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  • Andrea Dovizioso Breaks Collarbone In MX Training Crash   2 years 40 weeks ago

    Evidently it's too risky for MotoGP riders.

  • Ezpeleta On The Future Of MotoGP: Bikes Costing 1 Million Euros, Fewer Spanish Races And Performance Balancing   2 years 40 weeks ago

    'performance ballasting, where winners are penalised by having to carry more weight in successive races, is archaic and anti-competition in it's operation and is more attuned to club-level series than to MotoGP'

    If that is your opinion, you also understand why racing is in its current depressed state, particularly car racing. In the free market, when a competitor or a small group of competitors (functioning as a cartel) exert power over an industry, regulators usually invent ways to break monopolies and cartels by reducing barriers to entry and subsidizing upstart competitors. Why, then, do race fans imagine that a sport with 3 major competitors is somehow the morally-correct end result of motorsports competition? On what basis or paradigm is that theory founded? Theory of fair governance? I hope not.

    In human contests, time takes its toll on the human body and mind, which means traditional sports have a natural ebb and flow. No need to balance people. Technology portfolios don't sunset. Since the FIM cannot break HRC into 3 separate racing teams, why not create a system that polices manufacturing monopolies with some objectivity? Why not break the cartel by taking the rulebook away? If F1 had a system of ballast for the winning constructors, F1 probably wouldn't have developed into the spec sham it is today. Regulatory retribution is often sufficient to deter anti-competition in the first place.

    Obviously, the manufacturers don't want ballast b/c they have a control-oriented agenda. For that reason, the manufacturers killed success controls many years ago. They have substituted spec regulations, and they increase or decrease the cost and sophistication of the regs to expel or attract competitors. Racing has really evolved! :-P

    That said, I'm not sure we have a clear indication that success ballasting is effective or safe in motorcycle racing, but I'm not opposed to experimenting with the idea if it allows more freedom of design.

  • Andrea Dovizioso Breaks Collarbone In MX Training Crash   2 years 40 weeks ago

    Something worth noting: Hyperbaric chambers are not scientifically proven to aid sports injuries. Sports teams will use then because they will try anything AND they have a lot of money.

  • Ducati Wrooom Wednesday Press Release: Filippo Preziosi Talks About The GP12   2 years 40 weeks ago

    He said "90% of the bike is new" in the motogp.com interview. If he is serious I can't imagine how they are going to fight for podiums with such a machine, even after an entire regular season of "development riding". This sounds disastrous, no??!!

  • 2012 MotoGP Season To Kick Off With Ducati's Annual 'Wrooom' Press Launch   2 years 40 weeks ago

    >>The human understand of motorcycle dynamics has come very far from
    >>1988 and i am absolutely sure u have no idea about that..

    Funny, then why do our performance bikes look largely the same as those made in 1988? We understand more but have not accomplished much with that understanding.

    Yes, there is a lot of simulation in designing a motorcycle but a large part of the final tuning is rider feedback which is _extremely_ difficult to digitize and use as input to CAE packages.

    Most manufacturers provide several chassis to its riders each year and lets them select the best one. If simulation is so powerful why can't it predict which one will be the best? Because it can get you maybe 90-95% of the way there (which means being lapped at 1/2 race distance) and the rest needs to be tweaked by the organic computer of a top level racer. Just like the computer can't calculate exactly what spring rates and damping curves are optimal. It gets you close then relies on a good rider and crew to go the last 5%.

    Chris
    http://moto2-usa.blogspot.com/

  • Wrooom 2012 Tuesday Round Up: Rossi And Hayden Talk About The New Ducati, New Contracts, And The 1000s   2 years 40 weeks ago

    Rossi will never win a dry race on the Ducati? Wow, I can't believe anyone would say that. You could turn out to be right I suppose, but while I am not really a Rossi fan, he is still one of the greatest champions, and I would never count him out. Not yet, not now. Having watched Rossi all his career I would say that he is a ruthless competitor who wants to win more than anything else. The "entertainer" persona is just a mask.

    Rossi's reputation has taken a battering in the last year, it is naive to think otherwise, and no-one knows that better than Rossi. Rossi's ego is as big as they come. This is not a criticism, great champions tend to have big egos, even if it not always obvious. To imagine that Rossi doesn't care about his reputation and his legacy is, in my opinion, simply wrong.

    This is a guy who was considered by many people virtually unbeatable and the best of all time up to 2006. Then he was absolutely walloped in 2007 in a straight fight by an inexperienced kid on a Ducati. Of course excuses were given: it was Ducati power, Bridgestone tires, even that Ducati was cheating. Never that Stoner was simply the better rider that year, because how could Stoner be the better rider if Rossi was the best ever? Rossi came back strongly in 2008, but then in 2009 for the first time in his life he was pushed all the way by his young team mate Lorenzo, being beaten in several races. Lorenzo beat Rossi to the championship in 2010, helped by a major injury for the first time in Rossi's premier class career. The crown that had slipped in 2007 slipped even more in 2010.

    Then came the disaster in 2011, and the inevitably unfavorable comparisons with Stoner. At the end of the 800 era Stoner's stats for the period were much superior to Rossi's. No-one wins nine world championships without being a great rider, but Stoner's performance in the 800 era at the very least greatly diminishes the claim by many that Rossi is the best ever. The one way to restore Rossi's reputation is to be a winner at Ducati. Rossi is in this to win, it's that simple. To think otherwise is to completely misunderstand a man and a champion like Rossi.

  • Ezpeleta On The Future Of MotoGP: Bikes Costing 1 Million Euros, Fewer Spanish Races And Performance Balancing   2 years 40 weeks ago

    MotoGP should just hire "Pinks" host Rich Christensen and get it over with.

    Maybe start Casey from the back of the grid? Give Rossi five lengths?

    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinks

  • 2012 MotoGP Season To Kick Off With Ducati's Annual 'Wrooom' Press Launch   2 years 40 weeks ago

    What started out as an interesting exchange has degenerated. Best not to respond to each other any more.

  • Ezpeleta On The Future Of MotoGP: Bikes Costing 1 Million Euros, Fewer Spanish Races And Performance Balancing   2 years 40 weeks ago

    I don't want to spend a lot of time at this but at Silverstone this year Hopper qualified at 2.04 at the WSB round on a GSXR Suzuki. At the Moto GP round, Rossi qualified at 2.05 with a prototype Ducati, carbon fibre frame and Burgess in his corner...plus supposedly magical tires. Hard to say that WSB is always slower...

    Miguel

  • 2012 MotoGP Season To Kick Off With Ducati's Annual 'Wrooom' Press Launch   2 years 40 weeks ago

    I am extremely sorry your mental capabilities are so bad.. If you do not understand how technology grows over time, it is not my fault. The human understand of motorcycle dynamics has come very far from 1988 and i am absolutely sure u have no idea about that..

    and there's a world of a difference between taking apart a motorcycle and putting it together, and actually sitting down and designing one.. and that is exactly what you dont see..

    and finally thank you, i have designed composite swingarms, tested them, and got better results compared to conventional swingarms... and i dont need a "30 year experienced" biker to tell me how to do it.. and when i need inputs, i'll be ecstatic when i dont get a rider like you giving POS inputs.. good luck with your "30 year experienced skills"... nice talking to you.

  • Ducati Wrooom Wednesday Press Release: Filippo Preziosi Talks About The GP12   2 years 40 weeks ago

    So.... we know as much as we did about the bike before their skiing holiday

  • Ezpeleta On The Future Of MotoGP: Bikes Costing 1 Million Euros, Fewer Spanish Races And Performance Balancing   2 years 40 weeks ago

    Senor Ezpeleta has quite a few tools to enhance the competitive balance in MotoGP. In my opinion performance ballasting, where winners are penalised by having to carry more weight in successive races, is archaic and anti-competition in it's operation and is more attuned to club-level series than to MotoGP. I do not see that the "crisis" in MotoGP is so severe that we need to discard the technical aspect of MotoGP all together. It would be foolhardy to go overboard in the regulations before we have any experience of the new class in competition, and as Ezpeleta has stated he, as benevolent dictator, can change the regulations "on-the-fly" as needed.

  • Ezpeleta On The Future Of MotoGP: Bikes Costing 1 Million Euros, Fewer Spanish Races And Performance Balancing   2 years 40 weeks ago

    I would agree that 4 Spanish rounds is frankly excessive. Keep Jerez, it's iconic. The atmosphere is just incredible, even from the telly you can tell that. It's THE european round to do imo, hotly followed by Mugello. Catalunya needs to stay too, Aragon...do we REALLY need this track on the calendar? No, in my opinion, same for Valencia, no one likes going to Valencia, it's not a good place to race bikes, again, in my opinion.

    The Moto GP paddock needs to go to different places. India looks like it would lend itself well to Moto GP. Whilst watching the F1 there this year I thought "this looks like a big version of Misano..which could work, I guess we'll find out next year. Problem is, that nearly all new circuits come from Tilke...and are solely designed FOR F1. Thats not to say Sepang hasn't given us great races, but I do worry that we might lose the whole feel for bike racing at proper bike tracks.

    With regards to the ECU's, I was lucky enough to chat to the PR man for Crescent's BSB squad, and he confirmed that the most expensive part on any bike IS the ECU. Drop the cost of those, and you'll drop the price of the entire package. I'm all for "stock" ECU's and then lets get back to the mechanics of making a racing motorcycle go faster. Lets face it, not ONE person riding a bike on the road is ever going to be able to afford a Magneti Marelli ECU, let alone notice the difference that one gives to their bike.

  • Ezpeleta On The Future Of MotoGP: Bikes Costing 1 Million Euros, Fewer Spanish Races And Performance Balancing   2 years 40 weeks ago

    The fastest WSBK still arent as fast as the slowest GP bikes, close at times, but the fastest GP bikes walk on the WSBK. I think its a soft comparison...

  • Ezpeleta On The Future Of MotoGP: Bikes Costing 1 Million Euros, Fewer Spanish Races And Performance Balancing   2 years 40 weeks ago

    Mr. Carmelo can keep talking all he wants about CRTs this and Factories that... but let's gets things finalized in ink already! Set the rules... set the limits... set the specs! The sooner it's done... the sooner everybody can stop complaining and get down to business! This is motorcycle racing after-all... we are not trying to visit other planets via MotoGP! The 4 aliens are not leaving the series anytime soon anyway. Carmelo has the 'juice' now... we all know that. He needs to stop showing it and just use it already. It's time for the fans, that support the series religiously, to get all the entertainment that we have been missing since 2006 and prior!

  • Ezpeleta On The Future Of MotoGP: Bikes Costing 1 Million Euros, Fewer Spanish Races And Performance Balancing   2 years 40 weeks ago

    it's good to see than Mr.ezpeleta have intentions to remove some rounds from spain, if this is a World Championship then the spanish should agreed than having four races is excessive, two is reasonable. if this continue now we can talk about than this is really a world championship, ill like to see the idea than argentina, brazil can offer GP Racing, india also.

    Now for spain is time to choice what races will be in 2013, two must be sacrificed, my opinion jerez and montmelo that two must be cut off from the series.

    About CRTs, well with this economic spiral is reasonable than the powerfull teams also must adapt, life is all about changes and adapting to those changes, the important is than the races be must offer emotions and having more than four bikes fighting for first place is better.

  • Ezpeleta On The Future Of MotoGP: Bikes Costing 1 Million Euros, Fewer Spanish Races And Performance Balancing   2 years 40 weeks ago

    Where are you getting that MotoGP bikes and WSBK bikes run "very close times"?

  • Will Marc Marquez Be Ready For The 2012 Season?   2 years 40 weeks ago

    Hope that dude gets better. I always felt he was the one that Repsol seem to be grooming to replace Pedrosa, IMHO. After watching him last year go from jack up to almost taking the title and snatching me on to the bandwagon with it. Inspiring was all I had to say until the injury. Then it just seemed like he may have been robbed of a career. He is obviously one of the more talented out there. Bradl earned that title. But the way Marquez came back on him probably made him think a little.

  • 2012 MotoGP Season To Kick Off With Ducati's Annual 'Wrooom' Press Launch   2 years 40 weeks ago

    what point you're trying to argue. Especially after that last barely coherent ramble. You enjoy your sad little laugh, but how I am supposed to take you seriously on a website dedicated to road racing motorcycles as you carp on about a bloke changing lanes in 1988 on a GN250. I'm having a good old chuckle myself at your expense.

    I'm very content thank you in my knowledge of the workings of a motorcycle, having pulled them apart and reassembled them often enough, and here's the crack up bit - actually used them in the manner they were built for.

    I've never denied the need for very clever people to design and build the machines. But god forbid that you have any input into any of them!

  • Yamaha Press Release: Jorge Lorenzo Rides New Delhi F1 Track   2 years 40 weeks ago
    ECU

    Yea, this makes sense. He and Ben are probably working on a new ECU...

    Miguel

  • Ezpeleta On The Future Of MotoGP: Bikes Costing 1 Million Euros, Fewer Spanish Races And Performance Balancing   2 years 40 weeks ago

    Given the fact that Moto GP bikes and WSB run very close times and the tracks on which they both compete I can not imagine hysterical complaints that the CRT bikes are going to be in the way. Why will a CRT bike not be faster than a Superbike? And if they are faster, or even as fast, they will not be "in the way".

    Secondly, I can not believe that the development of ECU technology is the main argument within the motorcycle industry for their continued participation in motorcycle racing at this level. Are they really proposing to their Boards of Directors that traveling around the world in jets....paying giant airline and hotel bills...paying rider salaries...fabricating incredibly complicated machinery..buying expensive tires....and participating in very dangerous races is the best way to develop ECU units for tiddlers that they sell in less developed countries??? That is an insane argument. It is not sustainable. They may say those words in interviews, and use this argument to try to avoid a standard ECU, but the argument is nonsense. They should be able to produce a very sophisticated ECU without employing Jorge Lorenzo, or endangering the lives of their employees. By the way, where can I get a Ducati moped? I understand the ECU was developed by Valentino Rossi???

    I like the idea of a $1,000,000 claiming rule.

    Miguel

  • Wrooom 2012 Tuesday Round Up: Rossi And Hayden Talk About The New Ducati, New Contracts, And The 1000s   2 years 40 weeks ago

    'Stoner not riding it hard enough' . Burgess '80 second fix'.

    Again with the same two quotes. So two comments out of their long careers and this is enough for you to batter there entire persona and life? (and before you respond with more quotes, please don't bother, I will concede you could come up with a bunch more stupid things they may have said in the past)

    I agree in that they were stupid, and incorrect, things to say... but man, every syllable these guys say is digested, and regurgitated, and digested again. They are human. I would bet you a million bucks they have more respect for Stoner than you or I put together!!

    "The myth and legend built up around Rossi was he could ride anything and fix anything. Busted.".... ehh, maybe. I still think one bad year in a career like that is not proof enough to dismiss the man.

    Do you HONESTLY think Stoner 5 years from now, after he wins ALL the championships along the way, giving him a total of seven (same as Rossi); would be AS WILLING after going to a new manufacturer to push a bike as close to the edge as he is now when that bike is known for falling over at high speed? In my opinion, he is too smart for that, and would not give two loads about his reputation being "battered" a bit by some in the media and fanbase. He would fix the problem the best way he could.

  • Wrooom 2012 Tuesday Round Up: Rossi And Hayden Talk About The New Ducati, New Contracts, And The 1000s   2 years 40 weeks ago

    The secret to Jerry Burgess' success has always been the riders. There is no doubt that he is top shelf stuff, but I think in reality he is no better than Stoners or Lorenzo's crew chiefs. Certainly not better than Coulon, who I think would have achieved the same results with Rossi throughout the years. Rossi's greatness can never be questioned but at this stage of his career he simply doesn't have the desire to win that would allow him to take the risks that Stoner was able to accept. It is because of this he will never win a dry race on the Ducati. I also don't think he is concerned with his reputation. If he was, he would retire. Guys like Roberts and Lawson and many others packed it in as soon as they realized that the results were diminishing. They were only interested in winning, not simply competing. Rossi enjoys the atmosphere too much to leave. He's as much an entertainer as he is a racer. I just hope he doesn't get himself hurt sticking around too long.

  • Wrooom 2012 Tuesday Round Up: Rossi And Hayden Talk About The New Ducati, New Contracts, And The 1000s   2 years 40 weeks ago
    So?

    If someone says "You're the GOAT" and you smile and nod that is cultivating an image, and that is how Rossi would like to be seen. Even if he really is the GOAT.

  • Will Marc Marquez Be Ready For The 2012 Season?   2 years 40 weeks ago

    That's nuts if true but, if you think about it, Doohan won quite a few titles even more heavily damaged. Hopefully Marquez has a similar toughness to him.
    It's ironic that the crash that wasn't his fault is the one that messed him up and the one with Ratthapark didn't seem to cause him much damage. I wonder if his confidence has taken a hit though.

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