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  • 2012 Sepang 2 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Of Mercury And Sisyphus, Or Speed And Hard Labor   2 years 46 weeks ago

    With all the Ducati/Rossi talk... has anyone touched on the real battle for the 2012 MotoGP season??? No, not the Stoner vs Jorge vs Dani battle... But the battle between Spies and Dovi!!! Spies is coming into his own as he usually does in any series. But Dovi has a point to prove to everyone especially Honda and Yamaha management! Dovi is still healing from his injuries and he's already showing good potential on a satellite machine. Good pick for Herve. Ben will be focusing on the other factory riders but to have Dovi nipping at his elbows and knee-sliders will make for some great racing entertainment. I would like to read anyone's take on who will win between Ben & Dovi and why...

  • 2012 Sepang 2 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Of Mercury And Sisyphus, Or Speed And Hard Labor   2 years 46 weeks ago

    In winter the air is cooler (and according to Boyle's law) denser, so more oxygen per bang, the bike should make noticeably more power and go faster. Unless you're suggesting that the denser air is loading the bike's aerodynamics? I dont know when or if the loading overtakes the increased power output.

    Max was doing 325+ in 40 degree heat?? I know the 800s went close but no cigar, not sure about the old 990s...

    A superbike that has more top speed than a motogp bike, think I might go put some cash on Max to win that title...

    And a few bucks on Randy to finish number 6 at year end...

  • 2012 Sepang 2 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Of Mercury And Sisyphus, Or Speed And Hard Labor   2 years 46 weeks ago

    I thought it was my imagination, you've probably covered this in past articles, but I've only recently found your website (4 or 5 months I think?).

    When discussing this with my fellow riders, they seem to look at me thinking... make sure we keep the red away from him tonight!

  • 2012 Sepang 2 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Of Mercury And Sisyphus, Or Speed And Hard Labor   2 years 46 weeks ago

    ha ha. I'm think I'm a little more of a realist than that!

  • 2012 Sepang 2 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Of Mercury And Sisyphus, Or Speed And Hard Labor   2 years 46 weeks ago

    Dave this style you talk of in separating the weight is common in Australian racers. I believe it comes from a flattrack and dirt back ground. Many of the top riders I've spoken to over since arriving in Aus say they don't even sit on the bike. They are crouching on the foot pegs allowing them to weight pegs, control slides into and out of corners with ease. Tried it bloody hard work, but very effective!

  • 2012 Sepang 2 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Of Mercury And Sisyphus, Or Speed And Hard Labor   2 years 46 weeks ago

    All 90 degree V engines have suffered from a weight/mass centralization issue. AKA you can't get the weight far enough forward without compromising the front wheel. It could well be that the current 90 degree Ducati motor is the problem.

    So, a three month wait for new parts? That sounds like a major change to me. I wonder if they are repackaging the engine. Three months might be enough time to narrow the V of the engine and install a balance shaft. You'd be able to place it anywhere inside the new beam frame you've made. The first couple of the engines of the season would effectively be junk, but who cares if you fix the problem!

  • 2012 Sepang 2 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Of Mercury And Sisyphus, Or Speed And Hard Labor   2 years 46 weeks ago

    You should be able to switch between the two sites and force the site to use the desktop theme by adding the following to the site URL:

    ?device=desktop

    So, of you go to http://motomatters.com/?device=desktop you should see the desktop site.

    But if you're visiting the site on your laptop, it should automatically send you to the desktop site, and if you're logged in, you should see the old layout. I don't know what laptop you are using, or whether the browser you are using is reporting itself to be a mobile browser, but it should switch automatically to the desktop site. If you are not having any luck, send an email to webmaster@motomatters.com and we'll look into it.

  • 2012 Sepang 2 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Of Mercury And Sisyphus, Or Speed And Hard Labor   2 years 46 weeks ago

    Unfortunately, I am unable to post any video comparing riding styles, due to licensing and accreditation issues. But I think your analysis is essentially correct. Stoner has a rather odd riding style, where he uses his weight almost independently of the bike, whilst Rossi uses his weight to manage the bike, relying on the front end more than the Ducati allows.

  • Major New Rules For WSBK: 1 Bike Per Rider, Twins Weight Limits Increased, Engine Limits In Supersport   2 years 46 weeks ago

    Originally by : Submitted by Nostrodamus on Fri, 2011-10-28 05:59.
    Site Supporter

    " Aprilia built a twin and couldn't beat Ducati, now they've built a four and are bleating. Pathetic. "

    Consider your statemet Nostradumus and read further >

    REWIND to 11/03/2001
    Valencia Superpole 1st > Troy Corser, Aprilia RSV Twin

    Valencia Race 1 > 1st Place Troy Corser on Aprilia RSVR Twin Cylinder

    Race 2 , 1st Place , Troy Corser on Aprilia RSVR Twin Cylinder

    Full results on : www.worldsbk.com/en/season.html

    Next time you blow your socks on this credible forum, get your facts straight. All the supporters frequenting this forum do not stoop to the level of ' bar talk ' .

  • 2012 Sepang 2 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Of Mercury And Sisyphus, Or Speed And Hard Labor   2 years 46 weeks ago
    but

    last year, it was winter (like every year) in motogp

  • 2012 Sepang 2 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Of Mercury And Sisyphus, Or Speed And Hard Labor   2 years 46 weeks ago

    I was watching a replay of Phillip Island's Superbikes on the weekend and the commentators commented that Max's Aprilia had recorded the highest speed of any bike. He was doing in excess of 325ks per hour. I checked last year's motogp speeds, the front runners were doing about 325kph... interesting result for me...

  • 2012 Sepang 2 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Of Mercury And Sisyphus, Or Speed And Hard Labor   2 years 46 weeks ago

    David, I'd love to see simple direct comparison regarding rider positions when entering a corner on the Ducati.

    1. Stoner was a very good flat track racer as a youngster, he moves the top half of his body (shoulders/head) to the inside of the bike fractionally prior to his lower half (weighting the front end to the inside slightly sooner and further forward, giving him a little more front end bias to the INSIDE).

    2. Rossi, like most of the Europeans starts moving his weight to the inside beginning with his hips (classic road racer). Meaning that Rossi needs a bike with more front end bias and why he can't warm the tyres as quickly or as much as Stoner.

    We all know that the Duke has the longest motor, meaning the centre of gravity has to be further back, leading to issues for all other riders.

    If its possible, would you post a video of both riders entering the same corner and it will demonstrate what I'm talking about.

    It leads to the question 'can the bike be fixed for other riders?'. In my opinon, only if they shorten the engine... that's less than a 90 degree V. Or they take speedway lessons.

    Do I think Rossi is a not the rider he was? Not a chance, the man is a truly great champion!!!

  • 2012 Sepang 2 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Of Mercury And Sisyphus, Or Speed And Hard Labor   2 years 46 weeks ago

    "We've all heard the KRJR Soupcast, as well (or everyone ought to have listened to it)"
    Haven't seen it. Does anyone have a link? My Google-fu is letting me down.

  • 2012 Sepang 2 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Of Mercury And Sisyphus, Or Speed And Hard Labor   2 years 46 weeks ago

    Here's a point to ponder. In 2010, Ducatis finished first and third at Aragon. In 2011, on the new, 'Rossi-improved' machines, they were fifth and eighth. The first one home was seven seconds slower over race distance than the 2011 winner. And the eighth placegetter was 33 seconds slower, and more than a second a lap slower than he was in getting third in 2010. Some may think this is 'improvement'. Others know it for what it really is...

  • 2012 Sepang 2 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Of Mercury And Sisyphus, Or Speed And Hard Labor   2 years 46 weeks ago

    Sorry this off topic, can't contact David Emmet any other way as I am stuck in this stupid mobile phone web site, even on laptop. How do I get to the main web site? The old one?
    Thank you.

  • 2012 Sepang 2 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Of Mercury And Sisyphus, Or Speed And Hard Labor   2 years 46 weeks ago

    In 2011, Rossi finished 14 races. He was best Ducati in 9 of those races. Of the 5 where he was beaten by another Ducati, one was at Jerez, where he crashed out and rejoined, one was at Silverstone, in positively diluvian conditions, one was at Indianapolis, with freak grip conditions, one was at Aragon, where he started from pit lane 10 seconds after the rest of the field, and one was at the Sachsenring, where he was beaten by his teammate by 0.066 seconds. Rossi didn't rule Ducatis the way that Stoner did, but he was clearly the best Ducati rider by a measurable margin. Perhaps your expectations of Rossi are too high.

  • 2012 Sepang 2 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Of Mercury And Sisyphus, Or Speed And Hard Labor   2 years 46 weeks ago

    In a class that in five years of existence only had four different dry race winners, + 1 x for Spies, that makes such a statement very hard to quantify.

    What you describe as flaw neutralisation is nothing more than simple set-up compromise. A direction every team & rider must work towards to maximise strengths and minimise weaknesses. By your definition all machines are then flawed.

    Colin Edwards had 7 years on the M1 and at almost every race weekend I would read of him complaining about turning the thing inside in an effort to find a setting that worked. And this is a man the media acknowledge as one of the best in the business.

    That's not to say the Ducati wasn't a difficult motorcycle. It very obviously was. There's a very good case for saying it has always been the third best motorcycle on the grid throughout the 800 era. Tyres perhaps skewed / masked that fact 2007/08 and magnified it 2010/11. But the thing has been close enough for a talented crew and rider to extract some pretty fine results from it. Even a clear second tier rider like Hayden managed to string some consistent results together on the GP10.

    Sections of the media just need to get a little more honest with themselves and stop apportionng all blame to Ducati Corse. If Rossi was head and shoulders the best Ducati rider out there I'd have a little more sympathy for your argument David. However he's not, and accordingly I don't.

  • 2012 Sepang 2 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Of Mercury And Sisyphus, Or Speed And Hard Labor   2 years 46 weeks ago

    It added nothing to the conversation. So it got removed.

  • 2012 Sepang 2 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Of Mercury And Sisyphus, Or Speed And Hard Labor   2 years 46 weeks ago

    i just say uncle carmelo you did it again then u remove my post. whats wrong with my post?

  • 2012 Sepang 2 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Of Mercury And Sisyphus, Or Speed And Hard Labor   2 years 46 weeks ago

    Honda has the biggest problems with chatter of the factory prototypes. Jorge Lorenzo's crew chief Ramon Forcada said they had some chatter, but it was not their biggest problem, their biggest problem is traction on corner exit. Ducati either have rear chatter or understeer, depending on the weight distribution of the bike. So although the chatter is a problem, it is a question of priorities, and given that the Honda is pretty good already, the only serious problem they face is chatter.

    The CRT bikes have also faced serious chatter problems. The Suter of Colin Edwards has gone through 3 iterations in an attempt to get rid of chatter, and have been reasonably successful so far. The Aprilias had bad chatter, but that, too, has gotten better and better.

    The truth is that the additional weight is only one factor in the chatter. The main cause is the softer rear Bridgestone, this is cause the problem in different bikes regardless of their original weight. The added weight certainly causes problems for weight distribution, but the chatter starts in the tire, and it is up to the factories and teams to cancel the chatter out with a mixture of chassis flexibility and bike setup.

     

  • 2012 Sepang 2 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Of Mercury And Sisyphus, Or Speed And Hard Labor   2 years 46 weeks ago

    It's interesting that nobody have a comment on added 4kg that causes chatter, and why this rule has been introduced. As we all know, Honda and Yamaha are having a great problems with weight distribution because of this rule. Strangely, It seems that only Ducati doesn't have serious chatter issue.

    Here is an explanation why this rule has been introduced and the reason why MSMA was not unanimous against it:

    In the pre-season test Sepang, Carmelo Ezpeleta, Dorna CEO explained why the rules regarding the increase of 4 kg is too late to be announced. According Ezpeleta, It seems to have been caused by a “misunderstanding” in the Grand Prix Commission, where decisions are made regarding the MotoGP rule changes. Grand prix Commission consist of Dorna (the commercial rights and organizational event), FIM (governing body), IRTA (the teams) and MSMA (the manufacturers), but the structure of the sound depends on the type of proposal being discussed.

    “There is a proposal made by Dorna and IRTA, for the Valencia Grand Prix Commission meeting, to raise the minimum weight to 160kg,” said Ezpeleta. ”Because it was difficult and expensive to CRT bike to reduce their weight. So if everyone is able to run the same minimum weight which will help the CRT.

    “We propose to weight gain, but MSMA said the unanimous decision of the MSMA is against it. If the decision is unanimous MSMA(Grand Prix Commission)can not agree on the rules, because the technical rules.”Then when the minute came, was that it was not a unanimous vote by the majority .. If not unanimous opposition from MSMA we have no obligation to follow.

    “Then at the Grand Prix Commission meeting in December, we said, ‘Excuse me, the other day we had a misunderstanding about whether the decision was unanimous MSMA. I think if it was not unanimous we have the right to enforce it.”.

    And,”Finally we are asked not 160kg and 157kg for 2012 was approved by a majority of the Commission Grand Prix.”. And the 2013 season will be a minimum weight of bike is 160 kg.

    http://topsportracing.com/ezpeleta-explained-motogp-new-rules-of-extra-4kg

  • 2012 Sepang 2 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Of Mercury And Sisyphus, Or Speed And Hard Labor   2 years 46 weeks ago

    If only one rider can get consistent results with the bike, then that bike has a design flaw. The fact that there is one rider who can ride around problems, and who has a crew who can figure out how to neutralize the flaws of that machine and give their rider what he needs, does not remove the fact that the bike is flawed. It was unusual for a Honda or Yamaha satellite rider not to be able to get the bike to work. It was unusual for a Ducati satellite - or even factory - rider to be able to get the bike to work. Unless they were Australian.

  • 2012 Sepang 2 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Of Mercury And Sisyphus, Or Speed And Hard Labor   2 years 46 weeks ago

    Stoner has stated that whilst the GP9/10 had a very narrow set-up window, when it was good it was very good.

    Although difficult to judge there are few reasons to believe the steps Ducati took last year were not improvements. Same goes for 2012.

    Are Yamaha and Honda without problems in 2012? Of course not.

    Just how perfect does perfect have to be for Rossi to consider himself able to compete?

  • 2012 Sepang 2 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Of Mercury And Sisyphus, Or Speed And Hard Labor   2 years 46 weeks ago

    sounds like you're defending your rider/jb. Anyway it doesn't mean it was directly applied to stoner but he was talking about the ducati that they can fix in 80s. Sometimes we need logic and a little bit of sense of humor. How about stoner was not pushing hard enough? his (stoner)team doesn't how to set up the duke? Rossi and jb criticized stoner but stoner never criticized them. In my opinion rossi and jb made a very arrogant statement there. Now where's ducati? even max biaggi is laughing. I always acknowledge his past achievements and rossi will always be the legend.

  • 2012 Sepang 2 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Of Mercury And Sisyphus, Or Speed And Hard Labor   2 years 46 weeks ago

    From a Burgess Sportsrider Interview of 19/10/10
    "I can watch some of these lesser riders on the Ducatis and you can see that the bikes are, in my opinion, unsuitably set for what they want to try and do with them. I’m not saying anybody’s doing a bad job. I see these things wobbling around. When I think, clearly, if we had that issue with Valentino it’d be fixed in 80 seconds, but some riders don’t like the hardness of the bike,..."
    I haven't seen any other interview where the 80 seconds was applied to Stoner's bike or to the Ducati bike in general.
    Is there one?

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