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  • 2012 Jerez CRT Private Test Day 3 - De Puniet Hot On Tail Of Satellite Ducati   2 years 39 weeks ago

    Does anybody really think that, even if the prototype class ceased to exist, there wouldn't be factories throwing money at the racing and creating different classes of support? And we are kidding ourselves if we think that the "under-funded" riders will start winning. Look at MotoGP and ask yourselves when was the last time an "under-funded" rider won a GP (wet races excluded), let alone a championship.
    I can't see anything other than a shift in the types of bike being raced, and even if they go to control engine/control ECU/control brakes etc, the factories and their greater resources will win out.
    Of course, they could set all the bikes up the same and ballot them before practice, and seal engines etc to try to create an homogenous competition, but even then the factories would win out because they can pay the best techos and support staff and engineers.
    Alternatively, they could chase the factories out of the sport, and leave it to the hobbyists and garden-shed engineers and the like. But I wouldn't know about it because I would have quit watching or following the sport (business?) way before it got to that point.......

    Ezpeleta should look around and understand that the problems are largely not with the structure of the premier class. There's been a global financial crisis and their European market is basically fucked. They should leave things alone, take their lumps, and know that what has served them well so far can into the future, provided the EuroZone doesn't collapse.

  • 2012 Jerez CRT Private Test Day 3 - De Puniet Hot On Tail Of Satellite Ducati   2 years 39 weeks ago

    I totally agree that Depuniet's Aprilia is definitely a factory prototype with a highly evolved superbike based engine. I wouldn't be surprised if Dorna gave Aprilia a heads up about the CRT project years ago, hence the RSV4 and everyone calling it a SuperGPbike. But I think that's fantastic and if it's a direct path to get Aprilia back into MotoGP then CRT might be a pretty damn good idea. Hopefully BMW will do the same.

  • Marquez Recovering Well, But Still Uncertain About Qatar   2 years 39 weeks ago

    But if I remember and heard correctly the injury is to his left eye and he said that he no longer has double vision, but that when he looks up his vision is a bit blurry.

  • 2012 Jerez CRT Private Test Day 3 - De Puniet Hot On Tail Of Satellite Ducati   2 years 39 weeks ago

    A lot of the guys on CRT guys are rookies (or in Espargaro's case, a MotoGP dropout). And as we go on, it becomes clearer that many of the lap time decrepancies have a great deal more to do with rider than bike.

    During several interviews this has been mentioned. And almost all of them pegged RDP as a candidate who is going to do well on a CRT. And here we are now: RDP laying down a 1.40 on a 1.39.some odd track.

    I dont think this means that CRT is a huge success (yet), but give some credit where it is due.

  • 2012 Jerez CRT Private Test Day 2 - De Puniet Fastest Again On A Day Of Crashes   2 years 39 weeks ago

    If Vale and Hayden finish behind a CRT bike, what then?

    ...I'll have to retrieve my flying pigs ;)

  • 2012 Phillip Island WSS QP1: Parkes Steals Provisional Pole From Cluzel   2 years 39 weeks ago

    Big bummer PJ Jacobsen isn't racing the opening round.

    Man, Lowes, Cluzel, Foret, Sofuoglu...fireworks are almost guaranteed in this class.

  • 2012 Phillip Island WSBK QP1: Rea Holds Off Ducati Hordes   2 years 39 weeks ago

    I know it's very early, but I'm not getting a good feeling about BMW's prospects. I'm hoping they can get consistently competitive and fill the void that Yamaha left at the front of the field.

  • 2012 Phillip Island WSBK QP1: Rea Holds Off Ducati Hordes   2 years 39 weeks ago

    Rea managed to upset the balance of power with an underpowered CBR1krr... let's see what happens on Sunday though. But Laverty and Haslam?? With their injuries, they still managed to suit-up and turn laps! They are tough competitors and know that every point counts... I wish them luck this weekend.

  • 2012 Jerez CRT Private Test Day 3 - De Puniet Hot On Tail Of Satellite Ducati   2 years 39 weeks ago

    Firstly, it will not buy you anything at all, you only rent it. Secondly, barring some weird wet/dry race, that money will not rent you victories. What it rents you is a bike which is programmed to go just a little bit slower than the proper factory bikes.

  • 2012 Phillip Island WSBK QP1: Rea Holds Off Ducati Hordes   2 years 39 weeks ago

    I'm quite impressed with a few of the results. Should be a great weekend.

    -jim

  • 2012 Jerez CRT Private Test Day 3 - De Puniet Hot On Tail Of Satellite Ducati   2 years 39 weeks ago

    Yes they are incredibly expensive, but that money will buy you victories. I do not see any CRT bike getting within 2 seconds of Stoner's pace this year. 2 seconds per lap is defenitely worth the price tag.

  • World Superbikes Look East: Indonesian Round Of WSBK Set For 2013 And Beyond   2 years 39 weeks ago

    Who doesn't love a good rematch?

  • 2012 Jerez Private Test Press Release From Ducati Corse: Test Team Works On Electronics   2 years 39 weeks ago

    VR46 has been reading Nostrodamus's comments!

    Rossi concedes (Colin Young, Australian Motorcycle News) he is no longer the world's undisputed #1 as he battles a surge from younger and faster rivals.

    "I think we can fight for third. Now both Stoner and Lorenzo are riding better than me. But maybe with Pedrosa and Spies it is not impossible."

    Even Jeremy Burgess is in on the act " I'm convinced that Casey and Jorge aside, we can race the rest of the guys and challenge for the podium from the first race."

  • Honda Press Release: Interview With Casey Stoner, On The 1000s, Parenthood, Defending Titles And Laguna Seca   2 years 39 weeks ago

    Riders are people and most people love money, it's always a choice between earning money in a way that you find acceptable, and to a limited extent find enjoyable.

    To place Rossi, Stoner, etc on a pedestal and not believe that money affects their decisions is naive in the extreme. They do not risk their lives for love alone.

    I used Rossi's salary increases to demonstrate that riders do consider money as highly important - I was not intending to inflame yet another debate about 'Rossi V whoever', my apologises to those that have suffered through that yet again.

    I refer to Stoner as a 'kid' for two reasons, 1: he is much less than 1/2 my age, 2: I've always referred to people I like and are more than 30 years younger than me as 'kid'. I use it as a term of endearment. Is he a man? Of cause and a great one by the looks of it.

    And yes I've watched Randy ride, he was great but not a patch on Freddie Spencer... my opinion with both passion and vast experience.

  • 2012 Jerez CRT Private Test Day 3 - De Puniet Hot On Tail Of Satellite Ducati   2 years 39 weeks ago

    Is it possible that the currrent direction of the prototypes has run its course?

    1. They are incredibly expensive dominated by a small number of large factories.
    2. They do not offer opportunity to under funded riders (with talent, as there is a limited number of competitive bikes).
    3. True innovation seems lacking (e.g. an Aluminium framed Duke? carbon fibre monoque was much more interesting, the same frame formula now for all the top bikes?).
    4. Small fields were getting smaller.

    If Suzuki, Kawasaki, Aprilia had lined up with two rider works teams, and the satelites could actually win a race or two per season, then the class would still be viable, but its not happening and its over.

    The same chorus of 'it'll never work' was heard when they removed the old two strokes and yet the sensational roar of the thundering 1000s changed that tune.

    By placing affordability back in the hands of most teams, then just maybe, and if we're terribly lucky, we may just see this sort of thing happen again and change the rules forever. Bring on the CRTs! Dorna is doing what it must.

    http://www.ozebook.com/konig.htm

  • 2012 Jerez CRT Private Test Day 3 - De Puniet Hot On Tail Of Satellite Ducati   2 years 39 weeks ago

    It will prove expensive for Aprilia if they are using prototype engines in their frames, the prototype teams can 'claim' them at any race... for a fraction of the build cost.

  • 2012 Jerez CRT Private Test Day 2 - De Puniet Fastest Again On A Day Of Crashes   2 years 39 weeks ago

    Stoner lapped riders at Silverstone 2011. At Phillip Island he was miles in front and pulling away lap after lap, Jorge was the only rider to bring a race to him for most of last season, do we lose the rest of the field because they are slower than these two great riders? Of cause not, the officials are just trying to make the races more of a spectacle, moto2 was fabulous at the track last year (Marquez's run through the field actually got the wife's nose out of the I-pad), more power to Dorna etc for trying to provide that spectacle in the premier class.

  • Honda Press Release: Interview With Casey Stoner, On The 1000s, Parenthood, Defending Titles And Laguna Seca   2 years 39 weeks ago
    +1

    I would say that many of them aren't "lit up with the fun of the race" because the racing quite simply.... hasn't been much fun the past few seasons

  • 2012 Jerez CRT Private Test Day 3 - De Puniet Hot On Tail Of Satellite Ducati   2 years 39 weeks ago

    Good to see RDP getting faster on the ART bike, and sounding happy with the bikes development. I suspect he will be fighting with the tail ender prototypes, and indeed beating a few of them on many tracks.
    As for the other CRTs, although early days, i do not hold so much hope for, especially the non Aprilia bikes.
    Although i don't know if RDP put in his fastest lap when following Hector Barbera
    normally its the other way round with HB getting a tow from a faster rider to put a impressive lap in !
    Although most interesting, and the Jerez test in March with all the riders on track even more so, the real test will be on April the 8th at Qatar when the lights go out on the grid. As some riders have said in the past, " That's when the Bullshit ends "

  • World Superbikes Look East: Indonesian Round Of WSBK Set For 2013 And Beyond   2 years 39 weeks ago

    Phoenix?

    Hear hear regarding Motogpmd's comments. I've ridden through seven of the main Indonesian islands entirely grief free. Lovely people from Sumatra to Timor. Great to read they're back on the calendar.

    If the event is backed by the government I don't see what Indonesia's corruption index standing has to do with the price of motorcycle racing fish. Indonesia is a fully functioning democracy. You might as well state the Dutch T.T is not viable as the Netherlands has one of the worst environmental pollution records in Europe.

  • 2012 Jerez CRT Private Test Day 3 - De Puniet Hot On Tail Of Satellite Ducati   2 years 39 weeks ago

    You guys are so excited about RDP CRT bike... guys its a factory works bike from Aprilia. The baramoter is the true CRT bikes. The IoDa bike and other CRT bikes are true CRT. Its laughable that the Aprilia is pulling this off, as the tone in the paddock was and is its a works bike. :fact

  • 2012 Jerez CRT Private Test Day 3 - De Puniet Hot On Tail Of Satellite Ducati   2 years 39 weeks ago

    ... but pray for rain boys, pray for rain.

  • 2012 Jerez CRT Private Test Day 3 - De Puniet Hot On Tail Of Satellite Ducati   2 years 39 weeks ago

    I understand the European testing for CRT's was to assist them with catch up quick. Right now its going in the right direction for them. The acid test of course will be the Qatar test.
    I've warmed to CRT though. Man, I want to enjoy a few pipe dream upsets this season,particularly the Ioda,pipe frame Aprilia experiment.

  • 2012 Jerez CRT Private Test Day 2 - De Puniet Fastest Again On A Day Of Crashes   2 years 39 weeks ago

    Re "I'm interested to see that the CRT bikes are getting as much chatter as the prototypes though. Was thinking that Bridgestone would be looking at making the tyres a little more pliable.." I believe they heat up quicker this year, implying the carcass is a little softer? (help me out here David)

  • 2012 Jerez Private Test Press Release From Ducati Corse: Test Team Works On Electronics   2 years 39 weeks ago

    There are some photos on motorcorse showing the ducati with 'mclaren' sensors on board. Roll on the next test and a truer picture, hopefully, of the improvements they've made... No question they are the dark horse for this year...

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