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  • 2014 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Three Great Races, A Fast Ducati, And A Tough Home Round For British Riders   15 min 42 sec ago

    I'm starting to think he may go through the whole season without scoring a point. Will he still have a ride next season if that's the case? I couldn't imagine keeping him around, especially when compared to Zarcos performance this season.

  • 2014 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Three Great Races, A Fast Ducati, And A Tough Home Round For British Riders   3 hours 8 min ago

    He also has a high % of taking out other riders in Italian Grand Prix'. So with Misano around the corner, chances are high we have not seen the last of De Dangerous.

  • 2014 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Three Great Races, A Fast Ducati, And A Tough Home Round For British Riders   3 hours 18 min ago

    Andrea Dovizioso said he did not expect the Ducati coming at Aragon to solve the understeer issue. If he says so, then who am I to disagree?

    The current problem is not front-end tuck. That has been solved. The problem is that the bike won't hold a line mid corner, and wants to run wide. It takes a lot of physical effort to get the bike turned.

    From the tone of your questioning, it sounds like you don't find me a particularly reliable reporter. That's fine. There are plenty of other outlets for news available. I suggest you frequent those sites instead.

  • 2014 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Three Great Races, A Fast Ducati, And A Tough Home Round For British Riders   3 hours 27 min ago

    Dear Mr Emmett,

    How can you be so sure the new Ducati engine and frame "will not solve the understeer which still plagues the Desmosedici?"

    Did Valentino tell you this, or was it a mole in Borgo Panigale?

    Was it not your good self who told us unwitting fools a couple of years ago the Desmosedici's problems were do the the 90 degree V4 engine layout?

    Does Ducati plan to close up the vee-angle to make the engine more compact and if so, wouldn't that allow them to steepen up the steering rake, reduce the fork to steering axis offset, increase trail and make the bike not only able to steer into corners better but also hold the line without the tendency to tuck the front it has exhibited in the past?

    At Silverstone, Dovi did not seem to be troubled by front-end tuck so perhaps Gigi Dal'Igna has made the simple changes that all the King's horses and all the King's men were unable to do previously.

    Dal'Igna also had quite a hand in the Aprilia V4 which has proved a rather handy tool, so perhaps it is premature to be writing off the chances of further improvement at Ducati just yet.

    Unless of course, you have been given the Message by the Great One...

  • Alex Marquez Signs Two-Year Deal To Race With Marc VDS In Moto2   8 hours 9 min ago

    ..On the right side of page with Kallio says he is looking at moving on to MotoGP again!

    He is a cracking rider, should have been 125 champion, and he deserves a top ride in Moto2 at least - would be a dreadful shame to see him moved out of Marc VDS.

  • Alex Marquez Signs Two-Year Deal To Race With Marc VDS In Moto2   9 hours 53 min ago

    really interested to see what Herrera can do

  • 2014 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Three Great Races, A Fast Ducati, And A Tough Home Round For British Riders   10 hours 15 sec ago

    I still can't believe how great and is Marc on that bike. We are surely blessed because we can watch him. I have become a fan, that is for sure!

  • Alex Marquez Signs Two-Year Deal To Race With Marc VDS In Moto2   11 hours 46 min ago

    Hard to imagine Tito staying put in Moto2 for long. Having a competitive team leader that doesn't have MotoGP aspirations paired with a new from Moto3 rookie would make some sense.

  • 2014 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Three Great Races, A Fast Ducati, And A Tough Home Round For British Riders   11 hours 49 min ago

    I'm always very reluctant to criticise riders, but I'll make an exception.

    I'm incredulous that this guy has replaced Colin Edwards, and who knows why (did Colin jump or was he pushed)?

    De Angelis spent most of the QP sessions hanging around at various corners looking for a tow, instead of getting down to it and perhaps learning how to ride the bike better. A couple of times he was in the way to the obvious annoyance of the faster guys (which to be honest was most of them), he was even after a tow from Scott at one point.

    Didn't Hayden call him Alex the Dangerous?

    Then at warm up on Sunday morning, he managed to bin the bike at a bend where I've never seen a bike go down before, he was taken back to the garage, got on bike number two and then binned that at the same corner before he'd even completed an out-lap.

    Colin is a big favourite with the UK fans, and he would have certainly not got up to these antics and he would have been keen to make a proper show of it.

    What a waste.

  • Alex Marquez Signs Two-Year Deal To Race With Marc VDS In Moto2   12 hours 2 min ago

    And where does Mika Kallio go? He's putting in a great effort this year

  • The Pressure Of Contracts: Bradley Smith Explains How A New Tech 3 Deal Helped Him Ride Better   13 hours 4 min ago

    Herve Poncheral would only have signed Bradly because of the sponsorship his team is likely to get from having the best performing (highest points scoring) British rider in the paddock. I'm sure he'd have preferred Scott Redding but he was looking like he had a new Gresini deal in the bag and Crutchlow is now an unknown quantity. My guess is he will be better than Bradley on the LCR Honda but given his performances on both the Yamaha at the end of last year and the Ducati this year there is no guarantee. Bradly will still get the odd 6th or 7th place and they have Pol as the number one rider.

    Realistically Bradley will be lucky if he ever gets a podium regardless of the bike he is on, he was never good enough to be in Moto GP in the first place let alone on a Tech 3 bike. Herve got carried away after Brads best performance in Moto 2 where he had to start from last after going the wrong way up pit lane in qualifying. I think he worked his way up to third or 4th, he did nothing for the remainder of his Moto 2 career which spanned another 18 months. In his whole time in Moto 2 he only scored 3 podiums and never even won a race.

    As for riding maturely his performances this year have been slow and laughable as he has the record in the class for throwing it down the road. When he leaves Moto GP I don't know where he could go. I think he would struggle in World Supersport or British Superbikes to be honest, unless he drops to Superstock level he hasn't got a World championship in him.

  • The Gresini Saga, Part Two: The Scott Redding Plot Thickens   13 hours 42 min ago

    but potentially risky;

    My understanding of the set up is the team who finishes last will lose their travel allowance to encourage a new team to take over. Currently Avintia are on 6 points with PBM on 8 points - who will finish last? pretty hard to say just now.

    If the above is correct (someone please confirm)

    But this show how ill thought out the rules are; new teams get penalised by not getting travel and tyres, an existing team gets penalised by not getting travel allowance.

    Where's the incentive to be in MotoGP? Or buy into a team in the lower order?

    They change rules on a whim all the time, change this one to get Marc VDS in the Main paddock.

  • 2014 Silverstone MotoGP Race Result: Pulsating Head-To-Head Contest   14 hours 59 min ago

    I was watching from a few different corners; Rossi's Yam during all the practices looked unstable at the rear tyre coming out of corners, more than any other bike. Whether that was his riding or the bike who knows?

    Until the race Lorenzo didn't have a good weekend either, although Bradley was consistently good and made a great start, and Pol got it together albeit late.

    Strange and temperamental beats these bikes.

    Really good race though, and a great effort by Scott Redding too.

  • 2014 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Three Great Races, A Fast Ducati, And A Tough Home Round For British Riders   15 hours 7 min ago

    I was lucky enough to see that pass from the stand; it looked like they were both going to go down, yes it was harsh.

    In previous years Jorge would have seriously spat his dummy out and called for intervention; now he seems a bit more resigned. Good for him probably, but it is an indicator that MM is still happy to play it rough if he has to (shame Rossi ain't fast enough to stay with him - he'd get some back!).

    Great effort by Jorge though, he had a lot of fans cheering for him when he took it to MM.

    Really good weekend at Silverstone, I really hope we can all come back next year.

  • Moto2 And Moto3 Massively Oversubscribed For 2015   18 hours 24 min ago

    Flying to Argentina/USA/Far East, or being at your 'home' race to be told you haven't made the top 32 would be slightly irritating.
    There are almost enough to make up a grid in WSB for 250's and 500/600's.........

    That you still end up with a shortfall in the top class, and Kropotkin's strap line, tells the story. Neither Moto's 3 or 2 could be called 'cheap' racing, either.

    I have lost track of the target cost of WSB bikes but whether it's $100k or 300k, the fact that a competitive MGP bike now costs $3.5 mill is clearly too expensive for all but the most well-endowed teams or individuals. When the likes of Paul Bird and Marc VDS cannot afford to compete, there is a problem.

    A balance is needed, and it's not that WSB needs to be more 'techy', or accessible to/watched by fewer people.

  • 2014 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Three Great Races, A Fast Ducati, And A Tough Home Round For British Riders   19 hours 6 min ago

    Fair play to them. Silverstone, full coverage, 9 hours a day, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I doubted BT Sport when they won the contract and still regard the loss of free to air coverage in the UK as a retrograde step, but I have to admit, despite my reservations, they put on a great show.

  • 2014 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Three Great Races, A Fast Ducati, And A Tough Home Round For British Riders   20 hours 35 min ago

    While the Honda's seem to have many more legs down the straight, Enea was also on a KTM and he stuck with them the whole way.

  • Moto2 And Moto3 Massively Oversubscribed For 2015   22 hours 55 sec ago

    Didn't grid slots use to be filled by qualifying?

  • 2014 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Three Great Races, A Fast Ducati, And A Tough Home Round For British Riders   22 hours 56 min ago

    The difference is those Factory Hondas have so much more grunt now that whenever they get passed they can instantly repass under power, so they never get shuffled back too far. Miller was only the third KTM home though, looks like he's trying so hard to keep out of trouble he's leaving himself open to attack too. There were definitely times during the race where he chose discretion over valor, problem being that if you're not overtaking in Moto 3 then you're gonna get overtaken.

  • 2014 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Three Great Races, A Fast Ducati, And A Tough Home Round For British Riders   22 hours 58 min ago

    For once the Ducati looked like it was a motorcycle that was in the same league as Honda and Yamaha (please forget Lorenzo and Marquez and just look at Rossi and Pedrosa). In fact, in a couple of instances it seemed like the Ducati was turning in better than the Yamaha of Rossi, which was a big surprise given the fact that the reputation that the motorcycle has is that he hates to turn. This could be that the layout of Silverstone could have been kinder to the Ducati or kinder to Dovizioso. But if it means a genuine improvement that has little to do with specific conditions of Silverstone, it would be great for racing. Dovizioso is beginning to look like a man who is where he should be and not as if he just ended up being there by accident before beginning to fade away. If Ducati does not improve soon enough and is joined by the tarted up Aprilia-ART (as is being frequently talked about) which will in all likelihood be a dud in 2015, it would look horrible to have two Italian brands fighting for what was once Kawasaki's - the wooden spoon. Suzuki is unlikely to dazzle in the first year of its return, so lets not have a grid of manufacturers who have joined the series to make Honda and Yamaha look good.

  • Moto2 And Moto3 Massively Oversubscribed For 2015   23 hours 16 min ago

    Moto3 and Moto2 maybe oversubscribed but the main category that everyone wants to see flourish is not seeing too much action. Okay so Dorna screwed up the category called MotoGP by introducing sub categories like the CRT and now the Open to make up numbers on the grid, but seriously those of us who watch the races on TV don't get to see much more than the first four or five motorcycles, with an occasional short shot of a someone at the rear crashing or retiring. In my honest opinion the connect between the lower categories of racing (Moto3 and Moto2) and MotoGP has long been lost. It would be interesting to see how many spectators would turn up for a race weekend which will be Moto3 and Moto2 only. I don't know, I do not understand what is happening in GP racing any more.

  • Moto2 And Moto3 Massively Oversubscribed For 2015   23 hours 34 min ago

    Larry T has my vote! :)

  • 2014 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Three Great Races, A Fast Ducati, And A Tough Home Round For British Riders   1 day 41 min ago

    I was mortified to see Jack Miller get stuck in the group from 5th to 11th. It seems to happen to him more than any of the other top riders. Marquez seems to constantly be able to stay at the front and never lose touch with the front group whereas Miller seems to ride at the back of the front group hoping to be close enough to make a charge in the last few laps.

    And secondly, do all teams have to use the same wheels? I've seen different colours, but the number of spokes and the styles all look the same.

  • 2014 Silverstone MotoGP Race Result: Pulsating Head-To-Head Contest   1 day 1 hour ago

    I find the Pom commentators irritating.
    MM and JL way out front ,oh and Bradley has just come in for a tyre swap !!!

  • 2014 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Three Great Races, A Fast Ducati, And A Tough Home Round For British Riders   1 day 2 hours ago

    As VR would say, "It was a great Battle" but for me, 'that' move was just the boy doing what he do. When he elected to throw it up the inside, he had to know there would be no room mid/exit corner, but surely, he also knew Lorenzo would back down. Lorenzo afterwards 'when he touch me, I lose too much, and I can't recover' - so yes, maybe he did refuse to condemn the pass outright, but he did indicate it cost him a lot. And fair play to Jorge for that. Marquez has shown at Silverstone that he is not that cool under relenting pressure, so it would be nice to watch what happens, if Jorge can put this much pressure on at every track. GO Jorge.

    Gotta say though, watching MM backing it into corners, chucking the rear out and sliding across the kerb...that just brings a huge smile to my face :)

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