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  • 2012 Sepang 1 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Taking Stock After Sepang 1   2 years 41 weeks ago

    If Stoner had been carrying 13Kg more he would not have arrived in a position to out-drag Spies, he would have been 1-2 seconds back! If you think weight makes no difference try carrying 13 Kilo's around for 45 minutes or strapping it around your waist and going for a ride. It's not possible for it not to make a difference....maybe you can rewrite the law of physics!

  • Repsol Press Release: Interview With Casey Stoner After The Sepang Test   2 years 41 weeks ago

    The paddock stars can be divided in 2 parts: riders who care only about racing and get bored by everything else (Stoner, Spies, Pedrosa...) and riders who crave the attention and do love the media side of their job (Rossi, Lorenzo...).

    They don't all have the same type of personality and not all of them like kissing at the camera, so what?

    Diversity is good for the sport, depending on your expectations of a professional racer you'll tend to love one type or the other, that's just fine.

  • Repsol Press Release: Interview With Dani Pedrosa After Sepang   2 years 41 weeks ago

    ...he becomes more and more likeable in my book.

  • Press Release: Suter Reflects On Sepang CRT Test With Colin Edwards   2 years 41 weeks ago

    Colin Edwards II has done a lot in his 32+ years of being a racer. No doubt his skills and expertise will be of great use to get the CRT movement headed in the right direction from a rider's perspective. He's been in MotoGP for a very long time. Aprilia to Honda to Yamaha, satellite and factory teams... but what did Carmelo say and offer Edwards to entice him to jump on-board? Wasn't Edwards planning a return to WSB? Why didn't Yamaha help him with an R1 engine? Not that the s1000rr engine is an insult but what kind of performance would Edwards be able to get using the RSV4 engine/electronics like De Puniet? I hope he succeeds before leaving MotoGP.

  • 2012 Sepang 1 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Taking Stock After Sepang 1   2 years 41 weeks ago

    History is bunk,but lessons from the past obviously apply. The mass increase may be the single most important factor over race distance for the top guns this year. Electronics governing fuel consumption to the n'th degree inconjunction with tire consumption.
    Funny how it all stacks up with reference to the 800 era. As much as it all appears to have changed,it hasn't changed a bit.
    The only thing that is certain is that the rider's input,skill and mental toughness across the seasons length will be the deciding factor barring injury.
    And yes,two tier Championship at least until mid-season,by which time the title will have been pretty much sown up,SAT/CRT an aside. Ducati/HRC/Yamaha know it.

  • 2012 Sepang 1 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Taking Stock After Sepang 1   2 years 41 weeks ago

    You are reading way into this way too early. Rossi and Hayden were testing various parts, settings, etc. Much like they tested during every practice session last year.

    This early, don't read too much into lap times. Be concerned with those times at the end of the testing season. We'll see new chassis, parts, electronic settings changeds, etc, before the season even begins! You don't win races or points in testing.

  • 2012 Sepang 1 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Taking Stock After Sepang 1   2 years 41 weeks ago

    to alleviate the pain and a detailed 4 pages discussion about the relevancy of their comments...
    I understand that scanning comments to ensure that everybody keeps it fair and square is awfully time-consuming, please don't waste more time to justify your choices, people should be just sorry, not asking for even more of your time in emails/development.

  • 2012 Sepang 1 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Taking Stock After Sepang 1   2 years 41 weeks ago

    So a 250 is less affected by extra weight ??

  • 2012 Sepang 1 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Taking Stock After Sepang 1   2 years 41 weeks ago

    or mythical lack thereof is a shibboleth perpetuated by Kevin Schwantz (a one-time WC who quit in the middle of a season because Rainey wasn't around to beat any more) and Michael Scott ( a journalist who has how many successful years of gp racing in his CV?)

    Stoner certainly didn't dominate in the 500cc era, having never ridden one. Rossi didn't dominate in the 500cc era either, as it happens. Stoner had one rookie year on a satellite 990 - the year that Rossi threw away the WC because he cracked in the last race. Since on factory machinery from the start of the 800s era, Stoner is the dominant racer, with nearly 3 victories to every two of the next best - Rossi.

    Rossi has been an adornment to the sport, a great ambassador and a great rider, but in head-to-head competition, Stoner has the superior results. Lorenzo is also statistically one of the greats of the sport. Spies has huge potential, yet to be realised.

  • 2012 Sepang 1 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Taking Stock After Sepang 1   2 years 41 weeks ago

    Stoner hosed Spies to the line because he had a better line/run onto the straight and Ben was trying to cover his line. That one had bugger all to do with weight imo

  • 2012 Sepang 1 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Taking Stock After Sepang 1   2 years 41 weeks ago

    Whether you agree with what you wrote or not, that's very nicely put together!

  • 2012 Sepang 1 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Taking Stock After Sepang 1   2 years 41 weeks ago

    Since 1999, MotoGP has been centered around Rossi!? 'FASTER' and 'FASTEST' are documented featured-movie evidence of this! Casey 'Superman' Stoner has the best record for the 800cc Era but due to his age group, he did not dominate in the 500cc or 990cc generations. Of the current active MotoGP racers... who has a better track record than Rossi? But don't look at just the wins or title numbers, Rossi's off-track prowess isn't anything to downplay either. He's a unique character for every aspect of the racing arena. He a celebrity racer among other racers. Now that Marco is gone, Valentino may be the last of the Dog-Fighting Gladiator type racers. With the 800cc (Boring) Era... many of the racers just want to be the fastest guy on track so that he can check out from the field! They can avoid the 500cc Era type of racing this way. Stoner can ride anything he's given... fast, but he can crack from a lack of mental toughness. Spies may very well be the NEXT real threat to the other factory riders in the 1000cc Era. Spies adapts well to whatever environment he's in and does what he needs to do... to become champion!

  • 2012 Sepang 1 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Taking Stock After Sepang 1   2 years 41 weeks ago

    .... so that people know when they have crossed a line.

    Another option is to use a 'bozo' mode, so that idiots' comments are hidden from everyone but themselves. That way, they think that everyone is reading their comments but ignoring them - which hopefully leads to them improving the tone of their posts.

  • Press Release: Suter Reflects On Sepang CRT Test With Colin Edwards   2 years 41 weeks ago

    They have zero or very little data while Honda,Yamaha and Ducati have the whole history of the world in respect to data.They should make bigger improvements relative to the Big Ones, because the Law of diminishing returns. Who knows...there might be a day when factories cry foul because somebody beat them because they hada 12 engines and 24 liters of fuel! Not that is going to happen next month tho'

  • 2012 Sepang 1 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Taking Stock After Sepang 1   2 years 41 weeks ago

    If you'll kindly read the thread, you'll see that the people complaining are those who believe it is unfair to eliminate unfairness. This is the world the rest of us are forced to live in. Anything you can do to make it more tolerable would be appreciated.

    I was trying to explain that the unfairness of the minimum weight rule has nothing to do with preserving unfairness (or fairness, depending on your veiwpoint), and everything to do with simplicity, cost, and safety. I was trying to reduce the incidence of cat calls from people who don't have the stomach to discuss the impact of the rules on the people participating.

  • 2012 Sepang 1 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Taking Stock After Sepang 1   2 years 41 weeks ago

    There was nothing wrong with your Rossi hailing. It was your comments on Stoner that got your comment deleted. You are free to praise, but that kind of attack gets deleted. Without the courtesy of an email.

  • 2012 Sepang 1 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Taking Stock After Sepang 1   2 years 41 weeks ago

    It would be awesome to see Spies really start to win. Considering he came in 5th overall in his first year on the factory team (Dovi being the only non-alien to score higher) I think there's a good chance he's going to impress us.

  • 2012 Sepang 1 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Taking Stock After Sepang 1   2 years 41 weeks ago

    Not many engineers in these parts obviously.

    Ducati - They have done the right thing. Their engineering methodology is sound (for this year at least...). From last year, they know the Aluminum Chassis was the way forward. What they were testing was the revised weight distribution. it is precisely THIS point that is being missed.

    Your constant is the chassis being made from Aluminum, everything else forms the variable and with deliberate and methodical changes measuring the action & reaction, you get your result. What is different and most important is that Ducati are now getting the EXPECTED result. Something that hasn't been happening for years. Form simply an engineering standpoint, they have made a major leap forward and it shows. I would expect to see any tweaks to the chassis only coming after the baseline has been found (engine placement, swingarm stiffness etc), and that would be towards the end of Sepang 2, if not during the first few months of races.

    K.I.S.S. - it never fails.

  • 2012 Sepang 1 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Taking Stock After Sepang 1   2 years 41 weeks ago

    I think if you look at the 250 titles the success comes more from deep pockets and works bikes....we all know why Moto2 was introduced as there was a huge disparity between one identical 'looking' bike and the next!!
    The main problem is that when a bike has more mass to accelerate higher up it want's to Wheelie much more (law of physics) so the electronic bridling as you put it, occurs earlier and therefore limits acceleration. Braking is the same but it's the heavier rider who has to let off his brakes earlier.

  • 2012 Sepang 1 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Taking Stock After Sepang 1   2 years 41 weeks ago

    Why do you think Marco never won a MotoGP race.....although it wasn't for want of trying. I did like Marco's attitude!

  • 2012 Sepang 1 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Taking Stock After Sepang 1   2 years 41 weeks ago

    I will admit to not being a Stoner fan but I have to admire his bravery and skill! Aside from that he has an ideal physique for MotoGP as he's relatively light but has the long balancing poles! Generally Pedrosa (when he's not injured) is pretty fast, it's just he hasn't managed to string together a winning season.

  • 2012 Sepang 1 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Taking Stock After Sepang 1   2 years 41 weeks ago

    David-is it asked too much, that you send an email whenever you delete my comments? I'm allways searching like crazy for my posts only to realize that my Rossi-hailing was deleted....

  • 2012 Sepang 1 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Taking Stock After Sepang 1   2 years 41 weeks ago

    At 76kgs? Marco should have had no hope of competing if total weight was that critical.

    Dani's 51kgs? is undoubtedly the reason he is the hole-shot king, but otherwise, it would seem that the electronics and tyres allow the engineers to accomodate significant variation in total wieght... but perhaps with one cost - tyre wear.

  • 2012 Sepang 1 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Taking Stock After Sepang 1   2 years 41 weeks ago

    So this is about Stoner is it Steve? A variation on the "he only won because he had the best bike" theme? So why hasn't Pedrosa disappeared into the distance these past five years? He is 7 kg lighter than Stoner.

  • 2012 Sepang 1 MotoGP Test Day 3 Round Up: Taking Stock After Sepang 1   2 years 41 weeks ago

    Not sure I buy Stoner's theory on that one.

    I suspect that Edwards? might be on the money... the rear tyre has been changed but the front is essentially the same.

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