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  • Jerez Combined WSBK And MotoGP Test: Lowes Leads Haslam On Second Day Of Test   9 hours 40 min ago

    For Aprilia's GP bike to be nearly a second slower than their WSBK spec machine is a bit of a worry. I know Melandri is probably still adjusting to the machine but in theory the bike should be very similiarto the WSBK machne but with more power, better electronics and better tyres..

  • Testing Continues For MotoGP And World Superbikes In Run Up To Winter Test Ban   11 hours 6 min ago

    Testing and the Michelin

    So test riders are turning laps on the Michelins here and there. Not an earnest development test, just preliminary, but is anyone else super curious?

    Pirro has done some laps on the Ducati, and somewhere or other there was mention just that it was "positive." The Bstone front is obviously really strong - the grip is amazing. It has been described as very stiff and lacking some feel. Less is said about the Bstone rear, but some Honda riders have described struggling to get edge grip to drive out of corners and I have always thought more about the bike than the tire there. Perhaps all of us have and that is soon going to change.

    Yamaha riders, or should I say Lorenzo, have been expressive of concerns about edge grip from the Bstone rear. Especially when the extra layer was added to help it hold up for the greener or more abrasive couple of tracks on the calendar.

    Tire choice always involves a tradeoff. There are always some exceptions where a certain tire just "gets it right" (anyone remember the Dunlop rain tire being such a gem seemingly out of nowhere? Or was it their Qualifier? A very nice exception to the frowns in the Tech3 garage). Michelin has been known for more feel and Bstone for stability. A softer carcass construction on the front will aid the gentle brakers that don't "smash" the front down. Also providing some confidence for the "front end" riders over the "back that rear end in" ones.

    Maybe Lorenzo will have a resurgence in 2016. Perhaps Marquez will need to adapt his riding to carry momentum. Maybe Yamaha with a bit more fuel, and the Michelins will thrive. Perhaps the Honda without the magic electronics algorithm anticipating power needs and a torque-o-meter will have some adjusting to do.

    Suzuki (who are being pushed both by Dorna and missed developme t opportunities to start a satellite team...hooray! Nail down a major sponsor from Asia?) had a smidge to say about running the Michelin in some tests. Basically that they are running similar times to the Bstones for them. At their early stage of development w the bike this means conaiderably less than it would from YamaHonda, but still very good news.

    " Project leader Satoru Terada also confirmed that the factory has begun their testing programme with Michelin ahead of the French company's re-entry to the series in 2016. The results have been impressive thus far. “We already started testing with Michelin,” said Terada. “It's different of course. The rider views [that] both the front and rear are very different but the lap time is not so different from the Bridgestone tyre.” Pushed on whether the factory will need to develop a new frame around the different tyre characteristics he said, “At the moment I don't think about another chassis. I think we can adapt [to these tyres].” 

  • Winter Racing: Superprestigio, 13th December 2014 - Marquez * 2, Rabat, Baker, Mees & Many Others - But No Hayden   1 day 30 min ago

    I hope all those young blokes are training hard, because Troy as truly got his eye in when it comes to flat-track... I'll honestly be surprised if anyone can get the best of him.

  • Testing Continues For MotoGP And World Superbikes In Run Up To Winter Test Ban   1 day 8 hours ago

    I was already going through withdrawls.

  • Winter Racing: Superprestigio, 13th December 2014 - Marquez * 2, Rabat, Baker, Mees & Many Others - But No Hayden   1 day 11 hours ago

    The Superprestigio will be shown LIVE in Australia on FOX SPORTS. - GO TROY!

  • Yamaha Press Release: Q&A With Valentino Rossi - "I Am Still Here Because I Like To Prove Myself"   1 day 17 hours ago

    Stoner was 20km/h faster than Rossi on 1 lap... lap 20... 1 lap when Rossi was 8km/h slower than his fastest & Stoner was around 3km/hr faster than his average... so we can get rid of the "at least" & replace it with "when something caused Rossi to slow"... OK? Through the speed traps he was almost the slowest of the Yamaha's in the race with only Colin Edwards not surpassing his best. Interestingly his Ducati was only just over 5km/h faster than Dani's Honda... in that race.

    http://resources.motogp.com/files/results/2007/MotoGP/QAT/RAC/analysis.p...

  • Marc VDS Press Release: A Record-Breaking Moto2 Season In Numbers   1 day 20 hours ago

    Thanks for clearing that up... I was starting to doubt myself, especially since your post got several stars from about six voters. Which in turn I thought was odd.
    Now about that thing Honda uploading a virus in the control software to self-combust other manufacturer's bikes, hmmm...

  • Winter Racing: Superprestigio, 13th December 2014 - Marquez * 2, Rabat, Baker, Mees & Many Others - But No Hayden   1 day 21 hours ago

    Great event, will go there too. But I was hoping they would invite some of the 'regular' speedwayGP megastars like Greg Hancock, Tai Woffinden, Nicki Pedersen or anyone else from that part of the sport. Now Joonas Kylmäkorpi comes closest to that, but he is an ace in the (relatively small sports of) longtrack, not a superstar in (the hugely popular) speedway.

  • Winter Racing: Superprestigio, 13th December 2014 - Marquez * 2, Rabat, Baker, Mees & Many Others - But No Hayden   2 days 3 hours ago

    This would be great to see...watching Marquez and these other guys in any kind of two-wheeled competition is...motogasm.

    I know this is "training" for these guys, but I would be cringing during every corner. These bikes are fast and it is not always non-contact when 4 or 5 hyper-competitive guys are fighting for position. There is a lot of commercial investment in Marquez, and if I was managing those commercial interests, I'm not sure where I would draw the line on things he can and can't do, whether it's contractually or advisory (doubt you can convince him not to do it). The bread is buttered in MotoGP and I wouldn't want to see it unnecessarily jeopardized...

    Again, as a fan, this is awesome and I'd love to see it!

  • Winter Racing: Superprestigio, 13th December 2014 - Marquez * 2, Rabat, Baker, Mees & Many Others - But No Hayden   2 days 5 hours ago

    It was online last year.

  • Winter Racing: Superprestigio, 13th December 2014 - Marquez * 2, Rabat, Baker, Mees & Many Others - But No Hayden   2 days 7 hours ago

    Will there be any TV coverage? No way can I make it to Barcelona, but I'd like to see the races.

  • Winter Racing: Superprestigio, 13th December 2014 - Marquez * 2, Rabat, Baker, Mees & Many Others - But No Hayden   2 days 7 hours ago

    Since retiring, Stoner seems pretty content to not get back into any sort of competitive motorcycle racing. He's done cars, he's done go carts, he's actively racing remote control cars, but he doesn't seem at all interested in being back on a bike competitively. I think he'd do pretty well if he gave it a go.

  • Marc VDS Press Release: A Record-Breaking Moto2 Season In Numbers   2 days 8 hours ago

    There were two spam posts of gobbledey gook blather string of key words then links to sell stuff. David got to them, so now my post looks even dumber than it did previously.

    Oddest part was that their posts had gotten a half dozen positive reviews...alright, who are the spam lovers we need to weed out...
    ;)

    Howdy Pvalve!

  • Winter Racing: Superprestigio, 13th December 2014 - Marquez * 2, Rabat, Baker, Mees & Many Others - But No Hayden   2 days 9 hours ago

    Some 'em how it's done! I'm definitely going to head up the coast to the Classic in January.

  • Winter Racing: Superprestigio, 13th December 2014 - Marquez * 2, Rabat, Baker, Mees & Many Others - But No Hayden   2 days 9 hours ago

    Should do it!

  • Winter Racing: Superprestigio, 13th December 2014 - Marquez * 2, Rabat, Baker, Mees & Many Others - But No Hayden   2 days 10 hours ago

    Miller is due for a private test in Sepang at the end of November, and I believe he is heading home to Australia after that. He was keen to take part, but the logistics of it were just too difficult for him. He'll be at the Troy Bayliss Classic in January, though.

  • Winter Racing: Superprestigio, 13th December 2014 - Marquez * 2, Rabat, Baker, Mees & Many Others - But No Hayden   2 days 10 hours ago

    Miller did pretty well at the 2014 Troy Bayliss Classic but I'm betting there's no invite for him for this event... :-)

    (Sorry guys, it's quiet this time of season so I have to take my fun where I can find it)

  • Got A Question? David Emmett To Host Ask Me Anything Session On Wednesday, 26th November 2014   2 days 11 hours ago

    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.

  • Got A Question? David Emmett To Host Ask Me Anything Session On Wednesday, 26th November 2014   2 days 12 hours ago

    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!
    :)

  • Marc VDS Press Release: A Record-Breaking Moto2 Season In Numbers   2 days 16 hours ago

    I must be missing something. What are you referring to? How does this relate to the article? Now I'm curious. Especially since you are talking about the integrated control software that is threatening us.

  • Got A Question? David Emmett To Host Ask Me Anything Session On Wednesday, 26th November 2014   2 days 22 hours ago

    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?

  • Marc VDS Press Release: A Record-Breaking Moto2 Season In Numbers   3 days 1 hour ago

    How can anyone pass up a good toilet spy camera? Great posts!
    Does this have anything to do with Dorna's website for developing Integrated electronics software? Someone go back and look at what Honda uploaded recently, or we are going to see another Aprilia go up in flames.

  • Ducati And Kawasaki Wrap Up World Superbike Testing At Aragon   3 days 4 hours ago

    SP_won I did see this video in the past and some of the stuff on that is quite clear. But since I am not a seasoned interpreter of the rules and also because of my knowledge of the technological issues is at best very peripheral I have not been able to read between the lines. I am sure it is not all that straight forward as it is. My reason for disbelief is that manufacturers like Aprilia, Ducati and Yamaha have all bumped up the horse power figures to over 200 on stock motorcycles presumably to negate the advantage that Kawasaki and BMW were having. So this means that the rules will now allow for further upward revision of power figures and we will possibly witness a scenario where the Superbikes will yet again start closing in on MotoGP bike figures. I could be all wrong here.

    So like you Sir SP_won I too shall wait for Sir David Emmett to give his more knowledgeable input into what the rules are and what their repercussions could be. Thank you David, I eagerly wait for your piece on this.

  • 2014 Valencia Moto2 And Moto3 Post-Season Test: Rabat Rules Moto2, Rins Impresses, Antonelli On Top Of Moto3   3 days 5 hours ago

    Sheesh... didn't realize how many are now running Kalex. Obviously teams will go w/the best chassis, but I liked it when different chassis manufacturers were duking it out like the first 2 years. Suter & Moriwaki are completely out??

  • Got A Question? David Emmett To Host Ask Me Anything Session On Wednesday, 26th November 2014   3 days 7 hours ago

    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.

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