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  • Suzuki Out Of MotoGP In 2012   2 years 44 weeks ago

    Ezpeleta explained that Dorna were the only hold out. Kato's death stigmatized a "nay" vote for capacity reduction, and Honda were adamant about 800cc even though the rest of the MSMA thought 900cc made more sense.

    Ezpeleta claims he didn't have the political capital to drive a wedge into the GPC's plans to reduce capacity. The FIM and IRTA were both concerned about safety, and the MSMA thought 990cc with 26L was a sensationalistic formula from the start. I think it was Burgess who said that the MSMA were stunned by the 990cc 26L formula b/c everyone knew the bikes could easily make 300hp with a bit of development. Apparently, the MSMA wanted to move to a 600cc base from the start. Things were a lot different back then. 1000cc WSBK competition was supposed to be for air-restricted Superbikes with 180hp.

  • 2011 Valencia Post-Race Day 2 Round Up - The Season Is Over, The Void Awaits   2 years 44 weeks ago

    Just which part of the above do you consider to be a half truth and why? For what? Surely that is self evident when reading posts by Bricktop and Hugelean.

    Why would I hate a rider? I've enjoyed Rossi's victories as much as the next man in years gone by. That said I've also stated I don't particularly like the character Rossi has shown himself to be in recent years. Dislike and hate are a long way apart.

  • Ant West Returns To MotoGP With Speed Master CRT Entry   2 years 44 weeks ago

    I can't see how that will be much different to 2011. Except there will be more bikes on the grid and more technical interest from the greater variety of machinery. Realistically, there are only 3 riders capable of winning a race right now (until the Ducati gets fixed, if at all), and places 4-7 are fairly predictable too. There will be more bikes being lapped next year, because there will be more bikes.

  • FTR To Build Honda-Powered CRT Bike For Gresini MotoGP Team   2 years 44 weeks ago

    Unless Honda release a new SBK engine with the same engine mounts and significantly higher bore, this is a waste of time and money. I doubt the Honda engine will be competitive in CRT unless the other chassis projects go awry.

    It's too bad Gresini didn't tell Honda to fly a kite. The Aprilia FTR would probably be a nice piece of kit.

  • Suzuki Out Of MotoGP In 2012   2 years 44 weeks ago

    Firstly, the rules. Under the terms of the contract between the MSMA and Dorna, the MSMA had a monopoly on the technical regulations. If the factories asked for a rule change, they got it, even though technically, the FIM and Dorna could have blocked such a change. Sometimes, the FIM and IRTA voted against the rule changes, but Dorna always voted with the factories (Dorna has the casting vote in the four member GPC).

    As for leasing older bikes, both IRTA and Dorna have been asking for this for years, but the factories kept refusing to supply them. They would not lease separate engines either, all of the cost is in the engine and electronics to manage them.

  • Suzuki Out Of MotoGP In 2012   2 years 44 weeks ago

    the lone Suzuki still was able to catch and consistently beat the Italian Dream team pretty much all year. It has been the race within the race that has kept me interested after Casey heads off into the distance..
    Sad to see this and I know Randy and Lauren in blue was going to add to "the show"...
    How about a few of your spare euros tossed their way Carmelo??

  • Suzuki Out Of MotoGP In 2012   2 years 44 weeks ago

    >>Lots of rule changes, lots of tech changes, but I see no concerted effort to solve the true issue of lack of funds and interest from outside industries.<<

    That is indeed the truth, and a possible epitaph used over a possible demise of MotoGP as we know them for the last decade.

    One thing I always get curious about is why the previous seasons bikes (privateers or official factory ones) can't be leased, and for a much lesser price.
    I mean, it's not like a two or three year old machine is going to be so much slower to a privateer rider/team that (possible) lower costs wouldn't compensate (?).

  • Ant West Returns To MotoGP With Speed Master CRT Entry   2 years 44 weeks ago

    Yes, but now it's not so much a sport for rich people as a sport for rich companies.

  • Suzuki Out Of MotoGP In 2012   2 years 44 weeks ago

    If the rule votes were 2:1 with Dorna voting no I'd agree. Dorna and IRTA and MSMA voted yes to everything and the FIM sat quietly now all of a sudden they are pissed about the rules that the MSMA are 'responsible' for.

    >>It's all too political.

    Absolutely. And like all political decisions that they are not made on merits or facts but on who will secretly benefit.

    It is not intriguing about the runaway costs. Everyone in the paddock said the move to 4 strokes would greatly increase costs. The manufacturers and Dorna and FIM voted it in anyway. Just like everyone in the paddock said the move to 800cc would not slow the bikes down. Yet the changes were voted in and lap records were broken soon after.

    Lots of rule changes, lots of tech changes, but I see no concerted effort to solve the true issue of lack of funds and interest from outside industries.

    Chris
    http://moto2-usa.blogspot.com/

  • 2011 Valencia Post-Race Day 2 Round Up - The Season Is Over, The Void Awaits   2 years 44 weeks ago

    I personally and honestly don't understand what's your point in continuous arguments over something rather confusing. If it's not "hate" then what is it?
    What is that you pretend with your comments/remarks?

    Why don't you just say upfront what you think and wish, instead of writing half-truths and half-lies, based on self assumptions, then ending such points with "it's not hate".
    What is it then? ...and for what?

  • FTR To Build Honda-Powered CRT Bike For Gresini MotoGP Team   2 years 44 weeks ago

    >>I don't understand why we are interested in non-factory prototype frames in GP. It's a near meaningless refinement by a 3rd company that does not make motorcycles and will not trickle back into production or improve the racing (none of these bikes will ever win a race while the factory bikes are there).<<

    Tell that to Bimota or NCR! :-) That's how they started their business before getting into production of exotic bikes, bringing further refinement on both new and old concepts.

    In my personal case, and while I think the CRT are a "placebo" instead of a real solution, I'm very interested to see how a hot-rodded production engine (within constraints of the rules) fitted on a 100% prototype racing chassis can perform against the multi-million leeches called "MotoGP factory prototypes", for a fraction of their cost.
    That will actually prove a point whether the current insane costs make sense or not. THAT is where the interest is.

    IMHO, the only real factor playing against the CRT is the no-name inexperienced riders (with a couple of exceptions) that would probably never stand a chance in "normal" conditions of full factory prototype grid.

  • 2011 Valencia Post-Race Day 2 Round Up - The Season Is Over, The Void Awaits   2 years 44 weeks ago

    well said.

    Bricktop. Whatever context you want to interpret the 'pussy' call doesn't make it any less respectful.

    And no, obviously you do not understand the mentality of a racer. A racer (and certainly one of Rossi's pedigree) can think of nothing else except winning. Unless of course he is mentally defeated before even gridding up as Rossi has been all year - by his own frank admissions. 'I cannot battle in the front group, maybe with the second group' etc etc. Stoner whilst aware of the limitations of the D16 pushed it right up to the ragged edge (and occasionally over it or course) if he thought a win was possible. One win equals 2 x fourth though remember, or almost 3 x sixth. Wins are to be celebrated and bring glory to rider and manufacturer, a series of sixths and sevenths also interspersed with DNF's...........

    As for Hayden and elapsed race times (I'll take your word), yes this is a slightly odd one. If we could ever get more than a banal P.C corporate line from the man it would make refreshing & interesting reading. However I for one have never really rated Hayden in this company and his performances tend towards the inconsistent. Once more he batted his average of around 7th in the 800 era.
    Rossi as a supposed Alien & GOAT should have been head and shoulders better than Hayden, particularly as he had all the attention, not a mere 7 points ahead at seasons end.

    If you care to look at races in comparable conditions there was little in it when looking at the winners elapsed times from 2010 & 2011 (eg; Stoner only 5 secs faster on the RCV than the GP10 at Laguna - and how much of that is tyres? Rossi 15 seconds slower on the GP11.9 than the M1 at Laguna) refuting this oft stated false assertion from certain quarters that HRC in particular have taken some giant leap forward. That performance part is one C Stoner.

    This is not 'hate' (that is a word the - primarily Rossi - aficionados like to use as a form of attack) - this is reality.

  • 2011 Valencia Post-Race Day 2 Round Up - The Season Is Over, The Void Awaits   2 years 44 weeks ago

    >>Ducati development has gone through the roof this year with new parts (i.e. engines & chassis) at most rounds, yet no improvement in results.>>

    Sorry, which engine development was done at most rounds?

    Ok, so the chassis we all know already the whole sad saga behind it, like the changes with chassis material (CF vs Alu) and a new design in the Aragon GP.
    There was also a notice of a heavier flywheel being used and a new gearbox to provide faster gear changes (starting at Assen, AFAIK) but, other than that and the extreme geometry testing (part of their experimental work), what else was changed?

    And what do you mean with "development through the roof"? ...is it "through the roof" for a smaller manufacturer like Ducati, or according to the usual standards of constant improvements?
    Because, if it is according to the latter, I don't think we saw anything really that radical looking at other manufacturers in previous years, difference here being all the media focus on the Ducati/Rossi saga provoking a much, much bigger impact and notion of what's being done.

  • Suzuki Out Of MotoGP In 2012   2 years 44 weeks ago

    Perfect opportunity for the factory yamahas to pic up the rizla sponsorship and keep the sexy umbrella-holding cops ; )

  • Suzuki Out Of MotoGP In 2012   2 years 44 weeks ago

    Suzuki's management is in confuse for some serious reasons, but the fault for withdrawal is also elsewhere. Dorna's ridiculous rules for 800 and their absence when the cost of electronics was growing set teams budget to the current levels. All teams (factories & satellites) are struggling and Ezpeleta says more tests...
    He's changing the rules with not clear targets.
    I say that they don't really know what's happening and if we look the results that's probably the truth.
    So could they prevent Suzi's withdrawal? Perhaps a new rule for weak teams (for example 3-4 kilos less) would be enough.
    Next victims color is red?
    And FIM continues to shine by their absence.
    With these people its only a matter of time for us to say ciao motogp.

  • Suzuki Out Of MotoGP In 2012   2 years 44 weeks ago
    RdP

    Exactly my first thought, "Oh geez what has RdP done to himself..." Would this be the second year in a row that he has screwed himself out of a seat at LCR (all but officially for Bradl now)? Well, he'll be a fantastic CRT rider, if not moving to WSBK!

  • FTR To Build Honda-Powered CRT Bike For Gresini MotoGP Team   2 years 44 weeks ago

    The Ten Kate WSBK spec honda was mostly an also ran last season. They managed one win at their home test track of Assen with Jon Rae which they credited to 'fly by wire' being allowed to be added to the bike (though it didn't win them any more races). Their second rider Xaus could have just stayed home all season and scored about as many points. Next year Ruben is replaced by Hiro who will produce more of the same thrilling rides for 10th place.

    I don't understand why we are interested in non-factory prototype frames in GP. It's a near meaningless refinement by a 3rd company that does not make motorcycles and will not trickle back into production or improve the racing (none of these bikes will ever win a race while the factory bikes are there).

    What is the point of banning stock frames? I could understand a teams desire for a better frame then stock, but to force an arbitrarily different frame... convoluted. There is no synergy. It's legal BS that has nothing to do with racing. You might argue that it drives the cost up which is counter to the stated goal of this whole deal.

    Then we top off the mess with a sealed motors and a spec tire. You have 10 guys in the garage playing with lap tops instead of motors.

    Why don't we shoot all the lawyers and just make GP an open class. You need one rule - 2 open wheels. The rest can be decided by physics, actual applied ingenuity and of course; budget. Instead we'll get spec computers on the machines soon and teams making endless variations of swing-arms to conform to a spec tire while cost will continue to increase for anyone who actually wants to finish in the top 10.

    /rant

  • 2011 Valencia Post-Race Day 2 Round Up - The Season Is Over, The Void Awaits   2 years 44 weeks ago

    Lol, double standards much?

    IIRC, Rossi complained when he raced with Elias at some stage (in 2006 I think?). Said the guy was pulling all sorts of hairy & dangerous passes. Didn't like it at all.
    He is also, many of his fans claim, too smart to push the Ducati to the max, & crash. Rossi still crashes all the time (nearly every weekend this year I'd say) but is never able to compete for podiums let alone wins like Stoner was. This is master-behaviour, not pussy-behaviour?
    If this is to be believed (i.e. Rossi isn't pushing 100%), then his comments about the level of the 2010 Ducati being difficult to gauge because Stoner didn't push to the limit are also quite hypocritical.

    Regarding respect, Rossi has got not a single ounce of it for any rider faster than himself. He will say whatever it takes to get under their skin and push them over the edge mentally. His post-race antics of previous years were also aimed at humiliating his rivals. He was able to psyche out the others in the past but not with the current riders.

    The respect the top 3 have for each other is refreshing for this sport, somehow its more pleasant to watch and listen to them, and its more professional if nothing else.

    He has definitely lost some of his mojo IMO, getting beaten by his teammate in 2010 and unable to get near let alone match or beat Stoners "poor" results on the Ducati had to have an effect on him (I'm talking points, not times). Ducati development has gone through the roof this year with new parts (i.e. engines & chassis) at most rounds, yet no improvement in results. He also barely beat his teammate in the standings, who did not have nearly as much resources thrown at him. 7 points is all that separated them at the end. He should be racing with Stoner & Lorenzo, not dicing with Nicky (one of my favourite riders).

    My opinion (which I'm entitled to), so no hate please. Argue if you want but no hate.

  • Suzuki Out Of MotoGP In 2012   2 years 44 weeks ago

    That's a bit unfair to both Ezpeleta (Dorna) and Ippolito (FIM). They run the series through a very thin line where various parties have to be pleased, and that includes the big colossi that is the MSMA, with all mighty Honda in the lead. Otherwise, they face a possibility where the manufacturers just go away (perhaps there lies the real reason to adopt CRT?). It's all too political.

    In anycase, it's just intriguing that, given the past lessons, noone couldn't anticipate the escalating costs when preparing, then changing, the rules for the 4 strokes and, then again, changing rules for at least two times since that.

    While these were somewhat expected news, it's extremely sad to read/hear that another manufacturer is going to completely give up on the top series.
    First was Aprilia, then Kawasaki, and now Suzuki. All bets are open to see who's next...

  • Suzuki Out Of MotoGP In 2012   2 years 44 weeks ago

    What a pity not to have the sky blue bikes on the grid for 2012. Heaven knows what MotoGP will end up looking like, if Ducati can't get their act together next year (even with arguably the world's most talented rider) it's just Yamaha trying to hang on the Honda's tail. Hopefully the CRTs will add interest.

    This old man will miss the Suzuki girls too, love the uniforms, they're doing all but carrying whips!

  • Ant West Returns To MotoGP With Speed Master CRT Entry   2 years 44 weeks ago

    My posts never mentioned anything about leases. They are about not wanting to have subclasses and different technical rules dividing the premier class and the opposition of any spec equipment.

    And your history of GP racing being for the masses is a bit flawed. GP racing has always been a rich person's sport.

    Chris
    http://moto2-usa.blogspot.com/

  • FTR To Build Honda-Powered CRT Bike For Gresini MotoGP Team   2 years 44 weeks ago

    The Fireblade seemed to come alive once it get new drive-by-wire technology. And it seemed to happen right away.

    If you assume that the FTR frame is going to be similar to the Moto2 frame, and the 1000 cc Honda is similar to the 600 in Moto2, then how fast would a Moto2 bike be with 50% more power?

    I would think that if you had either ten Kate or the Honda Europe engine guys working on this with Gresini's MotoGP people, this could be a bike to watch.

    I am sure HRC will take more than a passing interest, as well.

  • Suzuki Out Of MotoGP In 2012   2 years 44 weeks ago

    As much as this news was pretty much 100% expected, it is still very sad.

  • Suzuki Out Of MotoGP In 2012   2 years 44 weeks ago

    Blaming the factories for the current rule structure is popular but not really accurate. Ezpeleta states in the current mag.gpweek.com issue on p.38-39 that he and Ippolito have veto power over anything, even unanimous MSMA votes, and that all rule changes have been passed by the Grand Prix Commission by a unanimous vote. That's the teams, the manufacturers, and the organizers. They all voted for the changes that we have come to hate.

    They have all made their bed and now are complaining that it is uncomfortable. I only feel bad in the sense that GP is being diluted for the sole reason of entertainment.

    Chris
    http://moto2-usa.blogspot.com/

  • Suzuki Out Of MotoGP In 2012   2 years 44 weeks ago

    I feel sorry for the whole Rizla team, having put in so much effort, and having so much to show for it with the results that Bautista (and RdP in the test) acheived! It seems they have been let down, not by themselves, but by Suzuki.
    What now for RdP?

    ---Appears he's going to become a test rider for Ducati

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