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  • MotoAmerica Announce 2015 Rules Package - Bring AMA Closer To WSBK Class Structure   2 weeks 4 days ago

    Also, I am reasonably sure that we're going to see those goddamned Harleys "racing" again this season. Every nation, every culture, has its shame ...

    *lmfao*

  • UPDATED - The 2015 MotoGP Rider Line Up So Far - 2 Seats Left To Fill   2 weeks 4 days ago

    So, Dorna finally got their way and found a way to cram a frenchman onto the grid... :)

    Wonder if Dorna also found a way to help out NGM Forward with the troublesome financial situation they are rumored to be facing, to ensure that they don't disapear from the grid in 2015...

  • MotoAmerica Announce 2015 Rules Package - Bring AMA Closer To WSBK Class Structure   2 weeks 4 days ago

    Twitter list blocks now have a title and are hideable. Registered users can also choose to hide those blocks, if they don't want to see them at all.

    The intent is to keep my own Twitter feed politics-free. My personal Facebook page does contain my own political views. But it also contains all sorts of utter personal rubbish that is of interest to no one but myself. I strongly recommend avoiding it.

  • MotoAmerica Announce 2015 Rules Package - Bring AMA Closer To WSBK Class Structure   2 weeks 4 days ago

    So can Dorna and the FIM come up with a set of rules and classes that work for WSB/WSS, the national championships and as a feeder for young riders into MotoGP? Or will MotoAmerica and BSB (and CEV and so on) have to go their own way to create a show that can be sold and makes money for everyone involved? Because while the Americans are trying to come up with a compatible formula, Dorna is also pushing for WSB to be dumbed down via the Evo class.

    I'd like to see a bit more explanation from all the parties about how this is supposed to feed national riders into the international championships. eg:-
    - National Moto3 -> CEV -> Moto3
    - National SS600 -> WSS -> Moto2
    - National SS1000 -> National SBK -> WSB -> MotoGP

    Because the routes being created affect the series regs.

  • Eugene Laverty Confirmed At Aspar MotoGP For 2015   2 weeks 4 days ago

    Re he and Guinters, I am thinking about career trajectory in that Guinters (and a buncha other WSBK riders, but someone mentioned #50) has had a shot in GP and crested. I see Eugene on the uphill climb side of career trajectory. So their potential in GP's relative just to their perfirmance together in WSBK would be a bit static.

    Surprised to hear someine lamenting our 'latest obligatory Japanese Honda rider' heading out. Yes, good 250 rider a good while ago, just put in a couple of solid races on the #7 which seem to be quite the exception, and I am looking fwd to getting the next generation of riders in.

    The country you are from matters for DORNA, and marketing. I also am glad it isn't an all Spanish-Italian affair. I am more put off by the other unfortunately necessary factor of how much money you ring to buy your seat. DeAngeles back in GP's? No thanks.

  • MotoAmerica Announce 2015 Rules Package - Bring AMA Closer To WSBK Class Structure   2 weeks 4 days ago

    ... the Superbike rules gravitate towards wsbk, hopefully all the way in later seasons. Other than the addition of Superstock nothing too exciting, but it's really the organization that we're all rooting for. If they can increase roadracing's popularity here, I could see a Moto2 class being viable. But not now.

  • MotoAmerica Announce 2015 Rules Package - Bring AMA Closer To WSBK Class Structure   2 weeks 4 days ago

    Mitch Hansen may still have a warehouse full of the KTMs from the aborted Red Bull Rookies Cup series. Honda has to find a home for those CBR500R racebikes from the European Junior Cup. I think it'll be hard to rustle up enough RC390s in that short a period of time.

    David, one of the best things about this site is that it is politics-free. It's a safe place to come visit and leave the nonsense of the rest of the world behind. But the "Tweets From A List" thing lately has been filled with politics. Can you make that section something that we can click a button and minimize? Thanks.

  • MotoAmerica Announce 2015 Rules Package - Bring AMA Closer To WSBK Class Structure   2 weeks 4 days ago

    We have a single make ninja 300 class in Australia. it is cheap, creates good racing and the riders seem to like it.
    Multiple manufacturers is good in theory but it will drive the costs up. it doesn't really matter if the bike is a shitbox when everyone is riding the same thing, but when you get one bike that is slightly less shit than the others, then people start spending money to get up to speed and things snowball from there.

  • MotoAmerica Announce 2015 Rules Package - Bring AMA Closer To WSBK Class Structure   2 weeks 4 days ago

    These are the proper baby steps that must be taken in order to place American road racing potential and talent in to the natural order of things. Or stuff. Or whatever.

    Let's not piss on the grave of DMG and they're.....

    Let's just forgettah 'bout it.

    What we have here is a safe and clean compromise.

    Despite the horrors of DMG management of America's premier racing series, there were still those who put their heads down and raced on. Their efforts should not be ignored and cast aside.

    This is a good first step.

  • MotoAmerica Announce 2015 Rules Package - Bring AMA Closer To WSBK Class Structure   2 weeks 4 days ago

    Re the lightweight class(es). If they follow their model and grid two classes together it would be wise to open it up to more models than the KTM. We have LOTS of riders now on Ninja 250's -300's on local and regional grids already. Honda has a bike readily avail. I see the reason to mesh up with larger international series's classes to enable interweaving them, wildcards, moving up et al. Meshing w BSB though? Let's mesh up with the grids we have full now instead, and grow forward from there. Besides that, more manu's is more interesting, and spreads around the financial support that much wider.

  • MotoAmerica Announce 2015 Rules Package - Bring AMA Closer To WSBK Class Structure   2 weeks 4 days ago

    The changes may encourage farming of talent for a entry into WSBK, but not so much of an entry point into MotoGP where ex-superbikers have a difficult time.

    I wonder if the coming change in wheel size in MGP has any potential to affect that equation?

  • MotoAmerica Announce 2015 Rules Package - Bring AMA Closer To WSBK Class Structure   2 weeks 4 days ago

    here in the US. They don't exist on our shores yet. Word is they are coming in 2015. But not having them here at the moment likely makes that effort a bit tough.

    -jim

  • 2014 Magny-Cours World Supersport FP2: Van Der Mark Continues Charge   2 weeks 5 days ago

    It's an error on our part. We'll remedy it ASAP. Thanks for spotting that!

  • 2014 Magny-Cours World Supersport FP2: Van Der Mark Continues Charge   2 weeks 5 days ago

    Is there any particular reason why Martin Cardenas' results have been omitted from both of WSS free practice articles?

  • Eugene Laverty Confirmed At Aspar MotoGP For 2015   2 weeks 5 days ago
    hm

    I seem to remember Guintoli got the better of him most of the time but apparently I am wrong.

    Still, I don't really see it. I predict he's back in WSBK in 2016.

  • Eugene Laverty Confirmed At Aspar MotoGP For 2015   2 weeks 5 days ago

    Eugene deserves his chance as much as many other talented riders out there.

    There are quite a few candidates, its just which rider the teams think can deliver the goods or the commercial negotiations that secure it, whether they choose from WSBK or Moto2, there are no certainties and its always more or less of a gamble (unless you have MM or course).

    So well done Eugene, he should be judged next year against those on similar machinery.

    I remember the brilliant battles he had with Sofuoglu in WSS - Eugene is an excellent racer.

  • 2014 Magny-Cours World Superbike FP2: Giugliano Ups The Pace   2 weeks 5 days ago

    The tall Giuliano on the Ducati 4 km/h faster than the tiny Melandri on the Aprilia? While Elias on the Aprilia is doing even 7,2 km/h more than Melandri? Rea 8,5 km/h faster than his teammate Haslam? It seems to me that for them the speed trap is pretty much on the verge of the braking zone.
    Or is it just a difference in gearing and different priorities/rider preferences? Usually in the race you don't see people in the front group overtaking each other with a huge 15 km/h speed difference.

  • The 2015 Moto3 Rider Line Up So Far: Still Plenty Of Question Marks   2 weeks 5 days ago

    ... and while he's at it, he could also learn to say Álvaro and not "Alváro" and Bautista instead of "Batista", and for god's sake, Brno (pronounced "Burno", not "Bruno"). A little effort would be appreciated.

  • 2014 Aragon MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Smart Heads vs Risky Manevuers For The Win.   2 weeks 5 days ago
    meh

    i don't think he, or anyone for that matter, cares what you call him. but 3 stars for playing.

  • 2014 Magny-Cours World Supersport FP1: Van Der Mark Quickest   2 weeks 5 days ago

    I've deleted it.

  • Eugene Laverty Confirmed At Aspar MotoGP For 2015   2 weeks 5 days ago

    I would assume Guintoli is not a valid measure of Euguene speed.

    Silvain raced for many years in MotoGP and never got close to the top. Sure, he is very good in rainy days, very nice person but not the same level as MM, JL, DP or VR.

  • 2014 Magny-Cours World Supersport FP1: Van Der Mark Quickest   2 weeks 5 days ago

    Am I missing a joke here or is the above comment just sheer advertising?

  • 2014 Magny-Cours World Superbike FP1: Guintoli Leads Sykes In France   2 weeks 5 days ago

    Good to see Haslam being up there for a change. But is his Fireblade so slow (around 12 km/h down on the top three, 4,5 km/h down on Laverty's Suzuki and also 7,6 km/h down on Rea) or are the top speeds measured too close to the corner again and is he just braking early?
    By the way, five different bikes in the top six. Interesting.

  • Eugene Laverty Confirmed At Aspar MotoGP For 2015   2 weeks 5 days ago

    Laverty's efforts when on a competitive machine in WSS/WSBK have been excellent. Yes there a number of other worthy riders out there..but they picked him so lets move on.
    The Honda RS line up is good, Jack Miller, Nicky Hayden, Karel Abraham and now Eugene. I'd say he's good bet for being a front runner in this group.
    While I don't mean to already cast away the 2014 season, does anyone know if they will get to ride the 2015 RS in Valencia (post season test)?

  • Eugene Laverty Confirmed At Aspar MotoGP For 2015   2 weeks 5 days ago

    I expected more of a push to keep Aoyama in the series on a Honda, he has SLOWLY improved over the last 3 races, staying mostly just outside of the top ten and getting beaten by 1 of the other production Hondas in each race which is quite notable. His points tally just behind Scott Redding also gives him more resell value than someone untested in MotoGP, especially those coming from WSBK.

    Although without it being on a Honda, the support must come more from Dorna than HRC/Yamaha.

    It's quite strange we have heard so little about this 250cc WorldChampion's future.

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