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by Fingernails
Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:46 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: KTM
Replies: 183
Views: 34925

Re: KTM

I find it difficult to believe that carbon fibre couldn't work as a MotoGP frame material. It hasn't yet worked, but that's a different thing. I'd guess that the reason it hasn't been used completely successfully so far is that a body of knowledge has built up concerning how to build alloy and steel...
by Fingernails
Tue Apr 26, 2016 6:42 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: KTM
Replies: 183
Views: 34925

Re: KTM

Strength isn't necessarily the be all end all for MotoGP frames.... if they wanted strength they could do away with the frame and just mount everything to the engine case. Problem with that is you lose feel, which is what the riders need. So it's a compromise. Frame has to be strong enough to deal ...
by Fingernails
Tue Apr 26, 2016 8:31 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: KTM
Replies: 183
Views: 34925

Re: KTM

Does anyone know the material used for the frame? Over on cycling forums there has been some excitement concerning new steels that are extremely strong, much stronger than previous generations of steel. E.g. SAM2X5-630. And research producing even newer and stronger steels seems to be progressing ve...
by Fingernails
Wed Mar 23, 2016 1:01 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: 2016 Round 1 - Qatar GP *** SPOILERS
Replies: 95
Views: 6801

Re: 2016 Round 1 - Qatar GP *** SPOILERS

The main disappointment for me was seeing Crazy Joe crash out. I was really expecting him to challenge Lorenzo for the win. It was interesting to see Dovi defending successfully against Marquez, but disappointing to see Rossi only really hanging on, without being able to mount a serious challenge fo...
by Fingernails
Mon Mar 14, 2016 1:49 am
Forum: Moto2, 250s, 125s, Red Bull Rookies
Topic: Laglisse team to go down due to financial problems
Replies: 2
Views: 1242

Re: Laglisse team to go down due to financial problems

I'm also very sorry to hear this. I don't like hearing of any team going down. But, there are so few women riders that I'm even more sorry than I would be normally if Maria Herrera loses her ride. I hope another team picks her up, but it is not long before the start of the season. OT for this thread...
by Fingernails
Sun Mar 13, 2016 8:20 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: The Ludicrously Early 2016 Predictions Thread
Replies: 77
Views: 9398

Re: The Ludicrously Early 2016 Predictions Thread

I more or less gave up on last year because: events. In a fit of pessimism: I predict the following. Lorenzo will gain a lead in the championship. One of Marquez or Rossi will be his primary challenger, but will end up stringing out a mathematical chance of the championship over a long time. Whichev...
by Fingernails
Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:10 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: MotoGP 2015, Sepang
Replies: 605
Views: 39185

Re: MotoGP 2015, Sepang

I've been trying to predict races, and am getting nowhere. The Hondas, Yamahas, and Crazy Joe are likely to be in a five way fight. Personally I've come around to hoping that Rossi will win, the (possibly) last hurrah and all that. But, IMHO all bets are off as to whether Lorenzo or Rossi will come ...
by Fingernails
Wed Oct 14, 2015 11:57 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: 2015 title battle, 5 GPs in and beyond
Replies: 404
Views: 39838

Re: 2015 title battle, 5 GPs in and beyond

Last year Jorge and Valentino were close in points until the last three rounds, whereupon Valentino out-scored Jorge in each of the last three races.
by Fingernails
Tue Sep 15, 2015 11:19 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Very strange....
Replies: 60
Views: 3698

Re: Very strange....

Faster is not equivalent to better. Pretty much everyone agrees that Jorge is faster when top form is compared to top form. But, staying on the bike a bit more and performing consistently can make up some of that and more.
by Fingernails
Tue Sep 15, 2015 10:59 am
Forum: Moto2, 250s, 125s, Red Bull Rookies
Topic: Welcome Back Takaaki
Replies: 0
Views: 1377

Welcome Back Takaaki

Welcome back to the podium, Takaaki Nakagami. OK, there some riders falling off their bikes ahead of him, but it's still a good result. I would like to see his great swooping lines heading people off into the corners again.
by Fingernails
Tue Sep 15, 2015 10:56 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Very strange....
Replies: 60
Views: 3698

Re: Very strange....

It was only when Jorge was a rookie or relative rookie that Valentino had the upper hand on him. Given Valentino being midfield at Ducati, and a functional No. 2. last year, I think it is probably having quite an impression on Jorge that Valentino is ahead. The 'bad luck' comments may be Jorge tryin...
by Fingernails
Tue Sep 15, 2015 10:27 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: MotoGP 2015, Misano
Replies: 135
Views: 7310

Re: MotoGP 2015, Misano

By "Losing sight of the big picture" I meant simply that they were only concerned with beating each other and weren't worried about MM or anyone else. So I suppose I could have worded it more precisely. While watching, I was absolutely mystified as to why they didn't come in. Even if they were focu...
by Fingernails
Sun Jul 26, 2015 7:58 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Suzuka 8-hour
Replies: 98
Views: 8746

Re: Suzuka 8-hour

As a person who programs computers as part off his job, I can quite easily imagine stuck throttles in fly by wire systems.

What do people think would have happened had Stoner not crashed? Would his team have been likely to be able to challenge for the win?
by Fingernails
Thu May 28, 2015 2:34 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Common Software Development and Redefinig the Open Class
Replies: 29
Views: 3524

Re: Common Software Development and Redefinig the Open Class

As for seeing the source code, i guess the factories would have to decide whether to keep their secrets and let them become irrelevant, or make it public and keep it relevant and in use. Also I think if someone really wanted the others algorithms they could hire away a software engineer or two from...
by Fingernails
Thu May 28, 2015 1:35 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: 2015 title battle, 5 GPs in and beyond
Replies: 404
Views: 39838

Re: 2015 title battle, 5 GPs in and beyond

I don't understand this new culture of one weekend one rider wins, they'll dominate the rest of the season. Next weekend another wins and it's all over for everybody else. Not really intelligent debate. It's interesting to look at differences in qualifying out of curiosity but Rossi has proven this...
by Fingernails
Thu May 28, 2015 1:11 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Interview with Gigi
Replies: 3
Views: 687

Re: Interview with Gigi

A very good interview. Dall'Igna is an interesting man. One thing I'd like to understand is how much of Ducati's form is due to improvements in the bike and the team, and how much is due to rule advantages (e.g. fuel) due to their status. As the bike now seems to handle well, and can preserve its' ...
by Fingernails
Thu May 28, 2015 1:08 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Mugello this weekend.
Replies: 77
Views: 5790

Re: Mugello this weekend.

Marquez has been quite bullish about this race. I'm wondering if he will be in win it or bin it mode if he's at the front. IMHO it's possible that we might see Marquez take out one of the other title contenders Jorge or Valentino, leaving the one who stays vertical to take a very significant points ...
by Fingernails
Thu May 21, 2015 4:18 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: 2015 title battle, 5 GPs in and beyond
Replies: 404
Views: 39838

Re: 2015 title battle, 5 GPs in and beyond

While I would very much like to see Rossi win the championship, I get the feeling that over the last few races he has been at 100%. He was winning when other riders when they were less than 100%, and now that Lorenzo is at 100%, he's beating Rossi. Rossi is still in the leading group of aliens, but ...
by Fingernails
Tue May 19, 2015 10:44 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: 2015 title battle, 5 GPs in and beyond
Replies: 404
Views: 39838

Re: 2015 title battle, 5 GPs in and beyond

Lorenzo is looking very strong right now. Definitely in championship winning form. And so is the Yamaha. Both Rossi and Marquez need to start being Lorenzo soon if this is to remain a wide open championship.
by Fingernails
Sun Apr 05, 2015 2:59 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Honda announce Pedrosa replacement.
Replies: 75
Views: 6132

Re: Honda announce Pedrosa replacement.

Aoyama it is. I don't think there's much point in making predictions about how this will go. We'll see soon enough.
by Fingernails
Sun Apr 05, 2015 2:58 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: I hope MotoGP never goes down this path
Replies: 23
Views: 1905

Re: I hope MotoGP never goes down this path

I would be lying if I said that I didn't find the 'grid girls' visually appealing. However, I agree that it's old fashioned, and is something whose time is numbered. I'd still appreciate seeing people holding up the numbers, but wonder if it could be democratised somewhat. I saw someone on a formula...
by Fingernails
Fri Apr 03, 2015 11:09 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Qatar GP 2015 *Spoilers*
Replies: 80
Views: 5378

Re: Qatar GP 2015 *Spoilers*

Does anyone remember a race where MM seemingly couldn't decide which foot he should have down before the start, and he was still swapping them when the race started? It was in his first MotoGP year if I recall correctly.
by Fingernails
Tue Mar 31, 2015 12:27 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: MotoGP on UK TV
Replies: 56
Views: 5095

Re: MotoGP on UK TV

It does take quite some care between the race time and the highlights being transmitted to avoid spoilers. I managed it today, even holding my hand over my eyes as I rewound the coverage to the beginning. BTW: Before the switch to pay-TV, I wouldn't have considered myself a 'casual viewer'. I still ...
by Fingernails
Mon Mar 30, 2015 11:28 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Qatar GP 2015 *Spoilers*
Replies: 80
Views: 5378

Re: Qatar GP 2015 *Spoilers*

As David has mentioned, if Dani is to miss races it is probable that Hiroshi Aoyama will take his place. He's contracted to Honda as a test rider and being a fill in won't mess up his testing duties, rules wise. He has experience with current machinery and tires and with MM there Honda needs someon...
by Fingernails
Mon Mar 30, 2015 11:09 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Qatar GP 2015 *Spoilers*
Replies: 80
Views: 5378

Re: Qatar GP 2015 *Spoilers*

Not having a live feed, I've only just seen the race. Completely gob-smacked about how poorly the Hondas did. It never really looked As everyone has said, the Ducatis have done extremely well, and look to be on equal footing with the other factory teams. I was watching the laps ticking down and wait...