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  • The Massive Silly Season Update: Redding vs Kent At Pramac, Honda's Musical Chairs, Moto2 And Much More   1 week 2 days ago

    Nicky and his brother Tom have been chatting with Aprilia as per the rumor mill.

  • The Massive Silly Season Update: Redding vs Kent At Pramac, Honda's Musical Chairs, Moto2 And Much More   1 week 2 days ago

    Would love to see #69 in WSBK, but only if he's on a good bike, aka not the Honda or Suzuki.

    Redding - I know it's his 2nd year, but it's really his 1st year on a real MotoGP bike since the POS he rode last year was very different. He's working with a new to MotoGP team. I don't blame him for wanting to jump ship though - another bad year on the Honda, and he will have a hard time getting a good ride.

  • The Massive Silly Season Update: Redding vs Kent At Pramac, Honda's Musical Chairs, Moto2 And Much More   1 week 2 days ago

    The minute I find out Nicky has signed on for SBK, I will start planning my trip to Laguna Seca. With the right bike and the right support, I think he has a legitimate chance at winning. Personally, I would like to see him on a Panagale. He has a good relationship with Ducati and could sell a lot of bikes for them in America. Go Nicky!

  • The Massive Silly Season Update: Redding vs Kent At Pramac, Honda's Musical Chairs, Moto2 And Much More   1 week 2 days ago

    If Danny Kent does go to MotoGP next year, he won't be completely skipping Moto2. He already rode a season in Moto2, for Tech3 in 2013. Okay, he did not score higher than a 12th place finish, but still. The Tech3 Mistral chassis is not the best in that class either.

  • The Massive Silly Season Update: Redding vs Kent At Pramac, Honda's Musical Chairs, Moto2 And Much More   1 week 2 days ago

    "Fenati's abysmal qualifying performances have not endeared him to the Sky VR46 team"

    aww, he's just imitating his boss

  • The Massive Silly Season Update: Redding vs Kent At Pramac, Honda's Musical Chairs, Moto2 And Much More   1 week 2 days ago

    I hope Hayden will build the team around him instead of taking whats on the table, as far as crew chief. That's always seemed to be his biggest problem and baffles my mind. Hell, bust out Tom Houseworth. I think they even worked together in his early days.

  • The Massive Silly Season Update: Redding vs Kent At Pramac, Honda's Musical Chairs, Moto2 And Much More   1 week 2 days ago

    The whole article by David Emmett reads well and is logical. But it underplays the part that money and sponsorship have yet again become an issue that seems insurmountable along with the fact that ART, Open Class machinery running some minutes behind the factory machines is a joke, and a big one at that. From next year on there will be only one class and that sounds nice but there are unpredictable things in there and all of them emanate from how the standard ECU with settings available to all will work. I think there could be a disaster in the making here with two new unknown quantities coming in. The standard ECU and the Michelin tyres (the rain ruining test sessions I guess can be seen as a further complication that stands in the way of Michelin getting some data they require). I don't feel too bad for Stefan Bradl but I cannot understand why Aprilia is preferring Sam Lowes over him. It is really a question that defies a logically sustainable answer. If Dorna really wants to have a team in place of Forward, they could persuade Aprilia to put out this year's bikes as customer bikes next year. They would not be that expensive. Interesting times indeed.

  • The Massive Silly Season Update: Redding vs Kent At Pramac, Honda's Musical Chairs, Moto2 And Much More   1 week 2 days ago

    Always love the silly season analysis David!!!
    I spoke to Sam Lowes at Indy (awesome guy) and he told he he was definitely moving up, he just couldn't tell me where haha. At the time I didn't know he had been talking with Aprilia but then Bradl came along and I was scared maybe things were gonna fall through. Glad to hear it still seems more than likely. Lowes is a great rider and I can't wait to see him in the premier class!

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Remembering the past at Brno   1 week 2 days ago

    I hesitate to write this because David tries to stay apolitical and focused on the sport, and this thread represents some strong opinions. Matt's message is quite insightful though, I believe. Sport should be apolitical, and primarily about enjoyment for everyone involved. It also needs to reflect reality. Matt's 'thread' was primarily driven by the lack of accessibility for the average fan, who finds access difficult if not impossible. and the engagement of potentially lifelong fans by them being able to see something of the inner-sanctum of the sport can be truly inspiring and effective in securing and maintaining fan loyalty (and their money). Yes, you may get closer to the action by attending national or club events and the skills displayed at those is sometimes at a similar level. But it isn't the same. By retreating behind barriers the teams may be helping their sponsors (they create truly valuable networking opportunities for business people) but that doesn't mean they should abandon the general fan base who, as Oxley points out, make the sport attractive to those big sponsors in the first pace.
    Oxley has contributed to and clearly loves this sport. Let him have his say, for by publicising the issue it may just make some HRC/Yam or Audi/Ducati influencer find a way of keeping both happy - some more technical displays and engagement in the spectator areas would be a welcome feature if the technical, security, and other access restrictions that a top motor sport must (?) impose cannot be overcome any other way. The fan who must see the latest tech will find a way/the money. Personally, seeing a trainee or semi-retired mechanic displaying his skill on engines and chassis etc in a display area, and talking to people, would be quite a draw, even if the tech was supposedly 'old hat' for the current year. If that meant some of my expenditure was finding its way back to me, rather than to helicopters or champagne, that would be a good outcome. TV might cover it too, and it would provide a base for more tech coverage that the real pit box struggles to accommodate.
    Reminding people that wars are not 'glorious' for the dead, most of them would rather be at a MotoGP race, and they should be avoided if we wish to spend our hard-earned on a different type of bang-per-buck may not be what this blog was designed for, but a reality-check is often a good thing.

  • The Massive Silly Season Update: Redding vs Kent At Pramac, Honda's Musical Chairs, Moto2 And Much More   1 week 2 days ago

    ...for another great and utterly comprehensive round-up. There is indeed a lot more going on than most of us thought. Shame for Eugene.

  • The Massive Silly Season Update: Redding vs Kent At Pramac, Honda's Musical Chairs, Moto2 And Much More   1 week 2 days ago

    I said that NH should go to WSB and be the first MotoGP and WSB champ, I still have a faint glimmer of hope that he can do that but I'm a tad concerned that it may be to late. Ah well, would be really good if he could prove me wrong and be the first.

  • The Massive Silly Season Update: Redding vs Kent At Pramac, Honda's Musical Chairs, Moto2 And Much More   1 week 2 days ago

    Castrol pulled their sponsorship from the Ten Kate WSBK outfit not that long ago, I seriously doubt they would be willing to come up with the money as a title-sponsor for a MGP team... unless they're at the sharp end week-in week-out

  • The Massive Silly Season Update: Redding vs Kent At Pramac, Honda's Musical Chairs, Moto2 And Much More   1 week 2 days ago

    I thought Italtrans was a well rated outfit in Moto2?

  • The Massive Silly Season Update: Redding vs Kent At Pramac, Honda's Musical Chairs, Moto2 And Much More   1 week 2 days ago

    LCR has been doing better than many in the $ dept, crafty and getting lots of smaller and mid sized sponsors. I have a good feeling they will piece it back together without CWM.

    The Castrol livery at the test looks like a one-off for a Castrol promo video so nothing going on there (although the green looks great and it sure would be welcome of course).

  • The Massive Silly Season Update: Redding vs Kent At Pramac, Honda's Musical Chairs, Moto2 And Much More   1 week 2 days ago

    4 Yamahas
    It doesn't seem so convincing that proffering 2 2015 M1's to a team much like Ducati and Honda will is a manufacturing burden. Rather it makes sense that the experience Yamaha has had with Forward has been a bit underwhelming and the team's difficulties added to that make it unpalatable. After all, what is in it for them to have a few of their bikes circulating near the back next season when the handful of slower bikes at the rear have gone?

    Yamaha would be tethered with complaints from a Forward-like customer that their bike is not getting enough factory support while trying not to get beaten by Aprilia or finishing last. Ok Yamaha, fine. Without that burden, how about you do everyone including yourself a favor and provide Tech 3 with the best kit possible as fast as possible? Use them to develop your bike with you as a partner more than a customer. The closer Herve's bikes are to the front the better the battle with Honda. The more development of your machine takes place the quicker it will take shape as a Michelin shod corner speed missile to close the door on Hondas.

    Speaking of Hondas, customers and development...Aspar and Miller could be in for a treat when Honda gets to do a quick fix on their 2015 motors. It really could be as easy as putting a beefier flywheel on it and VROOM - much better. No need to shed tears for Miller, not a bad bike? The problem with these 2015 factory bikes, including the Ducatis and what would have been the 2 Forward Yamahas, is that they are Bstone bikes. The Bstone front tire has been a cornerstone of chassis and suspension design. The range of set up on these bikes is wide, but is it wide enough to accommodate the Michelin tires? No.

    Yamaha has conveniently dodged a bullet by "protecting their reputation" via having 4 2016 bikes out there. Good luck with your 2015 bikes you are buying, we will STILL have yet another way in which a tier exists within the field. At least this time it won't be about rules.

    No tears will be shed here for the outgoing customer open Hondas or old CRT Aprilias. Anyone willing to hazard a prediction re the 2016 Suzuki or Aprilia vs the 2015 Honda next season? What about a prediction re which factory will surprise us with a 2016 bike that gets it right at Qatar with the Michelins and championship electronics?

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Remembering the past at Brno   1 week 2 days ago

    I too thought of the NHRA but for exactly the opposite reason...

    Here too increasing hospitality has pushed everyone else who doesn't have a 10000HP machine out into the weeds to make way for empty tents filled with empty chairs.

    I agree it's an experience every race fan should see but growing up around it a walk through the pits filled with drunks who can't even stand a whiff of nitro looses its appeal after a while.

    Matt's point here is that we as a people remember our past, and don't leave it to get lost in the same weeds that the roots of the sport have been brushed off into.

    That said, I happend to be in Seoul for this 70th VJ, and I could not have been more moved seeing parents in the museums showing their children and telling stories to remember their past and independence.

    I then later that same day saw the Grand Prix race from my hotel room, which I promptly forgot thereafter... But the memories of that day, seeing first hand a people, an entire country, remember it's past and honor those who helped them will stay forever.

  • The Massive Silly Season Update: Redding vs Kent At Pramac, Honda's Musical Chairs, Moto2 And Much More   1 week 2 days ago

    Will be a good option for him, but the chances of him being the first champion in Motogp and WSBK, well, I don't gamble but the chances of that happening would be extremely low. Good luck to him.

  • The Massive Silly Season Update: Redding vs Kent At Pramac, Honda's Musical Chairs, Moto2 And Much More   1 week 2 days ago

    From the beginning, LCR's sponsorship by CWM seemed more like a vanity deal than a sound business venture, IMO. In motorsports, there are examples of vanity sponsorships that work out just fine (Mike Curb, for example), but most do not. It is sad for LCR, but it was predictable. I hope LCR can recover and thrive, but I doubt Castrol is the answer. (Superbikeplanet also reported the LCR bikes donned Castrol colors for the post-race Brno test.)

  • 2015 Indianapolis Race Round Up, Part 2: Moto2 Madness, And Moto3 Development Programs Rewarded   1 week 2 days ago

    I'm not the first person to mention it, but where did this Leopard energy drink sponsorship come from? Has anyone ever seen a product that they produce? They seem to have no presence outside their sponsorship of sports teams.

    Apparently Leopard is owned by Flavio Becca. He's a resident of Luxemburg who's been the subject of many investigations over the last five years.

  • The Massive Silly Season Update: Redding vs Kent At Pramac, Honda's Musical Chairs, Moto2 And Much More   1 week 2 days ago

    SuperbikePlanet is reporting that Crutchlow has re-signed with LCR. http://www.superbikeplanet.com/2015/Aug/150820a.htm

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Remembering the past at Brno   1 week 3 days ago

    Their decision not to have a minutes silence could have been affected by the amount of Japanese involved in the sport and their obvious discomfort in remembering that era. Also the Spanish have never really come to terms with their past during that period.
    Spain went through a brutal civil war and although they were neutral during the 2nd world war they were more friends with fascism than democracy. So its probably not on their corporate to do list, probably have more chance having a minutes silence for some cuddly creature.
    I miss the 2 stoke, tobacco era, every things too clean and cuddly these days, but hey ho still some good racing

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Remembering the past at Brno   1 week 3 days ago

    Lot of hot air being blown around 1 minute (that's 60 whole seconds if you've forgotten).

    1 minute to remember WW2 on the 70th anniversary? 1 minute to just recall millions of lives on both sides lost? No.

    1 minute for Princess Diana, sure!

    Give me a break... my favorite is the comment "You do not have the right to force it on me."

    That would make a great line for a fat lady wearing a viking hat to sing on-stage somewhere.

    Followed by this:
    "So when Max tries to impose his personal view to the whole MotoGP family, and decides to mount a rant when people do not agree with him, he is behaving with lack of respect, he is loosing touch with what being a human is."

    Ha ha... and what are you doing by ranting against him in a public forum ?

    Please... spare us the melodrama.

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Remembering the past at Brno   1 week 3 days ago

    The issue I have with Mat's article is that it only represents HIS side of the story and makes absolutely no effort to represent the process that Carmelo took to arrive at his decision. We all like to bash on Carmelo but the reality is that MotoGP is owned and operated by a board of directors for a hedge fund. Carmelo runs the day to day operations but he has to answer to a group of people.

    Its easy to Matt to sit on his pulpit and point on all the issues with his request being denied, but what he needs to understand is that at the end of the day he is a journalist making a request, if it gets denied DONT BITCH ABOUT IT cause at no point in time does he stick his neck out there and talk to a board of directors to explain his actions.

    BTW other companies that didn't commemorate the event

    Google (not even a google doodle)
    Microsoft
    Yahoo
    Facebook
    Cisco
    etc

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Remembering the past at Brno   1 week 3 days ago

    There is a lesson to be learned there, but DORNA's probably too busy to learn it because it's doffing its cap as it shows some actor/model/sportsperson/politician the inside of Valentino Rossi's pit, in the hope that a little reflected glamour will bring the corporate millions flowing into the sport. It never does.

    Personally I'm always a little annoyed when race-day matters are interrupted so the commentators can say silly things about some actor/model/sportsperson/politician who has no business on the grid.

    Pretty soon Caitlyn Jenner and the Kardashian Clan will be having wardrobe malfunctions in parc ferme.

    Please, Caramel Expletive, no!

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Remembering the past at Brno   1 week 3 days ago

    ...played for winners, and flag draped riders circling the track post race, and military aircraft flyovers, and other such jingoistic nonsense.

    So maybe it might be wise, if you're going to tolerate such behavior, to occasionally have a reality check regarding the potential outcome of letting jingoistic nonsense to go too far?

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