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  • 2015 Assen MotoGP Post-Race Round Up, Part 1: Rossi vs Marquez   6 days 11 hours ago

    Thanks for that, made me go back and watch it. It is almost a carbon copy of Marquez vs Rossi, but with the perils of real grass thrown in. I think Marquez went in a little more aggressively than Ukawa as well. 

  • 2015 Assen MotoGP Post-Race Round Up, Part 1: Rossi vs Marquez   6 days 11 hours ago

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  • 2015 Assen MotoGP Post-Race Round Up, Part 1: Rossi vs Marquez   6 days 12 hours ago

    What I'm saying is that Marquez wants to win. And he's proven he'll hit somebody to do it. It makes for exciting racing, hence I'm not bashing him for it.

  • 2015 Assen MotoGP Post-Race Round Up, Part 1: Rossi vs Marquez   6 days 13 hours ago

    Perhaps I expressed myself poorly - I suspect we might disagree on the fine details how the chicane narrative would have played out without contact.
    OTOH Sky describes a race that took place in an alternate multiverse. He appears to have seen Marquez cruising comfortably past Rossi - until the old fox set a trap and barged cynically into the naive neophyte, before picking up his bike and scooting across the gravel short-cut to the checkered flag.

  • 2015 Assen MotoGP Post-Race Round Up, Part 1: Rossi vs Marquez   6 days 13 hours ago

    A 22 year old male is still very much a work in progress developmentally. The context of his experience this season on what has been an unwieldy and destructive Honda is an essential consideration. While I am watching him do the impossible on that bike during the Assen race I am sure I am not alone in cringing with concern that he is going to bowling ball. Also seeing for the first time, along with everyone including MM93, what the gravel - spawn beast can and can't do.

    Marquez and that bike are more than just in parallel this season. They are co-creating each other. He is so obviously over the limit. The last two seasons it was met with cheers. Now it is met with dread-tinged amazement. He has dug so deep and openly that he has dug into the wrathful. Just like Honda did with the bike for 2015. He is not backing off in the face of that bike. This too is really amazing. Chilling, but amazing.

    Most riders would back off just a bit and await a change in the bike. Contemplate the number of hams available from another manufacturer with their manager. This softening into mediocrity is dangerous in a realm in which the last few % of inner resources are what separate the front from the backmarker.

    This too is the mark of a champion. It isn't fun and games. He is throwing himself into the fire. This fire will either temper him beyond his years and bring greater glory, or destroy him. Figuratively yes, and perhaps literally.

    Rossi and Marquez have not had their last battle this season. Nor Lorenzo. What these men are capable of does not exist until it manifests on track in the crucible of battle. Marquez is riding in anger with a bike that demands it. Yes he is out of this year's title chase, and yet he still must push out of this firey struggle with the impossible drawing forth. Stay tuned.

  • 2015 Assen MotoGP Post-Race Round Up, Part 1: Rossi vs Marquez   6 days 14 hours ago

    Hmm, why would I disagree? I was just relaying/elaborating on what Marc's "perfect plan" was (since it was brought up so much, but when he did explain it it went largely unnoticed). I think Rossi would have won too.

    Marc seemed to think that if he can just squeeze in at the first right-hander, he could get ahead of Valentino just enough to have claim on the subsequent left-hander (doesn't matter that Rossi would have been on the inside, ironically).

    Personally my problem with this plan was - with the line Marc was taking - I don't see how he could have imagined making this corner with another rider who he needs to get ahead of, without even the slightest contact.

    Because as you said, without the contact, the other rider (in this case Valentino) wouldn't be pushed wide, and should still have the momentum to stay ahead of Marc.

    It looks to me as though Marc's plan included a slight nudge/contact to the other rider (instead barging into his side) at the apex of the first right-hander. Not big enough for a gravel pit, more like... I want to say Marc vs Jorge Silverstone 2013, but I'm not sure if I remember correctly. Jorge passed Marc on the inside, and bumped him in the process.

  • 2015 Assen MotoGP Post-Race Round Up, Part 1: Rossi vs Marquez   6 days 14 hours ago

    Checa and Ukawa in 2002 anyone? The Yamaha on the outside came of best that time too ;)

    MM should study these 'perfect lines' from bygone days - MotoGP classics are a really handy guide.

  • 2015 Assen MotoGP Post-Race Round Up, Part 1: Rossi vs Marquez   6 days 15 hours ago

    ....are writen for this artical?!?! Is this a record? :)
    Joke aside I think that this duel generated a lot of interest and rightly so. We are talking about two 2 of the possibly greatest riders in MotoGP riding in the same era with Lorenzo (I'm not giving up of Stoner yet ;)), Dani, Iannone, Crutchlow, Espargaro bros., Maverick e.t.c. the whole generation I mean. Can't wait for the next race.

  • Forward Racing Press Release: Stefan Bradl Has Successful Surgery On Fractured Scaphoid   6 days 15 hours ago

    Never a good bone to break the scaphoid. Mine still gives me trouble from the twice I broke it in '92. Three weeks in a cast the first time, I knew it was coming off too early but I had university exams to sit the following week and they wouldn't provide a scribe. Broke it again 2 months later and had the cast for 6 weeks that time. That fixed it but now I get an arthritis like pain on cold, damp days.

    Personally I would skip Sachesnring in order to be fit for Indy but a rider never wants to skip their home race.

  • 2015 Assen MotoGP Post-Race Round Up, Part 1: Rossi vs Marquez   6 days 16 hours ago

    Marquez said he tried that line multiple times during practice and warm up, practicing a pass there. What he meant by a perfect line was he executed the line he had in his mind perfectly, which was to get into the corner, stop the bike, pivot it and pinch off the line going into the second corner of the chicane.

    What Marquez didn't think about was the impact of either a) having another bike on track when he was making the pass, and b) what would happen if he couldn't get past the rider ahead. He was annoyed afterwards because he thought that the move would come off, and that grabbing the inside line would be enough to pull the pass off. It was a miscalculation, probably based on a lack of experience. He is, after all, still only 22 years old, and in his third season in MotoGP. It is Rossi's 16th season, and he still has a few tricks up his sleeve.

  • 2015 Assen MotoGP Post-Race Round Up, Part 1: Rossi vs Marquez   6 days 17 hours ago

    it seems to me that people want to make this thing look like Rossi knew what was coming, he set up a ramp, jumped over a ring of fire and landed/stoppied his way to the Finish Line a la Evil Knievel... that's ridiculous

    Rossi's move was a reaction of being hit just like any other road racer whenever there is a sense that you're not going to make a particular turn.

    All you need to do is look at the historic moves at the 'Lorenzo corner' in Jerez where every single time there has been some contact the 'receiver' of the impact lifts up his bike and tries to avoid crashing.

    The only difference I see between Jerez and Assen is that in Jerez the Finish Line is not across the gravel but essentially 'behind' you as it's a more tighter turn.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttUiYGKiNvo

  • Scott Jones Goes Dutch - Pictures Of Assen, Second Edition   6 days 18 hours ago
  • 2015 Assen MotoGP Post-Race Round Up, Part 1: Rossi vs Marquez   6 days 19 hours ago

    bradley smith being the savant of the paddock...

  • 2015 Assen MotoGP Post-Race Round Up, Part 1: Rossi vs Marquez   6 days 19 hours ago

    It looked to me from the way MM's bike was sliding, that if he hadn't used Rossi as a braking mechanism, he had a very real chance of ending up in the gravel himself - and we've seen how that goes for him already this season.

    The human psychology of lying often sees people repeat the same statement over and over again in an attempt to convince everyone - including themselves, of something they know to be untrue is true. For me, MM knew he was in the wrong and was just acting like a petulant child that didn't get his way - which is a real shame. MM is likely to be the future star and draw for MotoGP after Rossi retires; and it would be bad if he lost popularity through incidents like this one.

    Whilst Lorenzo found it amusing in the press conference, it would have been an entirely different story if it had been him that was hit and potentially knocked off by a similar move and it had potentially (or actually) cost him the race.

    It would be an utter tragedy if the title were decided by someone who is all but out of the running injuring one (or both) of the people ahead of him in the championship. MotoGP needs tight races that end with everyone rubber side down, not last lap "all or nothing" passes that result in bad feelings, arguments with race direction and potentially serious injury.

  • Forward Racing Press Release: Stefan Bradl Has Successful Surgery On Fractured Scaphoid   6 days 19 hours ago
    yes

    they drill a shouldered hole. the small diameter with coarse threads goes in first. The larger diameter with the fine threads goes in last. When they tighten it, it draws the forward part rearward faster due to the coarse threads. I think Nicky Hayden had one as well, but it gave him issues and he had to have the pin removed as well as a row of bones. Don't really know if it was an installation issue or what. Mine has been in for almost 20 years. Sure beats 3 months in a cast which is the typical scaphoid treatment. Hardest bone in the body to heal, and most likely to go necrotic (die) due to lack of blood. The blood flows through the length of the peanut shaped bone, and when you break the middle of it, it stops blood flow to the far end. I wish Bradl the best.

  • 2015 Assen MotoGP Post-Race Round Up, Part 1: Rossi vs Marquez   6 days 20 hours ago

    A minute's silence and fast-track beatification for those gallant knee-pads who sacrificed themselves to save Niklas' precious patellas.
    Ajo's save and modest comments can be seen here: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=8b8_1435449995

  • 2015 Assen MotoGP Post-Race Round Up, Part 1: Rossi vs Marquez   6 days 20 hours ago

    Marquez repeating that he had practiced the corner entry time and time again speaks to his singular focus. Here we have someone so accustomed to winning and achieving what he plans for that he cannot believe it when his plans don't some off. In his singular world 'I practiced it and it worked' equals 'therefore it will work in the race'. That's a long way from the reality of random chance that we see in every race.

    There's more than a touch of the Senna psychology in those expressions of frustration borne out of an unquestioning self-belief.
    I suspect Marc seems himself in isolation in a race, and the other riders are just (mostly) irrelevant impediments to him achieving his planned outcome.

    That singularity of view is often seen as arrogance. Or ruthlessness. Or sociopathic behaviour. That's up to each person to decide how they view it. Personally, I think both protagonists have elements of it, and that the younger Valentinos and Jorges grew out of it. Marquez is still a young man, let's see how or if his attitudes moderate over the years..............

  • 2015 Assen MotoGP Post-Race Round Up, Part 1: Rossi vs Marquez   6 days 20 hours ago

    Everyone lies. The only difference is in terms of how often and to what extent. Most lie taking for granted that no one will take the time to fact-check. It's people like you who care enough about the truth to actually take the time and make the effort to follow up that reveal those lies for what they are, which otherwise would have been obsequiously and lazily assumed to be the truth by the likes of me.

    Kudos.

  • 2015 Assen MotoGP Post-Race Round Up, Part 1: Rossi vs Marquez   6 days 21 hours ago

    Putting details and opinions to one side, what's fantastic is that we have so much to talk about in Moto GP right now! There are two Legends on track, the Living Legend and GOAT Valentino Rossi, and the Legend in the Making that is Marc Marquez. Both are stunningly brilliant and have that extra special something that marks them out as defining figures of their generation.

    But it doesn't stop there. In all this talk of Assen's final chicane we're forgetting the Stalker, another awesome rider: Jorge Lorenzo. As he's crushingly proved this year he is more than a match for both of his more flamboyant rivals when the track and tyres suit his silky smooth style. A lot of people complain he's boring but I disagree, he's beautiful to watch. The only thing that has made his wins 'boring' this year is the other guys: they haven't had what it takes to challenge him. That's not Lorenzo's fault.

    But it seems it's all evening up now. Rossi has managed to do what he couldn't before: qualify well and go fast from the off. Marquez has got a better handling bike that will allow him to complete races at the front without binning it. That gives us a mouth-watering prospect of fantastic three-way battles between these amazing riders for the rest of the season, and beyond.

    Even though Marquez is probably out of the title hunt now (barring debilitating crashes for the other two (please not!)), his brilliance could well decide it between Vale and Jorge. There is a lot of Marc bashing happening at present but he's nothing if not smart. He will see the negative reaction from the fans over his post-Assen remarks, and learn from it. I believe he will cut down the war of words and take revenge on Rossi (and Lorenzo) in the best possible way, by simply beating them on a fairly regular basis without having to resort to grossly underhand tactics - just hard racing of the sort he learned from his childhood idol Rossi. Who he beats, and in what order could be very influential in the final points tally.

    But it doesn't end there. Ducati are not far off challenging at the front and Iannone is a very exciting, combative rider who will add extra excitement to the mix once Ducati make that small step to be at the same level as Honda and Yamaha. I think it's not far away, and Dovi is a top class rider who will also shine when that day comes. If/when Suzuki can deliver the extra horses to compete on top end speed and acceleration with the other marques they have two hot riders who could suddenly be in the mix for the whole race, not just the first lap. That would be great and welcomed by everyone including their rivals, I think.

    And that's just Moto GP. I'm loving watching the Moto 3 races too, seeing Danny Kent's sheer speed and shrewd racecraft against the raw talent of more hot-headed riders like Quartararo, Bastianini and Fenati. Moto 2 is less enthralling so far this year, but Sam Lowes's passion and flamboyant riding style adds a spice that always has the potential to upset the emerging inevitability of a Zarco walkover.

    What a great year for the whole Moto GP franchise. Formula 1, watch and weep.

  • 2015 Assen MotoGP Post-Race Round Up, Part 1: Rossi vs Marquez   6 days 22 hours ago

    Conveniently, you forget to mention Marquez also 'cut the track'.

  • 2015 Assen MotoGP Post-Race Round Up, Part 1: Rossi vs Marquez   6 days 22 hours ago

    some weeks ago he said Marquez is far from being dangerous to other riders.

  • 2015 Assen MotoGP Post-Race Round Up, Part 1: Rossi vs Marquez   6 days 23 hours ago

    Just to chip in on this discussion. VR was ahead and MM was behind (Video shows that) and VR had the right to block MM pass. However that doesnt seem to be the dilemma, the issue I see discussed around the web now was VR standing up and cutting the track in response to the "touch".

    Lets go back to 2006 when it was another Honda and Yamaha battling for the win at Assen - Hayden vs Edwards. In that scenario, Edwards was coming in to hot and Hayden gave way to Edwards who ended up crashing and Hayden needed to cut the track as well to escape that crash. Maybe VR was thinking strategically and was thinking shit we two gonna crash so he decided to stand up and cut through. If he crashed then and there, he would then be 24 points behind title contender Jorge. And thats is assuming the crash didnt hurt the rest of the season.

    Though race direction should really look into some sort of punishment/sanction for dangerous riders from now on. Bringing up past dangerous battles would then be mute. But this is just my two cents.

  • 2015 Assen MotoGP Post-Race Round Up, Part 1: Rossi vs Marquez   6 days 23 hours ago

    Rossi was off the brakes and turning into the corner, whilst marquez had the brakes on and the bike was skipping sideways. Look at the Motogp face book page it shows the impact perfectly, MM bike running into Rossi's knee MM with one finger on the brake and the brake applied and Rossi opening the gas on exactly the same line as he took on the second to last lap (and MM actually took a slightly wider line than Rossi on that lap) Watch the race again and scroll back through the previous 5 laps look at the klnes taken and then make a conclusion

  • 2015 Assen MotoGP Post-Race Round Up, Part 1: Rossi vs Marquez   6 days 23 hours ago

    I agree. Normally Brad gives quite astute analysis, but I don't think he was very smart to shoot his mouth off in this way given his situation vis a vis Yamaha, and purporting to know what is in another man's head is foolish and arrogant. I bet he regrets it now.

  • 2015 Assen MotoGP Post-Race Round Up, Part 1: Rossi vs Marquez   6 days 23 hours ago

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