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by Rick650
Mon Jun 28, 2021 2:45 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Silly Season
Replies: 1934
Views: 150129

Re: Silly Season

Ignoring any temperament issues, does Vinales have a problem with bike setup? My recollection is that when he left Suzuki it wasn't just to go to the bigger, better resourced team with the track record He had been making long term complaints about a lack of rear wheel traction, a problem that he has...
by Rick650
Mon May 17, 2021 5:38 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: SHARK Grand Prix de France - rd.5
Replies: 19
Views: 12742

Re: SHARK Grand Prix de France - rd.5

Is there any word on what happened to the Aprilias?
Was it something stupid like them closing down too much radiator area due to low air temps leading to overheating or is a return of the mechanical unreliability that has previously troubled them.
by Rick650
Fri Mar 13, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: World Superbikes And Supersport
Topic: The end of the racing twin?
Replies: 15
Views: 5183

Re: The end of the racing twin?

Not much is happening in terms of racing now. Is anyone interested in proposing what they consider to be the greatest racing twin or to be more specific racing four stroke twin. Given most of the twin success came in Superbikes it is hard to go past it being a Ducati. 916 or 999? Four rider champion...
by Rick650
Sun Jan 26, 2020 2:13 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: engine design
Replies: 15
Views: 900

Re: engine design

Thanks Kenup for some great reads for the quiet time. Also for confirmation of the bore and strokes of some of the 800s. GP07 highly over square at nearly 2.09 bore/stroke ratio, using the same 81mm bore as the current restricted 1000s but only 800cc. Surprisingly the 2008 M1 was even more oversquar...
by Rick650
Sat Dec 07, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: And the Winner is Zarco
Replies: 15
Views: 1057

Re: And the Winner is Zarco

I don't think Zarco is brash, he just says what he thinks more than her probably should. This is a proven recipe for unpopularity in the MotoGP world when the most popular riders are those able to smile or make funny faces even in the worst situation. Zarco compounds this by seeming to be dour and s...
by Rick650
Thu Nov 28, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Will Marquez become the greatest racer of all Time?
Replies: 251
Views: 19974

Re: Will Marquez become the greatest racer of all Time?

Qualifying lap great, warm up lap on cold tyres even better.
Easy to forget how asymmetric his riding style was.
by Rick650
Fri Nov 22, 2019 2:55 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Silly Season
Replies: 1934
Views: 150129

Re: Silly Season

I am sure the Marquez family and supporting group had a very serious and extended discussion about the risk of RC213V to a rookie MotoGP rider before Alex committed. They seem like a group that is very aware and closely meshed and that doesn't rush into things without due consideration. In terms of ...
by Rick650
Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: World Superbikes And Supersport
Topic: The end of the racing twin?
Replies: 15
Views: 5183

Re: The end of the racing twin?

1285, almost double the capacity of the Bob Brown's delightful TT2 Ducati that ruffled the feathers of the factory teams in the ASBK 35 years ago and helped Kevin Magee into the frame for international racing. I think that was 680, just another example of the previous discussion on how bike capaciti...
by Rick650
Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: World Superbikes And Supersport
Topic: The end of the racing twin?
Replies: 15
Views: 5183

Re: The end of the racing twin?

And Jones and the Ducati twin won the ASBK by winning the final round after qualifying poorly. The Ducati showed impressive speed on the straight bits. This will probably be the last significant championship won by a twin and probably also for a semi frameless motorcycle using the engine plus a head...
by Rick650
Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: R17 - Pramac Australian MotoGp Phillip Island 2019
Replies: 116
Views: 4275

Re: R17 - Pramac Australian MotoGp Phillip Island 2019

Nothing stale about MotoGP.
by Rick650
Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:51 am
Forum: World Superbikes And Supersport
Topic: The end of the racing twin?
Replies: 15
Views: 5183

Re: The end of the racing twin?

Big twins not totally dead in Australia
Mike Jones on a Ducati 1299 FE leading the ASBK championship by 11.5 points after R5 at Winton.
5 makes in the top 6.
by Rick650
Thu Sep 05, 2019 4:59 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Satellite victories
Replies: 10
Views: 574

Re: Satellite victories

???? = Bagnaia? I want Honda to set up a separate semi factory team for Lorenzo to give him separation from Marquez in developing a Honda that suits his style. How about Zarco for a team mate, he needs front end feel and reliability as well? I can't see it happening but it would be fun and the succe...
by Rick650
Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:33 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Satellite victories
Replies: 10
Views: 574

Re: Satellite victories

First you have to define what a satellite team is! Was Lawson's Kanemoto Honda team a satellite team? Was Rossi's Nastro Azzurro team a satellite team. Both existed with full current year factory bikes in parallel with factory teams and won not just races but championships. Where is the line between...
by Rick650
Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:25 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Marquez happy with Honda the way it is
Replies: 36
Views: 1447

Re: Marquez happy with Honda the way it is

A bad bike has little or no window of competitive advantage. A difficult bike has a narrow window of competitive advantage or one that is inconsistent or difficult to access. I would also describe the KTM as difficult. The competitive advantages of the Honda are: Marquez and his team - you can’t ign...
by Rick650
Tue Jul 30, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Marquez happy with Honda the way it is
Replies: 36
Views: 1447

Re: Marquez happy with Honda the way it is

Even a rare talent needs to have a bike that offers a competitive advantage in some aspect of its performance. Marques has won over 50% of the races in 2018 & 19 by Honda developing a bike that suits Marquez and offers him and his special skills that competitive advantage. That others cannot find an...
by Rick650
Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:43 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Marquez happy with Honda the way it is
Replies: 36
Views: 1447

Re: Marquez happy with Honda the way it is

Who was the last Honda rider to beat Marquez in a race that he finished without crashing? I make it Dani Pedrosa at Valencia at the end of the 2017 season. Pedrosa managed it twice that year on days when the track & tyre temperatures gave him the confidence that could make him unbeatable. Yet he sti...
by Rick650
Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:25 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Marquez happy with Honda the way it is
Replies: 36
Views: 1447

Re: Marquez happy with Honda the way it is

The ironic aspect of this whole discussion is that the 2019 Honda has a wider focus than previous years with more power and less emphasise on corner entry. Yet Crutchlow likes it far less then the even more narrow focused 2018 bike and Lorenzo has been unable to do anything with it so far. Nakagami ...
by Rick650
Mon Jul 29, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Marquez happy with Honda the way it is
Replies: 36
Views: 1447

Re: Marquez happy with Honda the way it is

The RCV is not a good bike for Lorenzo, it is even further away from his ideal than the Ducati was. It is shorter, transfers wight more and is generally more flighty and difficult. THE RCV is not a bad bike, it is a narrow focus bike even this year with the greater power allowing some softening of c...
by Rick650
Mon Jul 29, 2019 2:49 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Marquez happy with Honda the way it is
Replies: 36
Views: 1447

Re: Marquez happy with Honda the way it is

Who was the last Honda rider to beat Marquez in a race that he finished without crashing? If Marquez and say Crutchlow are giving different feedback who would you listen to. Disliking Honda is understandable but they are not stupid. They signed the best team mate for Marquez you could imagine but HE...
by Rick650
Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Silly Season
Replies: 1934
Views: 150129

Re: Silly Season

When reading back on threads it is easy to laugh at the dumb things some people write: "It is not like Quartararo is likely to be taking many points from the works Yamahas or Morbidelli." I wonder if he has got additional revs yet. I see Avintia as the team that only just in MotoGP riders go to fade...
by Rick650
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: 2019 R7 - 16 June - Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya
Replies: 63
Views: 2621

Re: 2019 R7 - 16 June - Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalun

Can anyone confirm the front tyres used by those involved or nearly involved in the big clean out ? Differing hardness tyres warming up at different rates is a possible explanation for Lorenzo's aggression and Dovi's contrasting slow corner speed. Lorenzo was on a soft (I think) which might have led...
by Rick650
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:10 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Stumbled on this NSR500 article... Honda gonna Honda
Replies: 12
Views: 510

Re: Stumbled on this NSR500 article... Honda gonna Honda

Modified firing order to enhance traction is working well at SBK as well as both the Panigale V4R and the R1 have it. They also both rotate the engine backwards, a change that was made with the NSR500 for Gardner's WC bike. The Kawasaki is a screamer that rotates the normal direction which on MotoGP...
by Rick650
Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Stumbled on this NSR500 article... Honda gonna Honda
Replies: 12
Views: 510

Re: Stumbled on this NSR500 article... Honda gonna Honda

My understanding: Continuous power meaning a firing order with power pulses that hit the rear tyre at regular intervals, not giving it time to recover traction between the pulses. Simplistically gap BANG gap BANG gap BANG gap BANG gap etc Big/long bang or whatever you call it brings the firingand th...
by Rick650
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: DON'T TOUCH MUGELLO !
Replies: 97
Views: 3886

Re: DON'T TOUCH MUGELLO !

And next year the bikes will be even faster.... So far the tyres are holding up to the increased speeds but this can't be guaranteed to continue. Same for the engines, they are typically reliable but the piston speeds are high and the risk of failure is ever present. If you want to keep current circ...
by Rick650
Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: DON'T TOUCH MUGELLO !
Replies: 97
Views: 3886

Re: DON'T TOUCH MUGELLO !

I have a theory that one of the reasons the 800s demanded more electronics was that they had extremely over square engines to try to maximise top end power to reduce the speed impact of the capacity reduction. They needed more electronics to make them more rideable and to smooth out the power curve....