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  • Reply to: 2016 Donington World Superbike Race Two Results: Attendance Is Up   1 hour 36 min ago

    But how many false neutrals can anyone get in a race-weekend (unless your name is Jules Cluzel)?

    I'm probably wrong, but there appeared to be nothing wrong with Rea's bike in Race 2 - a false neutral would of sent him off over the gravel again at Goddards, but he simply ran a little bit wide instead. This suggests to me that he missed his braking point due to the arm-pump problems in his right arm and was no fault of the bike. 

    What's the problem with Rea? This one's a long shot but I'll give it a go anyway. I'm going to suggest that it's something to do with the different crankshaft weights that Rea and Sykes run. As you know, crankshafts are homologated at a certain weight but teams are allowed a tolerance of 5% weight difference either side of standard. Sykes prefers the lighter -5% version (aggressive power delivery), while Rea prefers the +5% crankshaft (soft power delivery) so there's a significant weight difference of 10% between the two crankshafts and Kawasaki have had to run two seperate development programs as a result. 

    Maybe the heavier crankshaft used in Rea's engine is contributing to his down-shift problems because Sykes doesn't ever seem to suffer from this issue?

     

  • Reply to: 2016 Donington World Superbike Race Two Results: Attendance Is Up   2 hours 32 min ago

    The gear selector issue did show up on Friday, repeatedly, as I mentioned in the race one report. 

  • Reply to: 2016 Donington World Superbike Race Two Results: Attendance Is Up   3 hours 7 min ago

    ... simply should not get false neutrals, no matter how inept (or otherwise!) the rider is.

    Why it was only Rea getting them on the weekend is an interesting question, and if indeed it continued after an engine change then that's more curious again.  But I don't recall Rea having the problem before since joining Kawasaki, including the many times last year when he was handing Syksie's arse back to him on a plate.  :P

  • Reply to: 2016 Donington World Superbike Race Two Results: Attendance Is Up   14 hours 31 min ago

    I'll get a new laptop tomorrow. Sorry.

  • Reply to: 2016 Donington World Superbike Race Two Results: Attendance Is Up   14 hours 34 min ago

    Who could ever forget Assen? I've tried, but failed to erase the complete boredom of the flat track - together with chips covered in mayonnaise. Thanks for reminding me about that but it was some time ago now, my memory's fading and time is a great healer.

    Not too many hard braking zones at Assen, if I recall correctly, which resulted in no gear selection problems for Rea either.