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  • 2016 Sepang MotoGP Test Times at 2:30pm - Lorenzo Dominates the Ducatis   4 days 21 hours ago

    Are alot of the riders sandbagging though? Jorge's hardly a whole second ahead of everyone just by pure skill alone. Probably just the only one to do a couple of proper flying laps.
    I say that in the way of I hope to God that tomorrow Stoner's right up there, if he was in anyway competitive it'd just make that dream of a wildcard so much more realistic (I mean it's blatently gonna happen but a competitive wildcard would be epic)

  • 2016 Sepang MotoGP Test Times Monday: Lorenzo Leads, Rossi, Pedrosa and Ducatis Follow   4 days 22 hours ago

    Both are on GP15's according to CrashNet and also from viewing live the test sessions on MOTOGP from about 8 Pm Central time to approx 4 AM central time USA.

    PETRUCCI continues to impress, although it is just a test session with a lot of different configs being tested.

  • 2016 Sepang MotoGP Test Times Monday: Lorenzo Leads, Rossi, Pedrosa and Ducatis Follow   4 days 22 hours ago

    Traveling for work and so not able to watch... how is the rubber holding up and are as many riders hitting pavement due to new tires as they were late last year? Would hate to see anyone's season ended before it starts due to tires.

  • 2016 Sepang MotoGP Test Preview: The Future Starts Here   4 days 22 hours ago

    "Reason: if he's quick on it, it doesn't necessarily mean anyone else is."

    Can we stop this line of thought already? Stoner's job is no longer to win on the bike no matter what. He knew what the problems with the old Ducs were, he told Ducati about them, they didn't fix them, Stoner won on the bikes despite the problems. He didn't "develop a bike only he could ride" he was the only one able to ride the bike that Ducati developed. Different things. He's not going to go out and ride fast and not tell anyone anything. He'll tell Ducati what's wrong with the bike. Hopefully this time Ducati will listen. I'd wager that Ducati will listen this time otherwise Stoner wouldn't have bothered.

  • 2016 Sepang MotoGP Test Times Monday: Lorenzo Leads, Rossi, Pedrosa and Ducatis Follow   4 days 23 hours ago

    Both the riders provide feedback. but i feel VR's input is considered the most, as for his depth analysis is beyond of JL.

    VR gets the bike technically up to date and JL rides utilises/rides to the fullest.
    This is one thing which VR is lacking.

    But it's only first day. might turn around.

  • KTM Build Moto2 Bike - Look To Expand Across All Three Grand Prix Classes   4 days 23 hours ago

    So we're going to see a KTM bike with a Honda engine. Sigh.

    Ditch the spec engine. KTM and Aprilia are obviously interested so why make them wait?

  • Opinion: Why the Rossi vs Marquez Controversy Isn't Going Away Any Time Soon   4 days 23 hours ago

    But the comment was on whether Newton's law can prove that VR kicked at MM's Brake/Handlebar due to his head movement? It wasn't my intention to discuss if VR was a bad sport, unjustified in his actions etc in the same vein that it wasn't to discuss if MM was also a bad sport. If it appears that is what I have done then I apologise.

    I only intended to only speak about MM's actions in that his movements create forces that should also be considered for this particular query and that various statements could be made with the videos offering nothing that is conclusive to prove otherwise. I didn't intend to try and place any blame or excuses for VR. Such things have been done to death, this particular inquiry intrigued me a little.

    However, IMO we seem to speak of and put these guys on god like pedestals. This incident just showed that VR is human and, as such, is fallible like the rest of us. What constitutes bad sportsmanship is left to the individual's opinion. Riding interference, to me, is bad sportsmanship and is what RD believe MM was doing. Reacting to it as VR did was an error, but a human error. The manner in which MM cut to the inside of the track in front of VR just before the incident, a move which caused Keith Heuwen (sp? and me) to gasp and question if VR was still on his bike possibly being the straw which broke the camels back and causing VR to boil over. We know by his hand gesture he was already riled.

    Though we need to dismiss these things when asked if VR's head movement proves he kicked at MM or his bike, as they are irrelevant. VR says he didn't, MM says he did. MM says he just rode around the outside, video shows that he didn't. I don't believe VR kicked, but I don't know that he didn't. The video shows he pushed back with his knee for certain. Did that twist his foot onto the brake? Had the brake guard been nudged down so that it could be activated by VR? Would the guard drop down on such an impact (on a leg/boot) considering what they are designed to prevent? The videos don't show this crucial area so we are naturally left wondering, or I am at least, but it won't stop me from enjoying watching them both ride again this year.

  • 2016 Sepang MotoGP Test Times Monday: Lorenzo Leads, Rossi, Pedrosa and Ducatis Follow   5 days 7 min ago

    I guess the grip gets better each day but it is different every time they go out. If that time of Stoner's is fair dinkum, it wasn't bad at all, given the time on the bike. Given his state in the the GP One interview, is probably was. God, he was relaxed, as you said, David and the Laguna joke said it all. On gut again, no disrespect to anyone, I think that if an alien was on a Ducati last year, it would have won at least one race. Iannone is still learning. Redding must be happy he changed over. Can't wait to see what happens with Stoner on track tomorrow. If he goes well, Ducati may want another day, if he is able to do so. Even though he can't be Dorna's favourite guy, there's no such thing as bad press, they say...

  • 2016 Sepang MotoGP Test Times Monday: Lorenzo Leads, Rossi, Pedrosa and Ducatis Follow   5 days 21 min ago

    Any news on Dovizioso? I didn;t see him improving his lap time

  • 2016 Sepang MotoGP Test Times Monday: Lorenzo Leads, Rossi, Pedrosa and Ducatis Follow   5 days 27 min ago

    Are Redding and Petrucci confirmed on GP16's? I thought they were on last years factory bikes.

  • 2016 Sepang MotoGP Test Times Monday: Lorenzo Leads, Rossi, Pedrosa and Ducatis Follow   5 days 29 min ago

    But I highly doubt its because JL is sticking to one setup. Judging from the sheer amount of material Yamaha brought to test; 2015 bike, hybrid bike, 2016 bike and misc items. JL would be hard pressed to provide feedback on all materials and for him to leave all that testing to VR would leave himself open to having a bike developed without significant input from him.

    Its only testing though so all times should be taken with a pinch of salt (Pirro is a good rider but he is second on the time sheets!)

  • 2016 Sepang MotoGP Test Times Monday: Lorenzo Leads, Rossi, Pedrosa and Ducatis Follow   5 days 37 min ago

    VR did almost double the number of laps that JL did. David can you tell us more about it? What type of strategy/plan are they following? Considering the effort riders must make in those very hot conditions I'm amazed at what VR did.... very few did over 50 laps. Any thoughts on this?

  • 2016 Sepang MotoGP Test Times Monday: Lorenzo Leads, Rossi, Pedrosa and Ducatis Follow   5 days 1 hour ago

    Was Pirro the only test rider out on circuit? No Hiroshi Aoyama or Katsuyuki Nakasuga?

  • 2016 Sepang MotoGP Test Times Monday: Lorenzo Leads, Rossi, Pedrosa and Ducatis Follow   5 days 1 hour ago

    Some very good points made there. I suspect that the Michelin front has seem some improvement. Maybe they really do suit Lorenzo? Nice to see ducats's strong and I hope it points to a win for them this season.

  • 2016 Sepang MotoGP Test Times Monday: Lorenzo Leads, Rossi, Pedrosa and Ducatis Follow   5 days 1 hour ago

    I reckon Jorge simply did a hot lap.
    David will probably have the inside scoop on that one.

    Seeing how everyone is far off the pace, and substantially lower times seem possible, I'd say the current field shuffling is down to everyone testing hard.

    I'd say the situation will become clearer by Wednesday.

  • KTM Build Moto2 Bike - Look To Expand Across All Three Grand Prix Classes   5 days 2 hours ago

    but Moto2 represents a fantastic yard stick for chassis and/or suspension develoment. With the same tyres and engine package across the board advantages or shortcomings in suspension or chassis are much more easily quantified. And all without spending a fortune. What other class do engineers get to learn so much for so little? Smart spending by KTM.

  • KTM Build Moto2 Bike - Look To Expand Across All Three Grand Prix Classes   5 days 2 hours ago

    Interesting indeed. So does this mean Zarco will be racing with a KTM chassis instead of Kalex?

  • 2016 Sepang MotoGP Test Times Monday: Lorenzo Leads, Rossi, Pedrosa and Ducatis Follow   5 days 3 hours ago

    Even though this is just the start of the 2016 testing, it is interesting to see that Casey Stoner after one day on the Desmosedici GP15 is faster than Marquez after his first day of 2016. And Stoner would have been only four tenths off second place. Are conditions worse now than last Saturday? Or is Stoner indeed already/still really fast? Will be very interesting to see what happens when he joins in this week.
    And I wonder why Lorenzo is so much faster than everybody else. Is that a sign of his possible supremacy or is he just following a different strategy in this test? After all, right now it's all about dialing in the new bikes, tyres and electronics, and trying different set-ups. Chasing a fast lap is probably easier if you stick with the same kind of set-up all day, even if that would not be the ideal one.
    Let's see how things develop the coming days (and months...).

  • 2016 Sepang MotoGP Test Times Monday: Lorenzo Leads, Rossi, Pedrosa and Ducatis Follow   5 days 3 hours ago

    Any information on the tyre compounds used by the riders?

  • 2016 Sepang MotoGP Monday Test Times at 12 noon - Lorenzo Leads Usual Top Four   5 days 3 hours ago

    I don't know for a fact, but here are some possible reasons :

    1. Snow/Extreme cold in Europe, extremely cold surface = less grip.

    2. Sepang weather is nearly as good is gets around Jan/Feb, so it's not unbearable like in Sep/Oct. Track has a large range of grip based on the time of the day.

    3. Chances of rain (but not too much rain), possibility to test in rain, semi-wet and wet.

    4. Free entrance to grandstands, free marketing (asian market is huge for all these companies, EU not so much).

  • 2016 Sepang MotoGP Test Times at 2:30pm - Lorenzo Dominates the Ducatis   5 days 3 hours ago

    The reputed 2.02.1 put down by Stoner on Saturday on the GP15 makes for a very interesting comparison.

    Unofficial times, unknown source, unknown time of day, unknown tyre age .... I accept that it is not comparing apples to apples, but it does rather make the salivation process begin while waiting for Tuesday to roll around.

  • Casey Stoner Makes MotoGP Return At Private Ducati Test - Will Ride In Official Sepang Test   5 days 4 hours ago

    The interview video posted above this article will clarify your statement. Watch and listen the answer to the electronics question from 9:27 - 10:45 and you will hear no mention of Valentino Rossi's name.

    I believe that David's mention of the Valentino Rossi statement is as a comparison to what Stoner said - not a Stoner quote.

    Pedantically the Subject should have been "The electronics felt as good as they were a couple of years ago", rather than the eight or nine which Valentino Rossi had said. Funny how misplaced "quote" references can totally change a sentence isn't it?

  • 2016 Sepang MotoGP Monday Test Times at 12 noon - Lorenzo Leads Usual Top Four   5 days 6 hours ago

    We have had Stoner's 2'02.1 confirmed by a Ducati source speaking off the record. 

  • 2016 Sepang MotoGP Monday Test Times at 12 noon - Lorenzo Leads Usual Top Four   5 days 6 hours ago

    ... being timed by a guy at the side of the track by eye with a stop-watch, I'd argue that it could be up to 0.6 either side of that...

    0.2-0.3 human reaction time as he passes the first time
    0.2-0.3 human reaction time as he passes for the timed lap

    Maybe that's a bit big of a swing, but you get the idea. A guy with a stop watch isn't going to be anywhere near as accurate as a transponder setup.

  • Opinion: Why the Rossi vs Marquez Controversy Isn't Going Away Any Time Soon   5 days 6 hours ago

    It is reasonable to separate the "kick/knee/self-defense" action by Rossi from the "deliberately running Marc way off the racing line" action. The "running wide" action was sufficient in and of itself to black flag Rossi, and/or penalize him.

    Knocking Marc down arguably sealed the deal, but it doesn't matter the reason (attack vs self-defense), as the entire incident was completely and totally precipitated by Rossi's decision to stop racing, and become an enforcer.

    Bad sportsmanship on Rossi's part. Slow reaction on the part of race direction, but things turned out as they should have, at least as to the relative championship positions.

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