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  • Final Day Of Qatar MotoGP Test A Washout - No Action Due To Rain   1 week 3 days ago

    If there is water on the track, the floodlights reflect off it and it impacts visibility, making it unsafe to race.

    Not really anything to do with moist surfaces or time of the day.

  • Final Day Of Qatar MotoGP Test A Washout - No Action Due To Rain   1 week 3 days ago

    So while of course everyone loses when there were no race distance simulations, who loses the least or gains from it relatively?

    Ducati, Suzuki, and those w less time on their current bikes are screwed.

  • 2015 MotoGP Qatar Test Day 2 Round Up: The GP15 Is For Real, The Rest Of The Field is Close   1 week 3 days ago

    It wasn't just Motegi 07. Capirex scored podium finishes in Turkey, Germany and PI (trailing Stoner) that year. That's more than any of Stoners later teammates could do on that bike. Points-wise, it was his 3rd best year with Ducati. And he did that, despite having had to retire in 4 races that season.
    In fact, the first Ducati rider outscoring that result again (other than Stoner) was Rossi in 2012 (5th overall, still fewer points). But arguably, that was a VERY different bike. The first to outscore Capi in 07 points-wise, was Dovi last year.
    Maybe Capirex was just that good. But in 2011 he couldn't do sh**t on the Pramac GP11.

    What riders say about the bike is the best indication about how good or bad it is (compared to what other bikes they know). And I do remember that Stoner thought the carbon chassis was better than the trellis as well. But judging strictly and only from the results, there's no denying that from 2007 onwards, results got worse overall. So if the Duc actually improved from 07 to 10, then worsening conditions must be to blame. One after another, everybody went from Michelin to Bridgestone. So that advantage effectively vanished. Even more so, when the spec tire arrived.

  • 2015 MotoGP Qatar Test Day 2 Round Up: The GP15 Is For Real, The Rest Of The Field is Close   1 week 3 days ago

    But damn, great counterpoint! Haha

  • 2015 MotoGP Qatar Test Day 2 Round Up: The GP15 Is For Real, The Rest Of The Field is Close   1 week 3 days ago
    +1

    I know I'm way too late on this, but despite the votes I think you nailed it

  • Final Day Of Qatar MotoGP Test A Washout - No Action Due To Rain   1 week 3 days ago

    Since rain was even mentioned I've been worrying about
    that. Was so amped for the first race that year, was watching on SPEED. Took me til like the 3rd lap to realize it was last years race!
    But, we all learned that you can't race at Qatar if there's any moisture. Or maybe just at night?

  • 2015 MotoGP Qatar Test Day 2 Round Up: The GP15 Is For Real, The Rest Of The Field is Close   1 week 3 days ago

    There's no way you can say the 07 bike was great and just got worse. People talk about the engine advantage Ducati enjoyed especially in the early stages of 07, but to pass the leader on the straight you still had to be able to keep them in sight through the corners, and Stoner was the only guy that could do that. Capirossi struggled comparatively, he had the odd podium but his one win was a flukey wet dry race at Motegi where he gambled on changing his tyres at the right time (He qualified 8th for that race and was 17th in FP3, 12th in WUP). 7th in the title puts him behind not only Yamaha, but Honda and Suzuki which is nothing to write home about for Ducati with a guy that was a title contender the year previous.

    Subsequent revisions of the 800cc bike including the carbon frame and big bang engine were definite improvements to the bike with Capirossi describing the screamer engine as too aggressive and other riders suggesting the trellis frame could feel very different track to track and even session to session. Ducati just took far too long to implement updates. Rival manaufacturers took two steps to Ducati's one every year.

  • 2015 MotoGP Qatar Test Day 2 Round Up: The GP15 Is For Real, The Rest Of The Field is Close   1 week 3 days ago

    Don't we need to see some lap times from different circuits before we get too excited about a completely competitive Ducati.
    Ducati's have traditionally been fast in a straight line and also at Qatar. Stoner/Ducati won there three years running and my unchecked recollection is that he fell off in 2010 while leading clearly?

  • Final Day Of Qatar MotoGP Test A Washout - No Action Due To Rain   1 week 3 days ago

    The 125 and 250 races were shortened and then the rain came back, so the MotoGP race was run the day after scheduled.

  • 2015 MotoGP Qatar Test Day 2 Round Up: The GP15 Is For Real, The Rest Of The Field is Close   1 week 3 days ago

    Compared to the pocket around the radiator, and the area under the belly pan, I don't think these little winglets will cause much change when the front wheel is well off the ground.

  • 2015 MotoGP Qatar Test Day 2 Round Up: The GP15 Is For Real, The Rest Of The Field is Close   1 week 3 days ago

    Those winglets seem like a real problem to me if you DO get a wheelie at high speed. Then they will only make it worse immediately. I guess this kind of spoiler-type aerodynamics can only be used if you let the electronics cut any kind of wheelie short instantly.
    I do see the point in being able to apply the brakes harder from the first touch of the brake, though.

  • Final Day Of Qatar MotoGP Test A Washout - No Action Due To Rain   1 week 3 days ago

    Wasn't the 2008 or 9 race postponed until Monday?

    Chris

  • 2015 MotoGP Qatar Test Day 2 Round Up: The GP15 Is For Real, The Rest Of The Field is Close   1 week 3 days ago

    I don't think we disagree really. I'm not saying that the pre 2007 Ducati was a guaranteed race winner. I'm just saying that it is evident that it was not the bike that completely destroyed riders reputations later on (as was the case with Melandri and, at least temporarily, with Rossi). In fact, I think it was much better than people remember it to be.
    Just look at the data:
    Yes, Capirossi outscored his teammates. But not by a country mile as Stoner did with Melandri in 2008.

    Capirossi had five respectable seasons with Ducati: a race win in the first season in 2003, including five rostrums and three poles (4th overall). That same year, Bayliss got 6th overall with another 2 rostrums and Ducati was second in the manufacturers championship.

    Granted, 2004 was not so great (9th in the WC standings). Bayliss was 14th.

    In both the following years, Capirossi had massive crashes with consequent injuries (PI 05 and Catalunya 06). Still, he managed 6th and 3rd in the WC standings with several wins and rostrums in both seasons.

    And still, Checa put that same bike on the podium two times in 2005, scoring 9th overall in the WC. Not super great, but not disastrous either.

    And in 2006, Gibernau did not seem to be too comfortable on the Duc. Obviously, it was his first season on the bike and he was handicapped for a good part of the year because of that massive Catalunya crash. He got injured again in Estoril and missed Valencia because of that. We all know what happened then. But Gibernau still managed to score a pole on that Ducati.
    And arguably, he was not at his best psychologically that season. Which is probably why he quit after that.

    And in 2007, when Stoner crushed the field on the Duc, Capirex still had a respectable season with race wins and podium finishes (7th overall).

    It was only after 2007, that Ducati seemed to go seriously downhill. Stoner's results got worse and worse, in part due to his lactose intolerance issue.
    And Nicky Hayden never really got to grips with the bike.

    I guess my point is just, that I remember the pre 2007 Ducati Marlboro Team sort of as the underdog, that was always good for a surprise race win. Something I never felt with the Ducati Team post 2010. But obviously tires had a lot to do with that, too.

  • Final Day Of Qatar MotoGP Test A Washout - No Action Due To Rain   1 week 3 days ago

    I was wondering the same thing. They cancel the race if it rains in Qatar?

  • Final Day Of Qatar MotoGP Test A Washout - No Action Due To Rain   1 week 3 days ago

    Those "riff raff classes" brought us the likes of Kevin Schwantz, Kenny Roberts, and Wayne Rainey - more than one of those guys are personal heroes for VR46. American racing is down and out right now but we have a strong heritage and Rainey is committed to bringing it back. MotoAmerica is already doing a better job than DMG ever did and I think there is going to be some great racing this year. As a matter of fact, MotoAmerica will be functioning as a support class for the WSBK race in Laguna this year:

    http://www.motoamerica.com/mazda-raceway-laguna-seca

    I'd love for MotoGP to come back to Laguna, but I don't think AMA or MotoAmerica is what's keeping them away.

  • Final Day Of Qatar MotoGP Test A Washout - No Action Due To Rain   1 week 4 days ago

    David,

    Does this means that, if rains at all in Qatar for round 1, we won't have a race? I wonder how much the Qatari royalty is paying Dorna for this raw deal...

    Cheers!

  • 2015 MotoGP Qatar Test Day 2 Round Up: The GP15 Is For Real, The Rest Of The Field is Close   1 week 4 days ago

    We will have to agree to disagree. Capirex rear wheel steered the 990 to some success, but Rossi had a disastrous start to 2006, with a decent bike he might have been miles ahead at that point. Old Gibberingnow never really got to terms with it. The Bayliss ride was an epic, but a one off. Yes they were competitive, but the desmo chassis was just not as good as Yamaha or Honda, the engine was fantastic, and still is. I'd love to see them really stick it to the Japanese this year, it'll be fun to watch.

  • Final Day Of Qatar MotoGP Test A Washout - No Action Due To Rain   1 week 4 days ago

    Please bring back MotoGP to Laguna Seca - especially with Moto2 & 3. Couldn't agree more with Mattology!!
    Laguna is one of the very best tracks for spectating.

  • 2015 MotoGP Qatar Test Day 2 Round Up: The GP15 Is For Real, The Rest Of The Field is Close   1 week 4 days ago

    Next season fuel limit is 22 litres across the board. With the spec electronics.

  • Final Day Of Qatar MotoGP Test A Washout - No Action Due To Rain   1 week 4 days ago

    I think if they got rid of all the AMA / Electric Bike / gopro daytona ebaymotors geico nationalguard probike superbike supersport riff raff classes, they would probably have room for Moto2 and Moto3, even if they had to set up the way they did at Argentina.

    SCRAMP Still needs to come up with the funding though.

  • 2015 MotoGP Qatar Test Day 2 Round Up: The GP15 Is For Real, The Rest Of The Field is Close   1 week 4 days ago

    Yeah, it seems it has been like that for this test, but to think that they'll "give up that ace in the sleeve" for qualifying sessions this season (in the form of the softer tyre) is unreasonable. That advantage is and will still be there.
    We've all seen how qualifying is important for the race, and if the new bike is this fast on same (harder) tyres than the Honda and Yamaha factory entries....

    I would think Ducati had already been working and prepare for a potential situation where the success-penalties are put in effect (if they do well enough to trigger that).
    As said, the bike seems to go well with same (harder) tyres of factory entries and it has been said that they've been using 22 liters quite happily. So, there you go.

    I'm not sure how one or multiple wins would effect these "advantages" for teams running (or not) under these special rules for this season, much less next season.
    But, interestingly, and as our own host David Emmett wrote so well (and quoting):

    https://motomatters.com/analysis/2015/03/15/2015_motogp_qatar_test_day_1...

    "Given the depth of talent in MotoGP at the moment, winning three races will be tough. However, with the soft tire giving an advantage in qualifying, it is far from inconceivable that Ducati will dominate the front row. If Ducati take too many pole positions, then no doubt that Honda and Yamaha will start to kick up a fuss. The problem is, the soft tire allowance falls under the technical regulations, and as such are decided by the MSMA, the manufacturers' association. To change the rules requires unanimity among all five MSMA members, which includes Ducati. Persuading Ducati to give up the soft tire will require Honda and Yamaha either to present a very convincing case, or more likely, offer some serious concessions for 2016 and beyond. Next year, Ducati want to be able to use nine engines during the year, where Honda and Yamaha only want six. That looks like a bargaining position right there."

  • 2015 MotoGP Qatar Test Day 2 Round Up: The GP15 Is For Real, The Rest Of The Field is Close   1 week 4 days ago

    The rules with 5 engines and next to no fuel are oppressively tight, so much so that no new or struggling manufacturer can possibly enter and improve and become competitive. The "Ducati rules" - for want of a better description - recognise this and allow some latitude. As the less competitive companies improve they gradually lose their benefits. Aside perhaps from the tyre situation, I think it makes a lot of sense within the framework of technical regulations they have.

    Anyhow, testing is testing and racing is racing. Remember this time last year and everyone thought AE was going to fly on the open Yam? He was only very occasionally and briefly in the same camera shot when the flag dropped. Hoping the Ducs fly this year though, but realistically it's probably going to be the normal 3+1 up front when the checkered flag flies.

  • 2015 MotoGP Qatar Test Day 2 Round Up: The GP15 Is For Real, The Rest Of The Field is Close   1 week 4 days ago

    At this point the soft tire issue is null for this test as it has been shown that Ducati used the medium tires did they not? (yes I realize they didn't do race simulations, but their speed is still VERY promising).

    Also, Ducati are already using 22 litres of fuel, so a penalty for winning races of reducing their fuel limit would be null. Does anyone know how a race win or multiple wins would effect the fuel limit for next season?

    I think the article addressed these things (or maybe it was an earlier article).

    Cheers

  • Final Day Of Qatar MotoGP Test A Washout - No Action Due To Rain   1 week 4 days ago

    It is a running joke in the paddock that Dorna could earn more money by offering to organize races in drought-stricken areas, as it is a real guarantee of rain.

  • 2015 MotoGP Qatar Test Day 2 Round Up: The GP15 Is For Real, The Rest Of The Field is Close   1 week 4 days ago

    And they aren't riding a Ducati.

    "At the end of the day, it's clear that our rivals are the Yamaha riders and Dani [Pedrosa] - they are our rivals for the championship." - Marc Marquez

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    Of course some commenters above claim above that Ducati could be a contender this year, but with all due respect, Marquez has won a world championship and they have not.

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