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  • Scott Jones At Laguna - World Superbikes In The USA   2 weeks 1 day ago

    It's really a great feeling to see him does well!

  • 2014 Laguna Seca World Superbike Post-Race Press Releases   2 weeks 1 day ago

    I always wonder the same thing - one post here, yet in a motogp thread it is often in the hundreds.

    To my mind any bike racing is awesome, and I follow it all with equal ferocity/devotion.

    WSBK has had it's bad years, but no more or less than MotoGP.

  • 2014 Laguna Seca World Superbike Post-Race Press Releases   2 weeks 2 days ago

    i was fortunate enough to attend the races again this year. if you were watching from the television & thought the stands looked empty, i can say that they were more full than last year. actually, even more folks watch it from the hills than the stands for reasons i'm sure you are aware of. all that said, it amazes me how everyone says wsbk is better, yet more watch motogp. i was a total motogp junkie, but these wsbk guys are rapidly converting me. great race, great weekend. just wish dorna would bring the entire show(i.e. wss, wstk, etc.) however, the ama guys do great to fill in.

  • 2014 Sachsenring Sunday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez' Perfect Record, Dangerous Starts, And A Spaniard-Free Zone   2 weeks 2 days ago

    Who are these riders that are better than Dani....???? That's a bold statement about someone who has 90+ podiums

  • 2014 Sachsenring Sunday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez' Perfect Record, Dangerous Starts, And A Spaniard-Free Zone   2 weeks 2 days ago

    This was the sort of race I feared we’d have all season a couple of months back. Hopefully there won’t be too many like this. What was most disappointing (apart from VR being trounced by JL) was that none of the following 3 were in any position to challenge the next up the road, especially after such a weird start. Makes you think though, about the point of qualifying sessions. I’m back to thinking MM is virtually unbeatable on the track.

  • 2014 Laguna Seca World Superbike Race Two Results: Red Flag Attrition   2 weeks 2 days ago

    Davide Giugliano did well to first warn the approaching riders of his bike lying on the track, and then to get it off the track quickly.

    That track takes no prisoners.

  • 2014 Sachsenring Sunday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez' Perfect Record, Dangerous Starts, And A Spaniard-Free Zone   2 weeks 2 days ago

    Great day for Germany. It was quite a marathon Sunday as a couch potatoe, all the way through M3, M2, MGP, Rio World Cup and SBK Laguna heats 1 and 2.
    My pick of the day across all events was M3 as it usually is.
    I enjoyed the Lineker referall. MGP is now not disimilar....they all do this and that for a number of laps and Marquez wins. Long may it continue, he's earned it. I do not find it boring in the least. The TV coverage was really good. Swapping between the Ducati wars and woes.
    The bummer for Bradl was no doubt a rare technical efficacy glitch as you correctly pointed out David. However, the old adage remains. If your rivals opt for scenario 2, go thee and do likewise. I never did hear of any gambler beating the odds on the table consistently. At least when you follow the rest like a sheep you enter the contest on level ground. Poor old Stefan. He got gobbled up like Germany gobbled Brazil and it was not his fault, but HRC are probably done with his contribution in spite of LCR protestations.
    Well, that leaves whats left of silly season.
    More importantly, 2016. When do we expect to see Michelin testing tyres with Ducati in Mugello...'and the first ones now will later be last-for the tyres they are a-changing'... Thanks Sprocket

  • 2014 Sachsenring Sunday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez' Perfect Record, Dangerous Starts, And A Spaniard-Free Zone   2 weeks 2 days ago

    Yes indeed - the other manufacturers should be blamed for not profligately tossing away the many extra $ millions that Honda pumps into their MotoGP program. Perhaps you have some ideas how they can be shamed into bankrupting themselves so we can be better entertained.

  • 2014 Sachsenring Sunday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez' Perfect Record, Dangerous Starts, And A Spaniard-Free Zone   2 weeks 2 days ago

    Bradl did the sighting lap on a bike with a fully wet set up - rain tires, soft suspension, soft engine mapping. His dry set up bike was in the pits, waiting for him. After the sighting lap, and as the rain eased off, the team felt that the race would be dry. Bradl has two choices: do the warm up lap on wets and come into the pits at the end of the warm up lap to swap bikes (i.e. do what the rest of the field did), or try to swap the bike over to the dry set up on the grid. They had 5:50 minutes, and Bourguignon reckoned he needed 5:15 minutes to do that. Unfortunately, they dropped a spacer, and messing about with that lost them too much time. If they hadn't, Bradl would have been a hero. It was a brave and smart gamble, unfortunately it didn't pay off.

    So to answer your question, no, he wasn't riding the same bike and set up as he used during qualifying. None of them were.

  • 2014 Sachsenring Sunday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez' Perfect Record, Dangerous Starts, And A Spaniard-Free Zone   2 weeks 2 days ago

    I call Bravo Sierra on this fork spring mumbo jumbo. Was he not riding the same bike/settings that he used to qualify on front row ? I know it must be embarrassing to lose an 8 second gap and then sink like a stone at your home gp, but who goes out on slicks on the "wet setting" ? Crew chief should be gone.

  • 2014 Sachsenring Sunday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez' Perfect Record, Dangerous Starts, And A Spaniard-Free Zone   2 weeks 2 days ago

    Maybe, if Bridgestone builds a tire that better suits the Yamaha in 2015, Lorenzo could beat Marquez by staying with Yamaha. But, given Marquez's Rossi-like (in Rossi's prime, anyway) ability to ride at whatever pace is needed to win (best post-race quote ever: "I go very, very fast, and this makes it possible for me to win"--Rossi after some race he won in 2001), staying with Yamaha might not be Lorenzo's best option.

    Given that everything's a crapshoot starting in 2016, perhaps the most interesting thing for Lorenzo to do next year is ride the Suzuki. If he does well--and "well" would have a rather modified definition--he's a hero. If he does poorly, everybody'll understand--it's a brand new bike, blahblahblah. But beyond that, it might even be the most fun option for him. And for us.

    I'm kinda hoping he shocks the world.

  • 2014 Sachsenring Sunday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez' Perfect Record, Dangerous Starts, And A Spaniard-Free Zone   2 weeks 2 days ago

    David, as my recent comments (and some others) have suggested, I'm of the view that Honda has a made a significant leap in their bike development. Media-wise, creating the next hero as Rossi winds down is important (Lorenzo doesn't have that compelling personality, even if he has all the speed) - but motor racing has always been for the most part about the bike / car / whatever, even if a brilliant driver illuminates the machinery in a unique and special way. Senna didn't win a championship until he got into a McLaren...and Damon Hill beat Schumacher (and Hayden beat Rossi one year!). I don't intend to take anything away from Marquez by the remark; a lesser rider, I suspect, would not have won every race! Nevertheless, the factory Hondas are obviously way ahead.

    The specifics of that leap, though, are unclear - or it could be a bunch of small things coming together (best engine / transmission, really well-tuned electronics / sensor feedback package, small chassis tricks etc.). Has there been any discussion about what some of those substantive advantages are? We know the transmission is better and we've heard of the famous torductor - which probably has implications that run through the drivetrain and possibly suspension. Are they running a mass-damper? Odd-ball bore / stroke on the engine?

    Anyway, I think we'd be quite interested in reading about this generally. Or - maybe - Pedrosa is suddenly the 2nd and not the 4th best rider in the world, and it's all Marquez, while Rossi and Lorenzo embarrass themselves on the superior Yamaha...

  • 2014 Sachsenring Moto3 Race Result: Vital Victory In Race Of High Attrition   2 weeks 2 days ago

    So pleased to see Brad finally get his first podium. I've followed him since his time in the rookies, he's a good clean rider and really deserves some success. We were on the edge of our seats all race and cheered as he crossed the line.

    If only he could have managed it at Assen when we were there! ;)

  • 2014 Sachsenring Sunday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez' Perfect Record, Dangerous Starts, And A Spaniard-Free Zone   2 weeks 2 days ago

    I think it might have been Jack Brabham that said, "in motorracing you go as slow as you can but keep everyone else behind you" That very nearly seems to be MM92`s motto, if someone gets close, just speed up a little to scare them off. He wins all the races no matter what the obstacles thrown up by the weather or anything else, i wonder what the situation will be when finally he is beaten to the flag. I wait in anticipation and wonderment. To those that find the races "boring" i find them facinating, to watch the most recent Hero`s totally powerless in his wake. Is he the latest GOAT i don`t know but its starting to look very possible.

  • 2014 Sachsenring Sunday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez' Perfect Record, Dangerous Starts, And A Spaniard-Free Zone   2 weeks 2 days ago

    we are watching a young genius,

    don't blame him,or Honda,

    blame ALL the others,riders and manufactures for not providing better equipment,

    we should be honoured we are here at the start of a glittering career ,

  • 2014 Sachsenring Sunday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez' Perfect Record, Dangerous Starts, And A Spaniard-Free Zone   2 weeks 2 days ago

    I agree that the start of the race was a little bit insane. As I watched more than half the grid line up in pit lane I thought surely a disaster was about to take place, but no, the riders were sent off like this was a pick up race amongst friends in a back alley somewhere and amazingly they all got through it fine. Thanks David for pointing out that race direction could actually have done something to stop that crazy pit lane exit - I was wondering if anything could have been done.

    What came of that start was interesting to me though. It almost seemed as though the qualifying sessions were pointless (except that they're fun for us to watch). Just let the riders rush the track all at once and start racing and you'll end up with two factory honda's followed by two yamaha's crossing the finish line in that order, exactly as we all would have predicted.

  • 2014 Sachsenring Sunday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez' Perfect Record, Dangerous Starts, And A Spaniard-Free Zone   2 weeks 2 days ago

    Watching the top riders quickly cut through the field to regain front positions was egregious evidence of just how disparate the riders and bikes are. I thought it was embarrassing at how easily the top four got back to the front. Yes, perhaps they are the most talented and perhaps most able to exploit what they have, but it is ridiculous for such a large group with a massive deficit to get back to the front so quickly. It made me yearn for the exciting spectacle of the two-stroke era and the early days of MotoGP. Sure, the same few riders would always be in contention for a podium, but others had a chance, too. Nowadays, it seems that fourth place is the same as a podium for everyone else.

    I wait for 2016 and tighter regulations to create a more evenly distributed field. For now, Moto3 provides be the best racing.

  • 2014 Sachsenring Sunday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez' Perfect Record, Dangerous Starts, And A Spaniard-Free Zone   2 weeks 2 days ago

    Chaotic race only to end up with the same outcome for the top guys as usual.

    Pedrosa has got to be disappointed that he couldn't beat Marquez here. It was a head to head fight, the same as two years ago when he triumphed against Stoner, but Marquez just had a bit too much for him.

    Biggest disappointment had to be Bradl who had the pace to fight for a legit podium in the dry, but much like Rossi at Assen, the weather scuttled his chances. Had to be heartbreaking, particularly when there is so much pressure during contract talks.

    Rossi had to be disappointed to have been beaten so soundly by Lorenzo this round...

    Most impressive ride IMO was Iannone. Crazy Joe has shown flashes of brilliant single lap pace and has put in some spirited races on a bike with which Crutchlow is struggling to beat the production Hondas. Iannone is quietly earning much respect, while Crutchlow is simply not in a good place at the moment....at least he was able to fight with Dovi this time.

  • 2014 Laguna Seca World Superbike Race Two Results: Red Flag Attrition   2 weeks 2 days ago

    Very glad to read elsewhere that Barrier suffered nothing worse than a fracture to a joint in his foot and heel. Hope it was limited to that injury and he recovers quickly. It looked like a nasty off - those concrete walls at Laguna Seca are very close and probably quite unforgiving. There seem to be too many opportunities for seriously bad consequences at that track.

  • 2014 Sachsenring Sunday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez' Perfect Record, Dangerous Starts, And A Spaniard-Free Zone   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Well done Jack for a strong race, Moto3 is a pressure cooker and it takes a lot to pull off a flag to flag win. Looking good for the second half of the season.

  • 2014 Sachsenring Sunday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez' Perfect Record, Dangerous Starts, And A Spaniard-Free Zone   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Dani had almost the same pace but He was never close enough to attempt a pass. Marquez is a phenomenon, but The new Bridgestones mean his only real competition is Pedrosa, and there is a reason Dani doesn't have any top class titles beyond just luck. The guys who could potentially give Marc a proper stouch are stuck on the wrong bikes at the moment.

  • 2014 Sachsenring MotoGP Race Result: Weather Brings Unprecedented Events   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Despite he may have some in the bag ... I believe that strategy may work against the second-tier riders and Bradl (probably with a wet setup on slicks). If in front there was one of the "aliens" it would haven been another story.

    Marc himself stated that before deciding the strategy he checked what Dani & Vale were doing and follow them.

    No matter what I am in awe looking at MM93 :)

  • 2014 Sachsenring Sunday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez' Perfect Record, Dangerous Starts, And A Spaniard-Free Zone   2 weeks 3 days ago

    I agree with David that the start was a debacle, surprised there wasn't a pile-up.

    Yes there is a top 4 for sure, but it's certainly one plus three. No matter what the circumstances, MM wins, he is on truly dominant form and my hat is off to any of the other three who can take a win this year. It seems the only way he won't win is a DNF, and he has matured noticeably, so that doesn't look as likely as before. It will take a few more years for him to be considered with Hailwood, Ago, Doohan and Rossi, but he has the form, he is just brilliant.

    Rossi seemed not to be his usual sure-footed self, Lorenzo virtually breezed past and was much more comfortable with the initially treacherous conditions. He will need to improve to get the consolation 2nd prize this year, as Pedro is looking good recently.

    Feel sorry for Bradl, the brave decision should have paid off.

    But I agree with kenstate, once it had settled down there was no racing at the front, although the Dovi / Cal skirmish looked good.

    Really good Moto2 and Moto 3 races though.

  • 2014 Sachsenring Sunday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez' Perfect Record, Dangerous Starts, And A Spaniard-Free Zone   2 weeks 3 days ago

    followed by boredom...

    They should make them start with the tyre selected on the grid and they can only be changed at the end of the first lap.

    At the very least they should be made to line up, line-astern and the position be maintained until the pit lane ends.

    A boring race IMO.

  • 2014 Sachsenring Sunday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez' Perfect Record, Dangerous Starts, And A Spaniard-Free Zone   2 weeks 3 days ago

    I don't pedrosa was ever all that close tbh. Aside from a couple laps where pedrosa used marquez as a reference point on the damp, still drying track, I think marquez had more hidden pace that he didn't show. After marquez messed up a corner and lost about a second of his lead, he immediately stamped out 3 consecutive 22 flats that brought the gap back to 2.0 seconds. he seemed to have 2 or 3 tenths a lap over dani whenever he needed it.

    It's marc's world and we're all just living in it. Honestly, I don't see him losing a single quali/race session for the rest of this season barring weather circumstances or crashes. The combination of his (still developing!) talent and that honda bike is just too much to overcome.

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