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  • 2012 Phillip Island WSBK QP1: Rea Holds Off Ducati Hordes   2 years 42 weeks ago

    I'm quite impressed with a few of the results. Should be a great weekend.

    -jim

  • 2012 Jerez CRT Private Test Day 3 - De Puniet Hot On Tail Of Satellite Ducati   2 years 42 weeks ago

    Yes they are incredibly expensive, but that money will buy you victories. I do not see any CRT bike getting within 2 seconds of Stoner's pace this year. 2 seconds per lap is defenitely worth the price tag.

  • World Superbikes Look East: Indonesian Round Of WSBK Set For 2013 And Beyond   2 years 42 weeks ago

    Who doesn't love a good rematch?

  • 2012 Jerez Private Test Press Release From Ducati Corse: Test Team Works On Electronics   2 years 43 weeks ago

    VR46 has been reading Nostrodamus's comments!

    Rossi concedes (Colin Young, Australian Motorcycle News) he is no longer the world's undisputed #1 as he battles a surge from younger and faster rivals.

    "I think we can fight for third. Now both Stoner and Lorenzo are riding better than me. But maybe with Pedrosa and Spies it is not impossible."

    Even Jeremy Burgess is in on the act " I'm convinced that Casey and Jorge aside, we can race the rest of the guys and challenge for the podium from the first race."

  • Honda Press Release: Interview With Casey Stoner, On The 1000s, Parenthood, Defending Titles And Laguna Seca   2 years 43 weeks ago

    Riders are people and most people love money, it's always a choice between earning money in a way that you find acceptable, and to a limited extent find enjoyable.

    To place Rossi, Stoner, etc on a pedestal and not believe that money affects their decisions is naive in the extreme. They do not risk their lives for love alone.

    I used Rossi's salary increases to demonstrate that riders do consider money as highly important - I was not intending to inflame yet another debate about 'Rossi V whoever', my apologises to those that have suffered through that yet again.

    I refer to Stoner as a 'kid' for two reasons, 1: he is much less than 1/2 my age, 2: I've always referred to people I like and are more than 30 years younger than me as 'kid'. I use it as a term of endearment. Is he a man? Of cause and a great one by the looks of it.

    And yes I've watched Randy ride, he was great but not a patch on Freddie Spencer... my opinion with both passion and vast experience.

  • 2012 Jerez CRT Private Test Day 3 - De Puniet Hot On Tail Of Satellite Ducati   2 years 43 weeks ago

    Is it possible that the currrent direction of the prototypes has run its course?

    1. They are incredibly expensive dominated by a small number of large factories.
    2. They do not offer opportunity to under funded riders (with talent, as there is a limited number of competitive bikes).
    3. True innovation seems lacking (e.g. an Aluminium framed Duke? carbon fibre monoque was much more interesting, the same frame formula now for all the top bikes?).
    4. Small fields were getting smaller.

    If Suzuki, Kawasaki, Aprilia had lined up with two rider works teams, and the satelites could actually win a race or two per season, then the class would still be viable, but its not happening and its over.

    The same chorus of 'it'll never work' was heard when they removed the old two strokes and yet the sensational roar of the thundering 1000s changed that tune.

    By placing affordability back in the hands of most teams, then just maybe, and if we're terribly lucky, we may just see this sort of thing happen again and change the rules forever. Bring on the CRTs! Dorna is doing what it must.

    http://www.ozebook.com/konig.htm

  • 2012 Jerez CRT Private Test Day 3 - De Puniet Hot On Tail Of Satellite Ducati   2 years 43 weeks ago

    It will prove expensive for Aprilia if they are using prototype engines in their frames, the prototype teams can 'claim' them at any race... for a fraction of the build cost.

  • 2012 Jerez CRT Private Test Day 2 - De Puniet Fastest Again On A Day Of Crashes   2 years 43 weeks ago

    Stoner lapped riders at Silverstone 2011. At Phillip Island he was miles in front and pulling away lap after lap, Jorge was the only rider to bring a race to him for most of last season, do we lose the rest of the field because they are slower than these two great riders? Of cause not, the officials are just trying to make the races more of a spectacle, moto2 was fabulous at the track last year (Marquez's run through the field actually got the wife's nose out of the I-pad), more power to Dorna etc for trying to provide that spectacle in the premier class.

  • Honda Press Release: Interview With Casey Stoner, On The 1000s, Parenthood, Defending Titles And Laguna Seca   2 years 43 weeks ago
    +1

    I would say that many of them aren't "lit up with the fun of the race" because the racing quite simply.... hasn't been much fun the past few seasons

  • 2012 Jerez CRT Private Test Day 3 - De Puniet Hot On Tail Of Satellite Ducati   2 years 43 weeks ago

    Good to see RDP getting faster on the ART bike, and sounding happy with the bikes development. I suspect he will be fighting with the tail ender prototypes, and indeed beating a few of them on many tracks.
    As for the other CRTs, although early days, i do not hold so much hope for, especially the non Aprilia bikes.
    Although i don't know if RDP put in his fastest lap when following Hector Barbera
    normally its the other way round with HB getting a tow from a faster rider to put a impressive lap in !
    Although most interesting, and the Jerez test in March with all the riders on track even more so, the real test will be on April the 8th at Qatar when the lights go out on the grid. As some riders have said in the past, " That's when the Bullshit ends "

  • World Superbikes Look East: Indonesian Round Of WSBK Set For 2013 And Beyond   2 years 43 weeks ago

    Phoenix?

    Hear hear regarding Motogpmd's comments. I've ridden through seven of the main Indonesian islands entirely grief free. Lovely people from Sumatra to Timor. Great to read they're back on the calendar.

    If the event is backed by the government I don't see what Indonesia's corruption index standing has to do with the price of motorcycle racing fish. Indonesia is a fully functioning democracy. You might as well state the Dutch T.T is not viable as the Netherlands has one of the worst environmental pollution records in Europe.

  • 2012 Jerez CRT Private Test Day 3 - De Puniet Hot On Tail Of Satellite Ducati   2 years 43 weeks ago

    You guys are so excited about RDP CRT bike... guys its a factory works bike from Aprilia. The baramoter is the true CRT bikes. The IoDa bike and other CRT bikes are true CRT. Its laughable that the Aprilia is pulling this off, as the tone in the paddock was and is its a works bike. :fact

  • 2012 Jerez CRT Private Test Day 3 - De Puniet Hot On Tail Of Satellite Ducati   2 years 43 weeks ago

    ... but pray for rain boys, pray for rain.

  • 2012 Jerez CRT Private Test Day 3 - De Puniet Hot On Tail Of Satellite Ducati   2 years 43 weeks ago

    I understand the European testing for CRT's was to assist them with catch up quick. Right now its going in the right direction for them. The acid test of course will be the Qatar test.
    I've warmed to CRT though. Man, I want to enjoy a few pipe dream upsets this season,particularly the Ioda,pipe frame Aprilia experiment.

  • 2012 Jerez CRT Private Test Day 2 - De Puniet Fastest Again On A Day Of Crashes   2 years 43 weeks ago

    Re "I'm interested to see that the CRT bikes are getting as much chatter as the prototypes though. Was thinking that Bridgestone would be looking at making the tyres a little more pliable.." I believe they heat up quicker this year, implying the carcass is a little softer? (help me out here David)

  • 2012 Jerez Private Test Press Release From Ducati Corse: Test Team Works On Electronics   2 years 43 weeks ago

    There are some photos on motorcorse showing the ducati with 'mclaren' sensors on board. Roll on the next test and a truer picture, hopefully, of the improvements they've made... No question they are the dark horse for this year...

  • 2012 Jerez CRT Private Test Day 3 - De Puniet Hot On Tail Of Satellite Ducati   2 years 43 weeks ago

    It was a private test. I believe they were handing out their times only if they felt like it, as there was no official timing. From experience of Presiozi, and Rossi and JB there is no way they would have been straight up and told everyone what their pace is especially in comparison to the crts..... I am inclined to take it with a pinch of salt..
    Will Randy be at Sepang?, if it's a matter of funds it would do dorna no harm to sponsor such an addition to the test..

  • Photographer's Blog: MotoGP Story--The Catalan Follies   2 years 43 weeks ago

    Any chance of working a version of this pic into the header of the new, much improved website layout? Would look great!

  • 2012 Jerez CRT Private Test Day 2 - De Puniet Fastest Again On A Day Of Crashes   2 years 43 weeks ago

    Still slower then Satellite bikes. A pack of backmarkers, and what we are seeing is the one WSBK/GP hybrid doing well with a resonably good satellite rider, the others languish. The Factory bikes have yet to really get into testing, once they get to speed the gap will be just as great. Make all the bikes on similiar playing field or it will be the same conversation till its done.

  • 2012 Jerez CRT Private Test Day 3 - De Puniet Hot On Tail Of Satellite Ducati   2 years 43 weeks ago

    That would be an ideal unanticipated result. If you give the Satellite guys a chance at an upset of a position or two it makes for some really good racing.

  • 2012 Jerez CRT Private Test Day 3 - De Puniet Hot On Tail Of Satellite Ducati   2 years 43 weeks ago

    Fantastic to see the Aprilias showing some speed though we still don't know much until they are on the track with works bikes at the same time.
    A possible benefit of pressure from CRT bikes on the Satellite ones is that Honda, Yamaha and Ducati may be tempted to reduce the gap between the Works and the Satellite prototypes to ensure that their prototypes don't finish behind CRT bikes. This might give us closer racing near the front.

  • Honda Press Release: Interview With Casey Stoner, On The 1000s, Parenthood, Defending Titles And Laguna Seca   2 years 43 weeks ago

    A story on one rider, whoever it is, shouldn't become a rider X vs rider Y rant, especially one that attacks other posters for their opinion.

    Personally, I love watching the skill of all these guys, especially the slow motion footage - I wish there was more of it. I hope Stoner keeps on finding the challenge and enjoyment in racing MotoGP for many years, the sport would be poorer without him.

    Has anyone else noticed that post-race interviews never seem to have the riders enthusing about it being a great race any more? It's a shame, it'd be great to see their faces lit up with the fun of the race, but I haven't seen it for ages.

  • 2012 Jerez CRT Private Test Day 3 - De Puniet Hot On Tail Of Satellite Ducati   2 years 43 weeks ago

    Great result for De Puniet and with a dozen engines to burn Aprilia should be able to afford to boost the power output at the expense of longevity - assuming they are currently running a relatively conservative state of tune, which they probably are while sorting chassis dynamics, adjusting to the tyre etc.

    It's impressive for them to be so relatively close to a MotoGP bike, with a good amount of time left before the start of the season, which I'm eagerly anticipating.

  • World Superbikes Look East: Indonesian Round Of WSBK Set For 2013 And Beyond   2 years 43 weeks ago

    Kocinski & Crafar should be given wildcard entries for the 2013 WSBK round.

  • 2012 Jerez CRT Private Test Day 2 - De Puniet Fastest Again On A Day Of Crashes   2 years 43 weeks ago

    From the MotoGP website

    "His pace set today was less than one second off the track lap record set by Pedrosa in 2010 (1’39.731), and with room for improvement still present..."

    RdP was less than a second off the lap record... and will have an 3 extra litres during the race....???

    CRT mockers be warned, they will be closer than you think, engineers know how to calculate rules that brings performance from varied machines to a comparable result. The easiest way to do it? Place limits on the energy available in the first place.

    I will place one caveat on all of this, and that is that the CR teams are doing their own timing, a notoriously unreliable source.

    The truth will be told when true circuit times are available from prototypes and CRTs at the same track on the same day. If the CRTs are within a second or two and have an extra 3 litres for the race, it will be fun!

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