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  • Lorenzo Returns To Barcelona After Finger Surgery, But May Miss Final Round At Valencia   2 years 40 weeks ago

    He had three years on a factory Yamaha to get a win.

  • Lorenzo Returns To Barcelona After Finger Surgery, But May Miss Final Round At Valencia   2 years 40 weeks ago

    One thing you can never accuse him of is being soft. He has amazed me over the years. I thought I heard there was no nerve damage also. Don't remember where though. That finger looked nasty.

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

    I doubt any of us knows what will turn out to be the fast way to ride the new bikes: given the change in electronics and fuel limits, the 990's don't provide any real guide.

    Similarly with the comments that the Ducati will do better because the bigger engine will favour point & squirt riding: on a bike with a dodgy front-end it might, but it may be faster to ride another bike in the 800 style.

    To extend Nicky's aphorism: that's why they're going to turn up and race next year. And it will be fascinating.

    And if despite the new engines, the possible riding style changes, the CRT bikes with the contrast between FTR and Suter and both against the full prototypes, and the ongoing Ducati soap-opera psycho-drama and the breath-taking way the fast guys will ride all of them... if someone out there is still bored, please just clear off and get into competitive marrow-growing.

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

    Everyone will be able to powerslide the 1000cc bikes with their surfeit of power and torque. With 800cc bikes Stoner has been able to gain an advantage by (masterfully) sliding the peaky 800s and quickly heating the Bridgestones. The trick with the litre bikes will be putting all that power and torque to the ground while conserving the tyres. Pedrosa is exceptionally good at standing the bike up and getting enormous traction while firing the bike out of the corner with a minimum of fuss. But those like Stoner who are comfortabe riding a sliding bike will should be faster when the tyres have gone off towards the end of the race. But Stoner's strength is he can ride both ways when he needs to.

  • Lorenzo Returns To Barcelona After Finger Surgery, But May Miss Final Round At Valencia   2 years 40 weeks ago

    Lucky you weren't wearing steel-toe-cap danger boots! Could have lost the whole foot!

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

    Stoner and Gabbarini have obviously forged an excellent working relationship. I think it takes time for a crew chief to understand a particular riders feedback from words, gestures facial expressions and interpret that into tangible machine adjustments. Stoner and his boys have this understanding and bond. As does (did?) Rossi, Burgess and crew.

    Burgess had his chance around 2006/2007 to link up with Stoner. His dismissive comments regarding Stoner and Gabbarini since then have subsequently burnt that potential bridge to a cinder.

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

    Pedrosa should do ok on the 1000, but his biggest problem is his world champion team mate. 2012 is tailor made for Stoner. With his ability to adapt to new conditions faster than anyone else, and his ability to powerslide the bike like no-one else, Stoner could be near untouchable.

    But in any case, Stoner and Lorenzo are a step above the rest of the field. 2011 made that clear, and expect more of the same in 2012.

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

    that Stoner (Aussi) has a largely Italian crew and Rossi (Italian) has a largely Aussi crew, especially when communication between rider and team is invariably cited as being essential to success. I guess it's just a reflection of their respective career paths.

    I seem to remember that Jerry Burgess was considering a switch to Honda to crew chief for Stoner in the interval between Rossi defecting to Ducati and JB doing the same. How far discussions went I've no idea, or even if it was just talk to create some leverage in negotiations; but JB's reputation as a king-maker would have been strengthened again if he'd made a different choice.

    It would be very interesting to know from JB how much influence he and Rossi have in strategic decisions like the frame choices; or whether he and Rossi just list the symptoms of the disease that's afflicting the 2011 bike(s) and just test the factory's efforts of a cure.

  • Lorenzo Returns To Barcelona After Finger Surgery, But May Miss Final Round At Valencia   2 years 40 weeks ago

    I cut the end off my second finger, right hand at the outer joint completely with a circular saw; they couldn't re-attach the extensor tendon and it doesn't come straight (there's no joint either, it sort fof wobbles around!) That finger is about 6mm shorter now than its opposite number, but after a while it was pretty much ok - nerves took a long time to get their act together properly and gave weird sensations for a number of years. It hurts like all get-out for quite a while - not just weeks!

    Lorenzo is one tough mother and he'll be fine next year, but he'd be seriously stressed to ride at Valencia - tests maybe, but not the whole race weekend.

  • MotoGP Silly Season Update: Marquez Announcement Imminent, Redding To Ride A Ducati?   2 years 40 weeks ago

    For al we know he might have challenged Stoner with a few extra liters? Or not...

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

    `If Casey was a Kiwi, the Aussies would have claimed him as one of their own by now!' I've seen this comment again recently and then, as it is now there seems to be no reasonable segway to make this comment other than to bait an Aussie. .... I guess you hooked me :) I can only assume that if your assertion is correct it is because 1 in 5 Kiwis move to Oz to significantly improve their lives. I guess with so many of you guys over here it becomes a little confusing as to who is and isn't an Aussie ...So if we do claim one of yours as ours please accept our apology because it is a rare commodity indeed to find a successful Kiwi.

  • Lorenzo Returns To Barcelona After Finger Surgery, But May Miss Final Round At Valencia   2 years 40 weeks ago

    As I understand it, they don't NEED to have a rider on the bike at Sepang, so they are probably more likely to just save their money, and park it.

    Not sure about Valencia though - can they skip two in a row?

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

    I was having all the problems you described, but I find if I switch off the Auto Quality and use Platform B the quality is good and it only occasionally stops for a few seconds, you may already do this, but if not hope it works for you too.

  • Lorenzo Returns To Barcelona After Finger Surgery, But May Miss Final Round At Valencia   2 years 40 weeks ago

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

    Simoncelli isn't exactly threatening Pedrosa's seat.
    With 2 podiums in 2 seasons he has a long long way to go before he can even think about it.
    Dani averages at 10 podiums and 2-3 wins by season.
    Even in his rookie year...on a 990.

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

    I agree, Pedrosa will adapt. Racing fans and the media often underrate him. He's tough too, having suffered a lot of bad injuries and bounced back. Simoncelli will have to step things up significantly before Pedrosa's spot is in jeopardy.

  • Lorenzo Returns To Barcelona After Finger Surgery, But May Miss Final Round At Valencia   2 years 40 weeks ago

    As long as the piece has good blood supply the nerves can generally be lined up and recover.
    I had a significant injury to the flexor tendon of LH index finger after a large knife and my hand had a disagreement, and it recovered quite well - massive amount of microsurgery was required and then a big long 'Zorro' (Z-shaped scar along my finger) which means I have a bit of trouble getting it absolutely flat due to resultant scarring, but apart from that it's all good.
    That was 20 years ago and technology in medicine is even better now, so I am sure Jorge's hand will be fine.
    He has been a worthy champ and I wish him well.
    And he's handing over the mantle to someone who is absolutely at the top of his game at the minute.
    Bring on 2012 and the thousands.......

  • 2011 Phillip Island MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Round Up - Hail To The New Champion   2 years 41 weeks ago

    what I was thinking of was the analysis of RAF planes during WW2. Initially, subsequent versions were reinforced where damage found on the ones that came home. Subsequently, I think it was RA Fisher who pointed out that what you wanted to strengthen was where the ones that DIDN'T come home had been damaged. Since any reinforcement carried a weight penalty which reduced manoevrability and speed, making them more resistant to damage that didn't cause them to crash was making them more dangerous.

    It's a nice example of how "doing the obvious" can be wrong... but I thought it was too esoteric, so I dug out another half-remembered example... that was wrong :)

    Anyway, my concern was that adding a protective piece might make it easier for the rider's had to get trapped as the protector bent, or harder for the hand to be knocked harmlessly out of the way.

  • Lorenzo Returns To Barcelona After Finger Surgery, But May Miss Final Round At Valencia   2 years 41 weeks ago

    I hope for Jorge's sake that he doesn't try to return at Valencia. I've not come across a tendon reconstruction post operative protocol that would allow a return to sport that quickly. He could possibly use a dynamic splint that automatically returns his distal interphalangeal joint to the straight position. But it would seem to be an unnecessary risk. Missing the test after the race would be the biggest disappointment I guess.

  • Lorenzo Returns To Barcelona After Finger Surgery, But May Miss Final Round At Valencia   2 years 41 weeks ago

    Just read that Melandri's testing the BMW today.

    I would like to see Colin have another chance..but he's moving on after this season. So Yamaha should have a new prospect on board. Who could that be?

  • 2012 Moto2 And Moto3 Team Entry List Announced: Both Classes To See 32-Strong Grids   2 years 41 weeks ago

    Can we read between the lines that the absence of Thomas Luthi's team - Interwetten/Paddock GP - indicates they might be running a MotoGP CRT bike?

    I seen to recall them having an entry when six teams were mooted some months ago.

  • 2012 Moto2 And Moto3 Team Entry List Announced: Both Classes To See 32-Strong Grids   2 years 41 weeks ago

    Any guesses on bikes?

    Ajo will be the KTM factory team, I'd assume Gresini will have Hondas.

    What about Aspar, are Aprilia doing a bike for them?

    Is the KTM factory bike same as the Kalex bike with KTM engine announced already?

  • Lorenzo Returns To Barcelona After Finger Surgery, But May Miss Final Round At Valencia   2 years 41 weeks ago

    They took skin off his palm to patch up his middle finger.

    The ring finger had been ground away from the back and the outer half of the last joint was gone. Since the tendon that normally straightens the finger was originally attached to the bit of bone that was missing, Doc Crock re-attached it to the end of what was left.

    So I'd guess the nail is long gone and that his finger now ends roughly where the nail used to start. He'll be able to move it normally, although he may have some problems holding things delicately if the nerve is damaged, since he'll have no pressure feed-back.

  • 2011 Phillip Island MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Round Up - Hail To The New Champion   2 years 41 weeks ago

    As someone else posted below, the guys on Mythbusters comprehensively disproved this myth. They were looking at steel-toe safety boots specifically and found that if an extremely heavy load fell on your toes, they would be mashed flat, not severed. The foot would still be destroyed, but not severed.

    But thats (very far) besides the point: The load on your boot to achieve this would be massive. Safety boots cannot be expected to protect you from an infinite loading. Below this loading which causes the boots to fail completely, the boots drastically improve your chances of surviving an accident without injury.

    You must be thinking of the infamous steel-toe-cap danger boot, a product which has long since been removed from most markets, though clearly not all!

  • Lorenzo Returns To Barcelona After Finger Surgery, But May Miss Final Round At Valencia   2 years 41 weeks ago

    Phalanx smacks of ancient Spartan association. Lost a tip and thats all, in his mind. The Doctors say its good, he's good. Lorenzo is clearly one of,if not the toughest racer of the modern era. Understandably,he may not bother with the remaining 2 races,but I fully expect him to be contesting Valencia as he does himself.
    Sepang replacement is the question. No doubt someone will be called up. Who ?
    Colin makes the most sense and will relish the call, contracts etc allowing.
    Lin Jarvis is no doubt furiously juggling options right now for Sepang.

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