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by Cobbett
Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: 2018 Round 2 - Gran Premio Motul De La Republica Argentina
Replies: 202
Views: 7761

Re: 2018 Round 2 - Gran Premio Motul De La Republica Argenti

Sadly I think they've missed their chance now. Imposing a ban - which I think is merited - would just look like yielding to pressure from the VR46 camp, which impression they'll be anxious to resist.
by Cobbett
Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: 2018 Round 2 - Gran Premio Motul De La Republica Argentina
Replies: 202
Views: 7761

Re: 2018 Round 2 - Gran Premio Motul De La Republica Argenti

What's scary about Marquez (to me) is not that it's calculated; rather, the very reverse, that he doesn't seem to get the possible consequences of his riding. His response to this weekend's storm has simply been to say: "In my career I never, never, never go straight to one rider thinking that he wi...
by Cobbett
Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: 2018 Round 2 - Gran Premio Motul De La Republica Argentina
Replies: 202
Views: 7761

Re: 2018 Round 2 - Gran Premio Motul De La Republica Argenti

I'm personally a bit surprised that Zarco's move on Pedrosa is (largely) getting a free pass here; I didn't think there was anywhere near enough room on the inside there and was baffled that it wasn't at least investigated. As for Marquez, what can one say. Ever since the grievous under-sanctioning ...
by Cobbett
Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: What's going on with Bradley Smith?
Replies: 33
Views: 2809

Re: What's going on with Bradley Smith?

Just for fun... Bradley Smith on the Tech 3 in 2015 finished the season on 181 points. Johan Zarco, if he should win in Valencia would finish on 179 points. That is indeed a salutary stat. I'm not sure many of us would have got a 'True or False' right on 'Bradley Smith scored more points in 2015 th...
by Cobbett
Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: 2017 Round 18: Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana
Replies: 96
Views: 4951

Re: 2017 Round 18: Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenci

I have a slightly apprehensive feeling about this round, given circumstances two years ago. VR will never forgive MM's antics then (which we don't need to reopen) and you can't help thinking that there might be some extra vigour in a VR pass should they be adjacent.
by Cobbett
Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: National Series
Topic: British Superbikes 2017 Thread
Replies: 29
Views: 4231

Re: British Superbikes 2017 Thread

I agree, Byrne's very likeable but I was really disappointed for Haslam. Haslam's (and his team's) gesture in deferring the medical treatment and being carted over to congratulate Byrne, esp given the seriousness of his injuries, was remarkable and deeply impressive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
by Cobbett
Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: National Series
Topic: British Superbikes 2017 Thread
Replies: 29
Views: 4231

Re: British Superbikes 2017 Thread

So what happens when the UK leaves the EEC :lol: Well of course the EEC itself ended in 1993 ... but if it's a serious question, lord knows, though I guess that since it's an arrangement that the series and the circuit likes, they should be able to carry on. Just one of several billion unknowns rig...
by Cobbett
Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: National Series
Topic: British Superbikes 2017 Thread
Replies: 29
Views: 4231

Re: British Superbikes 2017 Thread

Mikesbytes wrote:Last time I checked Assen wasn't in the UK
? - indeed not, though it has been a (popular) BSB round for several years now.
by Cobbett
Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: World Superbikes And Supersport
Topic: 2017 WSBK
Replies: 87
Views: 9343

Re: 2017 WSBK

Yes, he's confirmed that it's season ending:

http://www.bikesportnews.com/news/news- ... son-ending
by Cobbett
Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: National Series
Topic: British Superbikes 2017 Thread
Replies: 29
Views: 4231

Re: British Superbikes 2017 Thread

The Showdown isn't resolved yet: there are 3 final races at Silverstone this weekend, which resolves the top six. The 3-round / 7-race Showdown is then at Oulton [2], Assen [2], and Brands [3]. So Dixon can still make it and is making bullish noises: http://www.bikesportnews.com/news/news-detail/yo...
by Cobbett
Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: National Series
Topic: British Superbikes 2017 Thread
Replies: 29
Views: 4231

Re: British Superbikes 2017 Thread

Moaning about WSBK in the other thread has made me think about how good the BSB has been this year! :D I agree - far more entertaining than the exotica-with-headlight-stickers burlesque of WSB ... Prediction for this year going into the showdown? ... A shame that Dixon didn't get into the top 6 as ...
by Cobbett
Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: 2017 Round 13: San Marino-Rimini Riviera Grand Prix
Replies: 86
Views: 5044

Re: 2017 Round 13: San Marino-Rimini Riviera Grand Prix

Mikesbytes wrote: Crutchlow has cut his pinkie but expect to still race
Not his pinkie, which after all racers scarcely use, but his (left) forefinger, which is a tad more important...
by Cobbett
Sun Sep 03, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Rossi - Broken Leg
Replies: 80
Views: 5232

Re: Rossi - Broken Leg

The question lies what training is the safest that improves skills? I certainly don't know the answer but I'll take the guess at flat tracking using Ivan Mauger as the example, he raced internationally right up to the ripe old age of 45. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_Mauger - while of course i...
by Cobbett
Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Nick Harris, omg
Replies: 159
Views: 16177

Re: Nick Harris, omg

You can hear Jules almost tripping over himself in an effort to be as conciliatory as possible, but I don't think Huewen can help himself (and I guess doesn't realise what he sounds like). Spot on. It's pathological. And what makes it so annoying is that Ryder is much the more accurate (Ryder: "Mea...
by Cobbett
Fri Jun 30, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Silly Season 2017
Replies: 232
Views: 16753

Re: Silly Season 2017

I've thought for years that he had more than one eye on it. It would be a consolation for not making no. 10 if he achieved the GP win record. And of course it must hurt that had he not spent two years at Ducati he would, surely, already have surpassed it.
by Cobbett
Fri Jun 30, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: 2017 round 9: Sachsenring
Replies: 53
Views: 4391

Re: 2017 round 9: Sachsenring

Tourn46 wrote:
Cobbett wrote:he crashed in the rain at Aragon in 2014
Not disputing your point, I think it would be more accurate that he's generally able to cope very with all conditions, not necessarily a specialist in the wet.
That's really all I was trying to say tbh.
by Cobbett
Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: 2017 round 9: Sachsenring
Replies: 53
Views: 4391

Re: 2017 round 9: Sachsenring

It is supposed to rain all week-end... then Rossi will crawl one closer to Ago Would love that personally, but, as an aside, I don't quite get where VR's wet-reputation comes from; I mean, I think he's supernaturally good at intuiting changing conditions (as last week at Assen) rather than that he'...
by Cobbett
Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: 2017 round 8 : Assen
Replies: 56
Views: 4319

Re: 2017 round 8 : Assen

Has Lorenzo said why he was so slow? "I was losing half-a-second to the fastest ones in general, but I was really consistent. I was catching Iannone and getting a bit closer to the other group, Miller and Pedrosa. But when it starting spitting, I started to lose my pace so much. Much more than the ...
by Cobbett
Fri May 26, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Rossi motocross accident
Replies: 0
Views: 483

Rossi motocross accident

https://motomatters.com/news/2017/05/25/valentino_rossi_suffers_chest_and.html As David says in the piece, strange to learn that he was back on a moto-x bike after the bad experience of the shoulder injury and the switch to flat-track. I do hope that he hasn't aggravated that shoulder. It would real...
by Cobbett
Sat Apr 29, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: 2017 round 3 - Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas
Replies: 72
Views: 6653

Re: 2017 round 3 - Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas

I like Crutchlow... but the comment "the Yamaha was much better than the Honda, just the Honda riders rode better" is laughable. The Honda works at COTA! Proven over the last 5 years, it works with the track! He is too often, now, crossing that fine line between court-jester-speaking-truth-to-power...
by Cobbett
Wed Apr 05, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Round 1 - Grand Prix of Qatar Losail 26th March 2017
Replies: 95
Views: 6986

Re: Round 1 - Grand Prix of Qatar Losail 26th March 2017

all that matters is the race ... Rossi ... knows all that matters is the race and has the experience/racecraft to be fast when needed, even if the bike isn't as it should be. No point in risking bones during testing/practice. All true. Though of course the problem he's had these last few years - de...
by Cobbett
Tue Mar 07, 2017 3:07 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Why Does Dani Pedrosa Still Have a Factory Ride with HRC?
Replies: 35
Views: 3573

Re: Why Does Dani Pedrosa Still Have a Factory Ride with HRC

Tourn46 wrote: Also had that mix up on the grid at Misano and then taken out by [insert rider name - I don't want to accuse incorrectly].
(Hectic Barbera.)
by Cobbett
Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: 2017 - Best track to visit for a first timer
Replies: 17
Views: 2905

Re: 2017 - Best track to visit for a first timer

The trick is to put yourself somewhere where there is a big screen in front of you. Makes it much easier to follow the entire race. So true. I've settled on Woodcote in recent years at Silverstone - a notoriously poor viewing circuit - not just because you see a decent span of the track there, but ...
by Cobbett
Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Sepang Test 2017
Replies: 67
Views: 8763

Re: Sepang Test 2017

Kropotkin wrote: ETA: once again, thanks a million kenup, great to have such keen observers of the sport discussing here.
Yep - kudos kenup!