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  • 2011 Valencia MotoGP Race Result: Weather Throws A Curve Ball, Race Settled At Line   2 years 43 weeks ago

    Spies got on the kerbing, and as it was raining at the time so you'd have to believe they were more than slippery. Stoner kept the proper line, stayed off the kerbing and got a ridiculously good run in comparison. It was too good to be pure Honda grunt.

  • 2011 Valencia MotoGP Race Result: Weather Throws A Curve Ball, Race Settled At Line   2 years 43 weeks ago

    ... and more, although it just might be my personal perspective on it, I think Ben getting off the gas a few corners or so before the finish line to take a look over his shoulder committed the same mistake Johan Zarco committed a few races ago when after exiting in first from the last corner looked over his shoulder only to allow Terol get past him.
    One can only throw wild guesses at why there is so much curiosity left in a rider who already has the finish line in sight ...

  • 2011 Valencia MotoGP Race Result: Weather Throws A Curve Ball, Race Settled At Line   2 years 43 weeks ago

    Bautista simply turned in too soon. It was 100% his fault. See for yourself...

    http://moto-racing.speedtv.com/

  • 2011 Valencia MotoGP Race Result: Weather Throws A Curve Ball, Race Settled At Line   2 years 43 weeks ago

    To me it looked as though Bautista was no hotter than either Dovi on his left or Rossi on his right. Unfortunately, when Dovi went right he had nowhere left to go...

  • 2011 Valencia MotoGP Saturday Round Up: On The Happy Demise Of The 800s, And The 2012 Silly Season   2 years 43 weeks ago

    Dispassion is a qualitative human perception that cannot be measured in 1000ths of a second. If MotoGP lacks substance, close racing will not be sufficient to overcome negative sentiments, especially if close racing is a semi-annual affair.

    Fans are not happy b/c beneath the bright lights, the superstar talent, the tech porn, and the crumpet, MotoGP lacks certain indispensable intangibles. The riders don't have control of the bikes b/c the fuel computer moderates throttle. The highest revving race engines on the planet, don't perform at their full potential b/c the fuel tank is too small. The sport doesn't generate a respectable stipend for the manufacturers. The B2B network is shrinking as rising prices and sagging enthusiasm send sponsors in search of better investments. Perhaps the fans don't know the specific source of MotoGP's problems, but they can perceive the existence of a fundamental problem. Treating the symptoms doesn't cure the disease so why would an occasional close race satisfy the fans or participants? If properly managed series' generate close racing, enthusiasm, and fierce competition between many entrants, why would you tell fans not to expect close racing?

    No one controls their own destiny in MotoGP. The MSMA have written a set of rules that gives control of the sport to an incomprehensible technological development curve for fuel efficiency, ergo the technical regulations are the reason for the sullen faces, short-tempers, and revolutionary sentiments

    The organizational decay of the 800cc era was predictable b/c the development curve for fuel efficiency is unpredictable, disruptive, and expensive. Private IRTA teams can't assume that kind of risk. Neither can companies like Dorna or Bridgepoint. But for a manufacturer like Honda, who have just a single basis point of their entire company invested in MotoGP, who cares how risky it is? What's $50M to Honda when their company turns over $100B? From Honda's standpoint, the purpose of the technical regulations is the ensure that only Hondas will be in frame when Dorna TV cameras are pointed at the race leaders.

    I'm glad that you find MotoGP's aesthetics to be more pleasing now than they ever have been, but you're missing the point.

  • 2011 Valencia MotoGP Race Result: Weather Throws A Curve Ball, Race Settled At Line   2 years 43 weeks ago

    Not to take anything away from Stoner, he was certainly the man this year but if you watch the slow mo from the motogp feed on the run to the flag, Ben's drive wasn't all that bad, Casey really made some steam on him accelerating after they were straight up and down, despite what he said in the post race interview. That was 30% good drive and 70% bike IMO

  • 2011 Valencia MotoGP Saturday Round Up: On The Happy Demise Of The 800s, And The 2012 Silly Season   2 years 43 weeks ago

    . . . you hit it right on the head! Honda is only interested in 'marketing/advertising', so it writes the rules for that reason. This line that they use GP as R&D is 95% BS! The reason that 990's were better then the 800's is they had less electronics/more fuel/lousier tires! The more difficult the bikes are too ride, the bigger the gap between the 'aliens' and the rest of the field. Dani & Dovi are on the SAME bike as Casey and he's made them look slow!

    And yes, I saw Dani looking at the monitor while Casey was on track. As David said, in an article at the start of the year, "Dani, meet your worst nightmare . . . you're no longer the fastest guy on the team!" And I'm afraid, 2012 will be the same . . . Casey and everyone else!

  • 2011 Valencia MotoGP Race Result: Weather Throws A Curve Ball, Race Settled At Line   2 years 43 weeks ago

    Colin Edwards also lost his seat...

  • 2011 Valencia 125cc Race Result: Three-Way Battle Settled In Final Laps   2 years 43 weeks ago

    Farewell to the firebreathing Two Strokes. Great performance by Maverick. Never again will any one rider win a race at a GP event on a 2 stroke. He's already writing his own records, much like Marc and the Spaniards before him.
    Then there is the Paris Hilton side of the grid,the race,the coverage and the podium.
    Good on her. Her input certainly beat Antonio Banderas' effort hands down.

  • 2011 Valencia MotoGP Race Result: Weather Throws A Curve Ball, Race Settled At Line   2 years 43 weeks ago

    Aoyama may not be the most exciting racer to watch - he tends towards consistency and picking up the pieces from other's mistakes - but he's finished as the 2nd satellite bike rider in the world championship, behind only Colin Edwards on the Tech3 Yamaha. All the other riders ahead of him in the world championship were factory supported. He's beaten all the other 250 riders he came up with, bar the one who got a factory HRC. This is no mean feat.

    It's really sad that his reward for being one of the top satellite riders, and being the best of riders with similar MotoGP experience & equipment (indeed, better than some with more experience) is to then lose his seat.

  • 2011 MotoGP Championship Standings After Round 18, Valencia, Spain   2 years 43 weeks ago

    Ah ! The what if's. Yamaha 2nd and 5th. Given their lack of title sponsorship,the gloom and doom of an injury plagued season, you have to hand it to Yamaha/ Jarvis' canny head and the application of their riders in Lorenzo and Spies 2011. Against a rampant Repsol/HRC/Stoner Blitzkrieg...it was a remarkable defense by Yamaha.
    Inevitably this seasons rankings will put the Ducati/Rossi/Hayden marriage under the microscope. Ducati's worst achievement since the 990 era. 7th and 8th and litttle to pick between the two factory riders in the points tally.
    On a lighter note,congrats to Crutchlow on his 4th place today and rookie award. Abraham has against all odds proven to be a credit to the game in his rookie season. Well done to both of them.

  • 2011 Valencia MotoGP Race Result: Weather Throws A Curve Ball, Race Settled At Line   2 years 43 weeks ago

    Bautista went in way too hot into that corner. He had to cut left to try miss Rossi and then ran into Dovi who was fairly slowly moving right to prepare for turn 1. It didn't look like anyone's fault but Bautista's, to be fair.

  • 2011 Valencia MotoGP Race Result: Weather Throws A Curve Ball, Race Settled At Line   2 years 43 weeks ago

    Ended up being a hell'eva race! Maybe Casey is already ridding the 1000 . . . sure looked like it! He made everyone else look like me at track day! The pile up on turn 1 was just a racing incident, as far as I'm concerned. Yes, I was miffed that the Duc's were taken out, but . . . its racing. Josh Hayes did a hell'eva job, being quickest in warm up and never 'binning' it.

    And the tribute to #58 . . . . . .

  • 2011 Valencia MotoGP Saturday Round Up: On The Happy Demise Of The 800s, And The 2012 Silly Season   2 years 43 weeks ago

    that as time marches on, things stay the same? Err, no it doesn't. The litre machines will be little like their grandparent 990's. How many generations are?

    Graham nailed it above. If you really must have a culprit for the 800 era then look no further than tyres.

  • 2011 Valencia Moto2 Race Result: Difficult Conditions Bring Emotional Victory   2 years 43 weeks ago

    Beautiful

  • 2011 Valencia MotoGP Race Result: Weather Throws A Curve Ball, Race Settled At Line   2 years 43 weeks ago

    Anyone with half a brain knew that Stoner would just clear off,which he did.
    Ben put in an brilliant performance.The predations on Dani and Dovi were supreme.
    He came so close to pipping Casey,but Casey was not to be denied. A riveting battle for the podium. Casey deserved the win but had Ben won,I would be saying he deserved it. Deserved title for Casey and greatest of the 800 era without question. Has Ben just served notice re 1000 and 2012 ? I believe so.
    Dovi was not going to give up that 3rd place in the Championship. Most entertaining it was and I'm glad he took it. With his front end style and the boost he has out of this result,one would tend to suggest he will be a tougher force next year on the Yamaha. Any bets against Tech 3 getting up to date factory bits for Dovi next year may be risky.
    Of course his hard and late braking style may bear the brunt of some finger wagging from Ducati,but its racing and he was clean as a whistle.Perhaps Ducati should wave big money at him for 2013. Flamboyant he isn't,but one hell of a racer he certainly is.
    All in all my rider of the day,given the sad departure from HRC.
    And Cheers Loris !!! Great result. Fond memories of #65 on the 990 Ducati.
    All the best.

  • 2011 Valencia MotoGP Saturday Round Up: On The Happy Demise Of The 800s, And The 2012 Silly Season   2 years 43 weeks ago

    Anyone who saw the last races of 990cc and watched the first pre-season tests of the 800cc few days after (Valencia '06) saw the huge differences, like night and day.

    It was as if the 800cc were 125cc with rocket engines in comparison.
    Much smaller in size, no sliding at corner entry or exit (whatsoever), cornering on rails like scaletrix toy bikes.
    And it just aggravated through the years.

    I think that even Rossi, Edwards and Hayden would never imagine how right they were, with confessed disappointment for the transition, something along the lines of "these little rockets will benefit the 250cc clean riding style and not the old school point-and-shoot slide style".

    I think it's clear that the 800cc never were the sort of bike where you can "invent" different lines or aproaches to corners due to their characteristics, pretty much "one line" cornering sort of machine (IMO, the reason for difficult overtaking).
    The 800cc, and all the things that became prevalent by them, through them, and in consequence, are too blame. No doubt.
    I'm glad they're being ditched (took too long!) and certainly not alone with such relief.

    And, indeed, from 2012 and on, the 1000cc will have to be pretty different, otherwise more snore fest will be coming...

  • 2011 Valencia MotoGP Race Result: Weather Throws A Curve Ball, Race Settled At Line   2 years 43 weeks ago

    Spies went wide coming out of the final corner. Of course Stoner closed the gap alot before that, but there is no way the Honda has that much power over the Yamaha, as much as it is. Stoner just got a much better run. It was Ben's to lose.

  • 2011 Valencia MotoGP Saturday Round Up: On The Happy Demise Of The 800s, And The 2012 Silly Season   2 years 43 weeks ago

    Traction control should have made the racing closer because it reduces the skill level required. Frankly, banning TC is likely to increase the margin between the best riders and and the rest. The reason guys like Stoner and Rossi don't like TC is for that very reason: they feel that TC reduces the skill needed. In any case, F1 banned TC and it made no difference to the racing. What has made the biggest difference in F1 is switching from the ultra conservative Bridgestones to Pirelli tires that are deliberately designed to provide a degree of degradation. MotoGP didn't just change to 800cc, it also changed to Bridgestones in 2008. The Michelins generally produced more degradation than the Bridgestones.

    And it is all very well changing to 1000cc engines, but they still have a fuel limit, which will surely severely limit the difference between 800 and 1000 formulas in race conditions.

  • 2011 Valencia MotoGP Race Result: Weather Throws A Curve Ball, Race Settled At Line   2 years 43 weeks ago

    I really wanted Spies to take that one. It just shows how much the Hondas have up on the Yamahas for Casey to close the gap that fast. At least it wasn't a snoozer of a race, sad to see the carnage in turn one though. It was a fighting end to what turned out to be a dark season.

  • 2011 Valencia MotoGP Saturday Round Up: On The Happy Demise Of The 800s, And The 2012 Silly Season   2 years 43 weeks ago

    When the engine sizes were dropped from 990cc to 800cc, the bikes went faster in the corners - this was not something that anyone had foreseen, and as it turned out it was down to the lighter reciprocating mass allowing higher cornering speeds (it's all written up elsewhere on the net so not going to go into the specifics here). Therefore it stands to reason that going back up in capacity will see the bikes handling moving back towards the way the 990s were.

  • 2011 Valencia MotoGP Saturday Round Up: On The Happy Demise Of The 800s, And The 2012 Silly Season   2 years 43 weeks ago

    I copied the two lines out of DE's original post so that people would
    know what my comment was directed at. I guess you did not get it.

  • 2011 Valencia MotoGP Race Result: Weather Throws A Curve Ball, Race Settled At Line   2 years 43 weeks ago

    Now, why is Dovi being "moved on" again?

    Elias and Aoyama prove that winning in the smaller classes must be quickly followed with good race results in the Premier class. If I was Bradl I'd be happy to just defend my title.

    Great finish to a depressing couple of weeks.

  • 2011 Valencia MotoGP Saturday Round Up: On The Happy Demise Of The 800s, And The 2012 Silly Season   2 years 43 weeks ago

    Copycats (see above comment) aside, the original statement by Mr Emmett "bloodless, dispassionate, frigid, an excitement-free formula" is an over-reaction and dissapointingly inaccurate. Sure there some processional races, but there were also some brilliant ones. Rossi v Lorenzo and Stoner. Lorenzo v Stoner. Dani and Dovi always battling it out. Rossi and Lorenzo's intense rivalry at Yamaha.

    People hark back so fondly to the 500's - that era also had more than its fair share of processional racing.

    Get over your unreasonable expectation that every race will be decided by 1000th of a second. Funnily enough, just as the very last race of 2011 'dispassionate, bloodless, frigid' 800's was, eh ? I seem to remember quite a few of these shout out loud moments.

    When we're all watching CRT teams dropping oil in 2013 maybe you'll thaw and rediscover your passion.

  • 2011 125cc Championship Standings After Round 18, Valencia, Spain   2 years 43 weeks ago

    Way to go. There were some unexpected challenges, but he deserves it! And the last 125cc champion!!!

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