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  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Round Up: Of Exhaustion, Arm Pump and Failed Marriages   2 years 50 weeks ago

    The issue here wasnt to take deserved credit away from Hayden.
    The issue discussed was the mini breakdown between Ducati and Rossi that happened to trigger this weekend partly because of this particular indecent.
    That's definitely a step up in the tone Rossi is using when he talks about his Ducati.

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Round Up: Of Exhaustion, Arm Pump and Failed Marriages   2 years 50 weeks ago

    Okay, so I'll give you the benefit of the doubt on the restrictor issue. 2003, 2004, 2006 WSB and 2007 MotoGP. That just barely outstrips Suzuki over the last 20 years--1993, 2000 500GP and 2005 WSB. Good job! :-)

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Round Up: Of Exhaustion, Arm Pump and Failed Marriages   2 years 50 weeks ago

    you asked the question regarding a world championship in any class of machine with equal engine displacement other than 2001, and I gave you three such examples... perhaps we should color you "un-informed"...

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Round Up: Of Exhaustion, Arm Pump and Failed Marriages   2 years 50 weeks ago

    ...eh, those were the years of the air restrictors, where the twins had a ~20% advantage in restrictor hole area. I wouldn't use that in support of your argument. Nice try though...

  • Attack Performance Announce CRT Wildcard Entry For Laguna Seca and Indianapolis MotoGP Rounds   2 years 50 weeks ago

    This year the MotoGP riders can test as much as their tire allocation allows. Teams have 1 designated "home track" at which they are allowed to test. Laguna wild cards have been historically embarrassing. DuHamel and Bostrom come to mind.

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Round Up: Of Exhaustion, Arm Pump and Failed Marriages   2 years 50 weeks ago

    You sure about that? Adjustable headstock perhaps (common across all GP bikes and these days a few roadbikes too).

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Press Release Round Up   2 years 50 weeks ago

    Ahhh... he's just sandbaggin' ;-)

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Round Up: Of Exhaustion, Arm Pump and Failed Marriages   2 years 50 weeks ago

    If that pass on Luthi by Marquez was 'perfect', then I guess motorcycle racing has entered a dark era. If that happened in a club race, would a rider doing that - a deliberate and violent swerve across the front of another rider - escape unpunished? Also, how come Marquez is not only able to pull out of the slip-stream of others, but motor right on past ? These are allegedly 'spec' engines, are they not? He may be small, but there are other small riders in Moto2 who cannot pass others down the straight, at will. I think there is a major con job going on here. As for Rossi, well, the writing was on the wall last year - he was slower at almost every track than Stoner had been on the Ducati in 2010. He has taken Ducati down a dead-end street.

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Round Up: Of Exhaustion, Arm Pump and Failed Marriages   2 years 50 weeks ago

    bound by contract is like slaves... if the rider cannot voice his opinion, and ask for changes, then its slavery.. and i would pity anyone doing that... contention with what you have, sir, is the first step of losing. Ducati needs to step it up, explore more designs, recruit more people and experiment more. they cannot throw one design at the rider and collect data for one full year and make changes every other year...

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Round Up: Of Exhaustion, Arm Pump and Failed Marriages   2 years 50 weeks ago

    Honestly the biggest fault in the series, from an engineering perspective, is the tyres. If everyone's supposed to run the same tyres then everyone's engineering solutions will converge. Honda and Yamaha are both running similar chassis only with slightly different engines. V5s were banned & twins can't work, the only other option from a V4 is an I4, but the chassis are essentially the same (compared to what Ducati was going for). The Japanese bikes basically have the same weight distributions to deal with the tyres, and you can't achieve that with the 90V (it'd be interesting to see another carbon fiber or monocoque chassis with a 60V though). Unless there's a change in tyres for the series Ducati will have to build a Japanese bike to win again, essentially they'll have to make a prototype RSV4.

    With how important Rossi is, I'm surprised that Dorna hasn't told Bridgestone to have another specification of tyre for the Ducati like what they had in 2007. Softer front, stiffer rear, I doubt it'd give Ducati an insurmountable advantage. They're the smallest factory anyway, and it'd save the series a bunch of headaches to see Rossi doing well for his twilight years/allow for engineering creativity.

    Does anyone have a link to anything on the tyre allocation wowes? It seems foolish that five races in the teams won't be able to make engineering changes that'll have a positive effect on what the bikes will be riding on later. Why solve chatter now, if it could change completely with the next front tyre they put out? Sounds like Pedrosa & Stoner will have to spend the next few races with a good mouthguard in so that their teeth don't shatter.

  • 2012 Qatar Moto2 Race Result: Typical Thriller Taken To The Line   2 years 50 weeks ago

    The worry that Marquez's aggression MIGHT take away some other talent other than just himself. I will feel sorry if he only takes himself out even to the point of retiring from his racing career but to have that happen to others around him too because of his actions, not cool. He is amazing...especially in 125cc but it seems like he grew hungry, and vicious when he graduated to Moto2. Racer needs a killer instinct they say, but not literally out to kill.

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Round Up: Of Exhaustion, Arm Pump and Failed Marriages   2 years 50 weeks ago

    Frustrated yes, but be angry? Nicky is bound by a contract, he has a job to do and he is doing just that...race what he was given, that's why I always like him, like his attitude.

    Hector is the same, has a job to do and he just put in all he has, maybe that's the reason why he has no choice but to be looking for tows!

    Karel is probably the only racer that could get angry and request his dad for a change of bikes but the only option available to them is either the GP12* or a CRT. Nevertheless, he was not giving up and aiming for a top 6 result.

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Round Up: Of Exhaustion, Arm Pump and Failed Marriages   2 years 50 weeks ago

    To think that VR/Burgess were the first to switch to Bridgestones on the Yamaha after "overnight specials" from Michelins were ruled out. Bridgestone then became the spec tyres when Michelins was defeated in the prospect of having to be a weather forecast station double while producing race tyres, which Bridgestone was later suggested to start making tyres more suited for "traditional frames" because they can only do so much. Now the spec tyre became the Duc's issue, rather than an ally. But to be fair, Rossi won a couple of championships on the Bridgestone shod Yamaha too. Perhaps Ducati might had been a great deal better if there was no spec tyres. Remember Stoner was saying he wanted Michelins when everyone else opted for Bridgestone just before the spec tyres?

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Round Up: Of Exhaustion, Arm Pump and Failed Marriages   2 years 50 weeks ago

    Alex's last season on the Pramac, he was also shown the door when he retired to the pits a couple of times citing issues and not being competitive.

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Round Up: Of Exhaustion, Arm Pump and Failed Marriages   2 years 50 weeks ago

    My money is on a VR retirement if he continues to be so demotivated. No other factory team will hire him given the wealth of talent coming up (at a much lower cost) and no-one else can afford him. He could always start his own team I suppose and build the ultimate GP bike for himself.

    I'd guess that with every race he is back in the pack his value slips to some extent. He'll probably get some stupid offers but he doesn't strike me as someone who's in it just for the money. He'll want to be competitive or not race at all. Lets hope for everyone's sake that Ducati can pluck out a miracle. Mind you Nicky Hayden seems to be toughing it out & doing ok and earns big kudos for sticking at it so well.

    BTW, Tom Luthis slap of the shoulder of Marquez could never incur a penalty it was so weak. I think it was great that he intentionally held back so much with his punch or someone could have been hurt / offended :-) Great self control LOL.

    I was really pleased that the CRt's did reasonably well. There were some good stoushes between them and I was really hoping CE could catch Ben Spies. Nothing against Ben mind you, it just would have been fantastic to have a CRT finish ahead of a FRT (is that a legitimate 3 letter acronym for Factory Racing Team?) in their first outing. Just goes to show that circumstances can happen that might allow them a small chance.

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Round Up: Of Exhaustion, Arm Pump and Failed Marriages   2 years 50 weeks ago

    The gap has doubled from last year, and Burgess and Rossi should take at least some of the blame for that. I think its quite interesting that the most competitive Rossi has ever been at Ducati was on the original CF framed GP11, which was close to the same bike that won races at the end of 2010. Ducati have done a 180 degree turn in direction for them, gone against their history and pride and built a jap style frame for them and they're worse off than they ever were with the Carbon fibre frame. The whole thing is a debacle now. Ducati were the experts in CF frame technology which wasn't perfect yet but gave them a technical difference/potential edge compared to Yamaha and Honda. The sooner they get rid of Rossi and get back to their way of doing things the better.

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Round Up: Of Exhaustion, Arm Pump and Failed Marriages   2 years 50 weeks ago

    Always wondered how that happens....

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Round Up: Of Exhaustion, Arm Pump and Failed Marriages   2 years 50 weeks ago

    At least as far as Hayden goes. He was definitely not content with a 6th place but knows that when the flag goes down all you can do is try your hardest. That's why the whole paddock likes Nicky and why he still has a factory ride. That is a lesson Rossi still needs to learn. To say he couldn't be bothered to fight because it was not fighting for the win is sad. To say he thought of pulling in is even worse. Alex Hoffman was fired for pulling in for no reason other than despondency. Be a champion in defeat and still give your all. Everyone will respect you more for it.

    Chris
    http://moto2-usa.blogspot.com/

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Round Up: Of Exhaustion, Arm Pump and Failed Marriages   2 years 50 weeks ago

    And if Barbera had made the hard pass on Hayden instead of Rossi, how many people would be saying "Gee if Barbera hadn't made that pass on Hayden, he'd have been fighting to beat Rossi for 6th"

    there's always an excuse for when Rossi gets beaten by his teammate, never giving that teammate the credit for a better race.

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Round Up: Of Exhaustion, Arm Pump and Failed Marriages   2 years 50 weeks ago

    No disrespect to Dave Moss, but you can't really compare him to Jeremy Burgess. Dave did a good job on my bike during a trackday but that is just a base setup re-check. Plus Dave's experience with Moto2 is only the occasional wildcard ride during Indy. Dave is definitely my first choice of setup guy on a trackday, and he's pretty good.

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Round Up: Of Exhaustion, Arm Pump and Failed Marriages   2 years 50 weeks ago

    Neil Hodgson in 2003..... James Toseland in 2004... both on the 999

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Round Up: Of Exhaustion, Arm Pump and Failed Marriages   2 years 50 weeks ago

    All I really needed to read was when Rossi himself said in his interview "Yeah, after Hector passed me I was all set to bring it into the pits, but then I thought about my team and they wouldn't deserve that".

    So basically, if not for his team, he'd quit because he's not winning.

    Toseland basically pulled that stunt, and he was shown the door. If anyone else but Rossi was pulling this attitude, they'd be done.

    Tell you what, I respect 5th place and a hard effort a lot more than 10th place and 8 world championships ANY day of the week.

  • Attack Performance Announce CRT Wildcard Entry For Laguna Seca and Indianapolis MotoGP Rounds   2 years 50 weeks ago

    For the past couple of years, Laguna Seca has been home to several Wild Card riders. Spies, Bostrom, Hayden (one of his younger brothers). A few others, too. Though, this will be the first time that anyone brings a whole bike to the paddock.

    I will be attending Laguna Seca again this year, and am pretty excited by this news. Especially since it is fairly well known as a local-boy track (though by now, the likes of JL, CS, DP, etc have all gotten pretty fast on it making a suprise win pretty rare).

  • 2012 Qatar MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Round Up: Of Exhaustion, Arm Pump and Failed Marriages   2 years 50 weeks ago

    Yes it could be construed that way which is why I said Freudian slip. Read a transcript here:

    http://www.foxsports.com.au/motor-sports/moto-gp/valentino-rossis-long-t...

    It was a remarkable but brief interview.

  • Attack Performance Announce CRT Wildcard Entry For Laguna Seca and Indianapolis MotoGP Rounds   2 years 50 weeks ago

    They certainly have a steep mountain to climb.
    But I'll be rooting for them.

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