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  • 2011 Phillip Island MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Round Up - Hail To The New Champion   2 years 40 weeks ago

    You are absolutely correct. And so is the sentence now, thanks! Brain fade after getting up so early and working all day long, I think.

  • The Coming Revolution: 8 CRT Entries In MotoGP In 2012?   2 years 40 weeks ago

    no 'factory' teams as we know them now. In other words, all teams will have some basic support from factories in the form of engines etc, but will be free to go their own way on chassis etc.

    That would be the situation in that low rent 4-wheel series, Formula 1, wouldn't it?

  • 2011 Phillip Island MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Round Up - Hail To The New Champion   2 years 40 weeks ago

    While Nicky may be altruistic, I think what he uttered was a truism :)

  • The Coming Revolution: 8 CRT Entries In MotoGP In 2012?   2 years 40 weeks ago

    Couldn't agree more.

    I hate to see the grid so small but I hate the idea of CRT/production bikes on the gird more.

    Too me, either way means a slow death of prototype racing.

  • 2011 Phillip Island MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Round Up - Hail To The New Champion   2 years 40 weeks ago

    I agree. Something like the bark-buster or knuckle protector from dirt bikes should suffice. It doesn't have to be huge and heavy. It needs to keep the rider's fingers from getting trapped under the bar. It may bring the additional benefit of preventing the air-stream at top speed from pushing the front brakes on, and preventing a minor touch on the handlebar (against another bike) from slamming the front brakes on, and may even help protect the levers and controls in the event of a small low-side, helping the rider to remount and rejoin the race. It doesn't need to look like the ones on dirt bikes, but it does need to have a strong structural element between the bar and the ground at all positions of steering lock.

  • 2011 Phillip Island MotoGP Race Result: Comfortable Victory Despite Weather Shaking Up Field   2 years 40 weeks ago

    I think his twice mention of overcoming the racing incident in Jerez was a minor but petty dig at Rossi and an attempt to create an air of overcoming adversity. But the classless and very strategic comments about having 3 other riders on similar equipment and the previous failure to secure a 800 title was an unnecessary dig at his teammates. He knows the language of the culture and those statements had one goal and that was to damage the position of his most serious threat in Dani Pedrosa. His earlier praise of Dani helping develop the bike is hollow. All hardly the sign of a straight talker or a champion gracious in victory.

  • 2011 Phillip Island MotoGP Race Result: Comfortable Victory Despite Weather Shaking Up Field   2 years 40 weeks ago

    I think there are often detractors. Rossi's 2001 championship was in no small help from the fastest of NSRs. His 2002 championship was highly questioned as when Barros had access to the RC211V at the end of the season the Brazilian dominated. After one more season of people, including Honda, saying it was the machine rather than the rider he jumped ship to Yamaha to prove a point. Then after winning on the M1 for several years it was credited to the overnight specials of Michelin that the rest of the riders didn't have access to. And in both of Casey's championships he too has had the best of equipment. Saying this is not meant to detract from his accomplishment, but to point out he is not singled out. He is not shouldering an unusual burden.

  • 2011 Phillip Island MotoGP Race Result: Comfortable Victory Despite Weather Shaking Up Field   2 years 40 weeks ago

    Stoner plainly says that it feels good when his talent is aknowledged, especially considering how his achievements have been belittled by some from 2007.
    Well it really seemed to be the case didn't it?

    And right now some fans (no one in the sport that's for sure, as illustrated by Pernat's change of mind) are still trying to belittle his amazing achievements at Ducati and on a totally different bike this season, in spite of all evidence (lost cause).

    Nothing hidden in this for sure, bright as daylight, just like when he says that the rider he enjoys the most beating is Rossi because it feels like a revenge on all his nasty comments on him from 2007, for example last year when Rossi was saying that Stoner wasn't pushing hard enough...I'm sure that now Rossi has changed his mind!

    While Rossi had no idea what he was talking about when he was criticizing Stoner results on the Ducati (comething he's not likely to ever do again by the way), it would have been really easy for Casey to comment on Ducati's failure since his departure and Rossi inability to adapt to the red beast nor to score a decent result on it.
    But he did not do it, and all credit to him for being such a class act.

  • 2011 Phillip Island MotoGP Race Result: Comfortable Victory Despite Weather Shaking Up Field   2 years 40 weeks ago

    doesn't mean that they are not out to get you.

    It's a pretty fair observation that his first WC was largely dismissed by many (particularly in the Italian press) as being due to a better bike, better tyres, better... anything than the rider really.

  • 2011 Phillip Island MotoGP Race Result: Comfortable Victory Despite Weather Shaking Up Field   2 years 40 weeks ago

    It started to rain, so Vale figured he'd try and see if he could get it to work this time... nope... same result as when he tried it on Casey.

  • 2011 Phillip Island Moto2 Race Result: Intriguing Race Keeps Championship Open   2 years 40 weeks ago

    But all things aren't created equal in a wreck. To say that it would have been ok if Wilairot was ok isn't right. The punishment has to be handled based on the incident not on the aftermath. Marquez probably has 20X the sponsor money coming in so how can you justify losing that money because you think it's fair that Wilairot's sponsors weren't in the race on his bike? Makes no sense at all man.

  • 2011 Phillip Island MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Round Up - Hail To The New Champion   2 years 40 weeks ago

    The frequency of riders losing fingers is getting borderline unacceptable. Protective clothing manufactures need to step up their game in the glove department....

  • 2011 Phillip Island MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Round Up - Hail To The New Champion   2 years 40 weeks ago

    I'd like to just point out that when Casey won his first championship with ducati he had a tshirt made up that listed all of his moto racing heros - the name Valentino Rossi was on that list. It has only been since the obvious threat that Casey posed to Vale's crown was apparent that Rossi put up a figurative wall between them. His comments have been harsh and unnecessary over the last few years, and now he sits down to a slice of humble pie at each race meet. Casey could have torn Rossi a new one in the media this year, but he has chosen the high road and more power to him for it.

    For what it's worth I'm a massive long time Rossi fan, but his comments have taken the shine off his persona for me. As an Aussie I've followed Caseys career closely, and always new his raw speed and talent was there and he would be champ. I'm really enjoying the legacy he's making for himself - mostly strengthened by Rossis failings on the duc.

    As always another great article David. You're the world champ of motogp journos!

  • 2011 Phillip Island MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Round Up - Hail To The New Champion   2 years 40 weeks ago

    MotoGP.com has crap bandwidth at times (ok, most of the time) but at least the coverage itself is good enough to almost forgive that issue.

    If they could address the over-demand so that the streaming didn't keep switching from HD to lowres over few seconds, then there'd be no contest.

  • 2011 Phillip Island MotoGP Race Result: Comfortable Victory Despite Weather Shaking Up Field   2 years 40 weeks ago

    Patcasp and other like you, perhaps you should read what Carlo Pernat had to say. Stoner owed an apology by the MotoGP world:

    http://www.bigpondsport.com/stoner-owed-motogp-apology/tabid/91/newsid/7...

    Stoner has on the whole been remarkably diplomatic given the rubbish that has been thrown at him since 2007, especially from Rossi and his fans.

    If there is one person to single out for making digs at his opponents it is Rossi. But apparently that's ok according to his fans because it's just mind games. I'd call that double standards.

  • 2011 Phillip Island MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Round Up - Hail To The New Champion   2 years 40 weeks ago

    I was livid when they did that... I left a voicemail for N10 shortly afterwards, and then downloaded the complaint form and sent it off this morning.

    Give the coverage back to Foxtel if you can't do it right...

    Agree completely regarding the lack of footage of Casey. It was so blatant that a few times I forgot that he was actually on the track. That could have been the orange whips, I suppose : )

  • 2011 Phillip Island MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Round Up - Hail To The New Champion   2 years 40 weeks ago

    I believe he is also the first rider to take a WC in each of his first year with 2 MFGs ??

  • 2011 Phillip Island MotoGP Race Result: Comfortable Victory Despite Weather Shaking Up Field   2 years 40 weeks ago

    Specifically his persecution complex comments about why this championship is so much better than his first.

  • 2011 Phillip Island MotoGP Race Result: Comfortable Victory Despite Weather Shaking Up Field   2 years 40 weeks ago

    Woops! Wrong site, buddy.
    You want crash.net, not motogpmatters.com

    BYE!

    Congrats to both Casey and Lorenzo for showing us how Champions should behave.

  • 2011 Phillip Island MotoGP Race Result: Comfortable Victory Despite Weather Shaking Up Field   2 years 40 weeks ago

    "For a 'plain talking Aussie' he sure got his hidden digs in."
    Well, they must be pretty well hidden. I haven't been able to find them. Can you enlighten me on where they are?

  • Lorenzo Finger Surgery A Success, But Will Miss Sepang And Valencia Uncertain   2 years 40 weeks ago

    But that sure would be a spectacle...

    Actually, if Jorge does miss two races, doesn't Yamaha have to put someone on his bike for the second (and any subsequent) one?

  • 2011 Phillip Island MotoGP Race Result: Comfortable Victory Despite Weather Shaking Up Field   2 years 40 weeks ago

    I'm sure Mr Patcasp would've won a couple of GP titles himself, if it wasn't for the weight of that chip. And been a sponsors delight along with it.

  • 2011 Phillip Island MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Round Up - Hail To The New Champion   2 years 40 weeks ago

    I agree entirely on your views about Casey's obvious respect for Jorge. I was moved to see him visit the medical centre to check on his condition. A true sportsman and a true champion.

  • 2011 Phillip Island MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Round Up - Hail To The New Champion   2 years 40 weeks ago

    Well done David for another excellent writeup, and thanks for your efforts throughout the year - your site makes MotoGP so much more interesting.
    And obviously, well done to Casey for a masterful season, just one race off the podium - and that due to being knocked off by someone else. The rider (and crew) made the difference this year, as none of the other Hondas could compete for the win week in week out, as is required to beat someone as good as Lorenzo and his team.
    Commiserations but also congratulations to Jorge who fought to the end and once again showed real class. Hope the re-attachment works out and there are no ongoing problems. As pointed out in your story, I find it so refreshing to see the top 3 this year with such rivalry but also respect for one another.

    I would like to have a serious whinge about the TV coverage, which seems to be getting worse and worse. I can only remember seeing ONE shot (a replay) of Stoner drifting the bike through hayshed and over Lukey, and I don't recall an external shot of him going through turn three at all (probably one of the most amazing pieces of footage in our sport in many years).
    Fair enough watching one guy out front for the whole race does not work, but fans of the sport want to see some vision of the current master of his game, taking it to the level than nobody else can. I wanted to marvel at the flow and precision of his riding, but never got the chance. On the odd occasion they did cross to Stoner they invariably showed only a corner or two, then flipped to that useless bum-cam which shows almost exactly nothing. Would it have been too much to ask to see Stoner for say 1-2 full laps when he was setting his fastest laps?
    The scraps down the order were entertaining, but should not come at the exclusion of seeing any footage of the guy doing the business at the front in the process of winning the championship. Instead we get Toni bloody Elias in last place for half a lap, endless shots of hangers-on in the pits, crowd shots, ad-neauseam! I was screaming at the TV in the end. It was the same last year, where Stoner got almost no coverage at all. Very, very frustrating.

    Insult compounded injury when the Oz telecast crossed to the F1's without showing the post-race interviews. Come on guys, five more minutes when our boy wins the world title!

    Phew! Rant over. :-) Congrats Casey.

  • 2011 Phillip Island MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Press Releases - Including A Pile Of Championship Pressers   2 years 40 weeks ago

    It's disappointing to see that not one rider or team manager for Ducati congratulated Casey Stoner on winning the World Championship. You think they would be a little more gracious considering he handed them their 1 and ONLY WC............

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