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  • 2011 Sepang MotoGP Thursday Round Up: On Marquez' Big Mistake, And MotoGP's Silly Season Winding Down   2 years 39 weeks ago

    That was directed to pedrosa and that style directly led to his being taken out by simoncelli-whatever race direction said. I felt like I was watching how senna was treated in F1. In my view that wreck was caused by pedrosa coming in too hot to a turn, unable to make it, and simoncelli making an aggressive move.
    All the old time american racers have mocked cornering speed as crucial. The quote I recall, and don't recall who said it was"I get past you on the straight and block you out in the corner, tell me how cornering speed matters o much?". Might have been Lawson or Kenny roberts.

    I'd like to see handicapped weights just like horse racing now that fuel consumption and relative power have become such an issue. My original point is that Moto 2 is not proving to be a real training ground for the gp. The sooner we lose spec tires, the better off competitive racing will be. Can anyone point to a former moto2 who has gone anywhere in the gp?

  • 2011 Sepang MotoGP FP2 Result: Pedrosa Dominates With Blistering Lap   2 years 39 weeks ago

    Have to say, very impressed with Bautista and the Suzuki... again.

    If by any (sad) reason Suzuki can't continue on 2012, he could become a rider to keep an eye on, aboard the LCR Honda RCV213.
    Nicely done so far, discreetly, without much fanfare. Even if the race results don't show that (various DNF).

    Funny remark (or maybe not!), a year ago plenty people were mentioning that the Suzuki would have been the best alternative to Yamaha, for the next chapter of the Rossi, Burgess & Co. adventures (instead of the Ducati).
    Supposedly would have delivered the kind of interesting results that everybody expected... I guess even them can agree!

  • Crescent Suzuki Announce WSBK Team, Riders Still To Be Named   2 years 39 weeks ago

    Curious to see if they are named as title sponsor... would be great if they are, we need some big names in the paddock.

  • 2011 Sepang MotoGP FP2 Result: Pedrosa Dominates With Blistering Lap   2 years 39 weeks ago

    anyone noticed how improved the suzuki is? bautista was 4th fastest on the speed traps in both sessions, only 3km/hr slower than 3 hondas and ahead of all the ducatis. impressive! i fancy stoner on the blue machine...winning the title

  • 2011 Sepang MotoGP Thursday Round Up: On Marquez' Big Mistake, And MotoGP's Silly Season Winding Down   2 years 39 weeks ago

    I think the reason the majority of successful riders are coming from Moto2 (and in the past the 250cc class) is not because the bikes are more suited to training for MotoGP as many have opined.

    I believe the real reason is that MotoGP is recognized as the world wide premier series and any rider that has the talent and opportunity aspires to go there if they can. Hence the riders with the most potential are usually there. Of course there are exceptions but as a rule I believe this is the reason.

    Almost as important is the fact that once these talented riders get to the Moto2 circus, they get to ride on and get experienced on the very tracks that they will race on if/when they get promoted to MotoGP.

    The riders that come from a national series (and to some extent WSBK) are handicapped by lack of experience not only with the tracks but the tires, food, travel challenges, team unfamiliarity, infinite setup options, etc that comes with the whole program.

    It takes at least 2 or 3 seasons to become accustomed to these challenges. The riders that come from Moto2 are a step ahead of the ones that don’t.

    Even so, until they throw a leg over a fire breathing, infinitely adjustable MotoGP machine no one knows (for 2 or 3 years anyway) whether they are suited to the task.

  • Crescent Suzuki Announce WSBK Team, Riders Still To Be Named   2 years 39 weeks ago

    Be good to have Suzuki back in the paddock. Hope Hopper is part of it if he doesn't get a MotoGP ride.

  • Marquez To Remain In Moto2 For 2012, Despite MotoGP Option   2 years 39 weeks ago

    I am a fan of Spies and his approach to racing. I am also one of those who still believe he hasn't peaked yet.

    But using the superior historical track experience of his competitors is specious at best. Spies knows his way around these places now and track conditions change from year to year. Look at P.I last week, far bumpier than last year. The top flight like Stoner account for this and find new lines. Spies is at no disadvantage whatsoever here. We're not talking 37.73 miles of the I.O.M to learn.....

    Where did my post come from? Your excuse making of course!

  • 2011 Sepang MotoGP Thursday Round Up: On Marquez' Big Mistake, And MotoGP's Silly Season Winding Down   2 years 39 weeks ago

    but respect all the same..

    I understand and even agree with you to a certain degree..a softer stock chassis and road tyres seems largely irrelevant to the MotoGP 800 class, but the stopwatch doesn't lie and SSTK 1000 lapping as fast as Moto2 is a bit of a sad indictment. Maybe the emphasis will change with 1000cc and more pliable Bridgestones.

    Moto2 needs more power. Give Honda a contract to supply the grid, but with a purpose built 750. An 81mm bore, 170bhp, V3 shouln't be too much trouble..and if they kept costs reasonable, they'd sell them by the lorry load.

  • Sepang Circuit Fined After Moto2 FP1 Crash   2 years 39 weeks ago

    Aren't the marshalls under the direction of the race director? And isn't the purpose of the safety car to verify the track conditions before the session starts? Or is it just for hooning about with a celebrity while advertising BMW?

    Anyway, 15,000€ should wipe out the Friday takings from one of the coffee vendors...

  • 2011 Sepang MotoGP Thursday Round Up: On Marquez' Big Mistake, And MotoGP's Silly Season Winding Down   2 years 39 weeks ago

    No money means no money... especially in Spain at the moment.
    Sure, he could screw up on the Moto2 next year, but he could equally well screw up riding in MotoGP with a less competent crew in an under-funded team.

    Let's just hope Dunlop improves the tyres next year, Géo will find an extra few hp to put in the motors and someone will come up with a setting for the Suter clutch that doesn't require every corner to be entered sideways...

  • 2011 Sepang MotoGP Thursday Round Up: On Marquez' Big Mistake, And MotoGP's Silly Season Winding Down   2 years 39 weeks ago

    My apologies Wosi, if I misunderstood the comparison you were making. I still don't think it's a valid comparison. It's not just about lap times, it's about the style of riding required. How does riding a near stock superbike or even a full works superbike prepare anyone for MotoGP?

    History says that it doesn't. The track record of riders coming from that series to MotoGP in recent times is not anything to get excited about (Spies is an exception). Marquez is surely a lot better off where he is, even if the Moto2 bikes are possibly not as good a preparation for MotoGP as the old 250s. At least he is riding on the same tracks as MotoGP.

  • 2011 Sepang MotoGP FP2 Result: Pedrosa Dominates With Blistering Lap   2 years 39 weeks ago

    Hayden qualified 2nd at Sepang last year with a 2'01.637
    It was OK for Lorenzo to go back to 2010 parts with Yamaha.
    Seems to me that Hayden could roll out a GP10 and chop a couple of seconds off his time ...

  • 2011 Sepang MotoGP FP2 Result: Pedrosa Dominates With Blistering Lap   2 years 39 weeks ago

    It is blatantly obvious that the Ducatis are not competitive. Also putting Rossi in charge of development of their bike seems to not have given siginificantly better machines than the old ones with RdP and Abraham faster than the factory Ducatis.

    Personally I think they must start over from scratch with a more compact engine design in combination with a frame that does not limit setup in the way the current design does. Yes, this means ditching CF and engine as a stressed part and the 90 degree L engine, all of it must go.

  • 2011 Sepang MotoGP FP2 Result: Pedrosa Dominates With Blistering Lap   2 years 39 weeks ago

    What tyres are they using and what are the conditions like?
    They are still much slower than the pre-season testing where Stoner went in the 1:59s:
    http://motomatters.com/results/2011/02/24/2011_motogp_sepang_2_combined_...

    Maybe they are saving the good gear for qualifying and race day.
    I wont be surpised if the times have some more improvement!

  • 2011 Sepang MotoGP Thursday Round Up: On Marquez' Big Mistake, And MotoGP's Silly Season Winding Down   2 years 39 weeks ago

    Give me Tony the Turtle over marky mark anyday. The Turtle is a star....;)'

  • 2011 Sepang MotoGP Thursday Round Up: On Marquez' Big Mistake, And MotoGP's Silly Season Winding Down   2 years 39 weeks ago

    If he really is THAT talented, and eventually makes his transition to the big show a year later.. I'm sure he will be just fine. Other riders and their contract status will have nothing to do with it. His talent will take him where he deserves to be.

    I think he will do well with another year in Moto2.

  • 2011 Sepang MotoGP Thursday Round Up: On Marquez' Big Mistake, And MotoGP's Silly Season Winding Down   2 years 39 weeks ago
    +1

    Sometimes it sounds like virtually, Marquez has already won a MotoGP championship. Kind of like Spies after winning WSBK. Marquez sure is talented, but we really don't know how well he will fare on a MotoGP bike. Still, it would have made more sense to get to it as soon as possible.

  • Marquez To Remain In Moto2 For 2012, Despite MotoGP Option   2 years 39 weeks ago

    Another year of the coverage in Moto2 for Repsol is better than not having it. Even if they lose the marketing capabilities of Marquez in 2013, they still have 2012 to take advantage of.

  • 2011 Sepang MotoGP Thursday Round Up: On Marquez' Big Mistake, And MotoGP's Silly Season Winding Down   2 years 39 weeks ago

    not really... Superstock 600 at Brno 2011, fastest lap is 2.07.494, and moto2 fastest is 2.02.640.... 5 sec faster for prototype racing is very less... superstock 1000 is 2.03.294, and supersport is 2.04.352... all of them are close to stock racing.. i dont think Moto2 class stands out...

  • 2011 Sepang MotoGP Thursday Round Up: On Marquez' Big Mistake, And MotoGP's Silly Season Winding Down   2 years 39 weeks ago

    "Comparing a 1000cc WSBK on qualifying tires with a 600cc Moto2 bike on race tires is hardly valid."

    I wasn't. Pay attention.

  • 2011 Sepang MotoGP Thursday Round Up: On Marquez' Big Mistake, And MotoGP's Silly Season Winding Down   2 years 39 weeks ago

    Comparing a 1000cc WSBK on qualifying tires with a 600cc Moto2 bike on race tires is hardly valid.

    Also WSBK riders coming to MotoGP don't exactly have a stellar record in MotoGP. Ben Spies has already pointed out on several occasions that MotoGP is very different and much more difficult than WSBK.

    Having said that, the suitability of Moto2 as a feeder series is highly questionable. Dovizioso had some valid comments on that very subject. In his opinion the 250's were a much better preparation. That's why people writing up Marquez because of his performance in Moto2 would be advised to exercise a bit more caution in their assessment of his potential in MotoGP. It's human nature to look for the next big thing. It also gives journalsits something to write about (sorry David). Recently it was Spies, and then Simoncelli, now Marquez. But curiously, the current star of MotoGP ( the 2011 world champion) was pretty much unheralded before 2007. Goes to show how wrong we can be.

  • 2011 Sepang MotoGP Thursday Round Up: On Marquez' Big Mistake, And MotoGP's Silly Season Winding Down   2 years 39 weeks ago

    its RC212V.. the RC211V ended with Hayden winning the championship in 2006...

  • 2011 Sepang MotoGP Thursday Round Up: On Marquez' Big Mistake, And MotoGP's Silly Season Winding Down   2 years 39 weeks ago

    I thought the point was being made regards Moto2s suitability as the main feeder to GP?

    I just looked at Assen from this year..the race was wet in Moto2, but the STK1000 BMW was faster than Bradl in QP and would have qualified on pole for the Moto2 race. That's a barely tweaked showroom model with a relatively unknown rider, in front of the top feeder class bike with the championship leader riding it!

    I think Reas time in WSB would've qualified him 5th on the MotoGP grid.

    It doesn't take Einstein to work out which bikes are more relevant to 1000cc MotoGP and if Marquez truly wanted to learn more without actually entering the top class..he'd be better off in World Superbike.
    Also..if he does win Moto2 after such an outstanding season and stays, what message does that send out career-path wise to other Moto2 teams and riders?

  • 2011 Sepang MotoGP Thursday Round Up: On Marquez' Big Mistake, And MotoGP's Silly Season Winding Down   2 years 39 weeks ago

    Powering down the straight and blocking in the corners - the Repsol bikes?? That isn't what is happening in the races I am watching. Oddly enough, the heaviest of the Repsol riders is also the one that is winning most of the time, and I wouldn't consider him 'light' compared to most of the field.

  • 2011 Sepang MotoGP Thursday Round Up: On Marquez' Big Mistake, And MotoGP's Silly Season Winding Down   2 years 39 weeks ago

    It would appear that understanding the electronics, tyres and how to set the bike up are vital ingredients for Motogp that are absent from Moto2. Power would seem to be more of a secondary consideration. Still, Marquez had no problems chucking the 'underpowered Honda 600' down the road a few times while he was learning to come to grips with it early in the season.

    I have a question. Does anyone think a weight advantage for say a Marquez or Pedrosa would be more pronounced with less engine power? It seems to have helped them in the lower classes, but not so much for Pedrosa in the top tier.

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