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  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   1 week 2 days ago

    That might work. It may be confusing to communicate to the rider mid-race, and might be hard for the rider to implement (let's see, how far back do I need to drop?) but I agree that the current rule is at the very least inconsistent because of different pit lane lengths.

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   1 week 2 days ago

    I keep wondering: have Ducati really made great improvements? I mean, they do run under the 'Open' rules now right, allowing them more fuel, softer rear tires and more engines? How do we know where they really stand?

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   1 week 2 days ago

    Yes, but there are other options. How about a restart for a 1st jump start offence? I know that delays the race, reduces everyone's fuel, and causes general mayhem for a few minutes, but is that preferable to effectively losing one the key protagonists in the race by assessing a ride through penalty. Or how about having to drop back a place, or two, or three?

    I'm not necessarily advocating a restart or dropping places, but I am interested in thinking through alternative solutions that are optimal for the fans while still being fair to the riders.

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   1 week 2 days ago

    "If someone jump starts they MUST go across the finish line on the first lap in the same or lessor position as they qualified."

    I agree that the current rule is too severe. It is also inconsistent. At some tracks this is a much more severe penalty than some others.

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   1 week 2 days ago

    If you jump the start sufficiently that you lead into the first turn after qualifying on the 2nd row, it has to be a ride-though. The advantage of being in front with a clear track, rather than needing to fight through the traffic is too big. You could even imagine the situation where one member of the team would be sacrificed: told to jump the start and hold up the real leader, to give his team-mate a chance to catch up.

    Second, as I understand it the reason no one complains about Pirelli is because there are very big penalties written into the contract for anyone who opens his mouth.

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   1 week 2 days ago

    ...but when Spanish TV asked Marquez about his start he said: 'I got a good start, but Lorenzo got an even better one.'. If it is true, the lad has a champion sense of humour.

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   1 week 2 days ago

    The penalty does NOT fit the crime. I'm not a Jorge fan, but come on, a 5 second penalty would be much fairer then that.

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   1 week 2 days ago

    Every time I see a false start in MotoGP I wonder if the penalty fits the crime. In track and field a false start (a) results in a warning first and then disqualification if done a 2nd time in the same race (except in the US where there are different rules because, we'll, I don't know why) and (b) is only assessed to the athlete who jumps the gun FIRST. That is, if other athletes also false start, possibly following the lead of the guy who goes first, they don't also receive a warning, or any penalty.

    In the case of the COTA race Jorge didn't pull anyone along with him when he false started, but that often does happen and I always feel it's severe for the 'other' guys to be penalized for erroneously following the lead of someone else. I also often wonder if a pit lane ride through penalty is a little severe. In the case of Jorge it nearly had the same consequence as a disqualification, and often it may as well be the same.

    Maybe the rules are as they should be, but I often wonder if there's a better solution. Thoughts?

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   1 week 2 days ago

    How is it that Pirelli makes tires for WSBK and no one has an issue with them, and Bridgestone can't seem to get it right no matter what? For years, almost everyone in MGP ha been bitching about the tires and what's done about it? Nothing! I really think this has to do with a major difference in 'attitude' between company's. Casey has said, numerous times, whenever they had a 'tire' issue, Bridgestone made it clear it was NOT a tire issure, but a chassis, suspension, etc issue. Their tires were perfect! Years later, nothing has changed. The pinnicale of the motorcycle racing world hangs in the balance on tires that have issues every race!

    David, how much bitching is going on behind the scene's about these crummy donuts?

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   1 week 2 days ago

    Yes, that selfie was another first time event as far as I'm aware. What amazed me was that as the official MotoGP live coverage concluded that selfie was used as an image on screen. I found it pretty amazing that they captured and posted that picture to the live broadcast within a couple of minutes of the pic being taken.

    Obviously that's not impossible to do, but considering all that must go into pulling off a live broadcast I was amazed they'd go to the trouble. The video coverage at these events always amazes me. Now if they could just do a better job of the often flakey audio.

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   1 week 2 days ago

    That's the perfect term to explain yesterdays race since it was half entirely expected and half entirely surprising.

  • 2014 COTA MotoGP Race Result: Jump To A Conclusion   1 week 2 days ago

    As David said in his other post. Lorenzo jumped because the lights went from off to red. Look at the replay on motogp.com, it is clear the change in state triggered the launch reflex in Jorge. He is not the worst or the first in this matter.

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   1 week 2 days ago

    Interesting, Pedrosa's comment on running the medium rear just so he could have something different from his teammate. Many a time a racer has won because he had the right tire vs his opposition. I might just be rooting for Dani this year...

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   1 week 2 days ago

    I can't help but observe Pedrosa and see a whiley veteran looking to stretch this season out and wait for the inevitable Marquez mistake, and not push until he absolutely has to. Of course that has been his MO for years, and with the exception of one half-speed German crash that wrecked his season last year, there would have been a LOT more pressure on Marquez and things could have ended very differently in 2013. But that's always his story...

    The dude is still blindingly fast when things click, like 2H2012 and Malaysia every year, and one mistake by Marquez (surely he won't crash as many times as last year, but half as many would still be a lot) could change everything. Pedrosa has taken his hard knocks, suffered plenty, and watched 3 teammates win championships. He is due for some good luck, so it will be interesting to see how long he sits and waits before he starts trying to make his own luck and go full on.

    Until then, it's hard not to criticize him for not having a bit more fire in his belly and digging deeper... I need to look no further than the seemingly resurgent 2014 Rossi (vs 2013 washed up Rossi), or even the previously lowly-regarded and less-talented but now hard-charging Bradley Smith, to see what I am looking for in Pedrosa.

    Time will tell....

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   1 week 2 days ago

    Another 'weird' event, a selfie on the podium

    https://twitter.com/26_DaniPedrosa/status/455482604641210372/photo/1

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   1 week 2 days ago

    .... for the fantastic info. It's much easier to understand what's going on with this kind of inside infos. This way you can't just say Jorge was nervous or he acts like rookie or...

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   1 week 2 days ago

    Glad to hear its 'only' a dislocated finger for 35.
    Smith is showing speed, maturity, and race craft. He's growing on me too.
    Argentina should be interesting but the real order (apart from you know who) will not appear until the European rounds.
    If Ducati can maintain this progress Dall Igna will have good reason to be smiling.

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   1 week 2 days ago

    but honestly not nearly as exciting as Qatar (but on the other side Moto3 was a treat).

    great article as usual!

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   1 week 2 days ago

    Articles like this is why I subscribe! I can't help to remember back to the end of last season where Lorenzo tried to play every mind game in the book with the young rookie. How times have changed and Marquez at this point simply has to let Lorenzo self destruct.

  • 2014 COTA MotoGP Race Result: Jump To A Conclusion   1 week 2 days ago

    Lorenzo didn't gain much from his leave incredibly early, oops what have I done, go again start. His intial advantage was largely gone by the end of the lap.
    I was amazed no one followed him and we didn't have multiple early launches, probably only avoided because Lorenzo went so early.
    How early earns you a disqualification?

  • Russian World Superbike Round Canceled Due To Political Situation Surrounding Ukraine   1 week 2 days ago

    Thank you for your reply. And I do understand the issues you are facing.

  • 2014 COTA MotoGP Race Result: Jump To A Conclusion   1 week 2 days ago

    "I know how tired Nicky is of hearing that he's "the top Ducati" in years past"

    When was that? I don't recall him being faster than any of his team mates.

    Stoner, Rossi, Dovi - all finished above Nicky in the championship every time. He hasn't beaten his team mate except for his Championship year and the year after that he was third fastest Honda.

    Nicky's only out there because he has fans like you, if you were running a team you'd never hire him as lead rider on results if you're honest with yourself.

  • 2014 COTA Moto2 Race Result: Unscathed And Out Front   1 week 2 days ago

    Trying to pick up 15 places into turn one was wishful thinking at best.

  • 2014 COTA MotoGP Race Result: Jump To A Conclusion   1 week 2 days ago

    You'd need like 40s+ at most tracks to transit pit lane and exit again. If the rider simply went flat stick from the warm up lap and didn't stop to form up on the grid at all it would certainly be possible to still lead after a pit lane ride-through but surely you'd be black flagged somehow or other?
    On a normal jump start after at least vaguely forming up on the grid it's surely not possible.

  • 2014 COTA MotoGP Race Result: Jump To A Conclusion   1 week 2 days ago

    This provides two things. He protects Marc and he helps win the constructors championship.

    Only the highest placed finisher of each marque contributes to the constructors championship, so if Marc always finishes ahead of Dani then Dani contributes zero to Honda's constructors championship.
    If you get a MM, DP, JL, VR, AD, CC finishing order then Honda will get 25, Yamaha 20 and Ducati 16.
    If you get DP, VR, CC, AD, JL, MM finishing order the manufacturers points will be exactly the same.

    He would however contribute to Repsol Honda's teams championship points.

    What a "strong-but-not-quite-strong-enough" team mate does do though is to hopefully take points for the Riders Championship off the rival brands riders. Sadly for Dani, as long as MM stays healthy I think that might be his main purpose until he retires or ends up on less competitive machinery.

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