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  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 1 Test Round Up: Honda vs Yamaha - An Even Battleground   3 weeks 2 days ago

    Crutchlow is such an excellent rider to have in the paddock because of the honesty and transparency of his comments regarding his riding style and setup.

    At Tech3, Crutchlow said the exact same thing about Lorenzo. He once told his crew to replicate Lorenzo's settings exactly on his Tech3 bike, and went and tried to copy Lorenzo's riding style. He couldn't stay on the bike. He kept crashing. In his own words, he couldn't understand how Lorenzo could ride in the manner that he does without crashing.

    The fact that he's saying the same about Marquez only means one thing: this is not about the bikes. Both the Yamaha and the Honda have the potential to win races. It is most assuredly the riders that are making the difference here. Jeremy Burgess' 80%-rider/20%-bike ratio comes to mind.

    Particularly with the Honda, it is becoming ever more apparent how talented Stoner and Marquez were/are to ride this machine at its limits. There is literally no one who could do the same. Every rider other than Valentino, Stoner and Marquez have been crushed by the Honda. Nicky Hayden came close, but in the end he was bucked by this vicious bronco.

    Why is Dani's style so different than Marquez's? Dani is a 250 champion. His formative experiences were on a bike which ruthlessly enforced smooth riding and high cornerspeed above all else. The fact that he's managed to win races on a Honda, which needs to be ridden in the absolute inverse manner, is astounding. I have always stood by my assertion that Dani would have fared much better on the Yamaha. In terms of style, he is far closer to Lorenzo than Marquez or Stoner.

    These tests just reinforce my passion for motorcycle racing. At its core, it is about the riders, and always has been. You can have the best bike, but without a truly exceptional rider you will not have the results. This is a lesson Honda and Yamaha have both learned quite painfully over the past few decades.

    My utmost respect to the brave lads who risk their lives for the pursuit of riding perfection. You are modern day heroes.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 1 Test Round Up: Honda vs Yamaha - An Even Battleground   3 weeks 2 days ago

    Stoner used to use a heap of rear brake also, Capirossi said the identical thing - that he could see Stoner's data but not replicate the technique. I'd love to know exactly what it is they're doing that's so hard to copy. I know GP riders use the rear brake to control spin but racers have been doing that forever, it must be something else. Marquez and Stoner have broadly similar styles, Marc more crossed up on corner entry and Stoner a bit more sideways but it's interesting they both use an unusual amount of rear brake. Honda are extremely fortuitous to have not only found two such gifted riders, but have one of them still testing parts for the other one when nobody can really ride like either of them! It reinforces my view that Dani ' s window to win a title is gone at Honda.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 1 Test Round Up: Honda vs Yamaha - An Even Battleground   3 weeks 2 days ago

    so all of a sudden Honda have an advantage? my, how fickle the observers can be. Only a few days ago all and sundry were trumping how great the Yamaha is, waxing lyrical at the marvel that the engineers had created.

    I sincerely hope Dani has found a new cog, especially after his incredible pace. Bring on another Repsol championship in 2015 :)

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 1 Test Round Up: Honda vs Yamaha - An Even Battleground   3 weeks 2 days ago

    I can see why he wouldn't be enthused to come back to GP on a machine that will be underpowered and underfunded. He's won in GP before, he knows what it takes, and the Aprilia isn't it.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 1 Test Round Up: Honda vs Yamaha - An Even Battleground   3 weeks 2 days ago

    "It appears that the ideal temperament for a Grand Prix rider is no longer that of the wild man, who throws his heart into riding, but of the Buddhist monk, observing calmly and acting with careful deliberation. "

    Per Cal Crutchlow's comment, Marc Marquez is anything but. According to Crutchlow and his interpretation of the data, Marc is riding wheels out of line, tons of rear brake and tossing the bike into turns. Perhaps the calm temperament is true of the riders sitting behind Marc, but it's not the ideal. Clearly, the only way to drop into the 1'58s and ride the Honda to its fullest potential, you still have to be a wild man.

    Per Crutchlow, Crash.net:
    Crutchlow is able to see the data of Marquez and Pedrosa, but said it is of limited use.

    “To follow what they are doing is difficult, because one is almost 20 kilos lighter, and the other wins races and nobody really knows how! To do what he [Marquez] does is something I think only he can do.

    “I don't think it's like trying to copy Dovizioso or Valentino, where you could look at the data and see what they are doing. Marc and Dani have completely different styles so deciding on which way to go is difficult because Marc uses so much rear brake and Dani uses half as much as Marc.

    “One will have the bike completely sideways, one is quite in line. It's about finding a balance and what I'm happy with. I need to find a way to do more laps on the bike and improve.”

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 1 Test Round Up: Honda vs Yamaha - An Even Battleground   3 weeks 2 days ago

    "Perhaps, underneath their leathers, Márquez and Pedrosa are wearing Repsol orange robes ..."

    The engineers rarely get the credit they deserve, but make no mistake,
    the Honda bikes are an advantage.

    Though the skill of Marquez cannot be denied, Pedrosa is not as good as Marquez. That they are both able to generate such quick lap times strongly hints at the advantage the Honda gives.

    I suspect Yamaha have yet to optimize their bike to reap the maximum benefit from the new Yamaha seamless gearbox. Honda has had far more time to optimize their bike. Given more development time, Yamaha engineers will probably erase some of the Honda advantage, and if they do, the Yamaha riders may be able to make up the remaining difference. So this year could bring some really good racing with the championship actually being contested instead of being a foregone conclusion.

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  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 1 Test Round Up: Honda vs Yamaha - An Even Battleground   3 weeks 2 days ago

    He's coming back to a series where he was unceremoniously dismissed because of being clinically depressed, after riding the Ducati. Melandri is no longer one of the contenders, but a back-marker. He might be having some flashbacks of his days on a Ducati.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 1 Test Round Up: Honda vs Yamaha - An Even Battleground   3 weeks 2 days ago

    Does he not want to be in MotoGP because of the extra pressure? I would have thought given how he left before, that he'd have a chip on his shoulder on the return. If not, that would explain his lack of ultimate success.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 1 Day 2 Round Up - Why The Timesheets Don't Tell The Full Story   3 weeks 2 days ago

    yes, fascinating little tidbit there. I think he was absolutely talking of when Marc first came to GP.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 1 Day 3 12pm Times - Marquez Destroys Sepang Lap Record   3 weeks 2 days ago

    Does anyone know if Barbera's and DiMeglio's Ducatis have the seamless transmission? I know the factory GP14 had one....that's what they're riding and I don't recall hearing any news stating they don't have it.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 1 Day 3 Final Times - Marquez Leaves As Fastest   3 weeks 2 days ago

    Save for Stefan Bradl, every rider who finished ahead of Aleix and Maverick did so on a factory-spec machine. Aleix's performance relative to Cal's is particularly noteworthy, given how comparable their positions are: both are talented riders with a few MotoGP seasons under their belt on unfamiliar bikes. I'd say the Maverick/Scott comparison has similar merit.

    Work to be done for everyone still, but I have to imagine Suzuki got more than they hoped for this week.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 1 Day 3 12pm Times - Marquez Destroys Sepang Lap Record   3 weeks 2 days ago

    Ducati, Suzuki and Aprilia are all using the same set of rules.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 1 Day 3 Final Times - Marquez Leaves As Fastest   3 weeks 2 days ago

    He surely deserves some more credit..

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 1 Day 3 12pm Times - Marquez Destroys Sepang Lap Record   3 weeks 2 days ago

    Nice to see Bradl ahead of Aleix and Crutchlow. Plus, I have to agree on Redding, however isn't he still recovering from superprestigio injury?

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 1 Day 3 12pm Times - Marquez Destroys Sepang Lap Record   3 weeks 2 days ago

    I'd like to see Ducati under the same rules as the other factories before I pass judgement. Right now they are a show pony in a group of one(how Ducati hates competition..)
    If anything the Yam looks further behind the Honda than last year. MM fastest, yes, although I think Rossi was, this time last year, but Dani being nearly half a sec up on Rossi is massively worrying for Yamaha. Dani has gained nigh on a second on Rossi over this time last year with Rossi arguably riding better now at one of his best tracks. With Jorge nearly 3/4 of a sec back it's looks like the Honda has been running 3 cylinders up to today.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 1 Day 3 12pm Times - Marquez Destroys Sepang Lap Record   3 weeks 2 days ago

    Also note Stefan Bradl who's doing good things on that Forward Yamaha.

    Not surprised to see Redding where he is, I think he's one of the most overrated riders on the grid.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 1 Day 2 Round Up - Why The Timesheets Don't Tell The Full Story   3 weeks 2 days ago

    What was interesting was he said about Marc studying Stoner's Data. Was he talking about the recent tests or when he first started in Motogp.Very interesting if two of the fastest riders ever run very similar set ups and what makes it work for them and not the others is it all down to absolute trust in the bike and tyres or just enormous balls.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 1 Day 3 12pm Times - Marquez Destroys Sepang Lap Record   3 weeks 2 days ago

    And to that with '14 bike is a serious testimony of a brutal force. Marquez's result is not a surprise by all means, but I can't wait for first Ducati bike made under authority of Dall'igna...

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 1 Day 3 12pm Times - Marquez Destroys Sepang Lap Record   3 weeks 2 days ago

    Soft rubber but Iannone continues to impress nevertheless. Kid's got moxie. The Andrea's could be real spoilers this year.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 1 Day 2 Round Up - Why The Timesheets Don't Tell The Full Story   3 weeks 3 days ago

    I think in the current climate changing bike really is like riding in another class - if you look at the way the Honda/Yamaha/Ducati riders brake, turn, and accelerate, they all do it very differently. It doesn't surprise me that the Honda is so hard to ride because of all the bikes it has the most different braking/turn in to everything else. Or maybe the better way to describe it is that it's not that much harder, but it's very different?

    Of course I could be wrong, but it's the conclusion I've come to by watching the different guys ride each bike :)

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 1 Day 2 Round Up - Why The Timesheets Don't Tell The Full Story   3 weeks 3 days ago
    Cal

    Is it me, or is Cal more interested in others than himself? Just read David's tweets and noticed Cal had to chime in once again regarding Scott and his limited use of electronics. Just worry about your 1 second gap to the front, probably even more now that Marquez ripped off a 1min58....you always need to compare, maybe that's why you haven't won a race and this will be your last season in GP. Should of stayed with Ducati, like Ianonne said, it would have been stupid to leave Ducati knowing they have a new bike on the way. I'm just a fan, but to listen to you is dreadful sometimes. First Jorge was a god, now Marquez. And to pick on Scott with your petty comments, seriously be quiet and ride. Great article David!

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 1 Day 2 Round Up - Why The Timesheets Don't Tell The Full Story   3 weeks 3 days ago

    and it's like are the reason this site stands head and shoulder above the others..

    Great article David, with some amazing behind the scenes info I'm sure not many others are getting and even fewer are sharing. Great stuff! thank you

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 1 Day 2 Round Up - Why The Timesheets Don't Tell The Full Story   3 weeks 3 days ago

    Very insightful interview. The fact that No one will let him follow is really a compliment to how other racers do not want to give an inch to him. What had me chuckling is that Redding seems COMPLETELY oblivious to this. He is no longer the threatless rookie from Moto2. He made me a fan in his last year in Moto2 when he started backing up his many words. Wish him t he best this year.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 1 Day 2 Final Times: Lorenzo Leads Dovizioso And Marquez   3 weeks 3 days ago

    um care to explain?

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 1 Day 2 Round Up - Why The Timesheets Don't Tell The Full Story   3 weeks 3 days ago

    I haven't seen any trap speed data, but I'm specifically curious to see whether Suzuki have unleashed more power, and also how the RC213V-RS stacks up with it's powertrain configuration.

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