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  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   2 days 16 hours ago

    You don't have to agree on everything and you can always feel a rider deserves more credit, but some of the bitter disappointments expressed here are rediculous. Don't bother looking for write-ups that are less biased, it will be much easier to find some that glorify your favorite rider.

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   2 days 16 hours ago
    wow

    what a bunch of butt hurt crybabies. there are usually some pretty insightful comments on David's articles here but this time,,,,,,,not so much.

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   2 days 16 hours ago

    I've just watched the aborted start and noticed the BT commentators point out that Lorenzo's visor was steamed up after the the FIRST warm up lap. You can clearly see fog inside his lid. So he already knew he had a problem yet went out again for the restart without having dealt with it.... That's not unlucky, that's just daft.

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   2 days 16 hours ago

    Or, "Rossi qualifies relatively well, wins"

    His position certainly helped his results. That said, when it rains I tend to mentally divide riders into good rain and bad rain riders. Rain involves luck because it favors some riders over others. It sometimes also involves luck to avoid crashing out or being crashed into. But rain riding is also a skill some riders have and/or develop. Rossi was lucky it rained so as to take advantage of a particular skill. Don't sweat the semantics people!

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   2 days 16 hours ago

    Whomever becomes WC, unless it is Petrucci some people will always claim it was due to equipment.

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   2 days 16 hours ago

    David, great article as ever and I concur with others about wearing out my refresh keys, in anticipation for your great write ups - and Paddock Pass - everyone should be listening to those Podcasts.

    Now, full disclosure, I'm a rabid VR46 fan. I'm also a fan of everyone on the grid. As a hobby racer, I understand how the slowest rider on the MotoGP grid is still otherworldly.

    So on to luck and things falling in line for Valentino. I like to think luck has very little to do with it. To me, luck can be replaced by two things: race preparation, as you say, but also race craft. To log the fastest lap times is important to winning. HOWEVER, race craft informs a rider what to do in varying situations to capitalize. Lap times alone won't get you out of a scrum with five other riders - race craft will.

    Race craft, of which Valentino has more of than anyone, is what you need to get to the front to have an opportunity to put those lap times to use and then to managing the pace to ensure you last the distance.

    Very little is luck. There's just more to it than outright speed.

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   2 days 16 hours ago

    as usual BrickTop. It's crazy how people like to sh*t on this guy for no reason yet he never say a bad word about anybody.

    Apparently Lorenzo himself said 'luck' is Rossi's main strentgh.

    Im taking Voodoo lessons starting now. There's no way his disrespectful behind wins this championship.

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   2 days 16 hours ago

    Comments of bias are perhaps overlooking the oblique praise in the write up that is rossi's by right. To have the craft and sheer skill to overcome rivals with a faster outright pace is something incredible. In this arena you make your own luck.

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   2 days 17 hours ago

    Are you kidding me now? i guess Marquez is a chump then since his most serious contenders suffered from injuries in 2013 and his bike was far superior in 2014.

    That's the kind of stuff you expect to find in the Crash comments section.

    It's not Rossi's fault if Lorenzo can't match his pace in the wet and Qatar 2015 was always his, faulty visor or not. Also Lorenzo's visor issues(if real...) are on his team and him only.

    What a disappointing write up.

    Edit: Also what about Marquez, Crutchlow and Miller crashing thus allowing Lorenzo to avoid a disaster? How's that for 'luck'?

  • Scott Redding Confirmed with Pramac Ducati For 2016   2 days 17 hours ago

    according to Mark VDS, they wanted him for next year.

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   2 days 17 hours ago

    Yet again I read on here a Rossi win is luck or down to this or that. When Lorenzi wins, or Marquez for that matter, you gush over them, their skill, etc. When Rossi wins its down to this or that, circumstance, always an excuse. How many times did you say asterisk in regards to his first win back at Yamaha at Assen?

    "in Argentina, Rossi chose the right tire, and benefited from a mistake by Márquez."
    Rossi didn't benefit from a mistake from Marquez. Marquez simply crashed trying to stay with Valentino, nothing more. Just like this race at Silverstone, he crashed trying to stay with Valentino, over riding his Honda until finally he pushed it too far.

    "Here at Silverstone, the rain played to Rossi's strengths. All of Lorenzo's victories have come from simply being much faster than anyone else, and taken when conditions had been what you might regard as normal.".
    No, in the rain, the bikes aren't as fast due to conditions. That means the taller riders suffer less with the fuel restrictions. This is why Petrucci got second. Fuel limitations removed we get to see who has the talent and throttle control to get the job done.

    Bias much?
    There are still fuel limitations in place for all the factory riders. That means the taller and heavier riders always suffer more and have to be that much better at racing to deal with the handicap. Rossi taller than the rest of the factory riders and why his campaign in 2015 is so impressive, forget his age. This was a master class win by Valentino. He didn't start from the front row. He fought his way to the front and managed it the rest of the race. In the rain, the lead rider is taking the biggest chance as changing conditions he will be the first one going down on the pavement. Marquez was right to sit behind him and let him take all the chances. And Rossi did that to the checkered flag. No excuses, no circumstance, simply superior riding in difficult conditions.

    As far as Lorenzo and his visor let's put the facts on display. He chose not to use a breath deflector. Two, Dovizioso said in the post race press conference he couldn't see anything at the end of the race. He doesn't use a HJC by the way. Three, the rest of the riders cracked or opened their visors on the cool down lap, Lorenzo did not. He chose to ride the entire cool down lap with his visor down so he could steam it up and make a big drama for the cameras when he entered the garage. He is a sore loser and always looking to blame something when he does not perform.

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   2 days 17 hours ago

    And without lowering the tone maybe you should read what my comments about Dovi relate to. Accuse me of not seeing if you must but perhaps you need to look a little further down the road...

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   2 days 17 hours ago

    It is interesting thinking how this plays into next races, especially where Rossi has an advantage
    Misano , Philip Island (2014 tires) and maybe Malaysia.
    Finishing on top of Jorge on this races should be enough?
    I wonder also how Marquez now that he has decided he might take podiums instead of crazy risks can affect the championship.

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   2 days 17 hours ago

    Let me start with stating the obvious, I'm a huge VR46 fan always have, always will but I must say that I also like Lorenzo (to the point of even buying his replica helmet) and like the way that he's like a machine of sorts that when he gets on his zone, he's unstoppable.

    That being said, it seems to me that every single time that JL99 has not won, it has been to some 'unusual' circumstance... helmet, bad tire, lack of grip, "didn't have the pace", helmet again, etc...

    The way I see it, Lorenzo 'struggles' when he's in the middle of the pack or has some pressure put on him. Last week I stated that VR46 needed to go into a dogfight with him but I guess all that was needed was some rain to rattle his nerves because I think that this race's pressure started before the lights went out.

    When the race was Red Flagged, not sure if everyone noticed but JL was shown without a helmet and somewhat nervous talking with R. Forcada, the Ohlins guy and the Bridgestone guy in a somewhat 'accelerated' manner vs Rossi who returned to the box by his own means, not with the help of his crew, kept his helmet on and was simply preparing for battle. It felt to me that Marquez was the same way. But that up for interpretation.

    If Rossi continues to qualify 4th or better and do a good start enough to pressure Lorenzo I believe we will see some good races on the dry but I also believe that we'll still have 2 or 3 races with wacky weather and that obviously changes everything.

    No we go to Misano where Rossi could probably race with his R1M and still score some points.

    Yes Lorenzo and Marquez are faster on the dry than Valentino but then again, conditions must be perfect for Lorenzo to excel with his tires.

    Without a doubt, we're in for a excellent finish to this great season, so excited and can't wait for Valencia...

    The Danilo Petrucci post-race conference is fabulous! Glad to see him up there, showed similar charisma as Rossi and could immediately notice that the other two podium finishers where quite happy for him not to mention the rest of the teams...

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   2 days 17 hours ago

    Shouldn't it be about 'fact'?

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   2 days 17 hours ago

    .... at the chance to defend Rossi, and you did. I'm not criticizing Vale, and the wet conditions were absolutely a "gift" for Rossi yesterday. A wet track gave him a much MUCH more realistic opportunity to take a win at Silverstone than if it were a dry race, based merely on every practice session and qualifying. Did he capitalize on the opportunity? Yes, he made the most of it and then some. Just telling it how it is.

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Race Report: Rain Produces Plenty Of Surprises   2 days 17 hours ago

    Rossi and Dani IIRC had the pinlock visor, as well as breath deflectors. Rest of the riders that I could see all had breath deflectors. No idea what Lorenzo was thinking, to be honest, opting to use neither in the rain when HJC is known to have fogging issues.

  • Scott Redding Confirmed with Pramac Ducati For 2016   2 days 18 hours ago

    A good craftsman never blames his tools.

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   2 days 18 hours ago

    Not easy to make everyone happy :)
    A read your reports with with an open mind and despite being a Rossi fan I'm not " offended" when you say the his wins are up to circumstances.
    I don't entirely agree but that's ok. And as I'm sure we agree: the victories are well deserved. Four victories are a bit to much to put on the luck account.

    Your view of the reminder of the season is a bit strange though.
    Why wouldn't things happen? Why is it likely with 6 "normal" races. IMHO that would in it self be unusual.
    Why are you so sure we will not have rain at Montegi, PI og KL?
    We have seen no mechanical failures among the top riders yet. As the engine are getting used up, why should we not expect one of those?
    You sound very much like Harris (MotoGP commentator) as he so often wrap it up too early, as he did on Sunday too, failing to see Rossi lost 2.5 sek on the lap MM crashed out.
    I find the variables way to many and way to uncertain to make even a good guess, but what I feel almost certain about is that all remaining races will not go as normal races without special events influencing the result.
    Sure, it could just as well be Rossi that have a mechanical failure but something will happen.

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   2 days 18 hours ago

    hahaha I was just thinking about that as I was scrolling through all the comments.

    I agree, I have the HJC Lorenzo replica and the breath deflector and pinlock shield make a heck of a difference on inclement weather.

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   2 days 18 hours ago

    ..depends on what your agenda or rider preference is for what shapes your opinion. After travelling world wide to GPs for 30 years now and having no favourite rider, I just admire the quality on this site- quality that your superb articles generate from us lot.
    Of course I'd like to see VR win his 10th in Valencia, who wouldn't, especially if he's earned it, which, the way this barn-burner of a season is going, looks like being the case.
    Why don't folk out there understand that, when all is said and done, yours is just what everyone else's is- that being an OPINION. You may have better journalistic skills than most of us, and have your nose pressed up to the glass in a way we can only imagine but you have earned the right to be there and send back your excellent dispatches that provoke all this- thanks David and I for one will accept it as is and if I don't agree then that is my difference of OPINION, doesn't have to mean I criticise you...

    BTW, have to pick you up on one thing in the lead article, "Andrea Dovisioso, on the other hand,was as solid as ever..."

    David, he's in my fantasy team, solid as ever this season?

    But really, I ain't falling out with you over it...

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   2 days 18 hours ago

    There's some clear questions to be asked of Webb & Co.

    Did they base their stupid 'Dry Race' theory on Florian Alt's dry weather lap times towards the end of the Moto2 race, rather than reality?

    'Reality' was that the weather was closing in.

    'Reality' was, that with advanced, sophisticated weather warning systems, Race Direction were aware of impending rain but called the race 'Dry' instead.

    'Reality' was an entire grid changing to 'wet' bikes and starting from the hugely dangerous confines of pit-line.

    'Reality' was just one rider deciding to start from the grid on a 'dry' bike forcing everyone else to start from pit-lane.

    'Reality' was the sighting lap on slicks in full wet conditions - the most dangerous lap of the 'race' according to Hayden.

    The race? Well, that was a complete farce from start to finish.

    Webb & Co had better start revising the rules and come-up with better solutions to the more obvious, pressing questions.

    Reality is that Silverstone turned into a sad joke - despite the brilliant efforts of the riders (and track-side staff).

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   2 days 18 hours ago

    needed the harder tyre because of tyre life and safety. And on all those races JL complained, or maybe i should say talked about why there wasnt any medium tyre and constant telling that bridgestone wil bring the medium with edge treathment soon. Non of the other riders did i hear talking about it. The biggest luck for JL is the medium edge grip. without it he basicly dont stand a change. He rely so heavily on it, more so then any other rider in MotoGP.
    In Qatar VR mas making ground on JL and AD even befor the helmet issue.

    David emmet just wrote he writes things as he sees it and thats fine and more so even better for us. And i really enjoy it here getting to know things you wont see or find on other sites.

    the only thing that sting me was was that he said VR won with luck while JL due to pure speed. Maybe thats true but with the LUCK of the edge grip tyres as hes the one who can exploid them full. while VR won due to pure speed on tyres he could exploid to full potential.

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   2 days 18 hours ago

    Glad to see that I'm not the only 'addict' that's constantly hitting the refresh button as we wait for David to publish his Round Up.

  • 2015 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Controlling The Uncontrollable, And Championships Drawing Closer   2 days 18 hours ago

    I do use a pinlock and I do think the helmet is the best that I have ever owned.

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