Search found 389 matches

by bikermike
Mon Jul 05, 2021 5:54 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Silly Season
Replies: 1926
Views: 148746

Re: Silly Season

Would I take Mav on? Frankly no. He clearly has the talent, but has managed to not deliver and leave unhappy teams behind him. Unless I had a very clear picture of what was going wrong and how I could fix it, I'd steer clear. I think Aprillia, where the bike is much less developed and less refined w...
by bikermike
Fri Jul 02, 2021 7:05 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Silly Season
Replies: 1926
Views: 148746

Re: Silly Season

Interesting round-up. Rossi's possible retirement makes things interesting.

I don't see why the VR46 team would need a marquee rider in year one tbh.
by bikermike
Mon Jun 28, 2021 6:13 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Silly Season
Replies: 1926
Views: 148746

Re: Silly Season

I was being a bit flippant, but it really seems a startlingly daft move from Mav. Interesting that he puts in the best race after he's quit A satellite Ducati might be good for him - it's turned round Zarco (who is nothing like the same person/situation, but was motogp square peg in a round hole, an...
by bikermike
Sun Jun 27, 2021 2:06 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Silly Season
Replies: 1926
Views: 148746

Re: Silly Season

Good move by Aprillia A rider whose best times are usually on Friday and Saturday won't be overly inconvenienced by the regular mechanical DNFs on raceday... (Seriously, unless they really think they can break his cycle of being friday champion, Aprillia haven't made a clever move here. They would I...
by bikermike
Tue May 25, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Round 6 - Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley (Mugello)
Replies: 20
Views: 13225

Re: Round 6 - Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley (Mugello)

Bring on the rain!!

That French race was the most eventful for some time
by bikermike
Tue Mar 09, 2021 12:51 pm
Forum: World Superbikes And Supersport
Topic: Will BMW deliver with Van Der Mark?
Replies: 6
Views: 4511

Re: Will BMW deliver with Van Der Mark?

I'm not sure the article in Crash.net found anyone to be up there. The heading was "can anybody beat Rea?" and as one of the comments said "that's a very long way of saying "no"" I think WSBK has gone through a lot of flux. I'm don't agree that it's all a bad idea - BSB seems to deliver good racing ...
by bikermike
Mon Mar 08, 2021 11:38 am
Forum: World Superbikes And Supersport
Topic: Will BMW deliver with Van Der Mark?
Replies: 6
Views: 4511

Re: Will BMW deliver with Van Der Mark?

I think BMW are caught in a bit of a dilemma They introduced the sports bike to well and truly blow away the "pipe-and-slippers" rep of the (bike) brand. And they went racing to show what the bike could do. But the bike market has shifted (less sportsbikes being sold, insurance, price point, usabili...
by bikermike
Tue Feb 23, 2021 2:03 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Honda repeating the same mistakes?
Replies: 1
Views: 770

Honda repeating the same mistakes?

Saw this in the Takagami article on Crash "Most of the time it's really difficult to show our real potential, because the main thing is that the engine performance is completely different, and always the latest engine spec has more power and speed. "In MotoGP if you lose one tenth in the back straig...
by bikermike
Mon Feb 22, 2021 1:36 pm
Forum: National Series
Topic: Road racing 2021 - any good news anywhere?
Replies: 10
Views: 4535

Re: Road racing 2021 - any good news anywhere?

I reckon the manx will be called off too - the problem is the Mountain Course extension to the licence and the need for signatures this year. If there isn't enough of the season beforehand, no-one can qualify.

Fingers crossed the shorter races will be able to go ahead.
by bikermike
Mon Feb 22, 2021 1:33 pm
Forum: Moto2, 250s, 125s, Red Bull Rookies
Topic: Danny Kent
Replies: 20
Views: 7807

Re: Danny Kent

Schwantz34 wrote:
Wed Feb 17, 2021 12:38 am
Mike, turn your volume up and don't blink :D

https://twitter.com/peterhickman60/stat ... 92288?s=20
heheheh!
(tbh, the only thing about going regularly is that it does re-write your definition of normal...)
by bikermike
Tue Feb 16, 2021 12:01 pm
Forum: National Series
Topic: Road racing 2021 - any good news anywhere?
Replies: 10
Views: 4535

Road racing 2021 - any good news anywhere?

It's not looking clever is it? :(
Anyone have anything to the contrary?
by bikermike
Tue Feb 16, 2021 11:57 am
Forum: Moto2, 250s, 125s, Red Bull Rookies
Topic: Danny Kent
Replies: 20
Views: 7807

Re: Danny Kent

Any chance of a link? I really like Hicky. I saw his first BSB win at Cadders in the rain from the comfort of the beertent at the manx (in the rain). I do think he is a proper road-racer who just didn't know it, but yes, I take your point there have been good crossovers, but rarely from the very poi...
by bikermike
Wed Feb 10, 2021 2:37 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Silly Season
Replies: 1926
Views: 148746

Re: Silly Season

IIRC there is a pic of a Yam SS300 bike on his twitter feed. Seems an odd choice to me.
by bikermike
Wed Feb 10, 2021 2:33 pm
Forum: Moto2, 250s, 125s, Red Bull Rookies
Topic: Danny Kent
Replies: 20
Views: 7807

Re: Danny Kent

Hmmmm, I hope not. Karl Harris rings through the mind Anyone doing the TT with something to prove is a risk. (From memory, Guy got booted out of ACU land, and did a lot of road-racing in Ireland under MCUI auspices Also, Danny had a season where everything clicked, and cleaned up, and then struggled...
by bikermike
Tue Feb 02, 2021 12:19 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Silly Season
Replies: 1926
Views: 148746

Re: Silly Season

It's a ballsy move by Bradley if he has refused a contract. He's certainly not at the front of the MotoGP talent list, and if he doesn't take the testing role he's got be looking at retirement (unless he's got something lined up). I can imagine Aprillia deciding two riders is enough in covid times, ...
by bikermike
Mon Dec 07, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Marquez 2021
Replies: 44
Views: 18845

Re: Marquez 2021

That infection isn't good news. GWS Marquez!

I hope he takes the time to get it fixed this time.
by bikermike
Fri Dec 04, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: 2020 world championship prediction
Replies: 166
Views: 46053

Re: 2020 world championship prediction

Sounds like the shipping forecast - I reckon Marquez to win, two or three yamahas behind him, then the Ducatis (best bikes but, I can't see anyone at Ducati thinking about this year - Dovi will be unsettled whatever the result of the negotiations, Petrucci will be trying to get his head around Germ...
by bikermike
Fri Dec 04, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Will Marquez become the greatest racer of all Time?
Replies: 251
Views: 19887

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

noting that Morbidelli is having a crack at 4-wheels, I wonder how that fits with my argument about greater variety of titles = better Would a WSBK champ with a WRC title under his belt be more GOAT than a multiple MotoGP rider, or an F1 champ with a World speedway crown etc (or for that matter some...
by bikermike
Fri Dec 04, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Marquez 2021
Replies: 44
Views: 18845

Re: Marquez 2021

- HRC may be lining up Dovi to ride until Marc is in a position to return. If Dovi is leading the championship in May/June, what do they do then? jam the glass doors a bit... ;)(joke) I'm glad something is happening - I'd hate him to be stuck with an injury that just doesn't heal lots of tinfoil ha...
by bikermike
Mon Nov 30, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Will Marquez become the greatest racer of all Time?
Replies: 251
Views: 19887

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

I think his riding style is *amazing*, and the controlled crashing is something else, but put it in a different set of circumstances and it wouldn't work. Hopefully in less fatal ways than I mooted, but can you imagine pushing a bike beyond it's limits anywhere on the Mountain course? To me Agostini...
by bikermike
Sun Nov 29, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Will Marquez become the greatest racer of all Time?
Replies: 251
Views: 19887

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

With his style he'd have been dead in less than a season in the 50s. Maybe he can ride another way, but we haven't seen him do it at top level. Stoner won championships on two different machines (at least one of which was unrideable by others). Rossi jumped from 2-stroke to 4-stroke and then on to Y...
by bikermike
Sat Nov 28, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Will Marquez become the greatest racer of all Time?
Replies: 251
Views: 19887

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

I think GOAT is a silly idea, but if there is one, it's Surtees. Everyone else has won varying numbers of championships on 2 wheels. Over the fence they are arguing about who has won the most championships on 4 wheels. Nobody else (AFAIK) has won the top class in both. It's why I'm a bit dissapointe...
by bikermike
Sat Nov 28, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: The Zarco pic on the main page
Replies: 2
Views: 655

Re: The Zarco pic on the main page

Speaking as an ex-club racer, I'd say, I've seen better and worse behaviour. And his bike probably doesn't have any plastic metal forming any part of the cases... Also, short of an actual oil slick a club race would just sling some cement dust down and carry on... it can be quite unnerving the day a...
by bikermike
Fri Nov 27, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: The Zarco pic on the main page
Replies: 2
Views: 655

The Zarco pic on the main page

of him taking a smoking bike across the track. What is the story behind that? presumably it was in practice as he finished the race? It doesn't look terribly clever, but I can see that if it was say a popped breather hose misting oil onto a hot exhaust why it is not a problem, but he's not doing muc...
by bikermike
Tue Nov 24, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: What is happening Aprilia
Replies: 10
Views: 947

Re: What is happening Aprilia

I'd be curious to know what happened with Chaz (maybe Chaz and Brad sound similar in Italian...) But TBH, 1) they are back of the Grid. Someone has to be, and it's them 2) they have limited funds and have to cut their cloth accordingly 3) they have just developed a completely new bike I think that i...