Got A Question? David Emmett To Host Ask Me Anything Session On Wednesday, 26th November 2014

One of the things I enjoy most about running the MotoMatters.com website is the ability to communicate and interact directly with fans. Here, and as @motomatters on Twitter (and even one day on Facebook, once I get the page sorted out properly), I derive a lot of pleasure from hearing your questions and answering them to the best of my ability.

Of course, the problem with Twitter is that space to give an answer is severely limited, to just 140 characters. That doesn't leave much space to give as full an answer as the questions usually deserve. Similarly, when responding to comments on the website, I often don't have the time to spend giving the answer the full attention it deserves, as most of the questions and comments come during a race weekend.

To rectify this, I will be hosting an Ask Me Anything session on MotoMatters.com on Wednesday, 26th November 2014. Send me any question you like, and I shall endeavor to answer it. Want to know about how I got into bikes, how I started the website, who my favorite photographer is? (It's our very own Scott Jones, of course!) Want to know who I think is the best crew chief in the paddock, or what the future of Moto2 is, or whether Dorna will make the series grow or are running it into the ground? I shall try to give as honest an answer as I can to all of the questions received. Of course, the normal rules of MotoMatters.com debate apply: questions should not be intended to offend, or likely to deteriorate into pointless and circular flame wars.

So how can you ask your questions? There are three ways:

  • If you are a registered user, you can post your question as a comment under the Ask Me Anything blog post which will be published at 00:00am CET on Wednesday, 26th November 2014. If you are not a registered user, you can sign up here. As a registered user, you will also be able to post follow up questions, and participate in the debate on other pages.
  • If you are not a registered user, you can also send your questions to me via the Ask Me Anything form on the Contact page. Make sure that Ask Me Anything is selected in the drop down list (it is by default).
  • If you do not want to use either of those methods, you can send an email to askmeanything@motomatters.com, with Ask Me Anything in the subject line.

I look forward to your questions, and will do my best to answer them.

PS: Don't post your questions in the comments section here, as I will have forgotten them by the time Wednesday 26th November comes around.

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One more reason I love the heck out of you and this site. David, you are a gem.

Until then how about "ask Motomatters readers anything" - this community of motorbike racing crazies is amazing too. Care to help out?

Q: How the heck did Yamaha get much more power out of that motor this season w so little fuel?

Q: What is the likely outcome for the performance characteristics of various bikes under 2016 electronics/Michelin tires compared to 2014?

Q: What is the 2015 Championship/integrated electronics/software package shaping up to be like compared to 2014? Where is it going for 2016?

Q: Is it normal for me to have these feelings for racing motorcycles? It is like boobs were in middle school. I like them more than the umbrella girls. Will I ever be 'normal' again? Is there hope for me?

Total votes: 10

Be sure to put them up... My thoughts are.

Q: How the heck did Yamaha get much more power out of that motor this season w so little fuel?

A. Sacrificed braking stability by cutting back on engine braking. Saving ounces of fuel per lap. The yahama was noticeably more ragged and snappy under braking as the season went on.

Q: What is the likely outcome for the performance characteristics of various bikes under 2016 electronics/Michelin tires compared to 2014?

A. 17" wheel vs. 16.5" wheel. : ). Cleverly that means no direct comparisons can be made between brands. As for the bigger and skinner 17" wheels (relatively speaking), I think they would be more suited to corner speed and potentially help Yahmaha more.
That said new bikes will be made to suit the tires by everyone so all that will really be tested is the speed at which the teams can an adapt, and Honda have shown us they can and will go through 6 chassis mid season if necessary to come to grips with a change in the tires.

Q: What is the 2015 Championship/integrated electronics/software package shaping up to be like compared to 2014? Where is it going for 2016?

A. Lowest common denominator.

Q: Is it normal for me to have these feelings for racing motorcycles? It is like boobs were in middle school. I like them more than the umbrella girls. Will I ever be 'normal' again? Is there hope for me?
A. Got me there, but I think you know the answer. : )

Total votes: 14

Am a bit confused - if possible kindly clarify how you can gain on fuel consumption by cutting down on engine braking.

Traditionally manufacturers sacrifice fuel to decrease engine braking - Honda's air bleed being a case in point.

Total votes: 6

When I say cut back on engine braking I mean the engine braking control. Ie. the partial throttle used to negate it.

Same as saying turn down the air conditioner, some may think you want it colder but others may think you literally want the compressor turned down, in which case it would get warmer.

Total votes: 4

I look forward to reading the round ups and just about everything you write almost as much as I do the races.
more then happy to chip in thanks for a great year motogp wouldn't be the same without you guys
P.s
Apologies for my poor grammar

Total votes: 6

Are you a journalist by education or previous experience? Have you worked for newspaper or news channel or what so ever? You seem quite professional!

If you don't mind me asking, how did you choose this career? I mean in very basic level, how did you find your passion to motorcycle racing and have you ever raced yourself and things like that.

Kind regards,

Eikka Karjalainen

Total votes: 4

I won't be around that day for business reasons but I hope I can enjoy the read up later.

In any case it's a great idea David! The n-th of this site.

Total votes: 3

Rossi or Stoner? I know, I know, the answer's obvious....

But seriously, great idea. Why just one day? Keep it going all through the off-season!

Total votes: 6

Just a few things...

Do you believe that the smaller, lighter riders do have an advantage over the taller, heavier riders?

Which current rider who is not on a factory option bike do you believe deserves one? Do you believe any of the factory option riders do not warrant their place?

Do you think that the top open rider should appear in Parc Ferme?

What track not currently on the calendar would you like to see MotoGP visit?

What are your thoughts on some of the assumptions that the current bikes are too easy to ride and that riders are not as skilled as they used to be?

What is/was your favourite bike in the MotoGP era?

Dumbledore Vs Gandalf, who would win?

Total votes: 4

I will take a swing -
Gandalf would kick Dumbledore's behind. I know this scientifically from seeing HRC's electronics and data engineering software functions. By the way, you are about to lose grip on your front steps and fall tomorrow so be careful or install a handrail. Perhaps you would like a brochure for Honda snow or leaf blowers mailed to you once you can safely get to your mailbox?

My favorite MotoGP bike - this is going to sound weird, but...
Favorite livery = Fortuna red and yellow w green Castrol lower
Favorite "wow, look what you did!" = the team Roberts and KJr little garage project Honda V5 that managed to get in the front pack now and again.
Other favorite "wow, look what you did!" = Hayate black Melandri menace pressing forward from "also ran Kawasaki" to 2nd pack major player on outdated under powered undersupported machinery.
Favorite MotoGP bike? The Honda V5 they showed up with right at the beginning of the era. What a BEAST!

Dserves a Factory bike? A.Esoargaro. Yes, that is a Factory Suzuki, but I don't see it as a Factory bike, and Aleix deserves a front runner. He is brilliant! Diesn't "deserve" a Factory seat? Strongly stated, would rather say "I don't think he should be in his current gqrage as much as he does in his next one" = Pedrosa. Just switch he and Aleix please.

Do smaller lighter riders have an advantage over the taller heavier ones? I would say that there is a sweet spot in the middle that both the big guys and wee guys are at disadvantage relative to. Pedrosa plus a few inches and 15lbs would be at advantage over himself. Ditto for Rossi minus the same. When fuel limits are raised and tires are gotten into working temp range more easily the advantages shrink. In Moto3 size is a big deal, so we have a bias towards bringing little riders up in the GP's. Thanks goodness for Superbikes, where this isn't the case, so we can get some larger riders in the paddock. I have seen some just plain big fat riders do well on production 1000's.

Current bikes too easy to ride and riders not as skilled as they used to be? Generally I agree w that statement but not across the board. Throttle control for sure yes. Casey was brilliant w his right hand. Doohan and co too. But what of, say, Lorenzo? He is skilled no doubt but differently. Precision and consistency in place of adaptability to bringing a loose bike back from the brink. Something different is going on in racecraft too in that there isn't room for error and recovery as much as there was. The bikes may leave more room for error, but your competitors leave LESS. Had you asked this in the 800cc 'polite' parade procession I would have answered emphatically yes. Now that bar-bashing limit pusjing riding is back I am back on the fence.

What about other folks? Great questions!
:)

Total votes: 4