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  • Reply to: 2018 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: A Great Track, Processional Racing, And A Hero In Texas   4 min 55 sec ago

    Sadly we do not have any other tracks besides Indy and COTA that can accommodate MotoGP.

    Barber Motorsports Park has the look of a track that could host MotoGP; however, Barber was described by Matt Mladin this way. "they should take and put it in a copier and hit 125%".

  • Reply to: 2018 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: A Great Track, Processional Racing, And A Hero In Texas   4 hours 9 min ago

    "...What if Iannone gets one or two more podiums in the next couple of races, will they let him go? Now there are rumors they are looking for younger talent..."

    I'm going to hang out on this limb and say that Lorenzo coming on board would give Suzuki a former World Champ with the experience, and a chance to win the championship now (2019), with Rins as co-contender. And I think they could get JL relatively inexpensively, his ineffectual time at Ducati effectively having destroyed his bargaining power.

    They could bring younger riders up through the ranks with their upcoming satellite team?

  • Reply to: 2018 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: A Great Track, Processional Racing, And A Hero In Texas   4 hours 11 min ago

    Surely a place as big as the states has other, better tracks. Thank goodness there was WSBK this weekend.

    From my armchair, and with all the worlds money to spend, I’d have thought there’s scope to remodel parts of the track to make it more exciting. It seems to have great topography, with all those height changes.

    Still, plenty of better races to look forward to

     

  • Reply to: 2018 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: A Great Track, Processional Racing, And A Hero In Texas   6 hours 34 sec ago

    COTA will never produce the kind of racing we see at simpler and more wide-open tracks like the wonderful Phillip Island because the circuit designers of the Texas track went down the rabbit hole of seeking "challenging" corners. The challenge that fans went to see is the one that riders offer each other on a track that has ample overtaking opportunities without the wiggle-waggle and camber fiddling that Tilke so often indulges in. It´s like running a footrace through turnstiles. And there is another matter, as David observes: "Two of the four tightest corners lead onto long straights, giving the rider making the pass a chance to escape." I can see the Schwantz influence with a couple of long braking opportunities but overall the track is a formula for processional high-speed parades. Maybe Kevin, in his day, could have made up enough on the brakes to reel a runaway Márquez in. Add to that the subsurface instability that creates a washboard surface. 

    I love Laguna, but there are $ reasons that make a return there unlikely, plus runoff area problems that SBK accepts, but that would cause MotoGP circuit inspectors to balk. Especially turn 6. 

    Indianapolis did everything Dorna asked (except, perhaps, accepting the standard promoter´s fee...don´t know about that) and even made excellent two-way curbs so that bikes could run one way and car the other. Filling that monster with fans was never going to happen, but the race was growing when it was taken away. 

    And finally, with regards to the new hard line that the FIM Stewards have taken…they had to do something, but my fear is that they now feel they have to react everytime things get tight, especially if Marc ius involved. It is true that Marc was lollygagging on the racing line in Q2 (thinking the blue bike was Iannone trying to hitch a lift instead of Viñales on a hot lap) but I think we have all see that go unsanctioned…perhaps just a slap on the wrist in Race Control after qualifying. We´ll see how this goes, but to see Jorge shaking his head so mournfully after Miller´s pass makes me wonder what his expectations are. If Miller´s pass were subject to sanction, racing as we know it would be over.

    Lots of talk about the new Marc…but the test will be coming in Europa where there will be days, hopefully many of them, when he has his hands full. It will be interesting to see what happens in the tower the first time he gives someone a nudge, because, although racing in not a contact sport, it is a sport that has and always has had the possibility of contact when two riders tie in the race for an apex.

     

     

     

     

  • Reply to: 2018 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: A Great Track, Processional Racing, And A Hero In Texas   6 hours 50 sec ago

    Another year, another boring COTA race weekend. Only highlight was Saturday's MotoAmerica race in the wet. Don't get me wrong, as a Texan I love riding in COTA, love Austin as a city but on the race but by lap 5 this thing is done. Hopefully next year can Viñales can take the fight to Marquez and at least make it interesting. 

    But then again, can't think on any other venue in the US where MotoGP can race. Folks still have wet dreams of races returning to Laguna Seca (similar to those who dream of Casey Stoner coming back) but we all know neither of those is ever going to happen. 

    Season is getting pretty interesting and I can only imagine it'll get better as the Silly Season continues to develop. 

    Lorenzo wants to jump ship but where to? Suzuki? What if Iannone gets one or two more podiums in the next couple of races, will they let him go? Now there are rumors they are looking for younger talent. KTM/Aprilia are nowhere near of being a podium bike. 

    Dovi? two really bad races in a row where he's been lucky a bunch of domino's fell his way and was able to do damage control and is still on the lead but what if there's two more of those stinkers, will he still stay or will look somewhere else?

    Best thing Yamaha could do is to give Zarco a factory bike, they need a 3rd guy on board before he goes somewhere else. A bit of a longshot I know but the guy is doing pretty good. Dani?