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  • 2014 Brno MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Breaking The Streak   1 week 4 days ago

    He really is unbeatable on his day. But his days are few and far between, as always.

  • GPC Introduces The Quartararo Rule - Minimum Age Limit Scrapped For CEV Moto3 Winner   1 week 4 days ago

    A line has to be drawn somewhere. There is an age limit rule today, and it works fine. Constant tweaking and changing the rules to suit exceptions makes the rulebook a farce.

    You can argue in some instances (not that I necessarily would...) but, for instance, you COULD argue that the "Ducati Class" exception is made for the good of the sport overall. But in this case, that really is not true. So, the kid would miss the first two races; so what? He can start on race three. If he manages to pull off a championship in those circumstances then kudos to him. If not, he can have another crack at it the following year.

    Politics are an unfortunate but necessary aspect of most businesses and sports, but when they become the driving force of the competition, the spirit of the sport is lost.

  • 2014 Brno MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Breaking The Streak   1 week 4 days ago

    Marc (and most of them) do that every race. Marc does three hard pulls on the front brake, and then is looking at the front to check his wheel position on the grid slot marking.

  • 2014 Brno MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Breaking The Streak   1 week 4 days ago

    I think that was 'commiserating'. There was a suggestion they gave him the wrong count-down on his board, but they later said it was Rins' own error.

  • 2014 Brno MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Breaking The Streak   1 week 4 days ago

    There were some rumours of him going to MotoGP!

  • 2014 Brno MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Breaking The Streak   1 week 4 days ago

    Not sure if it was Estoril? He had got the lap count wrong and therefore the timing of his attack. He didn't get up early (must have realised when he didn't see the chequered flag) but he reckoned it cost him the race.

    Sean Emmett's in BSB was a good one, doing a celebration crossing the line to win but then nearly lost control and got passed on the line finishing second.

    Re. Rins - has there been any clarification of who was at fault? BT Sport mentioned that the team were 'apologetic' which would seem to imply it was their error.

    Great write-up by way David!

  • 2014 Brno MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Breaking The Streak   1 week 4 days ago
    Nah

    He recently attended the Julian Simon race school. ;)

  • 2014 Brno MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Breaking The Streak   1 week 4 days ago

    Rabat is such a nice guy, I met him when working on the Dover ferries as they returned from Silverstone a few years ago. Stood on the car deck chatting away for ages, even forgot to do my job :-)

    I still have his hat, and he has one of my P&O woolly hats as I thought that was a fair exchange!

    The old guard always moves on, and new names have to be assimilated into our discussions.

  • 2014 Brno MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Breaking The Streak   1 week 4 days ago

    I thought it was Julian Simone? seem to recall one of the Aspar riders doing it a few years ago.

  • 2014 Brno MotoGP Race Result: About The Streak   1 week 4 days ago

    Wonder if Marquez will have a second thought on towing Ducati's now, after Ianone gave him a bit of a dust up?!

  • 2014 Brno MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Breaking The Streak   1 week 4 days ago

    Great run by Marquez...Finally, in his 29th MotoGP race, he actually missed on his setup a little. Absolutely amazing that he went this long without suffering through this and missing a podium (he had podiums in the bag at PI and Mugello last year before the incidents). Shame to see his win streak end since the championship is all but an inevitability barring something very unfortunate happing.

    Nothing surprised me about this race. We all know that on the days when everything clicks for Pedrosa, he is nearly unbeatable. His problem is that on the days when it doesn't click, he doesn't seem to get the maximum out of his package. His riding this weekend was very impressive, even fun to watch as far as watching Pedrosa goes (his style seemed more spectacular than usual this weekend, looked like he might actually get a shoulder down LOL), and good to see him get to celebrate, it had been a long time having to watch the other side of the garage celebrating and laughing every single weekend.

    To me, the thing that most stands out after this race is the continued consistency and pace of Rossi. Last year, on only two occasions, did he beat any one of Marquez, Lorenzo or Pedrosa, at Qatar and Assen. We had all but written him off. But this year, he has beaten at least one of those three in every race except two, Argentina and Germany. What he is doing at this age and with such humility is bringing so much to this sport. To see all his fans going nuts at the track, and his humor and personality throughout the weekend is fantastic (yes, I'm a fan of Rossi). He is comedic gold in in what would otherwise be boring press conferences. If he can just dig deep and find a couple tenths in the second half of this year and going into next year, we could be in for some real excitement.

    Excitement...I will watch every race with the same excitement as always, but now that Marquez lost his win streak, it will be interesting to see what gets us all excited in these remaining races...I mean excitement other than the fastest dudes in the world sliding 200 HP motorbikes around within centimeters of each other. :)

  • Brno Set To Continue As MotoGP Venue For 2015 And Beyond   1 week 4 days ago

    As an Aussie we were trackside as a part of a 7 week European trip back in 2011, it was one of the highlights of the trip and would go again any time, Brno is a lovely city and the facilities trackside were wonderful and everyone we met was very friendly. so I am so pleased to see this race continue :)

  • 2014 Brno MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Breaking The Streak   1 week 4 days ago

    I have enjoyed Moto3 the most but as usual the headline is on MotoGP.
    As much as it was exciting to see the streak going on I am very happy for Dani who got the win and hopefully the credit he deserves.
    On a good day he's almost unbeatable (unless maybe Marquez is too).

    The bashing between Marquez and Iannone was good, two real fighters! When Andrea will find a bit more speed and mature a bit he can step up as a podium contender.

    I have a feeling Marc will be soon back at the front .....

    BTW I have never heard any of the top rider saying "I lost to Marc because he's on a Honda" but rather "we are not fast enough in ...." which is a different thing. So it would be unfair to say that Jorge, Dani or Vale said that. Rossi in particular has praised Marquez talent many times.

  • 2014 Brno MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Breaking The Streak   1 week 4 days ago

    This hasn't been the best season obviously and the past 2 races were definitely snoozers, but Germany was pretty exciting watching Aegerter and Kallio fight it out. last year and the year before the moto2 races were the best reasons to watch imo. despite what we've seen this year the races are usually way closer.
    i think one of the big problems is that this year all the "stars" are gone. first it was Bradl and Marquez, then Pol and Redding and Iannone and now you've got Rabat, who i really don't know much about, Aegerter who just one his first race ever, Kallio, old hat. Really their biggest "star" is in his rookie season and is leaving for Suzuki right after.
    And you're right, there is little to no creativity as far as the bikes go. And I HATE seeing the chassis names showing up as the "manufacturer". BUT what i love about moto2 is that everyone is on "equal" machinery. I always wonder what would happen if you put Pedrosa, Rossi, Lorenzo, Marquez, hell, even the rest of the field on a (well, it would have to be nuetral machinery so lets say) BMW S1000RR for a weekend and see who wins the race on Sunday. Like an IROC-Z series! haha
    and i think moto2 is the closest we get. i like that they're all on the same engine. but at the same time i think the series has matured and is stable enough now that they really should consider starting to let other engine manufacturers in.
    The other problem the series has is apparently riders are pointing out it really isn't the greatest way to transition into GP which was exactly the point.

    I'm actually starting to get kinda sick of moto3. I mean sure theres tons of passing and theyre 6 wide heading into most turns, but you might as well just flip it on for the last 5 minutes haha the first 90% is exciting but means nothing. Hell most these tracks it could be any of the 5 to 10 guys who came out of the last turn decent. Which is great, but makes me think that the bikes are hindering some great talent and polishing some well not so great talent.

    Anyway, I'll say this, don't give up on moto2! it'll get better :)

  • 2014 Brno MotoGP Race Result: About The Streak   1 week 4 days ago

    In my opinion it is Always depending on both, rider & bike, if the rider isn't good you won't win, if your bike is crap you won't win either. The mistake Rossi made is that he always tries to put Biaggi down, still now he feels the need to mention Biaggi to make him feel good, also the reason that he doesn't understand why it is now Marquez who should be the difference, compared to him not being the difference, shows for me a little bit of frustration that he feels he does not get the credits he feels he deserves.

  • 2014 Brno MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Breaking The Streak   1 week 4 days ago

    not to call a guy out but what was that DP26 "moderate rider" garbage you were talking about? Must've been all the bike

  • GPC Introduces The Quartararo Rule - Minimum Age Limit Scrapped For CEV Moto3 Winner   1 week 4 days ago

    Politics, politics its all about politics :-(

  • 2014 Brno MotoGP Saturday Round-Up: Marquez' Secret Towing Strategy, And The Drama In Moto3   1 week 4 days ago
    +1

    people keep talking about all these factors about getting a tow, at the end of the day is it not to lower wind resistance? Just look at the moto3 races even at Brno short home straight the guys in the draft are probably getting a whole quarter second right there.

    it cracks me up when people take pokes at Pedrosa, but its not even worth explaining to them haha

  • 2014 Brno MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Breaking The Streak   1 week 4 days ago

    Have to hand it to the kid for making it "look" so simple. Without doubt, it was a great set of 3 competitors to be ahead of for the 10 races, race after race. And it's good to see that he is more level headed than the press. Everybody kept saying that Dani beat him. But that wasn't the case, with him and Dani fighting for the top step. Three riders beat him in the race and not just Dani ending his streak and that's the way he saw it too. BTW when he was lining up at the starting grid it looked like he was testing his front and looking at it quizzically. That was right then when I wanted to change my bet.

  • 2014 Brno MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Breaking The Streak   1 week 4 days ago

    Marquez copped it in Moto2 with allegations of cheating going on with his bike. Also, he's on the best bike now, and there are plenty of people questioning how he'd be if he didn't have the golden path laid out in front of him. Also, I think it is pretty rich for Rossi to 'not understand' because he completely does. If his rivals got the better of him the Italian press machine were pretty quick to point their finger at 'the bike'. Think 2007, it started by the 2nd or 3rd race. By the time Marquez came into MotoGP, Rossi was already beatable so Rossi hasn't been in a position to assert his pre-ordained eminence.

  • 2014 Brno MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Breaking The Streak   1 week 4 days ago

    Great MotoGP race, pity Marc Marquez did not at least finish on the podium. But this had to happen sometime. Good to see Pedrosa win though I would have preferred a Yamaha win because that would have been breaking the grip of Honda on the Championship as well. Hope Crutchlow is not so destroyed mentally that he can't find form on the LCR Honda next year.

    My main problem is with Moto2. What is this category anyway? I can understand the reasons why it was introduced in this way in the first place. But what I cannot understand is its continuance in the same format. Why cannot Dorna let people choose their own engines? That would add some variety to the grid. Moto2 represents dumbed down racing in its worst form. Please Dorna show some imagination. If find it so ridiculous to see a motorcycle being called Suter, Kalex etc. If Suter can build an entire motorcycle for Mahindra in Moto3, is it not possible for them to do an entire motorcycle as well? So maybe the chassis makers can also become engine constructors by collaborating with Oral, Ilmor, AVL, Ricardo and Rotax etc. Then it will all make sense.

  • 2014 Brno MotoGP Race Result: About The Streak   1 week 4 days ago

    Seems like another MotoGP star is starting to believe the whole world is out to get him. ;) And still throwing barbs at Biaggi after all these years, I honestly wonder whether Biaggi even cares anymore? Biaggi went through the wringer, had a severe career realignment (thanks to pi$4ing off the Big H), grew up a bit, had a kid, won a couple more world titles (ok, second string, but none the less), bowed out a champion at a pretty significant age. I don't know the guy but it seemed to me that he mellowed, had a better outlook on life and his career (ok, face slapping Melandri was an amusing reversion to the mean). Seems like VR could learn something from him. Has the world not worshiped and loved you enough Valentino, really?

  • 2014 Brno MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Breaking The Streak   1 week 4 days ago

    No.

    Rossi was asked to make a comparison. His days at Honda compared to Marquez. He said Marquez gets all the credit but when Vale was at Honda everyone said it was the bike. The bike was the reason he kept winning championships, three in a row aboard a Honda.

    Biaggi was the biggest whiner of them all, whining about Rossi having the best bike, and that was the only reason he kept winning. But then Max got a RC211V and still couldn't beat Rossi so it was all a bunch of bs. In 2003 he was on the Camel Honda and continued to whine that his bike wasn't the same spec as Rossi's factory bike. Rossi offered to switch bikes for a race, Honda said no. Rossi went to Yamaha, left the V5 with a bow tied on it, and still beat Biaggi. Then Biaggi went to Repsol and got beat some more.

    From 2001 through 2005 the excuses ranged from, "he has the best bike", then it was "he grew up on those tracks", then "he has the best crew chief", or "overnight tires!" Meanwhile all the factory riders got overnights from Michelin. Hayden revealing this to Jules. There was always an excuse from competitors. That became silence when spec tires were introduced and Rossi again, continued to win races, and championships.

    So again, in the press conference the journalist asked Rossi about this. On how come Marquez gets all the credit for being a genius rider while when Rossi was at Honda dominating it was all the bike. He said he didn't understand the difference.

  • Brno Set To Continue As MotoGP Venue For 2015 And Beyond   1 week 4 days ago

    It's one of the modern classic circuits, fantastic to watch both on TV or in person. I went in about 2006, sat in the stadium section on race day, what a blast.

  • 2014 Brno MotoGP Race Result: About The Streak   1 week 4 days ago

    My mistake

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