Valentino's this position in the championship no one can say has been down to luck because luck only favours those who are there at the position to grab it playing in his favour. Valentino has been lucky this season on two occasions, once getting a 3rd pos in mugello after marc crashed and here getting a good opportunity to win because rain gave him an advantage over marc and jorge. He is better than them in rain and the time in which rain started was pure luck (at the warm up lap). So instead of getting third or fourth, he got first. Jorge on the other hand would have finished fifth if marc hadn't crashed and the others who are saying cal would have overtaken him and even esP is just crap. The moment cal got taken out by miller, jorge was through him.

    In the normal circumstances jorge and marc are better and in unusual circumstances valentino adapts better. In terms of speed too those who were saying that if rossi qualifies better he can fight jorge in the last laps. It isn't like that because we got a demonstration of that in brno. Rossi can win only if he is strong during the whole weekend as in assen which is normal and if the circumstances changes drastically. Nothing to argue about so much. Rossi is to be given due credit and so is lorenzo and marc the same. The remaining season if nothing changes then surely it will go down to the wire.

  • Scott Jones Shoots Silverstone - Saturday Qualifying   4 hours 52 min ago

    Great work Scott, as always. I especially like this series as you give a great sense of form and body position through corners.

    Can we all just agree that Bradl rides with fantastic style?

    - Highside

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   6 hours 14 sec ago

    Not really. One tyre was quicker, the other more likely to go race distance and as with argy this year nobody could match Rossi on the race distance tyre so mm again gambled on the softer tyre because its the only way he could be quicker. Rossi simply won the race before Sunday as many riders have and will continue to do.forcing the competition to risk everything to keep up is 100% skill and speed just like Sunday when he blew mm and Jorge into the weeds. No leprecauns, no horseshoes or rabbits feet anywhere to be seen.

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   6 hours 20 min ago

    Now, just to show my bias doesn't affect my logic and educate the defenders of this article of a truly lucky win, the kind of Mr. Emmett is referring to, and by Rossi nonetheless, Phillip Island 2014. No matter what you think of Marquez' riding, it's extremely rare to see him crash out like that from such a pressure free situation and Lorenzo suffered with the similar tyre issues Rossi did in Austin that year, preventing him from probably battling with Rossi for the win until the end. That was definitely a fortunate win for Rossi, this year, not so much.

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   6 hours 21 min ago

    I believe he's had 5 to Rossi's 4.

    Yes, he's quicker in qualifying. Lorenzo that is. Unfortunately for Lorenzo, points are given for races, not Q sessions.

    However, I'd say that Rossi has finished ahead of Lorenzo more times than not. This season and probably even last season.

    So, what does that say?

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   6 hours 26 min ago
    So

    he knew what to do about it befor the race!

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   6 hours 29 min ago

    If it is raining on a trackday, or a bit cool, my pinlock stays in.

    But if it is a nice day, it comes off as i get really distracted by the distortion on the edge of the pinlock reflecting things in my peripheral vision, especially in the braking zones when the red and white edges flash past..... they must be really distracting at moto GP speeds!!

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   6 hours 35 min ago

    "nobody crashing out unexpectedly, no mechanical failures between the title challengers, no sinkhole opening up in the middle of the track and swallowing up half the field, etc. Lorenzo hasn't won every dry race, sure. But all of his wins were "normal" dry races."

    So what disqualifies the 5 dry races Rossi has beaten Lorenzo, Qatar, Austin, Argentina, Assen and Sachsenring, as normal races? Marquez taking himself out from a hopeless position in Argentina?

    "I bring up Marquez' crash being lucky for Rossi because I'm guessing if you asked Rossi at the time who he most feared in the title chase, that guy would have been wearing orange. Things have changed since then, but that crash left Rossi with a fairly decent lead in the championship at the time. There haven't been only two riders racing in this series all season long, even if there are really only two left in contention now."

    Sure, that's 70% Marquez, 30% bad luck (because he was more than asking for it, hitting Rossi prior to the incident), but this discussion has always been about Rossi and Lorenzo, so not relevant to my point.

    "My statement you quoted in your third to last paragraph had nothing to do with qualifying and everything to do with the dramatic fashion in which all of Rossi's wins have played out"

    Shouldn't that only make him more worthy of the title judging on the Stoner-curve? Fact is he was faster or as fast as anybody in all of his wins. Qatar, sure Marquez could've challenged but from what I remember his overall pace was slightly slower, Argentina it wasn't a prescient choice for Rossi, but Marquez. Everyone had admitted they couldn't match Rossis pace on hards, and Marquez almost stole a win on the mediums. Assen, a last lap battle Rossi won, from pole as well.

    None of these disqualify themselves as being normal dry races, unless you want to argue Marquez would've won in Qatar or Rossi was in the wrong in the last corner at Assen.

    Also, there is no proof Marquez could've won last Sunday at all, a rider in a must-win situation crashing out trying to keep up with the leader definitely isn't taking away anything from the leader, it's the leader being too fast/good.

    "I think it's especially acceptable to use the word "lucky" in the aftermath of this particular race. The one in which the rider in question himself implied that he did not have the speed to hang with Marquez or Lorenzo in the dry. That's a 21 point swing had the track stayed dry and it went down that way: Huge at this point."

    Yes, this is the only thing I can understand and have already covered, the 16-21 point difference. Like I said previously, in it's essence it is operating under a logical fallacy in which somehow Lorenzo not matching Rossi on the wet on a track he most likely had better dry pace shouldn't count. Also, is it really a 50/50 proposition whether it rains in Silverstone or Argentina?

    "I mean, holy crap, it's like a single internet article that 90% of the complainers aren't even paying to read just totally ruined their whole freaking life!"

    I've read, and fully understood the article; it's just that I completely disagree with his and your argument as the basis and then the train of rationale of it are both faulty. Looks like the majority agrees with me on this one as well, many of them not even Rossi fans. Sorry, try again next time, and don't end with such a clumsy strawman as it takes away even the little credibility you had after that absurd 2006-comparison.

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   6 hours 36 min ago

    I've been telling my buddies this for a long time since the news came out about Michelin taking over from Bridgestone.

    In the current field of riders, I believe only 4 have Michelin GP experience running thru it in my head. Both Yamaha riders, Pedrosa and Hayden, with JLo only having one season on them. As I recall, that was a really painful season for JLo.....

    Rossi always went well on the Michelins and Pedrosa knows them, but somehow I feel that particularly MM will not get away with how he pushes front tires into turns. And JLo, if he's............pre-occupied......... with racing in the wet, well he may be a bit pre-occupied going back to Michelins. He may well make good use of that astronaut helmet he sports occasionally.

    And I guess my compatriot Hayden may well be on Pirellis next year.........

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   7 hours 24 min ago

    nobody crashing out unexpectedly, no mechanical failures between the title challengers, no sinkhole opening up in the middle of the track and swallowing up half the field, etc. Lorenzo hasn't won every dry race, sure. But all of his wins were "normal" dry races.

    I bring up Marquez' crash being lucky for Rossi because I'm guessing if you asked Rossi at the time who he most feared in the title chase, that guy would have been wearing orange. Things have changed since then, but that crash left Rossi with a fairly decent lead in the championship at the time. There haven't been only two riders racing in this series all season long, even if there are really only two left in contention now.

    My statement you quoted in your third to last paragraph had nothing to do with qualifying and everything to do with the dramatic fashion in which all of Rossi's wins have played out: Tearing through the field at Qatar while front row starter and expected winner Marquez botched the first turn and dropped to the back of the field, taking him out of win contention; making one of the more dramatic comebacks I've ever seen due to a prescient tire choice, getting "Marquezed," but he stays up and Marquez falls; motocrossing through the gravel for the win after a collision in the final chicane; and then race start pandemonium leading to a sudden soaking race that he wins after his only challenger falls behind him (Marquez beating Rossi would have been worse, pointswise, for the gap to Lorenzo than Marquez crashing out and not being between them). All of these wins took incredible skill, determination, courage, and team effort, but you can't say it isn't pretty unlikely that he made it through all of that unscathed. I mean, what are the odds that somebody has three close encounters with Marquez in which somebody hits the deck or collides or runs off track and Marquez' opponent comes off better all three times!? Compare that to the (seemingly) relative ease with which Lorenzo has taken all of his victories, and you should be able to see where David is coming from. It doesn't have to take anything away from Rossi, it's just how one writer processed what he was seeing.

    I think it's especially acceptable to use the word "lucky" in the aftermath of this particular race. The one in which the rider in question himself implied that he did not have the speed to hang with Marquez or Lorenzo in the dry. That's a 21 point swing had the track stayed dry and it went down that way: Huge at this point.

    I mean, holy crap, it's like a single internet article that 90% of the complainers aren't even paying to read just totally ruined their whole freaking life!

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   8 hours 9 min ago

    certainly could be argued to be as much of a game of luck as the race, particularly in today's over regulated series. Softer tires for Ducati and Suzuki, traffic, Yonny Hernandez the new tow king, squashed timeframe, a battle for hot one off laps to get into Q2 all weekend and so on.
    Tires are a major factor, and Rossi is more consistent with a variation of options, now including the wets.

    In Qatar, Jorge was leading the race for a lot of laps, Rossi was faster than him for the whole race, it was only the last 3 when Jorge had his helmet malfunction and by then Rossi was past after coming through from 8th, hardly an excuse or a reason to add luck into it-there was no way Jorge was beating Rossi in Qatar helmet dramas or not.

    In Qatar, Argentina, COTA, Assen, Silverstone and Sachsenring Rossi has been faster, Arguably a very similar pace if not a little quicker in Le Mans and Catalunya with qualifying being the major issue. So I disagree, both riders have shown tremendous speed however Rossi has prevailed better when the tires and conditions haven't suited him-making him faster in my book and in the eyes of the scoreboard as you pointed out.

    Lets not talk about the fact that he is the better part of a decade older than most of his competition, has a height and weight disadvantage and has the weight and pressure of expectation from his armies of fans at every round. The point stands-you can't say he has only won due to circumstance in 2015 at all-if anything his victories this season against what most punters consider to be the strongest field in the modern era are some of the best in his illustrious career, two of the passes he made on Marc at Assen were amongst the best I've ever seen him do, and I've been watching him since 1996.

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   8 hours 15 min ago

    The problem with fans in general is that they are just that... Fans... Weather they are a Rossi fan, Marquez fan, or Lorenzo fan, there will always be people who are having problems with being objective in regards to their favorite rider. Which can clearly be seen in some of the comments above...

    I'm not a fan.. I like Rossi, a lot, as many others clearly do. But I also like Marquez a lot, and I am pretty fond of Lorenzo as well... I fact, I like most riders... What I AM a fan of though, is the sport... And MotoGP... Having a close championship like this makes me a lot more excited than having one of my favorite riders win it by a mile...

    I think that you are doing an extremely good job here David, producing well written and well informed articles with a lot of good fact based conclusions. And you are also doing a good job of staying objective... So, a pat on your back there...

    When it comes to Jorges decision (or lack of) not to use a breath deflector, or anti fog solution (pin-lock, visor, or whatever), I wonder if it was a conscious decision, or if the over looked it. I any regards, it was clearly a mistake... One which could cost him the championship...

    As a racer myself, I am having a hard time getting my head around the fact that you can make such a mistake at this level of racing. Especially since I have never felt like these solutions have ever been an hindrance or a problem myself. So there is never any reason NOT to use them. I have both a pin-lock solution, and the breath deflector, on both my dry- and wet-weather helmets. There is no reason not to... I mean, you can run in to conditions where your visor can fog up even in the dry, if it is cold and damp outside. So why take that risk?

    On a side note...

    I haven't seen any engine allocation information in a while... Could engines be a deciding factor in the outcome of the championship? Are both Valentino and Jorge doing OK with they engines? Or are any of them in trouble?

    All I could find was that after 8 races, Valentino's and Jorge's engine strategy was exactly the same, and the both had 3 unopened engines.

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