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  • Analyzing The Michelin Tire Test: Despite Secrecy And Crashes, Positive Results   4 weeks 2 days ago

    ..."nobody ever lost the front on the gas"???

    I think the explanation of *why* riders crashed, in paragraph 7, is not entirely accurate.

  • Analyzing The Michelin Tire Test: Despite Secrecy And Crashes, Positive Results   4 weeks 2 days ago

    ...in 2007 when the 800 was introduced so I don't see them as a given favorite for 2016. Maybe this is what will bring back the Ducatis to the top, like Bridgestone did in 2007?

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 3 Round Up: Marquez vs Lorenzo, Honda vs Yamaha, And Why The Open Honda Is Still Slow   4 weeks 2 days ago

    Well...Bayliss, is just Bayliss. ;)

    For him to come in and win that one race after being off the Motogp bike for awhile just shows that he always had the speed there. He said that Ducati would not listen to him. But with the crew he used for that race he was able to get what he was asking for.

    Still feel something happened in the background with Ben. Dont' know if it was in his personal life or on the team. His luck was not just him jacking up, there were alot of MYSTERIOUS failures happening with him. He had more raw talent than Crutchlow to me. But Crutchlow at the Motogp level seems to have a little more "F*ck you!" in him than I saw with Spies which is surprising because Spies had the about the worst teammate you could ever deal with in AMA. He was fast AND talked mess about Spies every race and interview.

    To me I do not think rider styles matter as much. When Lorenzo started winning everyone said tires in line works. Now Marquez is dominating real hard and making veterans look like rookies riding like he is at a dirt track. Really does seem it is whatever works for the rider with the speed. Everyone else has to emulate to catch up.

  • Analyzing The Michelin Tire Test: Despite Secrecy And Crashes, Positive Results   4 weeks 2 days ago

    I think the real problem here is the single tyre supplier. The main problem with the tyre competition was that, apart from two companies dominating it -and anyone sorry enough to be on Dunlops getting left behind- the qualifying tyres and overnight specials unfairly advantaged certain teams with lots of money.

    I say bring back multiple suppliers of spec tyres. Don't allow overnight specials, but rather give them an allocation like the current system, but allow more than one manufacturer in. We'll probably still end up with only two manufacturers at a time, but at least we won't have all this trouble with switching the entire field at once.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 3 Round Up: Marquez vs Lorenzo, Honda vs Yamaha, And Why The Open Honda Is Still Slow   4 weeks 2 days ago

    Indeed, Cal made a silly mistake, but I guess from ‘his point of view’ he had little or no other options, I would say…
    When he was at Tech 3 and Rossi decided to continue, he saw his ultimate dream, a factory Yamaha ride, go up in smoke…
    At Ducati, he never felt at home, not only on the bike, but more importantly, in the ‘communication’ with the Italians. Dall’Igna never kept it secret that he preferred working with Dovi. Cal, such a social guy, never felt taken seriously and accepted among the Italians…
    On top of that, last year he was put in the shade by the better results ànd the positive approach (which is not the least important from a factory's viewpoint!) of yet another Italian, Iannone. So in the end, I guess Cal felt him left with almost no other option than to leave Ducati…
    Hope I got it all wrong, but I guess Cal's chances to ever throw his leg over a championship winning factory MotoGP bike are all gone now. But who knows, perhaps this year we will see him shine again in its 'good old' role, thumbs up ;-) Go for it Cal !!!!

  • Analyzing The Michelin Tire Test: Despite Secrecy And Crashes, Positive Results   4 weeks 2 days ago

    I forgot all about that until you brought it up. Him launching himself into the atmosphere in China and Laguna Seca (which I saw live), were what made me believe traction control only goes so far. He might hold the record for thrown in the ejection height in the 4 stroke era.

  • Analyzing The Michelin Tire Test: Despite Secrecy And Crashes, Positive Results   4 weeks 2 days ago

    But... in the old michelin days Lorenzo was not adverse to launching himself into orbit on a relatively frequent basis. Sure he might have improved in consistency since then, but only on bridgestones.

  • Analyzing The Michelin Tire Test: Despite Secrecy And Crashes, Positive Results   4 weeks 2 days ago

    This is gonna be EXPENSIVE!

  • Analyzing The Michelin Tire Test: Despite Secrecy And Crashes, Positive Results   4 weeks 2 days ago

    So the smart money is on things settling into the same order we have now? It seems rather wasteful to spend so much money for such a result although it will be interesting to see who does a better job of adapting. And, of course, that expenditure keeps an army of engineers, technicians, designers, riders and team management in jobs doesn't it.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 3 Round Up: Marquez vs Lorenzo, Honda vs Yamaha, And Why The Open Honda Is Still Slow   4 weeks 2 days ago

    MotoGP has changed quite a bit since Lorenzo and Yamaha can plant a Bridgestone front tire and knock out 250 GP style metronome laps to win. Superbike riders have not been top notch MotoGP riders for a while, no. During the time of the "faith over feel" Bridgestone spec front tire that is SO different than any other. And the age of electronics and HRC fuel limit rules. This might be seen as an exception era in years ahead.

    If we think things have changed a lot since Bayliss's wildcard win, perhaps we can do the same in foresight re 2016 and the next era. We have our rider domination established ending the last era and opening the next one. It will not stay that way forever. And Marquez, he is a "Moto2 style" rider, which wasn't even a thing when Spies came through the pipeline.

    Ah, Spies. His Tech3 tenure was something to behold, very hopeful and exciting. His Factory experience was, well...bizarre disappointing shite. Just a touch like Cal maybe in some respects? Both really good guys in my estimation too btw. I am glad expectations are low for Cal and Satellite Hondas. Perhaps that will dispel whatever demonic juju afflicted poor Ben.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 3 Round Up: Marquez vs Lorenzo, Honda vs Yamaha, And Why The Open Honda Is Still Slow   4 weeks 2 days ago

    Agreed Whorida. I can speak from experience that is somewhat applicable, at least in the sense that I have had a revelation of sorts in the last yr re electronics as apply to technology trickling down to production bikes.

    Just spent (blissful) time canyon carving for a few days on a newish CBR1000rr and it was...mixed. 160hp is all it has cooking under the fairings and it is much different than my old 130hp R1. Honestly lots less rideable and manageable. And less fun than the 2007 CBR600rr I now wish I hadn't sold.

    A dear friend of mine, expert racer team mate, was almost taken by the "widow maker" 2007 Kawasaki ZX10 on a free practice day. He was trying to sort suspension to make the power rideable. I have always said that it was down to bike geometry primarily and his adjusting to the monster engine second. And been a avid anti-electronics crusader of sorts re GP rules AND on production bikes. My limited frame of reference and eager temperament are to blame. I intentionally bought the 07 CBR600RR to avoid ABS. Why? It adds a bunch of weight, and I didn't want anything between my right hand and front rotors but fluid, stainless lines, and great pads. I had experienced front end slides controlled in rain races, and floating the rear braking in the dry. So I know everything! (Yeah, right).

    The 07 ZX10 and 08 CBR1000rr were amazing bikes. More power. Size of a 600. Give me MORE! When can we get 180hp and in a 250GP little carving knife? Oh yeah? Try and ride it! I can only imagine (and believe me I do) what it must be like to be on a teeny little 225hp MotoGP bike with only wheelie control and minimal engine management for rear wheel spin. I need to be careful what I wish for! It sounds awful.

    The next wave of production bikes is upon us. The BMW1000rr and now R1m have opened the next war - not for more power with less weight. For more refinement of electronics packages.

    The 2015 Open Honda customers have a great bike. That is slow. And if you dropped your $200,000 for one and I could ride it on a track day I sure would love it (happy to share my email for all those interested of course). Until I stopped loving it and wanted to go back to enjoying putting down similar lap times on a 130hp middleweight Supersport like I should be.

    The comment above a bit sounds wise - we are 99.9% sure to not see a satellite win in 2015. Electronics are a big deal. Let's watch what the 2015 Open Honda can do relative to its main rivals. Which include the 2014 Open times, the Aprilia, and...not any of the satellites. For 2016 I agree with the other poster above that the top Factory teams will still have an advantage with their more full use of the Championship electronics package. And the more functionality that is included the more likely it is to make this more pronounced. In 2016 we may have a 95% chance of not seeing a satellite win. And that sounds like a huge improvement to me.

    And who will the greatest threat be? Top satellite that is grabbing podiums? I am still betting P.Espargaro or Crutchlow. Or some wild newcomer on a satellite Ducati maybe even, which is a joy to even have in consideration. (Side note - ever notice that criticism of the paddock whipping post rider, currently Cal, tends to entail less wisdom and more personal attacks? Ironically addressed at Cal's intelligence or character?).

    2015 is here and I eagerly await the perfect storm of a low grip low temperature track that suits the super soft rear tire closer to race distance, #29 or #4 and the GP15 coming into their own together, and a podium that was not granted by attrition or a bike swap. It is coming at some point. And top satellite may be in tow.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 3 Round Up: Marquez vs Lorenzo, Honda vs Yamaha, And Why The Open Honda Is Still Slow   4 weeks 2 days ago

    I do not have the exact article or video of the question. When Ben Spies was asked why more WSBK racers do not do better in Motogp he said "These guys (Motogp) are just faster. There is no way to get around it."

    That came from someone who came to the Superbike Class and waxed the dog mess out of everyone in it in his first year in the series, at many of the racetracks, and living in Europe coming from America. All HUGE factors in themselves let alone Winning a huge amount of races, taking pole positions, and actually breaking Haga while on a bike that was not the best. Cal Crutchlow alluded to the same thing when he said that anyone that gets top five in Motogp can win races or a championship in WSBK. It is not the bikes. It is the racers who are just better in Motogp.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 3 Round Up: Marquez vs Lorenzo, Honda vs Yamaha, And Why The Open Honda Is Still Slow   4 weeks 2 days ago

    CC35 although very fast is still of a dying breed a (superbike) rider...
    Since the 4-stroke era of gp only a very select few have been successfull: Hayden, Spies, and somewhat Bayliss. Hayden only has 3 wins in his 12 seasons of racing in gp and won the title in '06 through consistency. Spies was supposed to be the next big thing coming out of the U.S. He was probably the only superbike racer that could have given the aliens a run. He did win a race in the "hard to ride" 800cc era in the dry against Stoner/Lorenzo/Pedrosa. Then there's Bayliss who won a race as a wildcard for Ducati in the last 990cc race ever. That's it. I don't see gp factory teams recruiting any superbike racers in the near future. Most superbike racers try gp and end up going back to production derived racing. CC35 is "topped out" I don't see him moving anywhere higher. Couldn't do it with Yamaha, Decided to leave factory Ducati, and he won't move up to factory HRC. He'll probably do ok with LCR Honda and then have an opportunity to move down to open machinery or MAYBE Gresini Aprilia and help them develop the rs gp and by the time that machine gets sorted he will have been past his "shelf life" in the top class. For whatever reason superbike racing doesn't transfer over to well in gp racing...Possibly a combination of stiffer chassis and stickier tires that provide deeper lean angles not really seen in sbk idk.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 3 Round Up: Marquez vs Lorenzo, Honda vs Yamaha, And Why The Open Honda Is Still Slow   4 weeks 2 days ago

    Hayden being so far behind on a regular Motogp bike with Spec Electronics and no seamless shifting I will not say is fully down to those things. BUT, it does show how much electronics are playing a part in making these heat seeking missiles easier to ride or control. Being able to tune bikes to work differently corner to corner should be cut in my opinion. They should have to find a setting that works for most of the track or their worst area and work out the rest themselves with their own skills.

    I get some traction control and lean angle based programming to help get off a corner. But goddamn, it is beginning to sound like if you have do not have a factory electronics package you will not EVER get close to winning. A little too close to Formula 1 to me. Motogp always held a higher level to me because of rider input which used to be more 80 rider 20 bike. Now it is a solid 50/50, maybe even more in some cases. Marquez seems to be able to make things work well like Stoner did, but everyone else seems to be OBSESSED with getting the electronics right. Engine braking, acceleration, anti wheelie, settings for the whole track...etc. Riders still do make the ultimate difference but would like to see less factors available for everyone to say it is because of this or that, (electronics) that I could not keep up with Marquez/ Lorenz/ Ross/ Pedrosa and just be more down to them to get more speed.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 3 Round Up: Marquez vs Lorenzo, Honda vs Yamaha, And Why The Open Honda Is Still Slow   4 weeks 2 days ago

    Not to forget Spies in 2010.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 3 Round Up: Marquez vs Lorenzo, Honda vs Yamaha, And Why The Open Honda Is Still Slow   4 weeks 2 days ago

    I'll believe that when I see it. Somehow I figure Honda will still have an advantage with the electronics.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 3 Round Up: Marquez vs Lorenzo, Honda vs Yamaha, And Why The Open Honda Is Still Slow   4 weeks 2 days ago

    What I find really interesting is #69's results on the spec electronics RC213V-RS. I have no difficulty imagining that without extensive electronic 'assistance' the RC213 is more than a handful to control and make fast. What does this mean for the factory Hondas next year?

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 3 Round Up: Marquez vs Lorenzo, Honda vs Yamaha, And Why The Open Honda Is Still Slow   4 weeks 2 days ago

    Then they (Honda) can kiss their hordes of electronics engineers goodbye. About 5 years too late but better late then never.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 3 Round Up: Marquez vs Lorenzo, Honda vs Yamaha, And Why The Open Honda Is Still Slow   4 weeks 2 days ago

    Cal staying at Ducati would be a huge gamble. Most people wouldn't take that bet. The only reason he went in the first place...well, we know the story. So let's be real. He left an up hill battle (Ducati is better but still unproven) for Honda. The Honda has more potential. What is Ducati's track record outside of Stoner?

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 3 Round Up: Marquez vs Lorenzo, Honda vs Yamaha, And Why The Open Honda Is Still Slow   4 weeks 2 days ago

    One VERY important thing to note is that this time of the year is cooler than October (assuming same time of the day). Cooler temperatures equal faster laptimes at Sepang. Even last year, the qualifying 2014 times were way slower than pre-season testing 2014 times. You also have to consider that riders are probably going 99% during testing and 101% during qualifying. While I have no doubt that Marquez+Honda combination would be significantly faster than the race last year, I absolutely do not think that the difference is 25 seconds.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 3 Round Up: Marquez vs Lorenzo, Honda vs Yamaha, And Why The Open Honda Is Still Slow   4 weeks 3 days ago

    Both Dovi and Bautista rode satellite bikes arguable better than Crutchlow. The Espargaro brothers are head and shoulders above him as well. Wish I could say Bradl, but he's had very disappointing showings since he left moto2 really.

    I don't know how anyone can get their back up so much for Crutchlow when you know, you just know, he's going to choke. You just know when he's pushing towards the end of a race he's going to cock it up completely.

    Argue it as much as you like, but a healthy Crutchlow put his bike in the dirt and retired almost more than he finished races last year, it's a familiar story right the way through his career, if he didn't do that he'd be impressive.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 3 Round Up: Marquez vs Lorenzo, Honda vs Yamaha, And Why The Open Honda Is Still Slow   4 weeks 3 days ago

    Please list the other riders with satellite teams who have posted better results than Cal in the last 5 years.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 3 Round Up: Marquez vs Lorenzo, Honda vs Yamaha, And Why The Open Honda Is Still Slow   4 weeks 3 days ago

    I'm taken aback by the Crutchlow comments.
    I've posted criticism of him of late, and always had them "removed" by the governor. lol
    I do think he was an idiot leaving Ducati and showed himself in a very bad way in his handling and arrogance last season......... but as a Brit, I'll still cheer for him.
    As long as he's behind the Ducs

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 3 Round Up: Marquez vs Lorenzo, Honda vs Yamaha, And Why The Open Honda Is Still Slow   4 weeks 3 days ago

    I think it is pretty unfair to judge someone for becoming champion. I'm 99.99999% sure Cal is not going to be champion. For ages that's something for factory riders, of the factory's with potential that is. But if Cal extents this improvement and Dani's has another season like last year, they could be fighting together this year, who knows?

    And only 2 second places in four seasons? that's a pretty bad summary. In one season he got 2 2nds, 2 3ths, one pole position and also 2 4ths, which means he was competitative with the factory riders and beating them, that's pretty impressive. His ducati adventure was quite a dissaster, but still got a podium at Aragon and unluckily threw away a podium at Philip Island.

    This year is his chance to show his current potential.

    Honestly, I do think it's too late, even when he would beat dani this year, HRC is never going to let Cal on the repsol since they have Marquez and HRC would be smart to but a younger person next to him in 2017. Getting back to ducati will not happen and Yamaha has Pol awaiting for 2017. Then he has to search for another tricky factory offer...

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 2 Round Up - Marquez vs Lorenzo, Thumb Brakes & Seamless Gearboxes, Ducati's Tires, And Melandri's Fall   4 weeks 3 days ago

    So in the pic: https://twitter.com/M_Turco/status/570152261730455552 is the clutch the stumpy little lever and the brake the one that looks a normal clutch lever with a slight u-shape?

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