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  • 2014 Sepang MotoGP Preview: The End Of MotoGP's Asian Peregrinations Beckon In The Sweltering Sepang Heat   4 min 3 sec ago

    David, there is a pithy undercurrent here. As I read this awareness arises that YOU are "that person working in MotoGP" on a shoestring budget. And that our perception of your 'highlight reel" is quite different than your experience of your "blooper reel." That I am here with your work seen and unseen DAILY. That this is the core of my connection to MotoGP equally partnered with actually viewing the races with my "physically present" racing community.

    That there ISBsuch a thing as having a prime spot as a journo or website developer with Dorna or BBC etc, much like being in a factory team. That you are ESSENTIAL in that those journos are not filling a role function that you can and do. That you are more like a Ioda or Illmore team, and have goten your journalism into consistent podiums

    Yep - ladies and gentlemen, David Emmett is an ALIEN.

    [ Help plz - I am smartphone only right now and went to find a click to plunk down my $40 contribution for the year and don't see how. Paypal for a smaller one, yes, but not the main one. Thanks! ]

  • 2014 Sepang MotoGP Preview: The End Of MotoGP's Asian Peregrinations Beckon In The Sweltering Sepang Heat   2 hours 41 min ago

    I think the triple header is the best part of the championship. look at SBK, it's like a race per month, no way to stay engaged. This is awesome

  • 2014 Sepang MotoGP Preview: The End Of MotoGP's Asian Peregrinations Beckon In The Sweltering Sepang Heat   4 hours 37 min ago

    And can we also have all races run Moto3-11:00, Moto2-12:20, MotoGP-14:00 local time. I hate those races that change the order. I'd quite happily have Qatar give up the floodlights and run at these times as well at an appropriate time of year.

  • 2014 Sepang MotoGP Preview: The End Of MotoGP's Asian Peregrinations Beckon In The Sweltering Sepang Heat   4 hours 55 min ago

    So stupid to put the MotoGP race at 4:00PM. I never can watch these races anymore because of that silly timeslot and the weather always gets involved.

    Just run the damn races at 2 local time.

  • 2015 Moto2 Provisional Entry List Announced - Herd Mentality Sees Massive Switch To Kalex   5 hours 2 min ago

    I agree, 500cc twins would make the most sense. Saw a RC213V engine in half, put some standard electronics on them and bam, there you go.

    Can you imagine how awesome they would sound?

  • 2015 Moto3 Provisional Entry List Announced - 33 Riders With Few Surprises   5 hours 31 min ago

    but for me I just wanted to see what Herrera could do, she's really doing a bang up job in the CEV, get this girl in the world championship!!!

  • 2015 Moto3 Provisional Entry List Announced - 33 Riders With Few Surprises   5 hours 33 min ago

    but Herrera was STILL a wild card in that race, like I said, nothing against Carrasco she did incredibly at Valencia, but I'm surprised Herrera isn't getting a shot especially with Carrasco's funding woes

  • 2014 Sepang MotoGP Preview: The End Of MotoGP's Asian Peregrinations Beckon In The Sweltering Sepang Heat   5 hours 58 min ago

    I'll wager that the guys 'whinning' about these guys 'whinning' have never traveled for extended periods of time AND had to compete/perform at this level. Try it sometime.....it ain't easy!!! Yes, some get paid lots of $$$, but like David said, the vast majority do not!

    BTW...I have traveled/competed at the world level (not racing) and it wears you out mentally. You otta try it sometime.

  • 2014 Sepang MotoGP Preview: The End Of MotoGP's Asian Peregrinations Beckon In The Sweltering Sepang Heat   6 hours 29 min ago

    I'd call them the stupid media. When the season began Valentino Rossi had 80 wins in MotoGP and 106 across all classes. I think it's just a case of stupidity really. Along with Giacomo Agostini, the best rider in history and gets met with cynicism from the media. At the same time, really good to see some well deserved folks get some humble pie, or pie in the face really. The comments over the previous seasons have been priceless. Just goes to show that many, who are paid to do a job, don't even know what they are doing.

  • 2015 MotoGP Provisional Entry List Announced - No Surprises, But Still No Second Aprilia Rider   6 hours 42 min ago

    I do not know the official reason, but at the presentation for next year, Yamaha said that Forward would have complete freedom to develop their bike (outside of the engine). Forward will use the Yamaha engine and chassis, but they are free to continue to use and develop the Forward chassis they are currently using.

    This is probably why they are on the list as Forward Yamaha, not Yamaha, because they have much more freedom than the Yamaha satellite teams do.

  • 2014 Sepang MotoGP Preview: The End Of MotoGP's Asian Peregrinations Beckon In The Sweltering Sepang Heat   6 hours 46 min ago

    A terrifyingly large number of mechanics are paid next to nothing. They will spend the winter working extra jobs to try to cut down on their debts. A lot of them will stay in worse hotels than the local car dealer would send his own mechanics to. They will work between 12 and 18 hours, sometimes more, to get everything ready. Even the ones which are supposed to be paid will find that the team 'forgets' to pay them at the end. One crew chief I know of was owed €125,000 by the team he was working for. This is very, very common.

    There is a real aura of glamor surrounding life in MotoGP. With a very few exceptions (usually, those in the factory teams), that aura is a complete sham. This is why there is so much complaining about money in the paddock. This is why riders are told they have to bring in money to the team. When the riders don't pay what they promised, the team doesn't get paid, which means mechanics. It is a very ugly business.

    Working at a local garage is a lot less glamorous. But your chances of actually making a living are much, much better. Why do the mechanics and everyone else do it? Passion for the sport. Unfortunately, a lot of people (teams, organizers, factories, publishers) regard that as an excuse to pay an awful lot less money.

  • 2014 Sepang MotoGP Preview: The End Of MotoGP's Asian Peregrinations Beckon In The Sweltering Sepang Heat   7 hours 23 min ago

    ...but I will wager that just as we all get sick of our jobs and say to ourselves why can't I be X, X says to themselves, sometimes I wish I could just be a poor old boring Y, things would be so much easier...

    Perspectives.

  • 2015 MotoGP Provisional Entry List Announced - No Surprises, But Still No Second Aprilia Rider   11 hours 10 min ago

    Hi David,

    From the official entry list, we will have 6 Constructors in the premier class as the following

    1 Honda
    2 Yamaha
    3 Ducati
    4 Suzuki
    5 Aprilia
    6 Forward Yamaha

    Is it right?

    I might be wrong but I have read that next year bike of the Forward team will be 2014 YZR-M1 with Unitfied software(Replaced Yamaha Official Software) minus the suspension and brake.

    Why Forward Yamaha does not include in the list under Yamaha constructor? because of the difference of the bike? Yamaha does not want it? Forward team intends to go with this direction? or for other reason?

  • 2014 Sepang MotoGP Preview: The End Of MotoGP's Asian Peregrinations Beckon In The Sweltering Sepang Heat   12 hours 48 min ago

    Yeah I understand that David. Still, the mechanics and the rest are not exactly doing it tough like the mechs at the local car dealer. The others are chasing their dreams so should be more motivated to put up with it - how else will they land a factory ride? Plus these guys are young and should be hungry, a month of inconvenient travel is the least of their worries.

    Let all of these people get real jobs and see how much they miss their old one ;)

  • 2015 Moto2 Provisional Entry List Announced - Herd Mentality Sees Massive Switch To Kalex   14 hours 8 min ago

    They never should have left the two strokes in the first place and if you bring back the manufacturers in, well ............... start saving money because the costs will explode, just look at the moto3 class ..................
    I've said it many times before, if you start racing 4 strokes the costs will increase every year for the simple reason that the maintenance costs are much higher compared to 2 strokes

  • 2014 Sepang MotoGP Preview: The End Of MotoGP's Asian Peregrinations Beckon In The Sweltering Sepang Heat   14 hours 13 min ago

    It is tough on the riders (even staying in 4 and 5 star hotels), but remember, the riders are only a tiny part of the staff involved. All of the mechanics and other team staff travel too. Staff in cash-strapped Moto2 and Moto3 teams. They aren't in 4 star hotels, they are often in 1 and 2 star hotels. Travel becomes a lot less attractive when you are doing that. And it is a lot more stressful for them too.

  • 2014 Sepang MotoGP Preview: The End Of MotoGP's Asian Peregrinations Beckon In The Sweltering Sepang Heat   14 hours 26 min ago

    Can’t believe the amount of f!cking whining about 3 flyaway rounds. FFS they get paid shitloads to ride bikes really fast for a living while the rest of us have to settle for real jobs. A month of travel is hardly something to complain about, and yes I know what it’s like to travel regularly; I know it’s not as glamorous as a lot of people think, I know you get sick of waiting in airports, I know you can get sick of spending all your time with the same people, I know you can get sick of staying in hotels (even 5 star ones). You have the job that a lot of us can only dream of, f!cking suck it up princesses.

  • 2015 Moto2 Provisional Entry List Announced - Herd Mentality Sees Massive Switch To Kalex   14 hours 58 min ago

    The Moto2 class as makeshift for two or three years would have been alright but it is being dragged along long after its expiry date. It is a shame that everything in this class is turning out to be spec. Spec engines. spec chassis, spec tyres, spec whatever else. At least previously it was a world chassis championship now with Kalex taking over everything except three Speed Ups and one Suter all others are Kalex. So what is this championship about?

  • 2014 Phillip Island Sunday Round Up: Why The MotoGP Race Was Not A Tire Fiasco, And Rossi Reaps Rewards   15 hours 13 min ago

    The Yamaha is not 250 R 15, it is just R 15 where the 15 denotes 150 cc. The new R 25 which is yet to come to India is the R 25. What Lorenzo rode at the BIC in Noida was a Yamaha R 15. But don't get too excited about any international racing coming to India. The owners of the BIC are not making any noise about bringing any racing series to India after F1 cancelled midway through a five race contract and Dorna cancelled the first ever WSBK race without the circuit even hosting it. I think given the strange governance and tax structures in this country no more racing of any variety (international series) is unlikely to come. BIC has become a playground for those who have Audi's, Mercedes' and BMW's to race their cars and there will be one round of the one make series of Honda, Yamaha and TVS that will race at BIC along with the MMRT and the Kari Speedway. Seriously don't get your hopes up.

  • 2015 MotoGP Provisional Entry List Announced - No Surprises, But Still No Second Aprilia Rider   16 hours 12 min ago

    Spanish kids staying in the CEV Moto3 and then jumping straight to Moto2 perhaps. Also the Italian Federation's efforts to match the Spanish academy system could be starting to pay dividends as well.

  • 2014 Sepang MotoGP Preview: The End Of MotoGP's Asian Peregrinations Beckon In The Sweltering Sepang Heat   16 hours 45 min ago

    Cal Crutchlow insecure? To the best of my recollection, Herve Poncharal called him the most insecure rider he had ever known, but Herve rated him very highly nevertheless. You have to be very special to be a MotoGP rider, and it's amazing how each rider is special in his own particular way. Vive la difference, I say.

    I think the move to a Honda will be good for him.

  • 2014 Phillip Island MotoGP Race Result: Crashes Galore, Shock Results   17 hours 2 min ago

    Tire performance has improved by leaps and bounds IMHO. Yes Bridgestone missed the mark at Phillip island in 2013 and 2014, but the Philip Island circuit
    is the hardest circuit on tires in the entire MotoGP series.
    BUT ...There is a silver lining no one has mentioned as of yet.

    THANK GOD THE PHILLIP ISLAND CIRCUT DESTROYS TIRES! WHY ? DUE TO THE 2013 PHILLIP ISLAND ...PIT STOP... EXPERIMENT TURNING OUT TO BE SUCH A FIASCO THE THREAT OF DESTROYING EXCITING WHEEL TO WHEEL RACING IN MOTOGP BY ADDING ..PIT STOPS...WAS THWARTED.
    Yes without the sheer excitement of races won and lost due to Billy Bob changing tires/fuel faster than Jimmy John, MotoGP might not steal away NASCAR fans but who wants to see MotoGP turn into a series of Daytona 200 races. Does anyone actually watch the Daytona 200 any more? lol

  • 2014 Sepang MotoGP Preview: The End Of MotoGP's Asian Peregrinations Beckon In The Sweltering Sepang Heat   17 hours 16 min ago

    What a joy to see Cal riding the snot out of the Ducati and putting it near the pointy end! Folks on here seemed mostly in a camp that he was too mouthy relative to his performance, "insecure," and predicted him doing poorly on LCR's bike next season. Some of us did not. Some of us are looking a bit wiser right about now. And now there are some mentions that Cal left Ducati right before the bike comes into its own and is making a mistake I disagree there too. Why? Next yr the bike will be new and each track will be quite the sorting and development chore. Next year the LCR Honda is a known quantity, and strong bike. Better pick. Furthermore, when 2016 rolls around and everyone is on the same tires and 22 litres of fuel, same engine alotment et al, how will Ducati fare relative to the Honda without its Open advantages? Which bike would you bet on to make the jump to Michelins best? Jeez, I keep wishing Cal could pull into the pits in a white flag race and swap onto Bradl's bike NOW. I see it being a great fit for everyone involved. Especially us fans with his generous use of throttle with his mouth. Edwards was funny, but Cal isn't bothering with the charm. Love it! Looking fwd to battles between he and Dovi next yr. Go go go Cal!

    I am looking fwd to a time when the "is this a Honda track, or more of a Yamaha track?" discussion includes "this one is a Ducati track."

    A few races ago I think you made a mild mention of a track playing into the Duc's strengths David but can't remember off hand. The ponderances have already begun...Gigi showed up with his seamless eyebrow and off they went. Great season!

    Have to disagree that the race for 2nd isn't important. There is more energy there than anywhere else this yr in my view. Marquez vs records from yrs gone by doesn'tbhold a candle to it. Too bad for Pedrosa and his Italian rear wheel modifications, and all of us for losing a 3 way fight. Yamaha has done engineering BRILLIANCE this yr though, and I am wholeheartedly happy to say I was mistaken saying that 2015 was a wash because of the loss of another L of fuel. Development Aliens! Hats off to you! Go Yamaha! Bang up some fairings Vale and Jorge. Glued to the telly.
    :)

  • 2015 Moto2 Provisional Entry List Announced - Herd Mentality Sees Massive Switch To Kalex   20 hours 23 min ago
    +1

    Put this dreary class out of it's misery please. It was bad enough when it was a bunch of chassis manufacturers you'd never heard of battling it out, now that it's all but a one-make cup it's lost any appeal at all.
    Get the manufacturers involved again, make it what it once was, which is a transition class between the tiddlers and the big bangers. 500 twins with moto3 style engine/ecu controls to keep costs in check but allow them to be proper racing motorcycles.

  • 2015 Moto3 Provisional Entry List Announced - 33 Riders With Few Surprises   20 hours 36 min ago

    at Aragon last year, she was beaten, on equal KTM machinery.

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