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  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Marc Márquez: 'He’s playing'   14 min 37 sec ago

    Marc's corner entry style reminds of top level Motocross riders...

    You'll see the guys come off of a double or triple into an immediate corner, and they keep the back tire in the air the whole time super hard on the brakes, riding on the front tire into the corner front suspension fully compressed, basically sitting on the tank, with their inside legging hanging off the bike ready to plant for the corner.

    Marc, to me, does kind of the same. Most riders keep their weight back on the seat to keep the back end down, but as Marc gets closer to corner entry, he seems to be fully forward against the gas tank letting the rear end wag around all it wants. So he is fully concentrated on the front tire, riding it almost all the way to the apex, and the back end is kind of an after thought.

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Marc Márquez: 'He’s playing'   1 hour 6 min ago

    Besides all the records he has broken and may still break in the future... Marquez is living the Dream! He's being paid (very well) to do what he loves to do! He's enjoying the money, the travelling, the spotlights, fame/fortune, fans/hottest women, an awesome team/factory/bike, and being the MotoGP Champ after his 1st attempt. He's accomplished what he set out to do as a young child! As the years go by everything will just increase especially the money. So he's enjoying it tremendously... and he's only 20 years old! He has plenty of time to crush the motogp field in the years to come (til Alex M. get there) plus the competition wont' be able to touch him, this is just the start of his 2nd season in motogp... 2 races in with a broken/healing foot!!! So why not play!? I feel bad for Dani/Jorge/Rossi... what can they do to slow him down?! Not much, ask Dani! 5second lead, same team same bike... WOW! Marc can only take himself out being careless like on the last corner, funny but he won't be doing that again. We all mind as well just sit back and enjoy the show... P2 and back because Marquez will be P1!

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   1 hour 16 min ago
  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Marc Márquez: 'He’s playing'   1 hour 50 min ago

    Used to do it often on his ZXR750...

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Marc Márquez: 'He’s playing'   1 hour 53 min ago

    Most likely because his brother Alex will win it. Imagine 10 years of future Marquez domination, championships already decided as early as September.

    Unparalleled skill by a single competitor tends to produce boring competitions. Marquez is proving to be the proverbial gun brought to a knife fight.

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Marc Márquez: 'He’s playing'   2 hours 12 min ago

    Excellent article and couldn't agree more, however i don't completely agree with marquez being the first to lift the rear at an angle ... IMHO stoner started this trend although perhaps not to the same extent as #93

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   10 hours 6 min ago

    Moaning about tyres is pretty much a universal constant in any motor sport. :)

    I agree with you. Unless there were individual variations between tyres (not typically a feature of the 'stones) then some used them better than others. As flawed as the control tyre is in it's current form, the "good old days" of tyre wars - with only one or two chosen riders from each manufacturer getting the best tyres - weren't real flash either.

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   13 hours 36 min ago

    Easy to blame the tyres. If they are so crap, how come Marquez and others managed to do so well??
    Comments re Smith easing off and having the tyres come back indicate that perhaps some lack of simpatico might also be at the root of the issue for some of the riders.

    Tyre choice, even in a control tyre series, still has to be made wisely, and it would appear some people are shifting the blame for their own decisions to the tyres.

  • MSMA Agree To Freeze Electronic Development Ahead Of 2016 Switchover   14 hours 52 min ago

    A dual clutch gearbox would produce the same results as Honda's seamless box for a fraction of the cost. Like I said MotoGP's bans aren't well thought out and wind up driving up costs unintentionally. With less limits factories will choose the cheapest route to the same result.

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   15 hours 26 min ago

    The tyre supply is abysmal, and has been for a while now. Rossis early laps displayed that the Yamaha is still very competitive in the right hands, however that pic of his front tyre was disturbing.

    Also the focus on Jlo is a bit much really, especially in the broadcast! I think we watched more of him bringing up the rear than Marquez! 2014 is a write off for him, in fact I don't believe Jlo will win another title-his style is obviously extremely good when everything is perfect and the electronics are possibly playing a much larger role for him to ride like he has. The off season has proven that he's in trouble, particularly with his illustrious team mate now out pacing him regularly, and not even being within sight of the repsols.

    Let's see how Bridgestone fair next, new track, no data-I'm sure they probably haven't tested anything there so it could be another farce....

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   16 hours 36 min ago

    I believe the track temp was lower during the race.

    The tyre damage in the pics looks like cold tear to me. If so, would suggest some (Marquez, Pedrosa) were working the tyres enough to get to temperature, via setup and pace, whilst others (Dovi) let the tyres come to them.

    The unfortunate (Rossi, Iannone) perhaps had too much pace for their maintained tyre temperatures, and induced cold tear.

    Just supposition though....

  • MSMA Agree To Freeze Electronic Development Ahead Of 2016 Switchover   17 hours 6 min ago

    And that is different from the current situation how? The whole reason Honda spent millions on the gearbox in the first place is because dual clutch is banned.

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   17 hours 14 min ago

    I would never dispute that Jorge is tough as nails. He has displayed that season after season. I just want to see him focused and on the track battling for victories. I think that saying that he is 'whining' might be harsh as you say, but I was also borrowing the words of some of his fellow riders who view his complaints as such.

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   17 hours 20 min ago

    I think you're mistaken - isn't that bridgestones new mixed weather tyre. You ride it in the dry until it goes like that, then when it rains you whizz into the pits, quickly whip em off and put them on back to front and hey presto, you've got tread for the wet corners.

    Honestly, bridge stone need shooting. After the farce of PI last year they shouldn't be stuffing up anywhere.

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   17 hours 28 min ago

    That's a bit harsh. For sure Jorge is rattled but even while I've never warmed to him he's proved beyond all doubt that he's hard as nails.

  • Scott Jones In Austin - Visions Of Texas, Part 1   17 hours 29 min ago

    Crutchlow's front tire looks like it may have had the same issues as Rossi.

  • MSMA Agree To Freeze Electronic Development Ahead Of 2016 Switchover   19 hours 8 min ago

    All the techs I mentioned are available in ~20k economy cars. They would lower costs. No need for pneumatic valves when you can make as much power with mechanical valves and variable valve timing. No need for a million dollar seamless gearbox when a $5K double clutch gearbox will offer 99% of the added performance. MotoGP's limits on cheap technologies make for super expensive work arounds. There are definitely cheaper and smarter ways to set up the series that would enable factories to do R&D relevant to street bikes (what bike will ever get a seamless box???) while enabling everyone to have access to the techs as well.

  • MSMA Agree To Freeze Electronic Development Ahead Of 2016 Switchover   19 hours 29 min ago

    The problem of all those "mechanical freedoms" is that the costs to compete go higher. The likely result is one company spends a huge budget, and all the rest stay home. How is that good? It's not like we have four or five manufacturers loaded with cash and eager to spend it on MotoGP.

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   20 hours 44 min ago

    Put it like this.... if the penalty was light, everyone would do it. 5 seconds can be the difference between 5-10 points. Pit ride through is a very fair penalty... Jorge still came back to take 10th place and he could have placed even higher if he had been in the 2' 04"s instead of the 2' 05"s

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   21 hours 20 min ago

    I think that the tyre on the right of your picture was redding's. Rossi's must have looked very much the same though.

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   22 hours 49 sec ago

    outcome to this race. I expected the Repsol Hondas to pull away, (especially Marquez), but I did not excpect the Factory Yamahas to both be back in the pack. Lorenzo's jumpstart was comical. He is going to have to calm down. I think Marquez has rattled him like he is the rookie and not the veteran. Two races, two mistakes. Once Lorenzo settles down, he will be probably the only one capable of stopping Marquez. He showed last year that once he is focused, it will not matter if his bike is not as fast or good in some areas. Lorenzo himself will make the difference.

    Ducati. I know a lot of people on here are skeptical, but when is the last time you saw Iannone's team, which is now on the spec software as I understand it, look like they may lock down third place. He was in that position for most of the race! Dovisioso was reportedly sick, and STILL went faster than last year. Yes people crashed, mismanaged tires, but even with all that. Ducati is usually near the rear not the front. Bradl, Bautista, were both on damn near, if not factory material Hondas, (Bautista having different brakes and suspension). The Tech 3 team, (will give up that Pol is a rookie, but Smith has looked like a far more serious racer than I have ever seen him look), both were beaten by Dovi. And the Ducati did not look as bad in the corners. They always had the straight line speed, but not he handling. Hopefully they can get another podium with everyone up and running.

    Not an action packed race, but watching it was still entertaining for me. Still digging the updates and insider views by this site. Keep up the good work David!

  • Scott Jones In Austin - Visions Of Texas, Part 2   23 hours 1 min ago

    I really like the shots of Rossi and Dovi. They seem to catch the intensity in their concentration in the corner.

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   23 hours 11 min ago

    Did anyone else catch the comments made at the pre-race press conference in regards to Bridgestone bringing the 2013 tire? Valentino disliked the idea and said he didn't understand the decision especially given the development of the bike is obviously based on the 2014 spec tire. Marquez said that he didn't understand the decision either. He also said 'some riders complain. Not many, but some complain in Qatar and in pre-season.' Bradley Smith didn't beat around the bush. He said that the positive of having the 2013 tires at COTA was that it will clarify things for Bridgestone and the rest of the paddock regarding which tire is better and 'it will shut up some riders from whinging and I'm quite excited to get through this weekend and go back to the 2014 spec.' All riders in the press conference said that the 2014 was better over race distance.

    Let's be clear - the 'riders' (not many, as Marc mentioned) was rider = Jorge Lorenzo. He claimed that they were unsafe, which seemed to be substantiated by the number of crashes in the race. Not by his, but perhaps by some of the later crashes. But this had to do entirely with the track conditions at Qatar. Looking at the above image of Rossi's front tire from COTA - now THAT is unsafe. And to think- I entertained a funny conspiracy notion in my head that Dorna had made a phone call to BS to spice up the start of the season after JL's DNF in Qatar and get him back in the game so they could preserve the major storyline of this season (MM vs JL in a tight title chase). When in fact, Jorge may have had a more significant voice in the matter than I had jokingly led myself to believe. That and the fact that he has, per his own error screwed the first two races of the season on his own merit. Concessions are being made for a 'whinging' rider who has clearly lost his focus to start this season. When you become obsessed with everything that is going wrong and continue to point your finger at something else - distraction by mosquito accumulation is the new one, or the tires that everyone is riding with are unsafe you are not focused on the task at hand. I really think that had Jorge been truly focused to start this season he would have 2 podiums at the very least. He was lapping at a podium pace after his restart in Austin. I believe that he would have been in a great place to win at Qatar regardless of how practice went.

    People gave VR so much guff for letting go of Jeremy Burgess. He was making excuses - he was pointing fingers, etc and unable to face the facts of his career slowing down. Well, in Vale's defense - when he loses, he loses with dignity. He says in press conferences that Marc or whomever else beat him is stronger than he is or faster than he is on that day. Jorge talks about tires. I get it - you have to believe that you are the best but focus on that. I earned a new respect for JL last year because I think 2013 was his best year by far. His heart, his race craft and his tactics on and off the track were undeniable. I think that perhaps Marc winning the championship has thrown him for a loop and maybe the time off to marinate on the high level of his competition has him rattled. I don't know how else to explain the the beginning of this season. I do know that I am absolutely tired of hearing his excuses. He needs to get to work and start racing. His press conference mind games and media noise are not helping him this year. The bar has been raised. C'mon JORGE! Let's go! Get your head back in the game!

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   1 day 17 sec ago

    Towards the end of the race there was a slowmo of the front wheel on Marc's bike and the right side looked shot. Would be good if there was a pic of them all at the end. Will not get anything from Bridgestone...

    Still does not explain Rossi destroying his so quickly - was the temp that much hotter on race day? Surely they tested the fronts for wear in practice. How many times did we Jeremy send a bike out and it go backwards that quickly?

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   1 day 1 hour ago

    Not Just two reasons....add to those The stress and wear forced on tyres by a superbike simply does not compare to what the bridgestone hoops go through under the forces that a motogp bike imparts upon them. Bridgestone has a much tougher job to do. That said I would love to see the end of the control tyre era. Sick of hearing about tyres, tbh.

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