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  • 2011 Indianapolis MotoGP Qualifying Practice Result: One Man Dominates Qualifying   2 years 33 weeks ago

    . . . check Stoner's DNA! He was on another planet in this qual! What happened to everyone else, David? .5+ on 2nd and 3/4 on 3rd! If his tires hold up . . . hopefully we'll have a race for the podium, as #1 spot is gone!

  • 2011 Indianapolis MotoGP Qualifying Practice Result: One Man Dominates Qualifying   2 years 33 weeks ago

    He got on an identical Ducati and found it was totally different imagine that..
    Great lap from Casey likes the slippery conditions and will take some catching tomorrow.

  • 2011 Indianapolis MotoGP Qualifying Practice Result: One Man Dominates Qualifying   2 years 33 weeks ago

    What the heck happened to Rossi?

    Oh, and GO BEN! :)

  • MotoGP Riders Still Worried About Racing At Motegi: Hayden, Lorenzo, Rossi And Spies Speak Out   2 years 33 weeks ago

    re: "Only a fool would think he is indispensable"

    actually they are fairly indispensable. it's why we have the game of musical chairs where essentially the same core group of riders keep getting re-contracted season after season after season. many have continued long after their expiration date despite interest from less talented upstarts that could theoretically be had cheaper. indispensability is part reason for this.

  • 2011 Indianapolis MotoGP FP2 Result: Stoner Takes Charge From Spies   2 years 33 weeks ago

    I tried looking up the history of Brickyard, it seems like they do not need to host trackdays or motorcycle club racing to make up, as they have lots of racing in the oval.

    I would guess the management of the track are more in-tune with Nascar racing, but to repave the infield is still a great commitment to MotoGP....imagine the cost of re-paving plus the Dorna sanction fees. Not sure if they raise the price of MotoGP tickets this year.

  • Rossi And Hayden On Changes For Ducati GP12: "We Need To Understand The Way Forward"   2 years 33 weeks ago

    that was our pill popping friend having a bit of a wind up dig. It's abundantly clear to all concerned that Stoner could win despite the GP16. We still wait to see Rossi perform the same trick especially with all the resource he's managed to have thrown at the thing which has frankly given him a much better platform than Stoner ever had.

  • 2011 Indianapolis MotoGP FP3 Result: Stoner Leads Spies Again   2 years 33 weeks ago

    And that would be great!

  • Scott Jones At IMS: Friday Subscriber Desktops From Indy   2 years 33 weeks ago

    a towel. Cleanup on seat 77 please, cleanup on seat 77. Excellent shots Scott. As someone previously stated, it's well worth the subscription here just for the photos you do. Add to that David's excellent reports, reviews, insights and thought provoking articles and you've got magic, aka MotoMatters, the best two wheeled racing resource on the net. Bar none. I wish you both continued success with your passions.

    BTW, Happy Birthday Krop. Hope you're having a great day!

    I think it's time to pop a bit off again with the PayPal account. :)

  • Rossi And Hayden On Changes For Ducati GP12: "We Need To Understand The Way Forward"   2 years 33 weeks ago

    First they said they would not participate at the Mugello test, as a consequence Honda and Yamaha said they would not test their 1000s neither, first "1000" official test postponed to Brno.

    Then at Brno, while Yamaha unwraps the veil on its 1000 and Pedrosa gets his first shot at the 2012 bike, Ducati sticks to the 800.

    Now Ducati is not going to test at Misano along the other 1000s but instead Rossi is going to test it a couple of days earlier at a different track.

    It certainly seems as they're doing anything they can to avoid any comparison before the Valencia post-race test in November.

  • Rossi And Hayden On Changes For Ducati GP12: "We Need To Understand The Way Forward"   2 years 33 weeks ago

    "The Ducati squad must be looking forward to getting to Phillip Island, a track at which they have been dominant for a number of years now."
    You meant "Casey Stoner", right?

    Granted Capirex was also on the podium in 2007 but since then at Philip Island the 2nd best Ducati rider was 11th (+27s) in 2008, 9th (+54s) in 2009 and 4th (+18s) in 2010.
    Not much to call it a Ducati track.

    However 3 poles and 4 wins in 4 years definitely make it a Casey Stoner track.

  • MotoGP Riders Still Worried About Racing At Motegi: Hayden, Lorenzo, Rossi And Spies Speak Out   2 years 33 weeks ago

    the entire japanese economy is suffering and could use any help but the population around Motegi has not suffered from the tsunami or radiations from the plant!
    Millions of people live there and they have never been even remotely considered in danger or worth of evacuation.

    This is why there is no reason to cancel the Grand Prix, this is why 2 rounds of Japan Superbike and one round of trial world championship have been held at Motegi, because the situation is the same than before the catastrophe.

    Holding Motegi GP is not really a matter of helping the population, it's much more that there is no reason to cancel it.
    People live there, work there, do their grocery shopping as usual and NO international organization, independent experts or foreign governments have ever doubted the safety of this area, 120 km away from the plant (the more conservative government issued warnings for the areas 60 km away from the plant).

    What kind of message does it convey for the inhabitants if some riders boycott the event? How are they going to take it? It's the riders saying "we don't believe that you are safe out there, we believe the entire world is lying to you so we won't come to Motegi. The situation may be good enough for you but not for us."

  • MotoGP Riders Still Worried About Racing At Motegi: Hayden, Lorenzo, Rossi And Spies Speak Out   2 years 33 weeks ago

    The late Tomizawa and Lenz (and Craig Jones in WSSP) have lost their lifes because they were hit by another rider after they crashed, these tragic events could happen on any track...

    Kato lost his life because he went full speed in a concrete wall that should never have been there. It could have been avoided by adopting better safety standards. Unlike the other accidents.

  • MotoGP Riders Still Worried About Racing At Motegi: Hayden, Lorenzo, Rossi And Spies Speak Out   2 years 33 weeks ago

    Seems to me, riders and anyone going to that part of Japan are very sensible in asking is the area safe. Personally i think the risk is close to negligible, but the opinion that really counts is that of the riders and team personnel that make the show work.
    If riders genuinely do think their lives or health would be at risk by going to Motegi and do not attend, i would respect but not agree with their views.
    If there is a mass boycott, i wonder if there would be any retribution against individual riders by Japanese manufacturers,FIM or Dorna. Only a fool would think he is indispensable, but lets hope it does not come to that.
    Do find it food for thought that the FIM Trials went ahead recently in Motegi without no mass boycott, and i understand the Indycar series is due to go there later this year, has anyone heard of any rumblings of discontent from the car teams or drivers?

  • Scott Jones At IMS: Friday Photos From Indy   2 years 33 weeks ago

    Awesome shots, Mr. Jones. I look forward to these photos every race weekend!

  • Rossi And Hayden On Changes For Ducati GP12: "We Need To Understand The Way Forward"   2 years 33 weeks ago

    The Ducati squad must be looking forward to getting to Phillip Island, a track at which they have been dominant for a number of years now. Whatever the design 'flaws' are, they clearly make the Ducati THE bike to be on at Phillip Island. Given the brands past history at the track, team management must be expecting a win or at least a podium. I am sure that would boost morale and indicate that the development of the GP 12 is well on track.

  • 2011 Indianapolis MotoGP Friday Press Release Round Up   2 years 33 weeks ago

    The entire circus lost a session due to this incompetence. I've read of tracks having hire cars and transporters circulating before practice to get some rubber down and provide some grip at national level meetings. It's not like it was only laid yesterday. For christs sake Hayden went around on a 1198. I would've hoped he sent the message that it was pretty damn treacherous.

  • MotoGP Riders Still Worried About Racing At Motegi: Hayden, Lorenzo, Rossi And Spies Speak Out   2 years 33 weeks ago

    after an unprecedented 5.8 quake shaking the eastcoast of the united states earlier this week, you can officially take the americans off the attendance list. nicky's not saying it, but he's not going. spies will show solidarity with lorenzo. and edwards will be in divorce court before he ever made it to the airport. after the video of the exploding reactors (that we've all seen), not sure how this morphed into a discussable topic anyway...? i contend only someone baby young (not around for TMI or chernobyl) would think going to motegi a good idea.

  • 2011 Indianapolis MotoGP Friday Press Release Round Up   2 years 33 weeks ago

    The problem is that that course only exists for MotoGP. It only gets used by the occasional track day, so there's nobody else to lay some rubber down.

  • MotoGP Riders Still Worried About Racing At Motegi: Hayden, Lorenzo, Rossi And Spies Speak Out   2 years 33 weeks ago

    "The Urainum rods at the power plant are all spent now. and cooling is no longer an issuse."

    Not according to TEPCO's August status report - the spent rods in the pools are now being cooled by a stable circulating system, but the damaged rods (i.e. melt-down) and the damaged containment, require constant injection of water and recovery of loss, and injection of nitrogen to reduce the chance of another hydrogen explosion - not even TEPCO describe that as stable.

  • MotoGP Riders Still Worried About Racing At Motegi: Hayden, Lorenzo, Rossi And Spies Speak Out   2 years 33 weeks ago

    re: "there are people who LIVE there"

    and our thoughts and prayers are with them.

  • Rossi And Hayden On Changes For Ducati GP12: "We Need To Understand The Way Forward"   2 years 33 weeks ago

    But Ducati would not be testing their 1000s after the Misano round, as the factory has not yet produced some of the changed parts that Rossi was hoping to test.

    I'm getting more and more the feeling Ducati tries to avoid a direct comparison with the 2012 Honda's and Yamaha's in order to escape another debacle that might evaporade the financial ground they're running their MotoGP project upon. It appears to me that they're trying to win time, hoping that some "radical" change in their design will save them in the end.

    We are allready in the 2nd half of this season and if the "big step" forward doesn't appear soon I expect their whole MotoGP effort in big troubles.

  • MotoGP Riders Still Worried About Racing At Motegi: Hayden, Lorenzo, Rossi And Spies Speak Out   2 years 33 weeks ago

    I think part of what the riders are reacting to is that it is kind of unseemly to choose to go to a place where others are suffering...when you don't have to go. Not to mention Dorna's neglect to properly address the concerns. Neither one of these things is "good" for the sport. Yesterday, despite perfect weather, I elected NOT to take my kids to the beach (in NJ) while others were boarding up their homes and preparing to evacuate.

  • Rossi And Hayden On Changes For Ducati GP12: "We Need To Understand The Way Forward"   2 years 33 weeks ago

    Although I am sharing your fears, I can't see Preziosi turning 100% conventional.

    "Filippo has three or four different ideas to follow, different configurations of the bike, a small modification, medium modification, big modification," Rossi revealed.

    Maybe the "big modification" is the aluminium deltabox they are rumored to have designed, and paid Suter or FTR for manufacturing it. But is this really anything more than for comparison purposes, with the much more interesting "medium modification".
    I am expecting something big around the Ducati garage over the next weeks. Really :)

  • Rossi And Hayden On Changes For Ducati GP12: "We Need To Understand The Way Forward"   2 years 33 weeks ago

    Ducati are trying to take penalties with a rugby ball against a host of teams using a football. They have now branded said rugby ball because it is different and now they are changing the laces on their boot to try to get it to mimic a football.. Whether the right lace is just round the corner or not(Isuspect not after 4 years of different laces) it will never be a football and by the time they find the laces the other teams will have a new ball..

  • 2011 Indianapolis MotoGP FP2 Result: Stoner Takes Charge From Spies   2 years 33 weeks ago

    As I commented on another thread. What the hell are world championship riders doing running around pointlessly, wasting an entire session just to scrub in a green track all the while risking injury due to the treacherous nature of it? Unacceptable and very poor form by the Indy organisers.

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