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  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Friday Round Up: Of Tires, Talent, Swansongs and Sandbagging   2 years 47 weeks ago

    And oh, the irony, reading up some 2007 Rossi comments stating he needs the Ducati engine to beat Stoner ...

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP FP3 Result: Lorenzo Takes Top From Crutchlow and Stoner   2 years 47 weeks ago

    To clarify what mean. Yes, Nicky Hayden had potential. But he has not proven to be the rider that Kenny Roberts Jr was. Before Kenny won his title he had won 4 races on a bike that was not the best (Honda), or second best (Yamaha), but third rate Factory (Suzuki). One of those wins, he beat MICK DOOHAN. That is more wins in a year than Nicky has in his whole Motogp career, which was spent mostly on arguably the best bike, (except for after he won the championship, Honda just punked him and jocked Pedrosa). Hell, Colin Edwards and John Hopkins have said far worse than anything I said about Nicky on the Doctor, The Tornado, The Kentucky Kid. I am just looking at facts.

    So, to not go on and on. This is what I mean by Champion potential. Being a winner before winning a championship. Nicky won at Laguna Seca, a track he knew inside out, and one that intimidated many who had not raced it before. Kenny won in Japan, Malaysia, Argentina, Germany in his first year winning, no home track advantage. So as far as potential, KRjr just seemed to have a higher potential. And I put Ben closer to KR than NH.

    Not saying Nicky did not deserve a Championship, because if anyone earned one through hard work and preseverance, it was Nicky. But he did not show the potential that Ben or Kenny showed IMO.

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Friday Round Up: Of Tires, Talent, Swansongs and Sandbagging   2 years 47 weeks ago

    I think the new era started in 2007-2008. Pedrosa came in 2006, stoner in 2006, dovi in 2008, lorenzo in 2008.

    Stoner won the title in 2007, so he already proved his competitiveness. But Rossi still managed to win the title back in 2008 and in 2009. who would you blame that for? So did they both really beat him?

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Friday Round Up: Of Tires, Talent, Swansongs and Sandbagging   2 years 47 weeks ago

    I agree its not required in FP3, but if you look at the 2009 Barcelona race, Lorenzo was in the draft of Rossi for the 75% of the race. Not that he didnt have the race pace, but he was racing in the draft lot of the times, and close to the end, he made his move. So whats wrong with learning a few tricks and studying your opponents on the track? everyone till now have done that.

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Friday Round Up: Of Tires, Talent, Swansongs and Sandbagging   2 years 47 weeks ago

    thats what i meant, in the race if he's close enough, he'll tag along with the front rider. And this is a form of over-taking too. thats why i am wondering in what way its bad.

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Friday Round Up: Of Tires, Talent, Swansongs and Sandbagging   2 years 47 weeks ago

    He needs to confirm his speed in race....

    Don't forget we only speak about free practice of race 1 ....

  • Scott Jones Kicks Off Qatar 2012: Stunning Shots From Friday   2 years 47 weeks ago

    ever so clear!!!...you don't get much more HD than that , all brilliant shots.
    do i see stoner with an errol flyn mustachio!

  • Scott Jones Kicks Off Qatar 2012: Stunning Shots From Friday   2 years 47 weeks ago

    ...... photos as always Scott.

    The floodlights seem to bring out colours that you just dont see in day light.

    Wonderful shots, keep them coming !

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Friday Round Up: Of Tires, Talent, Swansongs and Sandbagging   2 years 47 weeks ago

    Barbera followed Lorenzo for 2 laps in the beginning of FP3 and it was a joy to watch. Lorenzo steady as a rock and Barbera riding like the bike was stolen.

    Not sure how many of you who have been racing your selfs but following a faster rider in training or qualification is a very good thing as you can watch and learn.

    Maybe it's time for Ducati to put Barbera on a factory bike?

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Friday Round Up: Of Tires, Talent, Swansongs and Sandbagging   2 years 47 weeks ago

    Barbera was in fact towed by Lorenzo from start to end of his fastest lap. If that is something he needs to get better data, or find better lines, he would be stupid not to. Everyone out there will do all they can to perform their best and beat the competitors, and that makes it an interesting game to watch.

    Seeing top riders get off the throttle after half a lap, just to disappoint followers, is also amusing to see. Heads are turned to see when next pacemaker is coming up :)

  • 2012 Qatar Moto3 FP2 Result: Vinales Heads Up Khairuddin And Kent   2 years 47 weeks ago

    My thoughts exactly... Who is this Malaysian kid? No worries.. His second spot was probably a fluke... No need to get excited..
    Come race day, everything will be back to normal...

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Friday Round Up: Of Tires, Talent, Swansongs and Sandbagging   2 years 47 weeks ago

    "1. Is it any bad to take a draft from another rider and get a better lap timing? i understand you may not have the race pace, but still is it bad? to qualify in the front, i dont see a reason why not."

    I think it's rather dangerous. One small mistake by the following rider, and he will run into the rider he is getting a tow from. Also the rider in front risks being run over when he makes a mistake and crashes.
    I can understand when riders do this in qualifying, but in FP it's just an unnecessary risk.

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Friday Round Up: Of Tires, Talent, Swansongs and Sandbagging   2 years 47 weeks ago

    I can't fault you with that assessment Mr Emmett. I'll even agree with the big up part.

    As for Barbera he did a couple of low 1:56's and ran 3rd in the session for quite some time. I never saw him pinned right up the date of any 'faster' rider. O.K he may be a bit of a follower in the Criville mould but give the man a break. He was still in control of the motorcycle not umbilically attached to one in front. Perhaps he's doing a Crutchlow and making a performance jump this year?

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Friday Round Up: Of Tires, Talent, Swansongs and Sandbagging   2 years 47 weeks ago

    After this amount of time and challenges either consciously or unconsciously Rossi's confidence must be dented, which must have an effect on his abilities.

    Huge congratulations to Cal - his confidence must be in a very good place!

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Friday Round Up: Of Tires, Talent, Swansongs and Sandbagging   2 years 47 weeks ago

    If Barbara's 'fake' fast time gets him to the first corner in front of any possible first corner incident it is worth the effort. He then might be able to hitch a ride during the race as well.
    The further back you are at the start the more bikes likely to be in front of you early that could hold you up rather than help you.

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP FP3 Result: Lorenzo Takes Top From Crutchlow and Stoner   2 years 47 weeks ago

    Even Americans are quite critical of their own riders. Rainey coming out and pretty much slagging off all of them in the media was harsh and uncalled for. Saying that Edwards should have gone home long ago, that Nicky is a long way from being great, and Spies better start doing something... kind of made me lose a bit of respect for him.

    Agree that it was innaccurate to say that Stoner missed his chance on a flier to remonstrate with a slower rider. As if! Casey goes for the throat, he's not going to throw away a chance just cause he wants to waggle his finger. Anyway, FPis just that. Qualifying is what counts, you can almost guarantee you will see the #1 plate in the #1 spot. I can't wait, and I'll be up at 1.45am (yawn) excited as all hell! !

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Friday Round Up: Of Tires, Talent, Swansongs and Sandbagging   2 years 47 weeks ago

    Casey's comments regarding turning his TC down more still so he can feel what the bike is doing more on a shagged tyre sounds like we could be in for some fun times!

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Friday Round Up: Of Tires, Talent, Swansongs and Sandbagging   2 years 47 weeks ago

    ...from riders describing the new tires make it sound like there are situations arising where there is more power on offer than available grip.

    That sounds like a recipe for something approximating racing. And rider skill. And throttle control.

    At least, I damn sure hope so...

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Friday Round Up: Of Tires, Talent, Swansongs and Sandbagging   2 years 47 weeks ago

    "Put all three on the same machinery, and Rossi could well find himself still getting beaten more often than not."

    That already happened when Lorenzo won the title and he was already getting beaten before that. Stoner won the most races of the 800 era. It is exactly as JB predicted so many years ago, that it would take some very fast youngsters coming up through the ranks who have grown up wanting to beat Rossi.

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP FP3 Result: Lorenzo Takes Top From Crutchlow and Stoner   2 years 47 weeks ago

    It was a flying lap and Stoner wasn't gonna make it for another one, so why to miss the opportunity to make a point to his slower brethren. This is the easiest and the best way to learn from your mistake - when somebody points it to you. Blocking faster riders may be part of the sport, but an ugly one.
    Lorenzo looks tense, I haven't seen world champion to enjoy winning FP that much :)
    And about the CRTs. At that point, we have nine bikes and seven riders not ready for Moto GP. At that point, they present a safety issue for themselves and the others. They might be good for the future of the sport (or might not be), but definitely a burden in the present.

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Friday Round Up: Of Tires, Talent, Swansongs and Sandbagging   2 years 47 weeks ago

    It was not qualifying for Hector Barbera, it was only practice. Posting a fake fast time in practice by slip streaming someone else is just a complete waste of time. Barbera should be concentrating on race set up and setting real times for the benefit of his team. We all know he will go backwards in the race. I can well understand the other riders being very irritated by some clown making a nuisance of himself in this way in practice.

    As for Rossi, reality is that even if he was on a works Honda or Yamaha Stoner and Lorenzo would still beat him most of the time. They are both better riders than Rossi now. Time has moved on for Rossi, as it does for everyone. Rossi's problems at Ducati are not just about the bike, Rossi and his riding has to take some blame, as he himself has acknowledged.

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Friday Round Up: Of Tires, Talent, Swansongs and Sandbagging   2 years 47 weeks ago

    is not lost on the anoraks of the motoGp fan base. It was, IIRC, shortly after Qatar '07 when Rossi dubbed Stoner and Pedrosa 'the playstation generation' (and it took a long time for the truth, at least for Stoner, to emerge). And that was with the screamer Ducati engine...

    Schadenfreude is not pretty - but I wonder how much Rossi is wishing he'd not set himself up so convincingly for a sincere dose coming his way? In 'Fastest', we had Graziano saying 'we could not understand how Stoner could be so fast' (referring to '07) - and it seems that little has changed except the saddle from which the view is now taken.

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP FP3 Result: Lorenzo Takes Top From Crutchlow and Stoner   2 years 47 weeks ago

    Yes, it was his last flying lap he was held up on (Stoner posted a personal best 1st sector). His time at that point was such, that even completing the fast lap he would not have been able to finish before the checkered flag.

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Friday Round Up: Of Tires, Talent, Swansongs and Sandbagging   2 years 47 weeks ago

    i agree they changed, and changes are not easy to get used to... they panicked badly in 2011 season and so started throwing stuff around. I think they started this season in a much more composed mood. So lets see how it progresses.

    It was the same issue with Honda in 2004 and in 2007 season. Right from the first test they knew they had a bad bike and could not figure it out for 2 more years. things take time and generally there's no miracle cure in engineering. just my understanding.

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Friday Round Up: Of Tires, Talent, Swansongs and Sandbagging   2 years 47 weeks ago

    Yes Honda had 5 frames in 2010, but Ducati threw everything they could at the GP11 that was asked for. I think Ducati changed their philosophy quite drastically last year...actually i would say that the change started around November 2010 when Rossi first rode the GP10.

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