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  • 2014 Motegi MotoGP Race Result: Return To Form Too Late   1 week 1 day ago

    What a DAMN STRANGE victory celebration. Really awkward and forced. Stop it Marc. You're not a spontaneous kind o' guy.Why does EVERYONE try to be like Rossi? Just be proud of yourself, and move on for Pete's sake.

  • 2014 Motegi Moto3 Race Result: Bruising Encounter Decided At The Last   1 week 2 days ago

    Duly noted.

  • 2014 Motegi Moto3 Race Result: Bruising Encounter Decided At The Last   1 week 2 days ago

    Please accept these in the constructive spirit they're offered:

    The past tense of "lead" is "led", the past tense of "brake" is "braked", so "Jack Miller, the Australian led for the majority and on the last lap he out-braked himself at the 90 degree corner..."

  • 2014 Motegi MotoGP QP Result: Long Time Between Drinks   1 week 2 days ago

    I may be one of the few, or only person on here that does not have a problem with Qualifying. I like the Q1 and Q2. The gap in speeds of the two groups is very high. When they were all qualifying in one group it seemed, 1) Unnecessarily dangerous, 2) Infuriating, as in yell at the TV at 4 in the morning, while watching a racer you are rooting for get blocked on a fast run, then followed by same slower racer to get a tow to a better time?!?? Now all that seems to be minimized. There is still some following. But before, racers would literally sit up on a straightaway and wait for a tow.

    Today's qualifying was interesting to me. Marquez setting good times in practice then having problems in qualifying. Pedrosa seeming to be lightning quick, then has an off in a corner, both Honda men really pushing but not having such a nice time. Rossi seemed like he might be on a Pole Position run until he got caught up a little. Dovi getting Ducati's first Pole since 2010. There was lots more than that going on. Hayden getting a good time while running by himself. On and on.. Really enjoyable for me. But hey, maybe I am just easily exciteable by my favorite sport, (which BELIEVE me is hard to get across to other people from United States if there is no ball involved).

    :D

  • 2014 Motegi Saturday Round Up: Will Dovizioso's Pole See Ducati's Tire Advantage Removed?   1 week 2 days ago

    It's extremely gracious of Rossi to respond to the Ducati queries the way he did. The Desmosedici has been through a number of incarnations - steel trellis, carbon fibre, twin spar, 800cc, 1000cc - but it's clear all versions required special handling, and Stoner had some unique talent to get the most out of the 'unrideable' beast. But it shouldn't be forgotten that Capirossi had some wins, Gibernau a pole or two(?) and Bayliss threw his leg over the V4 after his 2006 season on the Superbike twin, and rode away from the MotoGP field at Valencia.
    Most of the time Ducati has been a relatively small concern competing with two industrial behemoths. It surprises me how much contempt was directed their way when they slipped behind after winning the championship, even though they consistently outperformed Suzuki and Kawasaki, and stayed the course as those two manufacturers folded their hands. Ducati might now be part of Audi, but I'm happy the alternate rules have helped them back in the game. Honda and Yamaha had exactly the same option, but anticipated big budgets and exotic software would preserve their advantage. Now they whine about the situation when their decision has some blow-back.

  • 2014 Motegi Saturday Round Up: Will Dovizioso's Pole See Ducati's Tire Advantage Removed?   1 week 2 days ago

    I don't see being able to use the softer two tires as much of an advantage. They don't last a whole race. Personally, I've been wondering all year how the Ducs would have done if they'd been able to use harder tires.

  • 2014 Motegi Saturday Round Up: Will Dovizioso's Pole See Ducati's Tire Advantage Removed?   1 week 2 days ago

    What in the world is Lorenzo bitchin' about? Rossi didn't set his fastest time in his tow...he set it in Bautista's tow! It is true that Rossi probably would not have otherwise been that far up though. I think this is the first time in donkey years Rossi has outqualified all the 3 top aliens.

    This is shaping up to be a very exciting race and I expect to see some serious drama in the braking zones, maybe some serious contact from either over-exuberance or over-cooked brakes.

    I do agree about the supersoft for the open bikes. I thought they allowed that tire to make up for a lack of horsepower, and it has become nothing more than a qualifying tire that enables them to break up a good race. The Ducs or other factory bikes weren't contemplated when they made the soft tire allowance.

  • 2014 Motegi MotoGP QP Result: Long Time Between Drinks   1 week 2 days ago

    Remember the full picture guys. The dominant manufacturer had managed, by canny politics & strong arm coercion, to have in place rules that both played to their advantages (unfettered spending on electronics & an ever tightening "fuel-economy" formulae) and inhibited the opposition from developing their bikes to compete during the season (engine freeze before season start).

    The #3 manufacturer, under pressure from their major sponsor & new German owners were demanding results. With the "open" software an inevitability the #3 manufacturer, knowing that as things were podiums & victories were impossible, switched to the "open" regs to furnish the possibility of develop their bike during the season. They chose to take one step back to take two steps forward.

    The #2 manufacturer was now faced a difficult choice. They faced the same issues as #3 in that their bike was off the pace (not as much however) and catch-up development during the year was only possible via bulk spending on engine management & traction control or they could have switched early to open regs like #3. JL99 hinted he would like it, Dorna would prefer the switch as thats the direction they wished the series would head & it would break the power of #1 in the rule making arena. Sadly #2 Kow Tow-ed in true japanese corporate style & stayed as a 'Factory" entry.

    #3 was now isolated & played their ace, releasing their software to the "open" source. Software beyond the open teams to use. Enraged #1 stormed Dorna & their response to all parties needs is the halfway house we have now & its worked, Honda is still dominant, Yamaha is still saving face & Ducati is improving so will not be lost to the series.

    As for the tyres issue. Ducati have a super-soft qualifying tyre its true, but hey pay by not having access to the hard option thats often used by Honda during the races. Swings & roundabouts...

  • 2014 Motegi MotoGP QP Result: Long Time Between Drinks   1 week 2 days ago

    I agree. It's hard to argue that "get out of their way and appreciate their craftsmanship" is any racing series' response when competitors start spreading out along the length of the track. All forms of handicapping are designed to either give some weaker competitors a boost or hold the strongest back. Even a universal rules scenario like 2016 aims to take the most exotic and research dependent tactics off the table so it's harder to just buy a few extra seconds per lap.

    Yes, Marquez or Lorenzo grinding out lap after perfect lap on a seemingly empty track are still amazing to watch and provide plenty to appreciate. But it's still weird to write off an idea as ridiculous when it does the exact same thing as almost every other racing rule: provide more opportunities for overtaking.

  • 2014 Motegi MotoGP QP Result: Long Time Between Drinks   1 week 2 days ago

    In parc ferme Aleix & all his crew celebrated by posing for the camera by pulling the slanty-eye face with their fingers at the corner of their eyes in the same fashion that MM93 had painted on his helmet last year, to general disgust.

  • 2014 Motegi MotoGP QP Result: Long Time Between Drinks   1 week 2 days ago

    Honda is a trip. Maybe that original announcement was more of a knee jerk reaction to Ducati and Yamaha having bikes in Open Category that were not specifically made for the Open Class. Still say NH needs to leave Motogp alone. He is the least respected of any Motogp World Champion I have ever seen IMHO. Hopefully that bike is more competitive next year.

  • 2014 Motegi MotoGP QP Result: Long Time Between Drinks   1 week 2 days ago

    This idea works reasonably well in the british touring car championships so I wouldn't dismiss it quite so quickly. It's a great leveller, means the guys with the faster cars who would otherwise sail away into the distance have to race those with the slower cars (but not by much) one in three races, and sometimes racecraft shines through. You have to remember that all 20-odd people on the grid are the best riders in the world. Some are better than others, but some of those better ones are on inferior bikes whereas some further up the grid are not necessarily there purely on merit.

  • 2014 Motegi MotoGP FP4 Result: Lorenzo Shows Strong Race Pace   1 week 2 days ago

    People tend to rave about Redding and Hayden, but I'm impressed with late results/pace of both Aoyama and Abraham (coming back from injury, too). Good luck to them!

  • 2014 Motegi MotoGP QP Result: Long Time Between Drinks   1 week 2 days ago

    "If I was in charge I'd scrap qualifying and I'd do the grid in reverse order of championship standings :) That would guarantee at least half a race of action."

    The above is such a bad idea it is comical.

    The entertainment for those who are acquainted with the sport in more than
    a superficial manner is watching the best riders in the world do what they do
    best. If watching the likes of Rossi, Marquez, Lorenzo, et al is not entertaining
    enough for you, the problem lies with you, not with MotoGP.

  • 2014 Motegi MotoGP QP Result: Long Time Between Drinks   1 week 2 days ago

    It's not just the tyres; aren't they getting three litres more fuel as well plus the extra engines?

    At least if they get a win or more podiums that advantage gets taken away, might not be a bad thing. I think we want the factory bikes on the same rules as soon as possible.

  • 2014 Motegi MotoGP QP Result: Long Time Between Drinks   1 week 2 days ago

    With major changes coming for next year, Honda decided against their original plan. It would have been expensive, and frankly, without any testing, not made much sense. The new bike won't appear until the Valencia test now.

  • 2014 Motegi MotoGP QP Result: Long Time Between Drinks   1 week 2 days ago

    are they dissing Hayden because he's the old guy. they were hoping one of the young guys would step up. hasn't happened so Honda says, "Never mind."

  • 2014 Motegi MotoGP QP Result: Long Time Between Drinks   1 week 2 days ago

    old age and experience beat youth and enthusiasm...sure, Hayden probably should beat all the rest on production Hondas but to do it on a heavy braking track with a bum hand is impressive. so where is the love from Honda??? just because he's getting older is no reason to not give him the kudos he deserves.

  • 2014 Motegi MotoGP QP Result: Long Time Between Drinks   1 week 2 days ago

    I don't know that Ducati necessarily deserve their "three laps and done" reputation anymore. At Misano, with no help from the weather, Dovizioso fought till the end and finished less than six seconds behind Rossi. They're not yet where they want to be, obviously, but having a Duke in the mix at the front of a race is becoming less and less of a fluke.

    But even if Ducati's impact were only seen in the early stages, I think there's value in giving them a boost to the front of the grid. Conditions change as everyone battles for position while the Ducatis keep up the fight: tires drop off, fuel cells get lighter, physical stamina starts to become a factor. If the Ducatis do nothing more than prevent an Alien or two from breaking away and disappearing into the distance in the opening laps, it still makes for better racing. Just my two cents, of course.

  • 2014 Motegi MotoGP QP Result: Long Time Between Drinks   1 week 2 days ago

    I like to have a bit of a mix up on the grid at the start, it guarantees at least some action in first few laps. If I was in charge I'd scrap qualifying and I'd do the grid in reverse order of championship standings :) That would guarantee at least half a race of action.

  • 2014 Motegi MotoGP QP Result: Long Time Between Drinks   1 week 2 days ago

    I saw Aleix go for a time as the Q1 clock expired, get it, and give a quick fist pump after crossing the line. I saw no celebration stunt, so I'm wondering what I missed...?

  • 2014 Motegi MotoGP QP Result: Long Time Between Drinks   1 week 2 days ago

    Just repeating what someone said prior to this. After ten laps it'll be the regular four, Marquez, Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Rossi. The Ducati will drop like a rock without the super soft tires. The Ducati are doing nothing but getting in the way of the racers and slowing down the field.

  • 2014 Motegi MotoGP QP Result: Long Time Between Drinks   1 week 2 days ago

    Sorry.

  • 2014 Motegi MotoGP QP Result: Long Time Between Drinks   1 week 2 days ago

    True- they had the same option to go open this season but had nothing to gain by doing so. Ducati on the other hand had nothing to lose given the state they were in at the beginning of the season. Definitely clever on Gigi's part and I applaud that. It's brought them back to a competitive level. I wonder what would have happened if all the factories announced they were going open at the last moment as Ducati did. It would have been interesting to see how they figured out what parts of what ECU they would implement on the software grid-wide. I'm no programmer but I imagine that would have been a logistical nightmare for Magnetti Marelli. They would have been flooded with data and input from 3 factories all at once trying to figure out how to adapt to each of their software strengths individually while also managing the rest of the field's needs. Open class bikes that had started out as open class bikes would have been left out of the conversation and MM would be answering to the 2 headed factory dragon of Honda and Yamaha. What made Ducati's move work and why it is so brilliant is precisely because they knew that Honda and Yamaha would not go open. They figured- f it, we've got nothing to lose and only concessions to gain. But you know had Honda gone open, HRC would have been demanding majority input on the final 'open spec software' It's just too simple to say that Honda and Yamaha could have gone open if they wanted. I'm sure from the votes I'm getting that I am in the minority with my objective approach. I'm not trying to express a bias towards any factory - just looking at what's in front of me. Had HRC and Yamaha gone open then GP this year would have been a disaster of software transition and last minute programming... right? I could be way off base. I'm just thinking that there is a reason why the factories were working progressively towards the rule change implemented in 2016. An overnight change would have been crazy.

  • 2014 Motegi MotoGP QP Result: Long Time Between Drinks   1 week 2 days ago

    Congrats to Dovi and Ducati for the pole. First pole in 4 years for team red.
    Bwah wah wah ! Super soft option. Hell, its not like Yamaha and Honda did not have the option of going open rules earlier this year. So yes, Ducati on pole in Japan and if it does not rain we will enjoy the usual four battling for the race win, barring jumped starts, throw aways and sundry mayhem. I do miss that 800 era. This MGP blue riband class is so humdrum. Hopefully 2016 will be the real deal again. Of course I will be glued to the telly, but the main event will be the first race as ever.

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