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  • The Comprehensive MotoGP Silly Season Update: How Things Stand For Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki, Kalex, And Even Moto3   3 weeks 1 day ago

    going to WSBK. He has to be the most disrespected World Champion on the grid. He would have a real chance of being World Champion again in WSBK IMHO. But Motogp Teams just seem to not want or respect him.

  • The Comprehensive MotoGP Silly Season Update: How Things Stand For Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki, Kalex, And Even Moto3   3 weeks 1 day ago

    The year after Spies dominated WSBK, his lap times were being beaten on a regular basis by numerous riders. Bikes and tires advance on a yearly basis, sometime dramatically. Sykes hasnt transformed into a great rider, he is the best that dying series has to offer at the moment. This is the weakest and oldest WSBK grid i have seen maybe ever. Speaking of being long in the tooth, Rabat aint no spring chicken. He has been around the block a time or two and has been humiliated by Marquez on numerous occasions. Dude is a Moto2 lifer who may have stuck around long enough to find a field he can beat. He is not " new blood "

  • The Comprehensive MotoGP Silly Season Update: How Things Stand For Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki, Kalex, And Even Moto3   3 weeks 1 day ago

    Oops! Funny, I was meaning to look up the 2012 season results between Cal and Dovi, and did 2013. That'll teach me to post after a bunch o pints!

    Agreed on Beautista.

    Carry on!
    ;)

  • The Comprehensive MotoGP Silly Season Update: How Things Stand For Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki, Kalex, And Even Moto3   3 weeks 1 day ago

    G'day Moto, my missus is Scottish, living in Oz. It appears that you also enjoy a wee dram. : )

    When Dovi and Cal rode for Tech 3 in 2012 Dovi finished the season in 4th place on 218pts, Cal finished 7th on 151.

    I would like to see Crazy Joe get Cals perch.

  • The Comprehensive MotoGP Silly Season Update: How Things Stand For Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki, Kalex, And Even Moto3   3 weeks 1 day ago

    Anyone who has raced against someone who ALWAYS prevails makes you ride a certain way...

    When you are ahead & your pit-board tells you THAT guy is coming, a certain sense of inevitability takes hold. You can either push harder..& perhaps make a mistake, or you just wait to you see his wheel & you know you're done. You can fight, but you just know there is nothing you can do & you loose the flow.

    To JL & VR who have ALWAYS been THAT guy..Mr. Inevitable pass, now at least for Jorge (& Jorge & CS were for Rossi), probably the first time they have ever dealt with knowing they are up against a better rider.

    To his credit Vale has (no doubt because he just loves racing) dealt with it rather well, Jorge not so much. JL is not riding well..PERIOD, & blaming the bike, tire, set-up is all just his ego. Deep down..he can't deal with someone who can beat him on his best day...Stoner couldn't but Marquez can! No he's not scared, he just saw that even in the rain, he had no chance.

    I say again, Rabat isn't going to kick MM's butt (or JL's, VR's or even Dani's)..but he won't accept the inevitable outcome & THIS is why I believe he deserves a factory bike.

  • The Comprehensive MotoGP Silly Season Update: How Things Stand For Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki, Kalex, And Even Moto3   3 weeks 1 day ago

    Why is it an act of desperation to try something different? Surely that's a sensible, rational response. The desperate thing to do is carry on as you were, hoping that next time it'll somehow work.

    Lorenzo scared of Marquez? I don't think so. He's scared of doing himself a pointless, serious injury, having lost confidence in the bike. If he regains his confidence I'm sure he'll be giving Marquez a run for his money.

  • The Comprehensive MotoGP Silly Season Update: How Things Stand For Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki, Kalex, And Even Moto3   3 weeks 1 day ago

    "What Marquez is doing is forcing his rivals out of their comfort-zone, disrupting their natural rhythm. Rossi is after a lifetime changing his riding style, Lorenzo is scared! These are not the normal responses of multi-time World Champions.."

    so, Rossi adapting his style to win again (after all, he and all other champions on the grid have to constantly change their styles due to competition and machines alike) and teaching himself to ride in a way that has him close to competing with MM is not the normal response of a Champion? And the last thing I would call Lorenzo is someone that "scares" easily.

    Thinking that Tito is going to walk onto the grid riding a satellite at best and stare down Valentino, Jorge, Pedrosa and Marquez is wishfuly thinking. Sorry to sound rude, that is not the intent....

  • The Comprehensive MotoGP Silly Season Update: How Things Stand For Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki, Kalex, And Even Moto3   3 weeks 1 day ago

    And then Spies was on arguably the best bike in the paddock (M1) and could barely finish a single race, and then retired in humiliation. Stoner won a championship, won 23 races and podium'd 42 times in 4 years on the Ducati. Then, 7x world champion (500/GP) Valentino Rossi had Stoner's bike for 2 years and got.... 3 podiums. Nicky Hayden also got 3 podiums in his first 3 years w/ Ducati. Being on the "same bike" doesn't mean much, the difference in support and parts can be drastic enough that it caused Rossi and Lorenzo to split to different bikes. (remember when NH was leading the championship and was made the testing-mule while Pedrosa was the golden child?)

    While I'm at it, I'd like to beat the dead horse again and IMPLORE Nicky Hayden to ditch MotoGP once and for all and go racing for results in World Superbike. I want to see him on something competitive before he retires. That piece of garbage also-ran honda production racer is not it.

  • The Comprehensive MotoGP Silly Season Update: How Things Stand For Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki, Kalex, And Even Moto3   3 weeks 2 days ago

    the only thing that can be done with last year's results regarding Cal and Dovi is to flush them. To call their bikes unequal would be the understatement of the season.

    Cal has guts and I admire that about him, but his willingness to show his teeth without anything more than a few podiums in MGP to his name is going to be his Achilles heel.

    I think the biggest question I have is how on earth does Bautista not lose his seat this year?

  • The Comprehensive MotoGP Silly Season Update: How Things Stand For Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki, Kalex, And Even Moto3   3 weeks 2 days ago

    Unwittingly, Brains (being ironic?) you have highlighted my point nicely.

    Using your basis of comparison Sykes in 5 years has matured dramatically. At Misano & Assen (2 tracks he has raced in '09 & '14) Syke's Superpoles have improved 2.1 & 3.4 secs.

    I'm sure you can counter with an equally silly statistic, but the point I was trying to make (over 2 years not 5) is that MM has NO competition from his current rivals (when rose-colored glasses are removed) & the only rider in site to "possibly" threaten his dominance is Rabat. For no other reason than he hasn't been thorougly humiliated over the last 2 years.

    What Marquez is doing is forcing his rivals out of their comfort-zone, disrupting their natural rhythm. Rossi is after a lifetime changing his riding style, Lorenzo is scared! These are not the normal responses of multi-time World Champions..these are signs of desperation & defeat. If you do the "perfect lap" only to find you're .3 slower, & it happens week in-week out..you're toast. Only new blood can change this.

  • The Comprehensive MotoGP Silly Season Update: How Things Stand For Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki, Kalex, And Even Moto3   3 weeks 2 days ago

    ''When they were on the same bike the same year, Sykes couldnt see Spies with
    binoculars''
    now that was funny xD

  • The Comprehensive MotoGP Silly Season Update: How Things Stand For Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki, Kalex, And Even Moto3   3 weeks 2 days ago

    Dovi that is. The bloke has proved time and again that he is factory rider material. Lets face it, in GP Senior the only bunch that have beaten him consistently are the gang of four. That gang being Stoner/Lorenzo/Rossi Pedrosa. Then there is Marc. Next time he (Marc)swings a leg over a Duc will be his first time and that won't happen anytime soon.
    Right now Dovi is pretty much in the pound seats at Ducati. He's already equalled Rossi's exploitations with the brand. Much like Capirossi of 990 yesteryear, he has inherited the Ducati spearhead mantle.
    The chances of him becoming an MGP world champ are as remote as a Brit or American rider winning it anytime soon.
    In the interim and until official retirement, Dovi would be well advised to stay put with Ducati. Jack Miller may fancy his chances of doing a Stoner/Capirex/Ducati job a la 2007. Future hence Dovi/Miller/Ducati 2016.
    Why not. The Repsol/HRC ticket is a Spanish train.
    The Marx brothers are doing a superb job, but the game of GP surely looks a lopsided Spanish affair. This is not a Dorna/Spanish issue. It is just systemic of the apathy that exists outside of Spain/Italy pertaining to the sport.
    Top 5 in any class for upgrading to next category? At the end of the day it all goes about money which is sad but true. Mahindra riders like Oliviera and Binder could probably make the switch to GP as efficiently as Stoner did from 250 to 990 with consequent results.
    Outside looking in. Roll on 2016 and ECU and Michelin. In the mean time we enjoy the races between Honda and Yamaha and their 4 factory riders.

  • 2014 Portimão World Superbike FP3 Results: Rea Grabs Provisional Pole   3 weeks 2 days ago

    Wow, Rea! You are really impressing on that long in the tooth Honda! How do you do it?!

    Go Chaz!

  • The Comprehensive MotoGP Silly Season Update: How Things Stand For Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki, Kalex, And Even Moto3   3 weeks 2 days ago

    Howdy Bildo, how are things?

    Nah, full Scottish blood (and we are no fans o the English) living in the U.S.

    Last yr Cal beat Dovi 15 times. Dovi beat Cal 3 times. And the Tech 3 bikes were not identical as they are now, and Cal's was at times the lesser as I recall.

    Another more qualitative and subjective thing is happening for me too. I enjoy Dovi, but he has been on the HRC bike and not been able to break out of the atmosphere up into alien status. I am not saying that I think Cal can, just frankly that this takes a rider down a notch in my interest level, they shift further out of the epicenter of my interest. I like Cal more than many riders out there! Good to see Dovi wringing some speed and results out of this Duc, no knocking that. I am cheering for the BIKE and Gigi more than anything right now.

  • The Comprehensive MotoGP Silly Season Update: How Things Stand For Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki, Kalex, And Even Moto3   3 weeks 2 days ago

    He generates a lot of media interest and, whilst he gives the impression that says what he thinks, he is clearly 'performing' for the media. You cannot always believe what you read/hear in the media, but T3 did not want to lose him as far as I can tell and HP does not appear to be the type to suffer fools, or be led by others unless they are waving contracts (e.g. Yamaha/Pol).
    Ducati knew what they getting. If they are surprised/disappointed that they (effectively) dumped Nicky for someone more outspoken then they are the fools. I don't think so. Also, Cal may have 'arrived' before Gigi but he surely must have been 'in the loop' before then. If not, then I am surprised.
    There are a lot of things known in the paddock that we do not hear. The latest Ducati announcement about their bike is disappointing (I for one was hoping for it to appear before the season ended). The 'big idea' (sure, you can never really tell) seems to be the engine cases - which I recall JB asking for nearly 3 years ago.
    Cal will move for one thing - a big pay check. He is well paid at Ducati but if Suzuki (or LCR) should offer him the chance to double his money then he might be thinking that the snail pace of change at Ducati has only improved to that of a slow-worm and a questionable budget at Suzuki is less risk than indecision/lethargy at Ducati. He wants factory, so LCR seems a long-odds choice if the choice is Cal's and not Dall'Igna's.
    If Cal can see the colour of their money this month he will decide. If the suitable offer to entice him away is not there , he will stay.

  • The Comprehensive MotoGP Silly Season Update: How Things Stand For Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki, Kalex, And Even Moto3   3 weeks 2 days ago

    from one year to another is pointless. Tom Sykes is running faster laps than Ben Spies ran when he dominated the series.When they were on the same bike the same year, Sykes couldnt see Spies with binoculars.

  • The Comprehensive MotoGP Silly Season Update: How Things Stand For Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki, Kalex, And Even Moto3   3 weeks 2 days ago

    There is only 1 person racing motorcycles today who might challenge MM...and not a mention?

    I am of course, speaking of Tito Rabat. Everyone in MotoGP is either mentally beaten or out of their depth to challenge. If you compare MM's 2012 qualifying times & total race times at the tracks that he & TR have ridden this year...Rabat is faster...alot faster.

    Yes, I know their are other variables (Suter/Kalex..weather conditions..blah, blah, blah) but how else can you compare potential?

    If Marc VDS goes MotoGP & he goes with them it will be a waste of a year & at 25 he doesn't have one to waste. It makes no sense that Honda would not sign him so Yamaha doesn't or Yamaha because their current riders have less potential for improvement than Marquez does.

  • The Comprehensive MotoGP Silly Season Update: How Things Stand For Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki, Kalex, And Even Moto3   3 weeks 2 days ago

    "A couple strong Dovi-beating results is all that is needed." you say. Unfortunately for Cal, thats never going to happen.
    He and Dovi have been team mates on 2 teams and Dovi has clearly proven to be the better rider.

    I'm sure Ducati would love to get rid of the under performing whinger and i doubt any other team would be willing to put up with his big mouth. There are too many better riders available to have to put up with his crap.

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Why the fans love Goodwood   3 weeks 2 days ago

    I attended last weekend's Queensland round of the Australian Superbike Championship, and I got as much of a kick out of wandering the pits ogling bikes and taking to their riders as I did when watching the races themselves. Well, maybe not quite, but close.

    Goodwood is a 'celebration' of racing... as Mat implies, there's so much history in motor sport that it has become its own entity within the sport.

    I'd give my left one to go to Goodwood... another event I'd love to see is the historic F1 at Monaco. They hold it every second year, a few weeks before the actual F1 event, and it is incredible.

  • The Comprehensive MotoGP Silly Season Update: How Things Stand For Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki, Kalex, And Even Moto3   3 weeks 2 days ago

    Brave bold prediction Mr Lew my friend! :)
    The context of Jorge's contract negot w Yamaha was SO different than now, how fast things change! He held all the cards, had made an AMAZING and heroic season on an out gunned bike, and had no equals. (I know you know this folks, humor me). He was demanding more bike from Yam, and a good pile of hams.

    Now...interesting timing for a slump! Paradoxically, his mercurial temperament may grab onto this challenge and thrive again in a new way on a changed bike. The old ways are headed for the door re his riding style, that Bstone front tire of amazement, and the character of bikes in the series in general.

    Not long ago we talked of the '250 riding style' - F end focus, wheels in line, corner speed carry, Jorge. LORDY how things have changed, and LORDY second derivative how they are ABOUT to change!

    We are about to be hearing 'that Moto2 style' of those emulating Marquez. Curious Superbike riders may be thinking about their chances on the Michelin shod 2016 bikes as opposed to the Moto3 potential aliens.

    I see people staying put more for next yr, except Cal who is on the fence. It may come down to TIMING and what is unfolding when he feels compelled to grab the open musical chair.

    A. Espargaro to Factory Suzuki or Factory Aprilia (since no Yamaha ride for him) unless Tech 3 opens up. Herve's bikes are strong now, and when Open rules hit I would think it the best bike to be on in terms of improvement potential. But the yearning for a Factory seat is strong methinks, and it feels good to be WANTED and see a future for yourself w a factory.

    Dani's seat sure seems 'the coveted prize' and this is unlikely to change regardless of any rule changes.

    Ducati's TIMING re revolutionizing their bike is perfect. Hope they can get their hands on some Michelin MotoGP tire prototypes 'to help w developme nt' much as they got an early hand in championship electronics development. Synergy possibilities.

    The factories need to put electronics development support in a stronger position for the Open/Prod teams. The one that does that well stands to gain a data acquisition advantage, and the bikes will benefit. This will bring the Jack Millers to your factory's "crop of riders." Ducati is doing a lot of things right at the moment. Cal could do worse than stay put. A couple strong Dovi-beating results is all that is needed.

    Interesting times!
    :)

  • The Curious Case Of Jack Miller: Marc VDS Issues Press Release Clarifying Contract Situation   3 weeks 2 days ago

    for any rider going from Moto 3 to Moto 2 Marc VDS is the dream ticket.

    Just a subjective opinion, but either JM is being really badly advised or he has something really special and career changing up his sleeve....... ???????

  • The Comprehensive MotoGP Silly Season Update: How Things Stand For Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki, Kalex, And Even Moto3   3 weeks 2 days ago

    to go to the Czech GP at Brno in '06, '07 & 2010. Great venue, a really nice city that seems to be transformed again every time you visit.

    Would love to go back again and would be gutted if this fantastic race was lost to the calendar. :(

  • The Curious Case Of Jack Miller: Marc VDS Issues Press Release Clarifying Contract Situation   3 weeks 2 days ago

    Contract stuff aside, a jump from Moto3 to MotoGP sounds like too much too soon to me. It would be interesting to ask guys like Marc, Pol, Smith, Redding et al, what they believe it would have been like for them had they made that jump.

  • The Comprehensive MotoGP Silly Season Update: How Things Stand For Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki, Kalex, And Even Moto3   3 weeks 2 days ago

    I am surprised that JL99 would seek an escape clause allowing him to become a free agent for 2016, which is the first year for the spec software and the Michelin tires. I can imagine circumstances where he might wish to exercise that clause if he had it, but those circumstances are really quite extreme. I'm guessing that clause disappears in negotiations between Lorenzo and Yamaha.

    My wild guess on the Ducati front... Crutchlow to LCR Honda on a one-year deal, where his modest paycheck will be supplemented by a generous Ducati settlement as Gigi Dall'Igna shows Cal the exit door. I note that Cal arrived at Ducati several months before Gigi did. I predict Dall'Inga will act decisively to cut out what he perceives as a "bad apple." Then, Iannone to the factory team. And Bradl to Pramac. Dovi stays where he is, on a two-year deal.

  • The Curious Case Of Jack Miller: Marc VDS Issues Press Release Clarifying Contract Situation   3 weeks 2 days ago

    For some reason, with Ajo involved, I am not surprised. However, I am disappointed. If the Marc VDS statements are accurate, then I suppose Jack Miller has found another way, in addition to his racing, to prove that he has a long way to go on the maturity scale. If the Marc VDS claims are accurate, Miller needs to honor his commitments.

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