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  • Ask Me Anything: David Emmett Answers Your Questions - Final Update   3 weeks 3 days ago

    I think the biggest difference between now and 2006 is that the level of the four factory riders is so much higher. I think that the gap will be a bit closer next season, but winning will be very difficult. 

    The first real chance of winning will be in 2016, when the new rules, and more importantly, the new tires, come into effect. I think Michelin will shake up the field sufficiently that factory riders will struggle, and the gap will be closed. From 2017, we may see the natural order restored again.

  • Ask Me Anything: David Emmett Answers Your Questions - Final Update   3 weeks 3 days ago

    The split between Rossi and Burgess was a sacking, Rossi made the decision to try a new crew chief. The decision surprised Burgess, and perhaps saddened him a little at first, but he understood it completely. As you say, he had been wanting to spend more time with his family anyway, and had been thinking about retirement for a few years. If he had stayed, think he might have retired either at the end of this (Rossi's old contract) or in 2 years' time (Rossi's new contract).

    They are certainly on good terms now. The two were seen together at Indianapolis, and at Phillip Island. Burgess has made his peace with the situation, and is happy to see Rossi being successful. As he said at the time, his goal is to help Rossi win, if he can do that by getting out of the way and letting someone else take his job, then that also serves his goal.

  • Ask Me Anything: David Emmett Answers Your Questions - Final Update   3 weeks 3 days ago

    id like to know from moto3 to motogp the guys who do those rituals like Rossi and Iannone. we do not get to see some of them.

  • Ask Me Anything: David Emmett Answers Your Questions - Final Update   3 weeks 3 days ago

    What happens to all the old Moto2 frames/bikes after the season they raced in?

    There doesn't seem to be a huge amount of national Moto2 championships so far, and there were a lot of chassis tried out in 2010 alone.

    Sub-question: Suter have been great in the second half of this season, yet only one will be on the grid next year. Do you think we are likely to see a couple of teams realising they were a bit hasty and switching back before 2015 gets underway (particularly when there is a Swiss team on the grid)?

  • Ask Me Anything: David Emmett Answers Your Questions - Final Update   3 weeks 3 days ago

    It seems that some of the challenges facing the sport (MotoGP and superbikes, WSB and national level) relate to balancing the ability of manufacturers to innovate in some ways to keep them involved, whilst in other ways containing technology to produce an entertaining, close and safe race series. It could also be argued that machine performance going up significantly in the long run makes circuits obsolete as they become less safe over time due to the evolution of the machines racing on them. We have been at a point for a few years where every discussion about the quality of racing says 'ban traction control', something that is widespread on road bikes nowadays, and the middleweight GP class has already had to be saved by production-based parts being brought in and upsetting the 'purists' as mentioned above.

    Over in the car world, in Formula One they are already into engine development freezes.

    Where do you see motorbike racing in 20 years? Will it still be technology-driven or will we be in a spec series of historic kit?

  • Ask Me Anything: David Emmett Answers Your Questions - Final Update   3 weeks 3 days ago

    I can't see a satellite bike winning a race anytime soon, which I think is a shame. Do you think a satellite bike will win again soon?

  • Ask Me Anything: David Emmett Answers Your Questions - Final Update   3 weeks 3 days ago

    Hello David,
    I've thought since it happened that actually the Rossi/Burgess split was not acrimonious unlike the way in which it was portrayed int eh press. I can imagine that given Burgess's personal life (wife ill, not getting any younger) he was quite OK to go. Is there any insight you can give to say whether was a "sacking" or more of an agreed split. Sacking in the UK (as you'll be awre I'm sure but I'm thinking of your global audience) measn you are not up to the job so I take your job away from you.

    Thanks, Pascal

  • Ask Me Anything: David Emmett Answers Your Questions - Final Update   3 weeks 3 days ago

    A good question. I believe that this will be Pedrosa's last contract with the Repsol Honda team directly. I also believe he won't mind too much, and could well retire at the end of 2016.

    Who takes his place will be down to who is fastest. If Lorenzo wanted to make the jump (which I think would be a bad idea, his style doesn't suit the Honda), then HRC would sign him, though as he wil be nearly 30 at the start of the 2016 season, they may have changed their mind by then.

    Without Lorenzo, they will go with who is the fastest young Honda rider. Redding does not have the HRC backing that Miller has (Redding's contract is with Marc VDS, Miller's is with HRC). Alex Marquez will be a rookie in 2017, so it's unlikely he'll go straight to the factory team. I think Miller will get there first, though I suspect that if Maverick Vinales were available, they'd take him too.

  • Ask Me Anything: David Emmett Answers Your Questions - Final Update   3 weeks 3 days ago

    Love the answer on Pete Williams' questions, can totally relate to it regarding Assen, Spa & timing of PI!

  • Ask Me Anything: David Emmett Answers Your Questions - Final Update   3 weeks 3 days ago

    The money and sustainability aspects aside, don't you think Qatar is kind of the Singapore equivalent of F1? All about the glitz and glamor. The night race definitely has a very different look and feel to anything else on the calendar. Also helps reaching out to the Asian audience, who only have the Malaysian GP otherwise (Japan is rather inaccessible for a variety of reasons).

    Edit : I have another question.

    If you had to speculate, how do you think the future Honda Factory team would pan out? Pedrosa, M Marquez, A Marquez , Redding, Miller. That's 5 riders, all mega fast, all with a direct HRC backing and only 2 seats to go between them.

  • Jerez Combined WSBK And MotoGP Test: Lowes Leads Haslam On Second Day Of Test   3 weeks 4 days 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   3 weeks 4 days 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   3 weeks 4 days 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   3 weeks 5 days ago

    I was already going through withdrawls.

  • Winter Racing: Superprestigio, 13th December 2014 - Marquez * 2, Rabat, Baker, Mees & Many Others - But No Hayden   3 weeks 5 days 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"   3 weeks 5 days 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   3 weeks 5 days 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   3 weeks 5 days 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   3 weeks 5 days 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   3 weeks 5 days ago

    It was online last year.

  • Winter Racing: Superprestigio, 13th December 2014 - Marquez * 2, Rabat, Baker, Mees & Many Others - But No Hayden   3 weeks 6 days 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   3 weeks 6 days 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   3 weeks 6 days 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   3 weeks 6 days 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   3 weeks 6 days ago

    Should do it!

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