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  • The Curious Case Of Jack Miller: Marc VDS Issues Press Release Clarifying Contract Situation   2 weeks 6 days ago

    There's a reason pre-agreements are not called contracts. The pre-agreement may even specify time terms (Millers alleged 3 year obligation to represent Marc VDS) but without all dimensions clearly stated and agreeed to by all parties (i.e. in a contract) can it be binding? Imagine agreeing to work for someone for years before discussing the price, or any other significant dimension for that matter.

    Most insightful in David's article is that Marc VDS clearly do not want an resentful and unmotivated rider in their saddle. Let's hope a peaceful outcome can be achieved quickly and respectfully without involving the lawyers and the state's (often contract-undermining) laws.

  • The Comprehensive MotoGP Silly Season Update: How Things Stand For Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki, Kalex, And Even Moto3   2 weeks 6 days ago

    I read about that situation. I live close to the border with Czech Republic in Germany about 10 km away from Sachsenring. Same story here. We had several protests, petitions and what not because Dorna is asking for more money every year and the government is less and less willing to subsidize the race. The track management has been nearly bankrupt countless times.

    However, losing the Czech Grand Prix would be a huge blow in my opinion. I love going there and I consider it to be one of the real legendary tracks (next to Assen and Mugello). On top, it is a remarkably beautiful venue with good view, riders love the track and it usually delivers great racing.

    So, let's support the locals over there in their attempt to save the Czech Grand Prix:

    http://e-petice.cz/en/petitions/petition-for-cze-motogp.html

  • The Comprehensive MotoGP Silly Season Update: How Things Stand For Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki, Kalex, And Even Moto3   2 weeks 6 days ago

    There is an extra thing which could be a decisive factor.
    Brno circuit has got less money from Czech government (1 mil instead of 1.45 mil Euro) and Dorna is asking for about 2.5 mil Euro for listing fee.
    Every year is Brno circuit loosing about 1.5 mil Euro.
    So they are donating the Grand prix.
    This is a every-year story here in Czech rep. when Brno circuit is asking local and republic governments for paying the listing fee.
    The Grand prix is way the biggest sport event in Czech rep. and when you count the income from taxes of all sold services and goods connected to Grand prix we got much more then the listing fee...
    But why it is not so supported is another story.

    So yesterday Brno circuit replied to this that this year´s race is the last one and that they are starting negotiations with Dorna to free them up from the contract for 2015.

    It could solve one Honda production racer because without home GP, Karel Abraham will end his presence in MotoGP.

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

    Given the fact that Karel Abraham is only circulating in the MotoGP class thanks to his father's money and not particularly due to talent, it maybe wise for Honda to move his bike to LCR. I read on MCN that because of Aprilia wanting to spend one year testing their upcoming MotoGP motorcycle on the MotoGP grid rather than away from it in preparation for the 2016 entry, they may advance their entry by one year to 2015 by buying out the Ioda team. Can't remember where, but I also read that Aspar may also be considered for the development of the Aprilia MotoGP motorcycle with full factory support but still branded as ART so that Aprilia will not lose face during the developmental phase. If that happens then Aspar's two Honda's will become available making it possible for either Marc VDS or Pons to move upto MotoGP with Honda customer machines. Karel Abraham is also supposedly speculating a move to the factory ART with an eye on getting a factory level Aprilia from 2016 on.

    But all this is mere speculation and some of the stories that I have pointed out may have been productions of idle minds that fantasize about all things MotoGP. Another story that I have heard from one of the part owners of Mahi Racing Kawasaki is that with the exception of Kawasaki and to a certain extent Ducati no other big factory is interested in running a proper WSBK operation due to the evo rules that will come into play. MV Agusta if it can cobble up money, EBR (they have no money problem thanks to Hero) and Bimota (if they can sell enough bikes) are the ones that could be left on the WSBK grid. Bimota maybe a non-starter because they don't seem to be getting anywhere near the required numbers and one incredulous rumour is that they will therefore switch to MotoGP with Alstare!!!! (I sincerely suggest that no one should take the Bimota rumour seriously). And any idea what will happen to PBM? One suggestion is that they could become the test team for Aprilia and another is that they are set to quit. Any light on these fantasies David? And Avintia, I do not even know how their motorcycle looks, so will they still be around making up the numbers?

  • Valentino Rossi Signs Two-Year Deal With Yamaha For 2015 And 2016   3 weeks 2 hours ago

    Thanks man for clearing up my doubt. Much appreciated.

  • The Comprehensive MotoGP Silly Season Update: How Things Stand For Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki, Kalex, And Even Moto3   3 weeks 5 hours ago

    Should be that, and not "Skipping MotoGP altogether".

  • The Comprehensive MotoGP Silly Season Update: How Things Stand For Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki, Kalex, And Even Moto3   3 weeks 6 hours ago

    I have been looking for this for some months wondering when you'll give us the run down... Thx. for the up date. My only wish would have been is to hear that JL would be going to Honda but it is what it is. Can't say I blame him for the one year out option tho.

  • 2014 Assen Post-Race Round Up - Of Tire Gambles, The Wisdom Of Thinking For Yourself, And Lorenzo's Fear   3 weeks 10 hours ago

    Finally got to watch the Moto2 race which I recorded on BT Sport from Saturday. Strategically avoided MotoMatters and other (not so reputable ; ) sites during the week so I didn't spoil the result...
    Literally yelled when Westy got over the line in first place!!! After seeing him on telly in Sepang 2012 and witnessing the race live at Philip Island the following round where he outrun Marquez to the line, (which his performance enhancing drink from April that same year no doubt helped achieve)`only to have those results scrapped, it really is good to see the guy back on the top podium place! Congratulations mate! A real testament to someone who has kept his chin up and persevered over the years; 11 years between 1st positions is a long, long time!

  • 2014 Assen Post-Race Round Up - Of Tire Gambles, The Wisdom Of Thinking For Yourself, And Lorenzo's Fear   3 weeks 12 hours ago

    Does that mean the ARTs (particularly the remaining one of Danilo Petrucci and Ioda) are not true CRTs?

  • Valentino Rossi Signs Two-Year Deal With Yamaha For 2015 And 2016   3 weeks 12 hours ago

    He had to take the small change that was left over after Yamaha's deal with Lorenzo, in order to be taken back by Yamaha. That was well publicised at the time. One of the thing's I don't quite understand here is Lin Jarvis's position. 18 months back he seemed bitterly opposed to VR returning to Yamaha and, in my view anyway, made it clear that VR was 2nd in the team and didn't even deserve that. Maybe I mis-read that though. In any case, I suppose Valentino must be very satisfied to be clearly the stronger rider this year and I wonder whether he sought a degree of reparation for the salary insult of last year.

    Regarding JB, whichever way you cut it that was a sad way to end a partnership, but apart from the messy public side of it, I wouldn't have thought there was any way for Rossi to say he wanted a change without damaging the relationship, not least because JB had said many times that he was going to retire when VR retired. But maybe it had got to a stage where, like the rest of us, JB no longer believed Rossi was quite capable of the results he's getting now, and if your crew chief doesn't believe in you it must be likely that they'll start thinking it's not the bike or the setup, it's you, and stop trying to find those small tweaks that suddenly work wonders.

  • Valentino Rossi Signs Two-Year Deal With Yamaha For 2015 And 2016   3 weeks 12 hours ago

    It is utterly absurd to criticize any rider for not racing the Isle of Man. That comment is way below the belt. No excuse for that.

  • Valentino Rossi Signs Two-Year Deal With Yamaha For 2015 And 2016   3 weeks 13 hours ago

    This site reported that Rossi was asked to take a pay cut in order to fund Lorenzo's pay increase as World Champion and the future for Yamaha- a search will provide you with several articles suggesting as much.

    There are several other sources for the same comment- searching Google will provide you with more but here is 1:

    http://irishroadracers.smfforfree.com/index.php?topic=5753.0;wap2

    Hope that helps.

  • Valentino Rossi Signs Two-Year Deal With Yamaha For 2015 And 2016   3 weeks 13 hours ago

    Should have been handled a lot better than it was. At the least some sort of dinner with his various riders roasting him. It would have been nice to see both Yamaha and Honda people singing his well deserved praises. In the end it was one of Rossi's inner circle that leaked it so don't blame the press.

    As far as Rossi's performance improvement this year goes, it is all him. In fact there have been several situations: cooking tires in the race, getting last minute setup changes wrong and not having a good qualifying process in place, where I think JB would have done a better job than the new guy.

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

  • Valentino Rossi Signs Two-Year Deal With Yamaha For 2015 And 2016   3 weeks 14 hours ago

    I am going to have to seriously beef up my travel budget in order to make a few more international rounds before the end of 2016....
    Anyone have lawns needing mowing, paper routes for sale?!

  • Valentino Rossi Signs Two-Year Deal With Yamaha For 2015 And 2016   3 weeks 15 hours ago

    I suspect this is due to two factors. The first is that the culture of keeping wages secret is far more pervasive in Europe than it is in the US, and most of the teams are based in Europe. Secondly, I think that US sports are much more tightly managed than MotoGP, and other European sports.

    Having said that, it is common for contract amounts for soccer players to be regularly discussed, though whether those numbers are actually correct or not is not entirely clear. 

    MotoGP salary numbers bandied about generally come from leaks from riders or managers, who usually have their own agenda for leaking such information. They tend to be fairly incorrect, a fact further exacerbated by the constant gossip in the paddock about salaries. I recently saw a list of rider salaries on a non-motorsports website, and of the salaries listed, at least 50% were wildly off the mark (in one case, out by a factor of 50 or more), and only 1 or 2 were close to the truth.

  • Valentino Rossi Signs Two-Year Deal With Yamaha For 2015 And 2016   3 weeks 15 hours ago

    All sport is entertainment, be it cricket, NFL, soccer, athletics, or F1. Ironically, the cricket purists have condemned T20 (Twenty20) cricket for debasing the game and turning it into a spectacle, being played in an evening rather than over five days, as the sport was originally conceived. Then again, they said that about the one-day game as well. Despite the objections of the purists, both one-day cricket and Twenty20 are hugely popular, and have expanded the reach of the sport.

  • Valentino Rossi Signs Two-Year Deal With Yamaha For 2015 And 2016   3 weeks 15 hours ago

    First, the easy part: the engine freeze make judging the engine situation much more difficult. Each rider has five engines, and for the factory riders, those are separate, sealed units. As a result, they get swapped in and out as it suits the teams. There is no point trying to hold on to an engine for long in the hope of getting upgraded parts, because no engine upgrades are allowed. The more interesting developments are in Forward, who are getting through engines more quickly than expected, but again, that is in part due to the nature of the lease deal, so is hard to judge. Other than that, the factories have the engine situation completely under control.

    Next, to the terms of the new contract: almost always top secret. We will have to wait for someone to leak something, but even then, such rumors tend to be wide of the mark.

  • Valentino Rossi Signs Two-Year Deal With Yamaha For 2015 And 2016   3 weeks 15 hours ago

    I did not know that Matteo Flamigni's role was expanded. Had not even heard about that. That gives and interesting turn if it is true it would make sense.

  • Valentino Rossi Signs Two-Year Deal With Yamaha For 2015 And 2016   3 weeks 16 hours ago

    For now. But this contract locks out the factory Yamaha team for the next two years unless Jorge leaves, Rossi isn't getting any younger and Pol will certainly get even better. Yamaha risk losing Pol who has to be one of the brightest non-Marquez prospects going at the moment.

  • Valentino Rossi Signs Two-Year Deal With Yamaha For 2015 And 2016   3 weeks 20 hours ago

    @99Bunny, Thank you mate for reminding me of WSBK, i totally forgot that i saw India on their event calender..... Was supposed to make it their but i got held up. However i was there for he F1 race last year. Wow that was a treat for the eyes, feasting on those mega blasst noises of the F1 cars when they drove past me, Those booms when they did a down shift gear WOWWIIIIIIIEEEEE..... Sebastian won his world title and celebrated doing a wheel spin & burn, in his car on the main straight, heard he was fined for that....lol

    Yeah i agree in India there is this customs rip off....Utter non sense & stupidity. However what i don't understand is why would there be customs payable when its held only inside a circuit & not on the streets.

    And yes whoeva wrote Rossi off, Ma Middle Finger to you homies... Buhaaaaaa :P :P :P........ Hope he Bags one last world title.

    Go ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! VALE :D <3

    DREAM BIG, DREAMS COME TRUE.

  • Valentino Rossi Signs Two-Year Deal With Yamaha For 2015 And 2016   3 weeks 22 hours ago

    Think he's referring to his crew, who mostly went with him to Yamaha, then ducati, and presumably back to Yamaha.

  • Bridgestone Press Release - Shinji Aoki On Difficult Weather At Assen   3 weeks 1 day ago

    BRING BACK THE DAMN INTERMEDIATE!
    The race looked like a farcical club race.

  • Valentino Rossi Signs Two-Year Deal With Yamaha For 2015 And 2016   3 weeks 1 day ago

    There is nothing good about getting sacked. You can bake a cake for the guy, say how sorry you are, offer severance, getting sacked is getting sacked. Nothing anyone says or does is going to make it any better. Some want to act like a red carpet should have been rolled out after half the season had taken place but I think the decision hadn't been made by then. At the end of the day this is a business. That deal was just an excuse for Rossi haters to whine. Jerry was OK with it. Unless there is some interview of him being ticked it will remain that way. The biggest factor in all of that was Jerry was done after this season if he would have stayed. He did not want to sign on for two more years as he had been holding off retiring prior. I think Valentino decided to get started early, rather than later, on his future, even if there isn't that much of it left in this sport.
    So far, it looks like his decision was the right one, unlike the Ducati move. He sure has proved everyone wrong who said it was him and not the bike. 1.5 seasons past and they still can't get the thing to handle.

  • Valentino Rossi Signs Two-Year Deal With Yamaha For 2015 And 2016   3 weeks 1 day ago

    Can anyone comment on the general structure of rider contracts? Even without knowing the exact numbers, what do the contracts look like? How much of the total package is salary, vs performance incentives? Are the incentives for winning or podium level finishes? For individual races, or the whole season? What happens if a rider is injured and can't compete? Any other interesting opera noteworthy items (bowls of green M&M's in the dressing room, etc.)?

  • Valentino Rossi Signs Two-Year Deal With Yamaha For 2015 And 2016   3 weeks 1 day ago

    >>and done in the guise that motorsport is not a sport; just entertainment

    Isn't that exactly what Dorna and others have been telling us for the past few years? I'm sure there is a catchy phrase about post dinner snacks or personal housekeeping I could throw out there but I won't bother.

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

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