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  • Reply to: Guest Video Blog: Freddie Spencer's Rider Insights - Circuit of The Americas   14 hours 41 min ago

    I know this sounds preposterous but listening to Freddie reference all of the happenings in free practice and qualifying not to mention the winter testing I had a moment thinking "oh wow Freddie Spencer watches MotoGP just like me". Naturally i'm sure all of the other Grand Prix legends watch everything to do with MotoGP but living in New York and being more less the only person I know who watches it's sometimes easy to forget that other real people are as obsessed as I am,

  • Reply to: 2017 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Leaders Crashing, and Rossi vs Zarco   15 hours 33 min ago

    They miss quite alot....  in FP3 the camera was following Miller.  He lost the front at turm one and managed to save a pretty decent slide on his knee and possibly elbow.......  Not a peep was said about it. 

  • Reply to: Guest Video Blog: Freddie Spencer's Rider Insights - Circuit of The Americas   21 hours 5 min ago

    Nice to see your face Freddie. I agree with all your points. I would add some nuance to perspective re what Mike Webb had to contend with, more appreciation for both Zarco AND Rossi's instincts (Rossi didn't flinch or get off the gas at all!), and account of the track runoff (nary a wee nick of a bump to contend with).

    The content could be less generic, you have more insight and unique perspective as a former rider and insider who can peek behind the veil of the circus.

    The bikes (has Honda bound itself to a DNA dependent on bygone electronics? What did you see the KTM doing in various parts of the corner, is a trellis frame going to do the business? There was a Suzuki-Ducati drag race in plain view, and it looked like Iannone had some lines available that a red bike didn't afford Lorenzo). Tire wear and riding styles/bike was of interest here. Riding styles of Zarco and Vinales look a bit different than we have seen on the Yamaha...a bit like what P.Espargaro gave a couple glimpses of? What is Zarco doing so right specifically that has him astronauting so immediately? Can Lorenzo come to rear wheel pivot the loose Ducati? How is he changing riding style now? Can the Ducati offer him stability through the apex? How the hell did he ride it like a Yamaha at pace on his very first go on it? The track - the layout held SO much promise, why not get into what riders think of the flow of it particularly, as well as what made it as such in design process? Aspar looks a sure bet for the Aprilia Satellite Team, which Honda customer is about to go Suzuki as per insider knowledge and why? Could neither?

    David, feel free to get other personalities in the paddock and out to bring perspective to these. Thanks for giving us motorcycle road racing devotees a place to be in community. We have knowledgeable people right here! Anyone care to chime in?

    You get the idea. Oh, and Freddie you personally too, what are you up to? Riding bikes? Who are you doing what with? More color would be beautiful.

    :)

  • Reply to: 2017 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Leaders Crashing, and Rossi vs Zarco   1 day 2 hours ago

    mmmmmm...Assen 2015(?)...Rossi gets "punted" by MM93 at the final chicane, runs thru the gravel, n is the 'winner'...how does he 'tries to close the door on Zarco' make it different @ COTA 2017?? 'gets run off track, gets a major advantage', RD give him a 0.3 second penalty, what a crock!

  • Reply to: 2017 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Leaders Crashing, and Rossi vs Zarco   1 day 3 hours ago

     

    Going with Tanker Man and reynard11 and others on this... I think Mike Webb, in that new era without foolish penalty points, got it right...maybe just a bit over-right, if such a think exists. There was no sanction. no penalty, no offence committed between Rossi and Zarco. Zarco´s move was on the limit but Mike Webb, a racer himself and a keen observer for many years (and Crew Chief of Wayne Rainey´s team when Wayne was team owner) simply saw a racing incident but what he also noted was that when Rossi returned to the track he had closed on Márquez. He had two options: oblige Rossi to give a position to Zarco or to wait for timing and scoring to indicate about what Rossi had gained. 

    Since Zarco was still fourth when he "eased" Rossi off the track, it didn´t seem right to force him to give up a place (no question of "giving it back" because Zarco never had it. So, he saw that Vale had picked up .3 and mad that added to his race time as an adjustment.

    Nothing wrong with the logic, but the precedent could prove to be a problem in the future. That is the trouble with precedents. This kind of problem and this kind of solution may become more frequent because of paved run-offs and because Race Direction now has the technical capacity to calculate extraordinary, involuntary advantage…EIA we can call it. 

    Calculating what would have happened if nothing had happened takes into about .3 into the Twilight Zone.