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  • 2014 Laguna Seca World Superbike Superpole Results: Fruity At The Corkscrew   1 week 5 days ago

    Too far with Cal? Last season he was (when he didn't bin it) competitive with the aliens. some of the podium positions he grabbed were at the expense of an alien but generally whenever an alien failed to finish.

    Cal took until his third season before he got how to ride a motogp bike. Yes Dovi got better results in 2012 but Cal was often all over his exhaust looking for ways past -he just hadn't figured the motogp bike thing out at that stage.

    Last season Cal pushed to be best of the rest, and that's where I think his level was (the Ducati can ruin anyone's chances).

    Given I believe Sykes is a better rider than Cal, why should I not think he could perform at the best of the rest level (once a period of adjustment had taken place)?

  • 2014 Sachsenring Saturday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez On Pole, Silly Season Shenanigans, And The Dangers Of Skipping Moto2   1 week 5 days ago

    I'm beginning to doubt my memory, but I'm sure I saw Rossi do one out lap and then one in lap at the start of QP2, basically wasting 5 minutes of a 15 minute session. What was that all about?

    Then he did the short run where he got his 6th place. Then I've seen at least one comment that he went out on a used tyre for his 3rd run. Is this story of a bad tyre glossing over the fact that it was actually an old tyre? Was it actually the tyre he used in the short 1st run that he had already felt to be useless and aborted?

    I'm finding it increasingly bizarre that the Yamaha factory team keep making quite basic mistakes in qualifying strategy while the Repsol team just work through the process. Contrast Rossi's comedy of errors with Marquez (mostly!) getting clear track and just going faster and faster through the 15 minutes.

  • 2014 Laguna Seca World Superbike Superpole Results: Fruity At The Corkscrew   1 week 5 days ago

    Two of those guys you listed won races. How many current GP riders can even claim that?

  • 2014 Sachsenring Saturday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez On Pole, Silly Season Shenanigans, And The Dangers Of Skipping Moto2   1 week 5 days ago

    I don't think it would make much sense for Miller to enter the top class and learn to ride a bike with tires and electronics which won't be there anymore in 2016.
    By the time he has the pace, he would have to start from scratch again. From my perspective, the smartest would be to move to Moto2 to take one of the MarcVDS Kalexes (if he gets one?) next season and try to secure the title. Maybe even in his first season? If he is that good.

    Problem is, that for 2016 there won't be too many contracts ending in MotoGP to offer Miller an opportunity to move up. Except for Crutchlow's. If he stays at Ducati for now, that is.

  • 2014 Sachsenring Friday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez' Big Crash, Some Fast Yamahas, And Fixing Turn 11 Again   1 week 5 days ago

    The problem is that the rider can only carry so much padding. Just not really possible to carry enough of it.

    Ultimately, if the ever increasing energies are becoming a problem for the available run off, you have to deal with the source of the problem: Too much power and too much grip.

  • 2014 Sachsenring Friday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez' Big Crash, Some Fast Yamahas, And Fixing Turn 11 Again   1 week 5 days ago

    Place G sensors in the helmet. Electronic or those breakable mechanical ones that shipping companies use. Above a certain G of medical significance….

  • 2014 Sachsenring MotoGP QP Result: Pole Record Beaten In Germany   1 week 5 days ago

    If last round at Assen is anything to go by.. Certainly keeps things interesting.

  • 2014 Sachsenring Saturday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez On Pole, Silly Season Shenanigans, And The Dangers Of Skipping Moto2   1 week 5 days ago

    "I think we are a little bit slower than Marc, but we have the second race pace,"

    WTF? Since when does a 2x champion enter a race with this mentality? Blame the bike, blame the conditions, but don't start the race saying you are slower than the pole-sitter and owning up to the "second race pace".

    I like seeing Marquez win if only for the novelty of the next GOAT, but I still want to see a close race.

  • 2014 Sachsenring Friday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez' Big Crash, Some Fast Yamahas, And Fixing Turn 11 Again   1 week 5 days ago

    Very cool photo. Thanks for the info.

  • 2014 Sachsenring Saturday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez On Pole, Silly Season Shenanigans, And The Dangers Of Skipping Moto2   1 week 5 days ago

    Fair point, but still - a lower speed, lighter and more simple bike will have way less kinetic energy released in a crash (for the sake of this point, we're assuming the "crash" is a constant variable here). In a MotoGP bike, the energy released in a crash is brutal. Look at Marquez' slight "mistake" by UPshifting mid corner yesterday, or Bradl's WUP crash at Mugello.

    I don't think you need to be Jonas-Folger-loose in Moto2, but getting a feel for sliding the rear by loading the front end on corner entry will pay off handsomely in the Premier Class, and learning to do it on a "lesser" bike (and perhaps more importantly, a much more level playing field) is bound to be both safer and more beneficial. Add to my list in the previous post: Andrea "The Maniac Joe" Iannone. On a bike that is able to turn, he'd be right there with Bradl and Pol (or better) just under the Aliens.

  • 2014 Sachsenring Saturday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez On Pole, Silly Season Shenanigans, And The Dangers Of Skipping Moto2   1 week 5 days ago

    Agreed, but you have obviously been following for long enough to make that distinction. The newer readers may not see it with so much clarity.

    I recently subscribed to MotoGP and with the access to the video archive it is interesting to watch Stoner's performance in hindsight.

  • 2014 Sachsenring Saturday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez On Pole, Silly Season Shenanigans, And The Dangers Of Skipping Moto2   1 week 5 days ago

    If he's that good, he'll dominate the field in Moto 2 and probably secure a reliable ride (read Yamaha or honda) for 2016. At the moment I'm not sure a single team under the factory rules wants or can give Jack a bike for 2015 anyway.

    As for betting on Ducati to produce a competitive new bike right from the start, it's a kamikaze move.

  • 2014 Sachsenring Saturday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez On Pole, Silly Season Shenanigans, And The Dangers Of Skipping Moto2   1 week 5 days ago

    I'm cheering for anyone else to win at this stage. But this is a Honda track and Pedrosa doesn't seem to have it in him to beat Marc barring some sort of mistake.

  • 2014 Sachsenring Saturday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez On Pole, Silly Season Shenanigans, And The Dangers Of Skipping Moto2   1 week 5 days ago

    There have sadly been deaths in both series over the past decade. And as Marquez demonstrated by crashing 15 times in his rookie year, coming through Moto 2 won't stop you stacking in MotoGP.

    Pol will be faster when he's more in control of his corner entry and carrying more speed through I reckon, Marquez is a freak but he's calmed down his corner entry antics slightly from last year and is faster and more consistent. I'm not convinced that Moto2 style lurid slides into the corner are necessarily the way of the future.

    But If the step was just too big and Miller had to go back to Moto2 and then got his arse kicked there by a bunch of hard nuts who had already been learning that category for the year he wasted failing in MotoGP his career might be set back anyway. Moto2 with a top team seems like the smart move.

  • 2014 Sachsenring Saturday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez On Pole, Silly Season Shenanigans, And The Dangers Of Skipping Moto2   1 week 5 days ago

    well, i for one think he should go straight to the top class, it kind of reminds me of when Kevin Garnett went straight from high school to the National basketball association in the United States. "The move was highly controversial; the conventional wisdom at the time was that high-schoolers were neither emotionally nor physically mature enough for the rigors of the NBA game"(8). Seems sort of similar to Jacks situation of entering the top class. I still like the idea of him going to Ducati and working with Gigi Dall'Igna. Jack could just take his time and learn that bike, maybe with 2016 and all the new changes and the new changes that Gigi is bringing to the ducati, ol jack could be ready for 2016 on a new an improved Ducati GP16. Just my two cents, its fun to think about this sort of stuff.

    Sincerely me...Anomalovaho

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  • 2014 Sachsenring Saturday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez On Pole, Silly Season Shenanigans, And The Dangers Of Skipping Moto2   1 week 5 days ago

    I agree that Miller should keep his options open and seize a good opportunity should one come his way...

    BUT...

    I totally disagree with Moto2 breeding bad habits. If anything it's the opposite, the way that Marquez rides is directly from Moto2. And Bradl, Pol, Redding, etc. It's how to ride in the future, riders need to concentrate on front end grip and let the rear slide into the corner, settle, and choose your line to accelerate out. Learning that on a ~130hp 600cc with no electronics is a lot less dangerous than figuring that shit out on a 250hp GP bike with NASA supercomputers.

    As it is, Moto3 bikes are not powerful/fast/heavy enough to do any of that and are still riding wheels in-line like classic two-stroke GP bikes. That's why, as annoying as it is, Miller will probably go to Moto2 first and hopefully get up to GP with a solid manufacturer backing.

  • 2014 Sachsenring Saturday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez On Pole, Silly Season Shenanigans, And The Dangers Of Skipping Moto2   1 week 5 days ago

    I didn't read that into it. It just gives the reader some historical context and gives an idea of the consequences of the rules on performance and the pace of technological improvement required to subvert the rule limitations.

    Completely agree that the performance of Stoner on the Ducati was ridiculous talent - a fact that sadly took many followers and commentators too long to appreciate.

  • 2014 Sachsenring Saturday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez On Pole, Silly Season Shenanigans, And The Dangers Of Skipping Moto2   1 week 5 days ago

    It implies that Stoner's lap record from 2008 is not significant because of the tires. By that reasoning Rossi, Lorenzo and Pedrosa should also have been faster in 2008 than 2014. When in fact, they were all slower. How on Earth did Stoner ever manage that lap time on the Ducati?

  • 2014 Laguna Seca World Superbike Superpole Results: Fruity At The Corkscrew   1 week 5 days ago

    I think that's going a bit too far with Crutchlow. He was competitive with Dovi, but in the end Dovi beat him convincingly at Tech 3. On the Ducati Dovi is destroying him.

    Spies showed promise, but in the end he was never fully competitive with the aliens even on the title winning bike. He himself admitted that.

    The list of superbike riders who have never done much in GP is looong. Including title winners like Foggy, Bayliss, Edwards, Toseland, Hodgson and Spies. Not to mention Haga and Crutchlow and and so forth. Where on the other hand ex GP riders have been immediate title contenders in superbike. My personal opinion is that I don't see anything in the likes of Sykes or Rea that sets them above some of the previously mentioned names. That doesn't mean I wouldn't like to see them get the opportunity but if I was a team manager I wouldn't be looking for a guy who's spent most of his career in Superbike.

  • 2014 Sachsenring Saturday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez On Pole, Silly Season Shenanigans, And The Dangers Of Skipping Moto2   1 week 5 days ago

    To me it was over in FP2. After a rather nasty high side in FP1, Marquez went out, in the first couple of minutes in FP2 and put in a scorcher. Laid down the law quick so that nobody got any ideas. No weakness. He's got a half second on everybody.

    If he pulls off the half season of every win, then it ranks up there with Colin Edwards in the second half of the WSBK 2002 season. A win tomorrow equals the greatest thing I've ever witnessed in motorcycle racing. And it's only half the season.

  • 2014 Laguna Seca World Superbike Superpole Results: Fruity At The Corkscrew   1 week 5 days ago

    WSBK
    2009 (YZF-R1) Spies won the WSBK title with ~14 wins, and 3 other podiums
    2010 (YZF-R1) Cal 3 wins and 7 other podiums

    How did Cal become competitive with the Aliens despite not achieving close to what Spies did? How did Spies become competitive with the Aliens?

    Sykes has matured plenty as a rider, he's faster and has more racecraft than earlier in his career, and the Kwaka has been somewhat built around his feedback.

    I'm not saying or believing he'd go there and in his rookie season pull up trees or anything, but Cal made the transition on the Tech3. And from the comfort of being outside of either paddock, I'd say that Sykes today looks like a better, more intelligent rider (and the WSBK results support that).

    I'd expect him, given a Tech3 level of equipment and 1-2 seasons of adjustment to be where Cal was when at Tech3 -pushing for podiums whenever the factory Aliens failed to finish.

  • 2014 Sachsenring Saturday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez On Pole, Silly Season Shenanigans, And The Dangers Of Skipping Moto2   1 week 5 days ago

    I completely understand the argument against skipping Moto 2, and agree for the most part. But I can also understand Miller keeping his options open. If he has an offer to ride a satellite machine in the top class can he really afford to turn down that sort of opportunity? Who knows what might happen in Moto2. Miller doesn't have the backing that someone like Marquez or Rossi had. Maybe this is the best opportunity he'll ever get to go to MotoGP on a good bike. And maybe skipping Moto2 stops him learning some bad riding habits as well?

  • 2014 Sachsenring Friday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez' Big Crash, Some Fast Yamahas, And Fixing Turn 11 Again   1 week 5 days ago

    The air bags always deploy during a crash. The reason you don't spot them is because they deflate within 30 seconds of inflating, which is quite soon after the rider comes to a standstill. Also, as air bags have come to protect a larger area, they are harder to spot, as it isn't just the shoulder which is protected, but a large part of the back and sides.

    For example, here is a shot of Nicky Hayden crashing at the Sachsenring last year, taking by Scott Jones. If you click on the photo for the larger version, you can clearly see the area around Hayden's shoulders is expanded and inflated, where the air bag has inflated. You have to look, though.

  • 2014 Laguna Seca World Superbike Superpole Results: Fruity At The Corkscrew   1 week 5 days ago

    I wish. I loved the days of fast locals taking it to the World guys.
    It's the single tire supplier that killed the wild cards. The EVO rules wont' change anything.
    The only reason you see BSB guys run as wild cards is BSB is a Pirelli series while the US is a Dunlop series.
    Single tire supplier sucks for all series, but mostly for the race watching fans.

  • 2014 Laguna Seca World Superbike Superpole Results: Fruity At The Corkscrew   1 week 5 days ago

    Although it's been a few years (and indeed he's improved) Sykes was Spies teammate at Yamaha in WSBK and he was clearly heads-and-tails above Sykes and most of the rest... and look how Spies did in the end in MotoGP (forgetting his last year and a half). Moving from WSBK to MotoGP and being competitive with the aliens -- well, that's not likely I'm afraid.

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