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  • Michelin Speaks: Piero Taramasso On 2016 Tire Allocations, Front Tires, Intermediates, And Performance   6 days 20 hours ago

    which bike? wel with alot of traction yamaha wil be even faster out the corners. and if they fix the front yamaha wil be even faster the whole corner. GO michelin!

  • The Massive Silly Season Update: Redding vs Kent At Pramac, Honda's Musical Chairs, Moto2 And Much More   6 days 20 hours ago

    David covered this in the article, They bring big money to the team I guess you could say they buys their jobs and I also thinks how popular a rider is with the fans and the press plays a part . after all isn't that what life is really all about money and popularity.

  • Michelin Speaks: Piero Taramasso On 2016 Tire Allocations, Front Tires, Intermediates, And Performance   6 days 21 hours ago

    Is this tire switch and the introduction of spec electronics a game changer ? Are we going to see Bradley smith or Suzuki winning races?

  • Michelin Speaks: Piero Taramasso On 2016 Tire Allocations, Front Tires, Intermediates, And Performance   1 week 10 hours ago

    Yes and no -

    Yes on the drive out, get it up earlier and on the gas earlier. Also it is a 17 instead of a 16.5, so less time leaned over is better right?

    More complicated than that (and thank goodness, should be much more interesting!). Think about the Honda under braking (esp 2015 design and Marquez). And Rossi style vs Lorenzo. The Honda (and Rossi style) is to smash the front tire with lots of hard braking. The Bstone is STIFF. And offers lots of grip. This will not work with the Michelin.

    Also, the Michelin offers more "feel," rather than demanding that you just trust it to hold. What sort of rider and what bike have sensitivity to front end feel? And don't overload the F in braking? Yamaha and Lorenzo. Another consideration is to wonder which riders are likely to get along naturally with the characteristics of the Michelin. And THEN, which ones are more willing and able to change and adapt? Remember the downfall of Elias as a result of not adjusting to the tires?

    To square off a corner into a V shape to point and shoot, they have to be able to load the front hard in braking towards the apex first. The Michelin won't let them. The 2015 Honda is built around exploiting a very aggressive Marquez who smashes the front, floats the rear, and has the bike moving all over the place.

    The drive out by the Honda is managed by electronics. Which will be less sophisticated and less ironed out. Absolute power delivery advantage (like say Honda compared to Suzuki) can't be exploited as much by electronics and instead will be (relatively) more mechanical. Meaning chassis and suspension. Meaning again "by feel" by the bike and the rider. That has been the hallmark of the tuning fork. And now Suzuki. The Aprilia has been sweet too. The Honda on exit would waggle back and forth, the Ducati would pump up and down, and the Yamaha? It sits still. And the rider will need to have feel and sensitivity with their throttle hand. Stoner comes to mind as exemplary there in recent years.

    Also the Michelin will offer the better grip it initially has for a longer time that the Bstone. What you can get on the edge of it on lap 3 will be much the same on lap 13. The Bstone has a drop off much earlier. The problem here may be that when Michelin DOES experience a drop in grip level it may not give the rider as much notice (as in "stick stick stick BOOM as a reader put it).

    Overall I think Honda has the bike with the biggest challenge in designing a 2016 bike for the Michelins. They already have "point and shoot" problems THIS year relative to the Yamaha w the Bstones due to their design! Honda are not known for flexibility in the engineering dept, but they are known to put tons of resources into it, so they could well pop out a winner at Qatar. Personally I see the bikes on the 2016 grid having by far the toughest time w the Michelins being the 2015 Honda that will go out to customers. It over reached in development to exploit the Bstone front even for Marquez and the Bstone. No way to fix that w set up. Sorry Jack Miller!

  • Michelin Speaks: Piero Taramasso On 2016 Tire Allocations, Front Tires, Intermediates, And Performance   1 week 12 hours ago

    High corner speed relies heavily on the front tire. higher rear grip, especially with a front that is not as grippy as the Bridgestones, favors the point and shoot style. Honda riders must be excited.

  • Michelin Speaks: Piero Taramasso On 2016 Tire Allocations, Front Tires, Intermediates, And Performance   1 week 13 hours ago

    Can anybody explain how the extra rear grip will affect setups for 2016? Does it, for example, tend to favor riders who like to maintain high cornering speeds or something?

  • Michelin Speaks: Piero Taramasso On 2016 Tire Allocations, Front Tires, Intermediates, And Performance   1 week 13 hours ago

    more options already, better rear grip, hopefully they'll sort the front. Can't wait

  • Czeching In With Scott Jones: Race Day At Brno   1 week 14 hours ago

    I'd love to see Dani on a Suzuki!

  • The Massive Silly Season Update: Redding vs Kent At Pramac, Honda's Musical Chairs, Moto2 And Much More   1 week 16 hours ago

    +1
    personally I'm getting sick of everyones obsession with Swiss riders in Moto2, and South Africans in Moto3, and Italians in Moto2 and 3. I don't get Dorna's obsession with Europeans really. I mean c'mon are Europeans the only people who race motorcycles??? No scratch that, Malayasians too! I wonder how much Malayasia pays Dorna to teach them how to ride motorcylces. But the Spanish are the worst. I'm just saying, if Marc Marquez was born in Canada and not Spain he'd never amount to anything, he'd work at a Tim Hortans and no one would like him. Maybe he could play hockey. Maybe. And Lorenzo and Pedrosa, HA! The only reason they are there is cause their Spanish. It definitely ISN'T because their world class telents and never give up attitude and bravery/cojones, NO NO it's cause they're Spanish :-p

    Can we stop with the "this guy is on the grid cause of his passport" stuff yet? It's sponsorship plain and simple, money makes the world go round. If Aprilia had the choice between 2 equally talented riders they're going to take whichever one can bring in the most money, not which country they are from.

  • The Massive Silly Season Update: Redding vs Kent At Pramac, Honda's Musical Chairs, Moto2 And Much More   1 week 16 hours ago

    I highly doubt BT sports was the reason Sam Lowes is in moto2 or that he might be tipped to move up to GP. But if you want to make that argument couldn't you say that about every major TV rights holder? SKY I'm sure pays a hefty amount, so why isn't Fenati moving up to GP next year and Kent might be? Because BT bribed Dorna more than SKY? I'm sure FoxSports1 pays a decent amount for the TV rights but thats not why Nicky is there and if it was then how come we still have no young prospects.
    Sorry, don't mean to be argumentative but I just hate it when people say that this rider is only here cause he's Spanish, or British or what have you. Obviously there are politics and huge sums of money involved, but do you think that they would really go through the trouble to bring up a rider that had NO chance of being competitive? They invest their money, and they expect a return on investment.
    OK I'll play the game, lets say BT actually DID say Aprilia had to sign Sam Lowes. Would they really risk their money if they didn't think he could cut it? If he was going to languish in 20th all season. I'm American and personally, I HATE seeing Nicky busting his ass for a point or two, it almost hurts more to see him struggle like that.
    Certain riders have special opportunities, if you want to poke holes in Sam Lowes or any rider based on their nationality then poke holes in Abraham's dad buying him a team so he can play GP, or any of these guys growing up exceedingly weathly enough to even catch a break

  • The Massive Silly Season Update: Redding vs Kent At Pramac, Honda's Musical Chairs, Moto2 And Much More   1 week 16 hours ago

    my bold prediction for next year... is no prediction! maybe I'm putting too much emphasis on the tires, though I doubt it, but to me it just seems like this is going to completely change everything! maybe the teams are much more prepared than i realize to deal with the new tires, but from everything we here "Oh in 2012 Honda had to add a few kgs and all of sudden the front end was rattling all over the place" "oh the edge of these 2014 Bridgestones isn't quite what Jorge needed for his riding style-now he can't ride!". Minute changes like that can make world champions struggle, how is throwing on brand new rubber gonna go?!
    These teams have YEARS of data based on these tires, will any of it matter? And do I not give them enough credit? Will they figure it out faster than I expect?
    THEN you look at the imfamous Phillip Island race, is Michelin going to be ready for that???
    Don't we remember when Bridgestone first became sole supplier? Riders were litteraly hurling themselves down the track. Binning it left and right, VIOLENTLY. It took a few years before they figured it out, I just hope we don't see that again.
    I'm nervous for 2016 haha roll on 2017!

  • The Massive Silly Season Update: Redding vs Kent At Pramac, Honda's Musical Chairs, Moto2 And Much More   1 week 16 hours ago

    "Winning a couple of races in Moto2 is nothing to write home about."

    Theres 32 world class riders lined up here to have a word with you. Thats a pretty awful assessment of the standard of racing in Moto2. If sir feels he can do better........

  • The Massive Silly Season Update: Redding vs Kent At Pramac, Honda's Musical Chairs, Moto2 And Much More   1 week 16 hours ago

    uhhhh never said anything about blind love for British riders. I like Sam Lowes. I like a lot of riders. I'm American! We don't care about nationality (... well). Talent is what matters (maybe some personality). Lowes over Bradl or Hayden asinine?! THAT sounds like blind fandom. Bradl although an extremely talented rider and moto2 champ has done nothing but under achieve (more or less, just ask Honda) since coming into the GP. Hayden, albiet one of my favorite riders, has been living on buyed time since 2010. Lowes is an up and coming rider with a lot of potential, you can't see why some of the lower teams might be interested in him? Check the definitiion of asinine.
    I can see the argument for Zarco, Rins and Rabat, BUT Rins is in his first moto2 season and is contracted, so you can't really make the argument he should get a GP bike next year over Lowes. Zarco? Sure, give him a GP bike, probably deserves one. Never said he didn't or that Lowes should over him. Rabat, again, same with Zarco. But I think what you're missing is that Lowes has proved time and time again that even WITHOUT the right equipment he can be competitive and even win. THAT is why teams are interested in him. Julian Simon is doing the best he can on the SPEED UP but pales in comparison to what Lowes is doing and Westy? Unless its raining.
    That WSS championship you so quickly discount was on a Yamaha R6 that really had no business winning races against a man on a bike that had won several titles in the class already. THAT is why teams are interested in him. He has a track record of taking what is given to him and making it work. Zarco, Rins and Rabat are all on arguably better machinery.
    You go on a rant saying whats wrong with all these British riders I didn't even mention. I wouldn't lose any sleep if I woke up tomorrow to find out Crutchlow and Redding have been replaced. Hey why not throw Hayes and Beabier on right?.
    But, just like with the influx of spanish riders, you shouldn't discredit someones talent based off their nationality. "oooo Sam Lowes is British and that's what the people want. Quick Carmelo, tell Aprilia they have to sign him over Zarco"

  • The Massive Silly Season Update: Redding vs Kent At Pramac, Honda's Musical Chairs, Moto2 And Much More   1 week 17 hours ago

    Thanks for chiming in. Aprilia as strong as Suzuki was this yr, check. I like it.

    We have a race in which the field is likely to be closer from tip to tail. What if we loosely say there is a front pack race, a mid pack race, and a rear. And some riders/bikes moving between them. Isn't it great that we don't have such a clear sense of a rear "also ran" pack for next year?

    Who will be where?

    The 2015 Honda is designed with a bias towards Marquez's riding in which the braking zone has him overloading the front and smashing the stiff Bstone F tire carcass, taxing the grip available. The bike moves around a lot. It is stiff. Then on exit their electronics manage lots of power while the bike wags back and forth. They made it even more Marquez-like than even Marquez can ride, such that he can get a fast lap in but can't keep it at 10 tenths for long and keep it upright. Imagine the softer and less grippy Michelin front on that bike...oof!

    The Yamaha on the other hand is designed to do the opposite, and has been shown to accommodate both Lorenzo and Rossi's styles on the brakes. Yes we will have a 17 with a bit less contact patch, but it will be as sticky as it is from the early laps longer into the race...it lasts longer than the Bstone at high grip. And the bias is more rearward in terms of how you set the bike into apex carving grip. This benefits a sensitive throttle hand, think Stoner as the best example of this in recent years.

    On exit we will have a rear tire that has offers relatively more drive grip than the Bstone in terms of how the bike must be designed and set up. Will the absolute grip at lean be higher on the Michelin w a 17 than the Bstone 16.5? Complicated - at which part of the race? On which track and conditions/temps? More important point is that it is higher RELATIVELY for how the bike must be developed, set up and ridden. And yes, I will guess it will be more sticky even as a 17, but that is a fools errand.

    Drive out - from the lower gears the absolute amount of power a motor can churn isn't so important. What is? The chassis and suspension making mechanical grip. The electronics being able to manage wheelspin. Riding style working with getting the bike upright early. And the rider's right hand sensitivity.

    Suzuki we know has a power deficit in the top 2 gears on the faster tracks. Yes. But they will be relatively advantaged with strengths of theirs. Perhaps the same will be said for Aprilia Genx? And conversely what good will all the outright power of the Ducati or Honda be if they can't get it manageable.

    Anyone else wondering how much the focus of the design of the 2015 Gigi Ducati was with the 2016 electronics and Michelins in mind? Relative to Honda and Yamaha it is easy to say that it would be more so than their 2015's. How will the pair of 2014.2 Ducatis do with their old demon of getting turned in with softer carcass, more feel, but less grip of the Michelin? Relative to its competitors? Geez - tough guess there. Guess I will that it will make that issue better, not worse. They will have more feel, and not need to try to gain tenths on braking that aren't possible.

    Biggest loser in the change to Michelins? 2015 Hondas for customers. Next year will be a poor one for them.

    Biggest winners? Yamaha, and Jorge Lorenzo. They aren't smashing the front now, easy transition. And the consistent grip from the early to late stages will benefit his metronome consistency.

    Question marks lay in what is going on for development of the new bikes. We can't just extrapolate from the 2015 bike characteristics to the 3016 bikes. Which factory is putting how much budget into it? Willing and able to attack development with new strategy? Getting it right?

    Can't overlook Honda's engineering prowess. Nor Ducati (particularly Gigi Ducati) for their ingenuity. I have a guess that the Italians will have a good year with lots of tractable power and drive. This excites, perhaps we have 3 manufacturers at the front? And a bigger and more varied middle pack? And no one banished to circulate at the rear regardless of what rider is on board? There is reason to hope.

    BIGGEST WINNER? Us. Everyone that loves the sport. The 2016 vintage looks great, and the 2017 looks even better from my seat.

    ;)

  • The Massive Silly Season Update: Redding vs Kent At Pramac, Honda's Musical Chairs, Moto2 And Much More   1 week 17 hours ago

    Your version of history is a bit different to everybody else's ; Redding's 2013 was excellent up until he broke his wrist in Australia QP with 3 races to go.

    2014, top open Honda not mean anything?

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Remembering the past at Brno   1 week 19 hours ago

    i have been going for 20 years now ether too Pomona are too sears point. havent seen all the drunks you mention(believe they can no longer afford the beer) it is very family oriented now supper cross is a different mater every ones drunk there! and yes the smell of nitro in the mourning is a rush.

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Remembering the past at Brno   1 week 20 hours ago

    Definiton - sanctimony: "Righteousness accompanied by an unwarranted attitude of moral or social superiority; smug or hypocritical righteousness."

    Definition - force: "coercion or compulsion, especially with the use or threat of violence."

    Seriously man, how on earth do you justify using these sorts of words? Your idea of "force" is somewhat different to mine if you feel there is some metaphorical gun to your head if you don't read every word of every article. If you don't like the tone of something, just click the damn button, move on, and leave the rest of us to read something of the bigger picture rather than just the minutiae of heat resistant tyre layers and spec electronics. Many of us enjoy the small glimpses Messrs Emmet and Oxley allow us behind what is a becoming a frayed gossamer of glamour that surrounds the paddock.

    And "sanctimonious"? Really? Maybe you should examine your own vitriol before casting about with unwarranted accusations. I'm seeing nothing but a bunch of people who want a small token of respect shown towards a calamitous WORLD event at what is a WORLD championship. Given the veritable united nations of people in the paddock that sounds like a pretty damn fine place to show such respect. Remember some of the technology arising from that horrendous conflict shaped our sport, with the German rocket technology developed in WWII directly leading to the creation of expansion chambers for our beloved 2 stroke GP bikes.

    Sport apolitical? Haha, that's too funny! Go to any committee meeting at any grassroots sporting event and that theory is blown out of the water. And as you go higher up the competitive rungs it only gets worse. Sad but true. Sheesh, even in these great annals hardly a day goes by when you don't hear something of "too many Spanish rounds", "too many pom's", "OMG the State's are gonna lose a round next year", yada yada....how is that not political?

    But thanks Mat, it's great to see/hear something of the BIGGER picture. We see/hear a lot about how expensive the sport is and the difficulty in obtaining sponsorship etc, but rarely do we actually here WHY. We hear a lot about the bikes and riders and teams but we don't hear so much about the context in which they operate and your article definitely filled in a few blanks for me.

  • The Massive Silly Season Update: Redding vs Kent At Pramac, Honda's Musical Chairs, Moto2 And Much More   1 week 20 hours ago

    Really, was it? He was in the best team on the grid, had a huge advantage at the start of the year because of the combined weight minimum and had a couple of seasons experience in Moto2. Still he couldn't even come close to winning the title, even though almost everyone expected him to. I remember at the season's halfway point being ridiculed for pointing out that Espargaro was going to win the title easily.

    Winning a couple of races in Moto2 is nothing to write home about. He also did absolutely nothing of note on the Honda last year. A bad bike is not an excuse, in fact that's where real talent shows.

  • The Massive Silly Season Update: Redding vs Kent At Pramac, Honda's Musical Chairs, Moto2 And Much More   1 week 22 hours ago

    Tommy helps Nicky with negotiations. He is also an employee of Monster energy drink, in charge of motorcycle sponsorships.

  • The Massive Silly Season Update: Redding vs Kent At Pramac, Honda's Musical Chairs, Moto2 And Much More   1 week 23 hours ago

    I raised this point last year. It's one of the great mysteries of the universe to me. It seems like an utterly miserable experience for a racer to begin each race with minimal expectation of a top-ten finish. The TV companies only cast a pitying eye on the scraps between these also-rans when it's a particularly dull race.
    Somehow there must be a living in it. Perhaps the sponsors are more interested in inviting customers to their hospitality suites, rather than publicizing their wares to the riff-raff. Somebody claimed these perennial MotoGP back-markers can sell advertising space on their leathers for about $1 million per year. Who knows?
    There's a particular genre of pornography where a naked woman languishes in the background, and never participates in the main action. She's known as 'decoration'. That's how I view these MotoGP donkeys.

  • The Massive Silly Season Update: Redding vs Kent At Pramac, Honda's Musical Chairs, Moto2 And Much More   1 week 23 hours ago

    And who is Vazquez replacing at QMMF?

  • The Massive Silly Season Update: Redding vs Kent At Pramac, Honda's Musical Chairs, Moto2 And Much More   1 week 1 day ago

    With the talk of current riders such as Hayden taking up an Aprilia seat in WSBK, what will happen to the current line-up of Haslam and Torres? What are the rumors regarding their fates?

  • The Massive Silly Season Update: Redding vs Kent At Pramac, Honda's Musical Chairs, Moto2 And Much More   1 week 1 day ago

    Being in the back of the grid makes you very obscure. I had even forgotten about the name of the team for Karel Abraham. Were it not for this injury that ruled hime out for three or so races, I could have hardly not he existed. I can't even tell the face of Di Meglio without googling it first.

    I would really like someone, with a sponsor's perspective, to explain the benefit. TV time is severely limited. it is better to sponsor a mid-top to top moto 2 or moto 3 bike.

  • The Massive Silly Season Update: Redding vs Kent At Pramac, Honda's Musical Chairs, Moto2 And Much More   1 week 1 day ago
    Eh?

    I'm REALLY struggling to see any logic whatsoever in this comment. Redding's last season in Moto2 was hugely impressive. Morbidelli on the other hand has only done 2 things of note: one solitary podium and torpedoing Rabat a few weeks ago.

  • The Massive Silly Season Update: Redding vs Kent At Pramac, Honda's Musical Chairs, Moto2 And Much More   1 week 1 day ago

    I have always wondered why so many top riders who are high profile, talented and front running in moto 2 & 3 are in such a hurry to womble around at the back of moto gp on poor machinery especially regarding the sponsorship side of things. Yes, I realize its the premier class etc but if I was sponsor I would surely put my money on a top running moto 2 or 3 team than a back of the grid moto gp team. For instance most of us on this site seem glued to the screen during the competitive moto 3 races, usually watching every lap of the race therefore seeing the top running guys sponsors for a full 40 minutes or so. Now in Moto gp we only ever really get to see the top running guys and a bit of mid pack footage but this year I think I have seen about 10 seconds IN TOTAL of the season of Nicky Hayden about 20 seconds of Jack Miller [usually when he crashes] and I don't believe I have ever seen Mike di Meglio, Alex de Angelis or Karel Abraham once in the whole season, thus making the idea of sponsorship for exposure of these bikes a very poor investment.

    On the opposite end of the scale I have seen a great deal of the sponsors names [even if I don't know the companies] of front running riders in moto 2 & 3 such as the liveries of Kent, Bastianni, Fenati, Olivera etc in moto 3 and an awful lot of Zarco, Rabbat, Rins, Luthi, etc in moto 2 [Sam Lowes changes his livery so often I just cant seem to 'see' him as much even though he is often at the front]

    I am puzzled as to why , with the great disparity in Moto gp at the moment, sponsors even bother with the lower end of the moto gp grid, but at the same time sure glad they do or else we would have only 6 - 8 bikes racing in the premier class. Also guys like Jack Miller were talked about , photographed , interviewed, featured in articles all the time when they were in the lower classes but now have disappeared into wilderness virtually never to be seen again.

    I also wonder how much it costs to sponsor a front running moto 2 & 3 bike compared to a back of the grid moto gp team.

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