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  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 2 Final Times: Marquez Fastest, Two Ducati GP15s In Top 4   5 days 22 hours ago

    AFAIK, the main differences are:

    1) they are using last years factory engine
    2) no seamless gearbox
    3) they use open software?
    4) have the greater fuel allowance
    5) softer rear tire available

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 2 Final Times: Marquez Fastest, Two Ducati GP15s In Top 4   5 days 23 hours ago

    They are all testing parts and setups but poor Cal. Dumbest move in recent memory. Right up there with Valentino going to Ducati.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 2 Final Times: Marquez Fastest, Two Ducati GP15s In Top 4   6 days 5 min ago

    Boom! Ducati are back.
    This time last week who was expecting the Ducatis to be there?
    I think the opposition should be very pleased that they are not allowed to use the hard tyre. Is it 2016 yet? Hang on, Ducati just has to bag a few wins and they have to go factory, or do they just lose the super soft and fuel allowance? In which case they would have the choice of one tyre. I expect Dorna hasn't planned that far ahead, so they will just make a new rule that Ducati is never allowed to use the hard option.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 2 Final Times: Marquez Fastest, Two Ducati GP15s In Top 4   6 days 16 min ago

    To put his laptime in perspective, he did a qualifying laptime of 2:03.9 in WSBK just a few months ago. Whichever way you look at it, this bike should be a lot faster than the WSBK bike last year with its restrictions and yet he's four tenths SLOWER after 2 full days on the MotoGP bike.

    Source : http://resources.worldsbk.com/files/results/2014/MAS/SBK/Q2A/CLA/Results...

    Things look really bleak, HOWEVER, I feel it's just the matter of getting to the first race weekend. When the lights go out in Qatar, all demons would be exorcised in an instant. He should at least be running competitive pace, or so I hope.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 2 Final Times: Marquez Fastest, Two Ducati GP15s In Top 4   6 days 22 min ago

    Cry, Crutchlow, cry.....What a mistake to make. He missed out on the oportunity to be a real contender. On a satelite Honda it is not goin to happen. Now he is on a second-grade motor. He will not be impressive enough to get in to Repsol. I don't think there is a way to get back in to the first league

    It is incredibly easy to comment from the armchair, but, I believe that he sould trust Dallig'na. He was a part of a true factory team. No more.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 2 Final Times: Marquez Fastest, Two Ducati GP15s In Top 4   6 days 26 min ago

    Actually, I'm quite curious to see whether his performance is going to change or not once he's testing the Michelins. Unfortunately, we won't know because there will be no official timing, right?

    Because I'm still wondering how much of Melandri's lack of performance is him not wanting to be there and how much of it is due to the obvious huge difference in tires between WSBK and MotoGP

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 2 Final Times: Marquez Fastest, Two Ducati GP15s In Top 4   6 days 49 min ago

    I wonder will Melandri even start the season proper.

    He clearly doesn't want to be there.

    There must be lots of gnashing of teeth in the Aprilia boardroom at present!!

  • 2015 Phillip Island WSBK Sunday Post-Race Press Releases   6 days 59 min ago

    Great to see the SBK show back on the road. There was lots to enjoy in this PI event - the most crucial ingredient being the close racing with 4 manufacturers dueling at the sharp end, and the thrilling finishes to both races. This kind of drama is why one watches bike racing, but how often does it happen in MotoGP?
    There was also plenty of icing on the cake - Bayliss' return, the Panigale's rejuvenation, Haslam's renaissance, Rea's resurgence, the Honda's resilience, the new boys' relevance.
    All of these are good omens for a close hard-fought series. When Suzuki sort out their problems and Giuliano recovers, it should get even better. Who can predict which rider or manufacturer will come out on top?
    Good luck to everybody. I love 'em all.

  • Ducati Press Release: Desmosedici GP15 Launched In Bologna   6 days 1 hour ago

    To oscar,

    I agree Stoner has what it takes as he has proven so many times, but aren't you forgetting about the 2007 Bridgestone tyres that really suited / were specifically made for / the D16 of those days?

    Once the spec tyres came in not even stoner got around a bend the way he did a couple of years before when using the specific BS's... oh yes, and he complained about...? the front?

    and who won the championship in 2008 using those same BS's?

    I say it's more about the tyres then you wish to believe...

    for the rest all i can say is, good luck in 2015 Ducati!

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 2 Final Times: Marquez Fastest, Two Ducati GP15s In Top 4   6 days 2 hours ago

    David and co. What are the differences between the honda 213V and the 213V-RS? Cal is doing a decent job so far as is Redding! But what the heck is going on with the Open Hondas? starting with Hayden? They have HRC techs in their garages, right?!

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 2 Final Times: Marquez Fastest, Two Ducati GP15s In Top 4   6 days 2 hours ago

    Yeah, I suspect Marco doesn't very much want to be there. I think he'd rather be on superbikes, and I don't think he's busting himself to go fast...

    Impressive effort by the GP15s. Was that on the 'Ducatis go fast on super soft tyres' rubber?

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 1 Round Up: Hard Work, Heavy Weather And New Bikes   6 days 3 hours ago

    They don't release top speeds at the Sepang test, so it's hard to tell. But top speed hasn't been a problem for the Yamahas since they got more power last year. They were only a couple of km/h down on the fastest Ducatis and Hondas at the race last year.

    As for power delivery, they are continuously working on that. At Sepang 1, the Yamaha riders said the power delivery was a little better than last year, much smoother. That improved massively throughout 2014 as well.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 1 Round Up: Hard Work, Heavy Weather And New Bikes   6 days 3 hours ago

    There are more factors at play than just the weather...

    Argentina: while Dorna covers the cost of the races, testing travel has to be paid for by the teams. Travel to Argentina is both very time consuming and exhorbitantly expensive. MotoGP simply can't afford to test at the circuit.

    Phillip Island: PI is perhaps the greatest circuit on the calendar, but it is not very good for testing. What you learn at PI is how to go fast at PI. It is all fast, flowing corners, which tax the tires. Sepang is a much better mix of fast and slow, and everything in between.

    Austin: Austin again is a very peculiar track, missing fast sweepers. Weather at Austin is a little more variable than at Sepang, but is mainly good. There may be noise ordinances which create problems, which restrict activity at a lot of tracks.

    Jerez: they used to test at Jerez (and I wish they still did), but as Moto2 and World Superbikes found out, the weather can be very unreliable there. At Jerez, it can rain for several days solid, meaning no useful time on track at all. The track also takes a long time to dry out, so if it rains in the morning, it can take until the late afternoon before the track is dry. Jerez is a possibility, but it is not without risks.

    Sepang has a lot of advantages. It is a very varied track, with long straights, hard braking, tight corners and fast sweepers, and a good mixture of everything. Though it can be blistering hot, you are pretty certain of getting 2-3 solid hours of testing in every day, and if you are lucky, maybe 5 or 6 hours. It is located next to a major international airport, and flights cost half of what they would cost to Melbourne for PI. There are no problems with sound regulations, accommodation is cheap and plentiful. As someone else pointed out, it is not far from Japan, so useful for the Japanese factories.

    There may be another factor involved, which is cost to the organizer. Dorna pays for the track rental (but no freight), and I suspect that Sepang offers them a very good deal.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 2 Final Times: Marquez Fastest, Two Ducati GP15s In Top 4   6 days 4 hours ago

    is very slow

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 1 Round Up: Hard Work, Heavy Weather And New Bikes   6 days 4 hours ago

    You can't see which way the Honda engine turns from the outside. Only thing visible is the clutch, which always spins backwards. Yamaha use an extra shaft to transfer power from crankshaft to the primary drive (which is what clutch is on).

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 1 4pm Times: Marquez On Top. GP15 Shows Promise In 3rd   6 days 4 hours ago

    Ducati will lose their privileges one after another, should they score dry podiums and wins until, eventually, they would have to compete under the same rules as every other factory.

    I'm not sure from the top of my head, if they would also lose the soft rubber. And if they do, I wonder whether they are being granted Access to the hard tyre in return. Everything else wouldn't make sense.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 1 4pm Times: Marquez On Top. GP15 Shows Promise In 3rd   6 days 4 hours ago

    With the extra fuel and unlimited engine upgrades I've not doubt the Duke will be a real rocket ship this year. However if they get 3 podiums in the first 3 races of the year do they then have to revert to the same rules as the other factories?? Or will they have to be the fourth bike on the podium as the winners of a different class? Or will the Yam and Honda be allowed more fuel and engine upgrades to even the game up. It would seem to be a huge upheaval for Ducati had they to compete on a level playing field. If they win the first race through huge power, it's happened before, will they be allowed the advantages all season long.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 1 Round Up: Hard Work, Heavy Weather And New Bikes   6 days 6 hours ago

    Funny how building a "normal" bike in spec-tire-MotoGP essentially means building a RC213V ;)

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 1 4pm Times: Marquez On Top. GP15 Shows Promise In 3rd   6 days 6 hours ago

    Safe to say that Marco Melandri isn't enjoying his return to MotoGP to the fullest.
    Dead last, almost 5 seconds adrift.

    Remember when Ducati sent him to the shrink? Maybe Aprilia could get the number...

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 1 Round Up: Hard Work, Heavy Weather And New Bikes   6 days 8 hours ago

    I'm guessing it's a mixture of proximity and availability. Sepang is much closer to Japan than those other tracks. Track temperature at Phillip Island will be quite high at this time of year as well (although much drier) - it would also have to be arranged around the WSBK round that happens there in February.

  • Analyzing The Ducati Desmosedici GP15: Smaller, Sharper, Faster, But Can It Win?   6 days 8 hours ago

    Bayliss: 100% win record in MotoGP? Er no.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 1 Round Up: Hard Work, Heavy Weather And New Bikes   6 days 11 hours ago

    I noticed a couple of years ago that the Honda engine spins backwards too. Same as the Yamaha.

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 1 Round Up: Hard Work, Heavy Weather And New Bikes   6 days 11 hours ago

    Factory Yamaha is looking pretty good. Rossi is a hard braker, and him saying the braking has gotten fractionally better is a good thing for them. If I remember right, Lorenzo stated the Yamaha was a little behind in braking as well. I wonder if Marquez was pushing the brakes harder than normal to make sure the Honda maintained an advantage over Yamaha. I am sure Honda noticed the corner entry for Yamaha may have been fractionally better and may have had some new Brembos to test.

    Was not there could not say for sure. But one thing I can say for sure is I am not really gauging anyone until Marquez has a healthy bike under him.

    Ducati, good to hear they have fixed the turning issue. Cannot wait to see race runs done on that bike. (Holding breath, they are my favorite Manufacturer).

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 1 Round Up: Hard Work, Heavy Weather And New Bikes   6 days 12 hours ago

    Funny you ask because Nicky Hayden just said:

    ..."There is a reason why we test here, which is that this is a huge circuit and you have to work on a lot of different things that can come up over the course of the season." (Quoted from his recent interview posted at MotoGP.com)

  • 2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 1 Round Up: Hard Work, Heavy Weather And New Bikes   6 days 12 hours ago

    The oversteer he could generate from sliding through corners, and the amazing fine control he had of it, presumably is why the slow steering from the front - caused by the long wheelbase, the sense of the crank precession, or whatever - didn't trouble him as much. (?)

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