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  • 2015 Sachsenring MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Hondas, Championships, And The Halfway Mark   1 week 6 days ago

    Great line, made me laugh! ;-)

    I too hope that Tito is well... that certainly looked painful!

  • 2015 Sachsenring MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Hondas, Championships, And The Halfway Mark   1 week 6 days ago

    Is Steve Rabat ok? I winced at that while racing my sofa

  • 2015 Sachsenring MotoGP Post-Race Press Releases   1 week 6 days ago

    I post up all of the press releases I receive. Despite numerous reminders to Aspar that I am not receiving their press releases, they are still not sending them to me. I can't post them on the website if I don't receive them. I can get them off the Aspar website, but on a race weekend that can take a while to do, and especially this weekend, where I had limited internet access away from the track, it meant this became very difficult.

  • Scott Jones In Saxony: Practice At The Sachsenring   1 week 6 days ago

    Perfectly captures the team's "Oh FFS" moment.

  • Scott Jones In Saxony: Practice At The Sachsenring   1 week 6 days ago

    A classic story from Scott. Tnx

  • 2015 Sachsenring MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Hondas, Championships, And The Halfway Mark   1 week 6 days ago

    ...and actually one that should have been better considered for the mid-term.

    I believe the decision had to happen eventually, but it was taken to hastily, "too soon".
    Ducati needed this galloping progress, which the current rules allowed them to.
    Patience is needed, and I don't think it was given here.
    As it stands, the GP15 is still not fully competitive. It was born with great potential, for sure, but still not quite there.
    More over, if you factor in engine and electronics development freeze, then I sense that it can become worse for them next year, with these rules changes.

    Regardless of "fairness", one thing that these series needs is more manufacturers. And I mean competitive manufacturers, not just 6th to 12th position contenders.

    There's four (4) factory Honda and Yamaha bikes. These are the only MotoGP racebikes, in total, that can win the championship. We can't have this endless situation where the current 4 top guys sit with those 4 bikes nearly forever (looking at past recent years).
    Knowning how the "machine VS rider" factor in last years favours much more the former rather than the latter, there is a risk with this.
    Other potentially (as good) talented riders have to fight over the remaining lesser bike seats/teams - and remain thereabouts. Which also means that we'll probably never know how good they actually are.

    If the Ducati GP proved to be a really valid alternative to the factory Honda RCV and Yamaha M1, being a champ.contender, we could have the dance of chairs for the following season's contracts quite more interesting.

    Same could be said for Suzuki and Aprilia (and KTM later), but I feel this is much more problematic for Ducati, right now.
    I would not want to see them leave MotoGP if, at some point, they decide too many resources are being used and invested after all these years, or even for simple "pride" motives, for instances, if they feel the rules are imediately manipulated every time the wind changes.

    Imagine a Lorenzo or Marquez (etc) signing for Ducati or Suzuki (whatever-not-Yamaha-Honda) and fighting for the title against the usual armada.... quite nice, right?

  • 2015 Sachsenring MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Hondas, Championships, And The Halfway Mark   1 week 6 days ago

    ...most times prove that the renewed iteration is everything but improvement. Yep!

    I dearly miss the old Hockenheim, with the long straights filled with the train of bikes in slipstream through the black forest section, and last minute crazy overtaking on brakes. (good times!)
    A classic layout that was so severely butchered for the new one that I didn't even considered it - although it seems fun in mid performance cars.

    The current Nurburgring GP track has been used for WSBK and it seems quite up to standards, safety and infrastructures wise (way above the average in fact). Granted, it obviously isn't a perfect motorcycle track, but still miles better than the Sachsenring (in my opinion).

    Oschersleben has also been used for WSBK, and is still used today in IDM (German SBK championship).
    Another car racing track (the defunt FIA-GT ran there, and DTM still does) which is actually interesting for motorcycles (again, in my opinion).

    Not sure about weather associated issues for those tracks, just focusing on what I've watched in their national series (IDM for bikes, DTM for cars) and how it could improve the German MotoGP round and associated series.
    The Sachsenring is not exactly the same as it was 15 or 20 years ago and, it seems, it's even less loved today.

  • 2015 Sachsenring MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Hondas, Championships, And The Halfway Mark   1 week 6 days ago

    Hayes may not have had a Troy Bayliss-type moment, but running in 7th (after minimal testing and still adequately replacing Colin Edwards) is more than many racers can boast of, and that at the age of 36! (Though, that might not look so impressive after this year...)

    And that's not yet mentioning Spies - who finished second in that same race after being pipped at the line by Stoner. He'd still be racing in MotoGP except for that ridiculously unlucky 2012 which left him both injured and lacking his initial competitiveness.

    Still, the lack of diversity is quite evident. Rather than just talent (which there is on both sides of the Atlantic), the lack of a true corridor for American racers probably hurts just as bad. Not only do you not get into a feeder series like you have from certain European countries, the higher levels of exposure (leading to more interest) within Europe vs the lower levels in America just means that European sponsors are just more likely, and being seen supporting a countryman is just good PR.

    More surprising than the drop in American racers is the drop in the number of Japanese riders competing - there are none in MotoGP (save Aoyama's sitting in), one in Moto2 and only two in Moto3... Any thoughts on that?

  • 2015 Sachsenring MotoGP Post-Race Press Releases   2 weeks 21 min ago

    So by not mentioning a word about Nicky's race I don't know what happened or his thoughts on the race or his teams reaction. So why? you mention Stefan Bradl who didn't even lift a finger and no Hayden?

  • 2015 Sachsenring MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Hondas, Championships, And The Halfway Mark   2 weeks 7 hours ago

    that in 2016 duc yam and honda have the same rules. the bike was good from the start. as good as the yam and honda but it seems the development of yam and honda going back to 2014 made the difference.
    the same rules must be the same for the BIG 3 because we have alot of changes in 2016. and all have to basicly develop a new bike made for the michelins.

  • 2015 Sachsenring MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Hondas, Championships, And The Halfway Mark   2 weeks 9 hours ago

    There is not much mention of the Ducati GP 15 in the discussions above. I thought it relevant to bring up the subject of withdrawal of concessions to Ducati at the end of this year rather than at the end of 2016. Looking at the Ducati in the last couple of races, it didn't seem like it was in a position to challenge either Honda or Yamaha for a podium. Dovizioso has been having the horrors while Iannone somehow seems to better his team mate though not at all in a convincing manner. I do not see Iannone ever becoming a legend for that matter neither will Dovizioso. The picture we keep getting here of the Ducati over the races is that it has steadily moved backwards. I really want to know, given this scenario, how many of you believe that it is fair to withdraw all the concessions given to Ducati at the end of 2015 rather than 2016? Please keep in mind that I am approaching the subject from the point of view of fairness. Perhaps if Sir Emmett stepped in here it would be great, but I know there are plenty of knowledgeable people out here and all opinions are welcome. Thanks in advance.

  • 2015 Sachsenring MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Hondas, Championships, And The Halfway Mark   2 weeks 14 hours ago

    Marc & Rossi on GP16
    Lorenzo & Maverick on +15hp w/ seamless gearbox Suzuki
    Bradley & Cal on Factory Yamaha
    Iannone & Aleix on Factory Honda
    Petrucci & Yonny on GP15
    Dovi & Nicky on Satellite Yamaha
    Pol on Satellite Honda
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    Dani win the championship on a Satellite Honda :)

  • 2015 Sachsenring MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Hondas, Championships, And The Halfway Mark   2 weeks 14 hours ago

    While I don't disagree with the general assessment of American road racing seen here (or elsewhere on the interwebs), I think that stating "The fact that American road-racing has been mostly dominated the past 4 seasons by a 40-year-old should tell you something" sells Mr. Hayes a trifle short. It was, after all, only four years ago that he finished the Valencia race in 7th about 33 seconds off of the race winner (Casey Stoner). In my mind, that was a very respectable wildcard ride!

    Like some other riders we've seen in recent years, the Mississippi Madman doesn't seem to be slowing down much with age; in fact, perhaps it has been just the opposite, which makes it gut wrenching that we can't see him racing on the world stage. While he is on the older side for a competitive road racer, I wouldn't be at all surprised if he were competitive in any racing series he chose to ply his trade at... but then, at his age, and as an American rider, who would offer him a decent ride in WSBK or MotoGP?

    I do however agree with your point that the American MX / SX series attract & hoard the lion's share of N.A. riding talent. I think there are many reasons for this: MX is less expensive & more family oriented, it can be practiced in one's back yard, Professional MX has more visibility on TV, the spectacle is more accessible for casual fans (jumps!), etc. The simple fact that Professional MX riders are paid well enough that they can actually hope to earn a living might mean something as well! Whatever the reasons are, I hope that one day the pendulum will swing back far enough in favor of road racing that we will have a strong championship that will (once again) feed the premier classes of our sport.

  • 2015 Sachsenring MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Hondas, Championships, And The Halfway Mark   2 weeks 14 hours ago

    For a moment I thought Lorenzo was gone. But he came floating backwards, attacked Rossi back then that was it. Rossi looked to have 2nd for a minute, then Pedrosa seemed to turn on some afterburners in Rossi's face, and the whole time Marquez was off in the sunset after he got past Lorenzo.

    The battles behind were interesting too. Iannone is impressing me. Probably needs to drop the Crazy Joe and change it to Calculated. Smith has to be the most improved rider period. And I give it to Herve Poncharal for his faith in a rider that is intelligent but seemed to be missing some speed. Dovi has got me wondering about him... Surprised the Suzukis were so far back. Aleix Espargaro seemed to be having a problem mid race, then seemed to be able to charge in the end. And Moto2 kept me on the edge the whole time. Very enjoyable couple of hours in my day.

  • 2015 Sachsenring MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Hondas, Championships, And The Halfway Mark   2 weeks 14 hours ago

    PJ Jacobsen, Rispoli and Uribe come to mind

  • 2015 Sachsenring MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Hondas, Championships, And The Halfway Mark   2 weeks 14 hours ago

    In Aus they made the mistake of trying to get a private promoter to turn the series into a money sport. MA have taken management of the series back in house, but they still can't seem to get their heads around merging ASBK and FX-Superbike - it seems that there is still too much bad blood.

    Right now, FX seems like the better championship. One will eventually win.

  • 2015 Sachsenring MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Hondas, Championships, And The Halfway Mark   2 weeks 14 hours ago

    Please delete, was intended as a reply further up.

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  • 2015 Sachsenring MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Hondas, Championships, And The Halfway Mark   2 weeks 14 hours ago
    Nah

    He most definitely did congratulate Marquez and they were messing around with a selfie stick together on the podium.

  • 2015 Sachsenring MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Hondas, Championships, And The Halfway Mark   2 weeks 15 hours ago

    Canada has poor tracks, does Mexico and Central America even have any? Must have a few 1 mile kart tracks or something. Much of the world is new to road racing.

    At essence this is a European sport. It was born there and has flourished there. Between Britain, Italy and Spain we have how many tracks and riders? Lots! I can't help but think of the global economy having just gone through a long period of squeezing all the grids everywhere down from top international series, nationals, regionals, clubs, all the way down to track days. Europe just had further base of racing to hold them up than the rest of us. Heap atop that a period slightly predating the recession by a handful of years the gross mismanagement of a once flourishing American AMA road race series, and we have had a big back slide here (I am in the Pacific NW of USA). Then, below those two which hit us for about 10yrs, agreed that in the USA motorcycle road racing hasn't and likely won't get as significant a presence as it has in Europe.
    [Oof - auto correct had changed the above "back slide" to "backside," quite an apt observation of Americans...wherever Samsung is from they get it]

    Speaking of Samsung, so where in the world are road racing motorcycles made? And where in the world are most motorbikes per capita sold? Present tense but also future? So smart to have the Asian rookies cup program.

    Give us a few years to pop out the next Ben Spies, he just got his first pocket bike.

  • 2015 Sachsenring MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Hondas, Championships, And The Halfway Mark   2 weeks 16 hours ago

    From 1984-90 the GP alternated between Nurburgring and the very sadly missed (by me) Hockenheim. From 91-94 it was at Hockenheim, followed by 3 years back at Nurburgring before heading to the 'sausage ring' from 98 to the present. So yes it was considered. :)

    I think broadly speaking Nurburgring is too often affected by poor weather and Hockenheim was a poor spectator experience because the bikes only appeared very briefly at the stadium section before disappearing for ages in the forest. For those and probably many other reasons (Bernie the F1 guy was also involved somehow as track owner/promoter and was instrumental in ruining the classic Hockenheimring for which he should be hung, drawn and quartered and whatever's left thrown to the sharks) the events there often failed to pull a decent crowd and thus ran at a loss.

    For many reasons - among them general popularity of bike racing in the Saxony region and surrounds, better weather, better promotion, better viewing of the track, shorter lap means more times past the stands, probably many others - the GP has gone gangbusters since moving there even though it's not as dramatic a track (waterfall excepted) as either of the others .

  • 2015 Sachsenring MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Hondas, Championships, And The Halfway Mark   2 weeks 17 hours ago

    The Australian motorcycle racing scene is also fragmented - two separate superbike series, poor management by Motorcycling Australia, and few real incentives for young riders to make the effort. Glenn Scott is one of the few Australians to have recently ventured out into the world scene (World Supersport with AARK Racing).

  • 2015 Sachsenring MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Hondas, Championships, And The Halfway Mark   2 weeks 17 hours ago

    Zarco on a tech3 yamaha (Herve would finally have a decent French rider :P)
    Pol Espargaro on a Honda LCR
    Smith on a Yamaha
    Redding on a Ducati (or go back to moto2, because i think his style does not go well with lot of electronics)
    jack miller on a full spec Honda.
    Cal on Yamaha
    The grid seriously needs more Yamahas. Yamaha should offer more bikes for lease. Forward team would do much better that way.

    I wish some of the iterations come true.

  • 2015 Sachsenring MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Hondas, Championships, And The Halfway Mark   2 weeks 19 hours ago

    I too was thinking about this thing. Untill now, Rossi usally congratulates everyone in he parc ferme. Today he made no attempt. Though he congratulated Dani.

    Generally who has the onus to shake hands, the winner or the other way round?

    Anyway, it appears to me that their relationship is going south.

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