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  • Official: Alvaro Bautista Confirmed At Aprilia For Two Seasons   2 weeks 19 hours ago

    I thought Forward was set for 2015? Pol Espargaro and Stefan Bradl are both under contract, aren't they?

  • Grand Prix Commission Agrees Lower MotoGP Weight And Software Freeze   2 weeks 20 hours ago

    The manufacturers are always pushing to use the lightest, strongest materials possible. They add ballast to achieve the minimum weight, and to optimize weight distribution.

  • 2014 Misano MotoGP Sunday Round Up: The Legend Returns   2 weeks 20 hours ago

    No way. Marc has a healthy lead and there are only 5 races left. He only needs a couple of podiums (not wins) and to not crash out of a race and he has it. It's really just a matter of when. Probably Motegi.

  • Grand Prix Commission Agrees Lower MotoGP Weight And Software Freeze   2 weeks 21 hours ago

    The weight decrease comes after a long series of weight increases. From 2007 to 2011, the 800cc MotoGP bikes weighed 150kg. Originally, the 1000cc MotoGP bikes were developed to be 153kg, but the weight was changed at the last minute. In 2012, the bikes were 157kg, in 2013, the weight increased to 160kg. All of the bikes - the Honda, the Yamaha and the Ducati - carry ballast. The cost in removing weight will be in finding the right balance of the machine, but as it is only 2kg, it should not take too much work.

    These proposals usually come from the factories, and can only be implemented with the approval of the factories. If they feared the cost, they would not do it.

  • 2014 Misano MotoGP Sunday Round Up: The Legend Returns   2 weeks 21 hours ago

    Yeah, finally the truth comes out. Marquez is only slightly better than average and lucky for him he had the all-conquering Honda at his disposal for his 11 wins this season. (Rolls eyes)

    I have said all season that the two bikes are probably more equal than we all thought. Pedrosa is super-fast when everything is right, and while he is 2nd in points, he hasn't been dominant at all.

  • Grand Prix Commission Agrees Lower MotoGP Weight And Software Freeze   2 weeks 21 hours ago

    I think the weight reduction vs cost is a little misleading. For a start if you look at road tyres (I know it isn't the same however the construction materials are the same) Michelin tyres are 1-1.5kg lighter than other makes. Therefore they may only be reducing the weight by 0.5kg however the reduced weight and rotational/unsprung mass may mean they can use smaller brakes meaning less costs in the long run so whilst it might look like a strange move it could be to reduce costs!

  • Official: Alvaro Bautista Confirmed At Aprilia For Two Seasons   2 weeks 22 hours ago

    I think Bautista has a much harder go on the honda with Showa and Nissin that we know. Being so far behind on data makes it impossible to compete. Yet, the guy chucks it into corners with a lot of bravery. Win it or bin it seems to be the way for him. I hope the Aprilia suits his style and he enjoys racing in '15.

  • 2014 Misano MotoGP Sunday Round Up: The Legend Returns   2 weeks 22 hours ago

    Not the best racing but still very exciting to watch. Would he bin it? Was Jorge catching up? Were we really going to get such a longed for result. Granted you needed to want Rossi to win to get the most from it but for those who did it was an unmissable spectacle.

  • 2014 Misano MotoGP Sunday Round Up: The Legend Returns   2 weeks 22 hours ago

    i have seen that. However, given it was not something loud and strong, just his opinion to the press.

    Wanna compare it to JL protests about tyres ?

  • 2014 Misano MotoGP Sunday Round Up: The Legend Returns   2 weeks 22 hours ago

    I'm sorry, but really? The best racing so far? People forget rather quickly it seems. There have been far better races in every class this season, especially in MotoGP where the race was over as soon as Marquez hit the deck. A MotoGP race is never boring in my book but this was certainly among the least exciting of this year. Nice to see Rossi and Yamaha get a win this season over Marquez but really, nothing special.

    You're doing the sport a big discredit. What it needs is races like Qatar, Mugello and Barcelona.

  • 2014 Misano MotoGP Sunday Round Up: The Legend Returns   2 weeks 22 hours ago

    you start to ask: Is there still a mathematically chance for Vale to win this Championship this year?(seriously: is there?)

    I hope so much that he is King again next year at least,when the Michelins will be brand new for everybody.
    With Colin Edwards as a test mule, it could be that favours will play for VR46:)..just saying.

    I´ve watched the race 5 times now already, but the biggest thrill is still when Vale enters the podium....what a blast!

  • Official: Alvaro Bautista Confirmed At Aprilia For Two Seasons   2 weeks 23 hours ago

    Laverty is rumored to go to aspar martinez on an open honda.

  • Official: Alvaro Bautista Confirmed At Aprilia For Two Seasons   2 weeks 23 hours ago

    I'm glad Alvaro got a chance to stay on and help develop this new Aprilia. He has already been pretty much a test mule for the last 2 seasons with all this brake and suspension nonsense. I dunno, somehow I see him fitting well on this new chassis. This might work out better than many realize. I wish both him and Aprilia well moving forward.

    Hmmm, so Laverty for the second seat perhaps? There is history there, and he has been grinding to get to MotoGP for a few years now. This may be the opening he needs...

  • Official: Marc VDS To Move Up To MotoGP With Scott Redding Aboard A Honda RC213V   2 weeks 23 hours ago

    I only thought they (Go & Fun) were terminating the MotoGP Sponsorship, not the junior team also. Given that there are currently over 32 bikes on that grid, perhaps a slight thinning of the herd isn't such a bad thing. Just saying...

  • 2014 Misano MotoGP Sunday Round Up: The Legend Returns   2 weeks 23 hours ago

    This really was what the series needed. A great run-up with weather and tire drama taking the first round of headlines, foreign rubber on the track that fundamentally changed everything we all thought we knew abut this circuit - and Vale's steely-eyed will and resolve to take something back. At his home track. It would be difficult to write a script like this. And I enjoyed every minute.

    I think for Rossi the light bulb went off on Saturday when the Sun was finally out and everyone was free to push. He saw the Honda's struggling on that foreign rubber that was laid down on the track and I think it had a bigger effect on the Honda's than we all thought it would. Rear tires were spinning like mad and the bikes were sliding instead of the ususal traction scenario they thought they would have, which seemingly forced them to change their lines just a bit. Meanwhile, the Yamaha's didn't seem to be suffering as much and by the end of FP3 they had it. I think for the first time this year Rossi truly felt like he had the machine that could win. I believe that is why he rolled the dice and chose the softer front - I think he knew he had it.

    But to watch him execute on it, to take the fight to his biggest rivals and beat them fair and square was a special thing to see. We went from 62 crashes across all three classes on Friday to some of the best racing collectively I have seen all year across all three classes. It was great to witness. I can only imagine what it was like to be there!

    So let's see if this new-found momentum can be sustained at Aragon. Franky, I do not see why not! Even the prospect of it has me excited.

  • 2014 Misano MotoGP Sunday Round Up: The Legend Returns   2 weeks 23 hours ago

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  • 2014 Misano MotoGP Sunday Round Up: The Legend Returns   2 weeks 1 day ago

    He did look lke he was pushing very hard. He always pushes like that but yesterday he was really grinding. You could almost feel the wreck coming, so it didn't really shock me when it finally happened.

    But he has shown that he has the ability to bounce back from things like this. Aragon should be spectacular!

  • 2014 Misano MotoGP Sunday Round Up: The Legend Returns   2 weeks 1 day ago

    Marquez to me always looks that way when he rides. I don't think he was pushing any harder than he normally does, just lost the front. It happens sometimes.

  • 2014 Misano MotoGP Sunday Round Up: The Legend Returns   2 weeks 1 day ago

    Just a little observation not mentioned so far - did anyone else think Marc was riding a bit too crazily yesterday, that he looked just the wrong side of out of control? While I'd have loved to see them race lap after lap I was starting to fear Marquez would take them both out, and it was a relief to see him (inevitably in my view) lose the front end. I honestly can't think of anyone else in 20 or 30 years of spectating who I've seen look that scary.

  • 2014 Misano MotoGP Sunday Round Up: The Legend Returns   2 weeks 1 day ago

    Couldn't agree more on the dud that is No35.
    Bet LCR are holding their head in their hands wondering what they've done.

  • 2014 Misano MotoGP Sunday Round Up: The Legend Returns   2 weeks 1 day ago

    Avsatishchandra, I respect your view but do think this is a bit harsh. Ducati were in deep trouble long before Rossi arrived, they'd had Stoner all but telling the world how badly he was being treated, and had all but ruined the career of one of my all time favourites, Bayliss.

    The Yamaha garage business was a strange one but look at it this way - Rossi is still here some 6 or 7 years later, still at the sharp end, with the same passion and desire to win and at least another 2 years on a top bike. (I bet he's even thinking about next year's championship title after yesterday). In 2007, when Jorge was being signed up, he was still at his very peak and while I can't read his mind I imagine he was probably thinking that he didn't need Yamaha to bring in a successor & competitor, he just needed a very good wing man, because in his mind he was going to be competing for the title for many years yet. Remember, he probably could have gone to F1 around that time but stayed in MotoGP because he foresaw a long future there, and at Yamaha in particular. So why would he help JL interfere with his chances? The first person to beat is always your team-mate. And it's not as though he was pinching stuff off Jorge but giving nothing back, it was no different to them racing for different teams. That must have been a pain in the backside for Yamaha but it had no more effect on us, the spectators, than if they were in different teams.

    The tyres: well, Stoner clearly had a huge advantage in 07, it wasn't just down to riding skill.

    MotoGP is a tough, rough sport, you don't get to be at the top by being a kind, gentle soul who wouldn't hurt a fly. But I've hardly ever seen the mature Vale be less than gracious in both defeat and victory. Yes, there have been occasions when he's been a bit of a wassock but the same is true of pretty much anyone else you care to name in the paddock, they've all thrown hissy fits in front of the camera in their day, even the nicest of the bunch, Nicky Hayden. They tend to do so less as they mature though, Rossi included.

    What I most respect is that incredible - really incredible - commitment to winning, and his success in overcoming the barriers again and again and again. That is something very special.

  • 2014 Misano MotoGP Sunday Round Up: The Legend Returns   2 weeks 1 day ago

    Least interesting race of the season for me, although it's nice to see Ducati improve every race. Hats off to Dovi and Iannone for sticking with it.

    Why Crutchlow got that LCR ride I'll never know...

  • Official: Marc VDS To Move Up To MotoGP With Scott Redding Aboard A Honda RC213V   2 weeks 1 day ago

    It has seemed for weeks that the rest of the production bikes are going for the guys that are bringing in the largest pile of cash instead of aiming for the fastest guys available on the series. And based on the latest to week news and rumour feed that seems to 100% spot on.

    There is something really fundamentally wrong in the motogp paddoc as motogp teams are running a 4-10 million business/bike but they are not willing to pay anything even for extremely quick riders (if they don't have the right passport or very thick wallet from the sponsors). As a one example it has been reported that Kallio has been offered a Aspar seat during weekend but with no sallary which he turned down and critisized the attitude of some teams in the paddoc,without putting the team name on the table. (With other option being baz, that would bring in really heavy subsidy from Dorna, and Laverty that most likely will get the seat for having a better wallet than other "competitors"). It has been also rumoured that Luthi had also received an "offer" before which was even a lot worse and the rider should have piled high amount of cash, and obviously not getting paid anything.

    The motogp series should be fully about having the best riders on best, but equal enough bikes,but the sport couldn't be much far from it like it is nowadays. Just can't accept the fact that part of teams are running bikes for highest bidder, undepending on the speed or aim to achieve best possible results in competition, like if they would be renting fiat pandas or other cars as a main business. :( and on top of that Dorna putting heavy subsidies in for passport riders, every time they is trying to sell TV rights on big countries ( yeah right, like a subsidy riders in the back of the pack would increase the sales and market value of business)

    Extremely good thing still for redding that he got the chance for a suberb bike and for two years!! Good to see that at least someone is able to get the chance and financial backup in the series to try to show what you are really made off on a top pack bike.

  • Grand Prix Commission Agrees Lower MotoGP Weight And Software Freeze   2 weeks 1 day ago

    I thought they were actually trying to reduce the over-all cost of these beasts. To drop an already light machine 9 pounds in 2 years is a big ask. You know that is going to up the price considerably because they sure won't be able to cut the fuel load down any further unless they significantly change the engine spec, which would mean HUGE development costs. As it is to drop the 9 pounds by 2016 more exotic and costly materials will have to be developed and used. Which of course is going to lead to more software development. The net effect is going to be a very big squeeze on already tight budgets, especially for the non-factory teams that are not bristling with sponsorship money. If they are not careful they will eventually kill this great sport for good because no one will be able to afford to go racing any more.

    However, if they can gracefully fold in these changes with the new regs for 2016 it might not be so bad. Everyone has to change over to the spec software and build around a new tire anyway, so if you fold those new machine specs into the package early on perhaps the financial blow can be softened. We'll just have to wait and see how it goes. A grid with less than 20 bikes on it is not really worth watching. I hope it doesn't come to that.

  • 2014 Misano MotoGP Sunday Round Up: The Legend Returns   2 weeks 1 day ago

    Totally, you don't need marquez to win the honda, put the espargaros, stoner, lorenzo, rossi, honda will still win. Marq was choosen coz he's young, still lot years left and most importantly, repsol wants him not an australian... just my opinion.

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