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  • Marquez And Pedrosa To Try To Ride At Jerez?   33 min 37 sec ago

    "The odds that this injury is not directly related to his internal state while riding are small."

    Hahaha, gotta love the the armchair psychologists. Because it's not like riders don't always get injured riding dirt track anyhow, it must because MM was envisioning Vale while he was riding and THAT caused him to crash. After all one thing we've learned is MM is very mentally weak after all. Hahaha.

  • Marquez And Pedrosa To Try To Ride At Jerez?   37 min 20 sec ago
    Wow

    Having both of them at the starting line is the best news! Nothing against poor Ayo but a replacement does never sound as good....

    I am super-glad for Dani because I really want him to be at the top where he belongs. He may leave MotoGP with no WC in the premier class but surely with lot of respect. He is "frail" but though in always coming back and facing adversity of different kinds.

    And Marc, well, this is all experience he's stacking up and like Rossi or Lorenzo he's the kind of guy that just gets better!

    Cannot wait for the race!

  • Marquez And Pedrosa To Try To Ride At Jerez?   37 min 50 sec ago

    Word around the campfire is the rider behind Marquez on flat track ran over the finger. Not sure I'm ready to blame MM93 for the injury and either way, I'm hoping he and Dani can both race this weekend. It's not as exciting of a championship if both Repsol boys are out of action, and I say that as a Rossi fan.

  • The 2015 World Superbike Season So Far: Close Racing, Sheer Superiority And Some Genuine Surprises   43 min 23 sec ago

    Surprised you didn't mention the Panigale intake restrictor plate removal for 2015. From my eye (not exactly a dyno to be sure, but) relative to the Kawasaki it has gotten a good bit more grunt than last yr.

    Yes, I am Scottish, but can we hold off just a smidge on condemning the British pointy end just yet? After all of the Spanish and Italian anthems I have heard in racing I feel like enjoying it for just a bit. Italy can see their Ducati getting up front with Davies just fine. Denmark has a rider, France is looking promising, SE Asia has some glory, so on. Great to see Rea shine!

  • The 2015 World Superbike Season So Far: Close Racing, Sheer Superiority And Some Genuine Surprises   46 min 59 sec ago

    This splendid season is coming right when we're enjoying one of the most unpredictable MotoGP seasons in years. That's kind of a shame but it won't stop me enjoying both.

    It's gratifying to see Johnny Rea finally seeing the success he's deserved for so long. Ditto for Chaz Davies, who's not only benefiting from the rule changes but also enjoying a little stability with regards to the team he's on and the bike he's riding. And I'm really pleased to see Leon Haslam going well. I was truly worried that all his injuries were catching up with him and he was on his way to early retirement after last year.

    Here's a question: Last year I heard a lot of talk about widespread cheating with regards to modified frames in Superbike – and a coming crackdown on the practice. If so, that wouldn't have involved the frameless Ducati. Could this be a cause of Ducati's resurgence as much as the new engine rules?

  • Marquez And Pedrosa To Try To Ride At Jerez?   1 hour 4 min ago

    MM93 will still need the left hand grip to feel good to throw the bike around corners. Possible that stressing it with insufficient rest and healing on the hand he also could exacerbate it and leave it bothering him longer.

    Interesting turn of events. Especially perhaps that he hurt it by RUNNING INTO ANOTHER RIDER while training in judo, er, I mean flat track. Right after getting beaten by VR46. The odds that this injury is not directly related to his internal state while riding are small. This kid though, he will come out stronger and wiser for it. Like when JL99 flipped and broke his foot, scaring him out of the gold helmet hubris. Instead of fear, MM93 is getting humility.

    (Also, good for Pedrosa news that he has healed so fast. Let's hope the procedure worked...go get em).

  • Sam Lowes Speaks: Part 2 - On The Value Or Otherwise Of Data, And Of Following Your Own Direction   1 hour 9 min ago

    How close to Lowes's bike spec West's is. Ant West's perpetual issue seems to be that he never has a machine under him capable of running at the front. If he's got the same support Lowes has It would be interesting indeed.

  • Marc Marquez Breaks Little Finger In Training Crash, Questionable For Jerez   1 hour 20 min ago

    this season is the soft tire. They only lose this by winning three dry races. And I'm guessing that if you were to ask Ducati, they'd happily give up the boost in qualifying in exchange for the ability to run the hard rubber in the race. They'd still keep the 12 engines, still keep the unlimited testing/development, and they'd gain a better race tire at more abrasive tracks. It's a win/win to, well, win.

    No, I'm pretty sure Ducati want to win. Badly.

  • The 2015 World Superbike Season So Far: Close Racing, Sheer Superiority And Some Genuine Surprises   1 hour 47 min ago

    I haven't been too fussed if I missed WSBK races for the past couple of years but this year has been terrific so far. Still needs more competitive efforts from Honda and Suzuki and of course Yamaha but it's been fascinating to see Rea waltz in and spank Sykes, and Chas has really come to grips with the Duc.

  • Marc Marquez Breaks Little Finger In Training Crash, Questionable For Jerez   2 hours 25 min ago

    ....is Ducati ready to win a dry race?? I am sure both Andeas are (wasn't that the original name of the airport/airfield circuit at Jurby in the IOM? Anyway, I digress...), BUT are Ducati ready to give up their concessions before Gigi's transformations and various development cycles are complete?

    This may sound like the ravings of a madman to an intelligent audience but I remember being at Monza in the closing stages of the Baylisstic reign, he was well clear in (I think) race 1 and on for the win. If that Ducati were to win that day WSBK rules that year meant a host of changes to the weight and performance of the Ducatis. Troy retired with an unspecified fault, a fault that was never discovered despite many journalistic probes over the coming weeks. The outcome was never fully explained but the rule threshold was never breached, Ducatis were never disadvantaged and Troy- deservedly- won the title.

    All I am saying is, after angering the Japanese with the last minute change of category last year so they could continue to develop the GP15, is the process fully fledged or have they still got to avoid a win to ensure they can compete when everything opens up and the playing field is levelled in 2016?

  • Marc Marquez Breaks Little Finger In Training Crash, Questionable For Jerez   8 hours 37 min ago

    and go watch the 2012 Jerez race. Stoner controls the lead after the opening couple of laps, and maintains it the whole time over a competitive Lorenzo and Pedrosa.

    Just saying.

  • Marc Marquez Breaks Little Finger In Training Crash, Questionable For Jerez   8 hours 43 min ago

    He possibly would still have the talent to make 'best-of-the-rest' and try for 10th.

    0 x Fact-Honda, 2 x Sat-Honda, 2 x Fact-Yamaha, 2 x Sat-Yamaha, 2 x Fact-Ducati, 2 x Fact-Suzuki... the rest.

  • Marc Marquez Breaks Little Finger In Training Crash, Questionable For Jerez   9 hours 4 min ago

    OK so with 15 races left, if we make an assumption that 1-2 will be shared between MM and VR for the rest of the season, if MM wins even 10 of them and VR manages to win the rest 5, VR will still finish as the champion. How cool is that. Only if MotoGP was predictable... :P

    And this injury will only likely increase the current points gap between them, though am pretty confident that MM will jump onto the bike cometh the weekend, he might decide to miss/cut shorten a practice or two.

  • Marc Marquez Breaks Little Finger In Training Crash, Questionable For Jerez   9 hours 5 min ago

    Firstly, the kid is tough as nails. Mugello 2013 is the first example that comes to mind. Jerez is a short track and only has 5 left hand corners and only 1 left with hard braking. Painkillers and his steely determination to prove he is still the best especially after Argentina. I wouldn't write Marquez off for the win

  • Marc Marquez Breaks Little Finger In Training Crash, Questionable For Jerez   11 hours 32 min ago

    Guys the cast is to stabilise the wrist and allow flexion(bending motion) at the interphalangeal (joints between the finger segments). So doesnt necessarily mean wrist is injured.This is the standard treatment of displaced fractures of the proximal segment of the fingers. However results are better if the splint between the fingers is applied for atleast 4 weeks...having said that, despite all this speculation, we would only know on the race weekend if MM93 will ride or not.Patience is a virtue.. At the moment its 50-50 in my humble opinion.

  • 2015 Assen World Supersport Race Results: Assen Chicanery   11 hours 46 min ago

    The onus falls on the guy behind to avoid the collision. It doesn't matter that Jules was deep, or off line, Kenan knew that he'd come back on line and there was nowhere else for Jules to go as he was on the paint already anyway. Kenan didn't leave enough room for both of them to get through and the fact that he hit Jules, Jules being in front leading up to and at the initial point of contact, proves that Jules was already on the bit of track that Kenan wanted to be on ... ergo, Kenan caused the contact and was really the only rider in a position to avoid it. Jules would have had to leave the track to avoid Kenan, which is ridiculous, and he wouldn't have seen him coming anyway because Kenan was behind him.

    He was very lucky to get away with it, in my opinion, and I don't think he would have if Jules had come off.

    Racers know who you can ride close with on the track and who you have to keep an eye on because they're a bit loose ... Kenan has form and a number of riders over the years have pointed this out yet he pretty much always blames everyone else. He's got a persecution complex and a lack of empathy for those around him. He's not far over the line and doesn't always do it, but he definitely does it and needs to recognise that.

    But we all love a villain / hero combo! Shame it's so often Kenan who's the villain..

  • Marc Marquez Breaks Little Finger In Training Crash, Questionable For Jerez   12 hours 46 min ago

    ... and say it's a confabulation / exaggeration. He will race and be well and truly in for the win. :)

  • Marc Marquez Breaks Little Finger In Training Crash, Questionable For Jerez   12 hours 56 min ago
    LOL

    Agreed, but I didn't want any inferences made in regard to Hopper's suitability as a role model, or his sanity. :-) :-) :-)

  • Marc Marquez Breaks Little Finger In Training Crash, Questionable For Jerez   13 hours 11 min ago

    No one suggested that it was OK because John did it. Just that it has indeed happened.

  • Marc Marquez Breaks Little Finger In Training Crash, Questionable For Jerez   13 hours 17 min ago

    His pinky is taped to his next finger which makes perfect sense considering. But the heavy bandaging around his wrist and thumb and the elbow in a sling suggests a bit more....perhaps a sprained wrist or dislocated thumb. Had there been any other news on this? No matter, he is young, he will heal fast.

  • Marc Marquez Breaks Little Finger In Training Crash, Questionable For Jerez   13 hours 41 min ago

    In the USA, there was a journeyman privateer named Dale Quarterly. He crashed at Laguna on Saturday, had his pinky cut off, and raced on Sunday. He needed the purse money and points. This was back in the 80's (K Roberts was in the race IIRC). He went on to race into the '00s, winning an AMA superbike race along the way. He later went into NASCAR. As he used to say, 'stick and ball sports? I dont even know the rules'. My point, there are plenty of racers that have done it. Not such a radical idea. Dale was endurance teammate to Randy Renfro. Randy ground his thumb off at Willow, and had his big toe sewed onto his hand. Now that was radical.

  • Marc Marquez Breaks Little Finger In Training Crash, Questionable For Jerez   15 hours 39 min ago

    I think hrc are being a bit coy and only reporting on what can't be covered up, that Marquez received treatment for a broken bone in his left hand. Who is to say there are not other significant injuries to the hand/ wrist, arm as well? Notice strains, sprains abrasions etc are rarely mentioned.

  • Marc Marquez Breaks Little Finger In Training Crash, Questionable For Jerez   15 hours 57 min ago

    Troy crashed in race one at Phillip Island. Damn near lost the finger in that accident. It was under the medical advice that he wasn't going to save the finger anyhow. Hardly the same as Marc who's very young in his career and almost certain to win more championships vs Baylis. Who was at the end of his peak and at his home round with doctors advice that he wasn't going to be able to use it anyhow.

    Lorenzo missed Phillip Island a few years back when he ceased at swan and lost the end of his ring finger.

    We'll see in a week. But I feel Marc will race. Just how well he adapts is the question. And if he can't. Theres always next year. He's young enough to miss a few races. Finish 2nd or 3rd in the standings and come back stronger next year.

    To suggest that anyone would amputate a part of their body for a title or in this case. One race. Is obserd. He has plenty of title left in him. I imagine that he'd want to keep the finger.

  • Marc Marquez Breaks Little Finger In Training Crash, Questionable For Jerez   16 hours 41 min ago

    The outer two fingers of the hand exist for grip strength, whilst the thumb and first 2 fingers are there for manual dexterity and manipulation of objects.
    I contemplated having my left pinkie amputated due to arthritis having calcified and locked the proximal phalange (first joint) in the straight-ahead position. The surgeon was adamant that such a decision would severely reduce grip strength. So I opted for a replacement joint, which had been fantastic.

    And any suggestion that because John Hopkins did it, it must be OK.......well that's just logically unsound... :-)

  • Marc Marquez Breaks Little Finger In Training Crash, Questionable For Jerez   17 hours 29 min ago

    I wasn't meaning to detract from him, like it was necessarily his fault. I was just pointing out that he's been down and injured enough times to know what it's like. It's not like he's a 13 year old on his first bike - bouncing off trees and getting back up blissfully unaware of the dangers.

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