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  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Failed records and new rules   4 days 5 hours ago

    ... as I remember, Donington had absolutely no problem dealing with the sort of attendances they had the last time MotoGP was taken off mainstream TV... 18,000 on race day in 2000. They didn't even bother with extra traffic control in the village!... & the facilities (toilets etc) were perfectly adequate for those numbers.

  • 2014 Silverstone MotoGP Preview - Yamaha Territory, Racing At Home, And The Future Of The British Grand Prix   4 days 7 hours ago

    As someone who only began following MotoGP relatively recently (start of the '13 season), I've relied heavily on this site to bring me up to speed and would say that David's analysis and insight have fueled my passion for the sport nearly as much as the racing itself. Thank you for the consistently high quality of the work posted here, it's truly appreciated.

    Thanks to your tutelage, I can now go on at length about the strengths and weaknesses of the various factories, teams and classes; the advantages of seamless transmissions and pneumatic valves; and why 2016 should be a season to remember. But I still don't know my Maggots from my Woodcote, and I couldn't sketch Schwantz' or Lorenzo's corners if you held a gun to my head. So my humble request: would you please consider including with these previews either an image of or link to a depiction of the track being reviewed? It would really help us newbies better follow the plot.

    Thanks!

  • 2014 Silverstone MotoGP Preview - Yamaha Territory, Racing At Home, And The Future Of The British Grand Prix   4 days 12 hours ago

    5 Paragraphs - Marquez
    2 Paragraphs - Lorenzo
    1 Paragraph - Rossi
    1 Paragraph - Pedrosa

    I will also be noting screen time this weekend.....I'm sure it will Lorenzo - 1/3rd in each session, Marquez 1/3rd each session, 1/3rd the rest......

    This combined with Honda's reg's slowly choking the sport, And they wonder why the public are losing interest.....

  • 2014 Silverstone MotoGP Preview - Yamaha Territory, Racing At Home, And The Future Of The British Grand Prix   4 days 12 hours ago

    Well, not that you could really call it a weakness but at least a point where he's not better than the other top guys - but Brno's series of fast corner entries showed that Marquez's style where he slides to the apex is difficult to manage consistently over race distance because the potential for mistakes goes up as the corner entry speed goes up. Where Dani, Lorenzo and Rossi can nail the apex repeatedly without having to slide and still get through the corner as quickly. Marquez's Moto2 tricks seem to work better for the tighter turns where he can outbrake everyone at will.

    So maybe that bodes well for some good racing at Silverstone and also Motegi, Sepang and Phillip Island, as was the case last year. One can hope!

  • 2014 Silverstone MotoGP Preview - Yamaha Territory, Racing At Home, And The Future Of The British Grand Prix   4 days 13 hours ago

    Last year it was Marc who was riding with the injured shoulder, it was the first time he'd ridden there on a MotoGP bike and he all but won. Good luck to the rest!

  • 2014 Silverstone MotoGP Preview - Yamaha Territory, Racing At Home, And The Future Of The British Grand Prix   4 days 15 hours ago

    Lorenzo and Rossi are getting stronger every meeting, and Pedrosa and Marquez will both be fired up after Brno. Should be a cracking race!

    Also; getting shafted by Crescent could turn out to be stroke of luck for Camier.

  • Dakota Mamola To Make Moto2 Debut At Silverstone   4 days 19 hours ago

    Double post

  • Dakota Mamola To Make Moto2 Debut At Silverstone   4 days 19 hours ago

    If he can flip the bike on the start line, he'll do for me! :-)

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Failed records and new rules   4 days 19 hours ago

    Honda was forced to run that bike by an existing contract with Dovi. And Honda didn't want to miss the opportunity to sign Stoner.

    Spies was no Stoner - not a guy you break the bank for, not when you've got Rossi and Lorenzo on your team already.

  • Ducati Press Release: Ducati Wrap Up Private Test At Misano   4 days 20 hours ago

    Last race was the first time in a long time that the Ducs finished about where you'd want them to - 5th and 6th behind the factory Hondas and Yamahas. I found that noteworthy.

    Despite Ducati's miserable results over the past years, I give them much credit for keeping at it. Other manufacturers would (and did) bail out long ago. To me that shows Ducati's passion for the sport, even if they're still not very good at it.

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Failed records and new rules   4 days 21 hours ago

    Who is to say Yamaha didn't attempt to get a 3rd factory bike on the grid? Honda did it the very next year after rossi went to ducati and Spies joined the factory team.

  • Interview: Nicolas Goyon, Pol Espargaro's Crew Chief, On Developing The Yamaha M1 To Exploit The Strengths Of Moto2 Riders   4 days 21 hours ago

    I'm one of those that early on saw the banzai-kamikaze style bought up by moto2 but then someone rightly pointed out that those tires are different than those used in GP, there's more than meet the eye.

  • Interview: Nicolas Goyon, Pol Espargaro's Crew Chief, On Developing The Yamaha M1 To Exploit The Strengths Of Moto2 Riders   4 days 21 hours ago

    The style adapts to the tyres. That's it. Not the riders.

    Truly great riders can adapt to the style that makes them fast.

  • Ducati Press Release: Ducati Wrap Up Private Test At Misano   4 days 22 hours ago
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  • Ducati Press Release: Ducati Wrap Up Private Test At Misano   5 days 7 hours ago

    We tested all the stuff we've had on the bike for a while.

    We've got a good baseline setup to get us one FP ahead of everyone else when we come here for the GP next month.

    That advantage should last until FP3.

    If it's not raining.
    Or the track is really dirty.
    Or sedan 'racecars' have laid down a bunch of dodgy rubber on odd parts of the track.

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    It's really hard being a Ducatisti. :-(

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Failed records and new rules   5 days 10 hours ago

    Sadly, I see a similar route facibg motorcycle racing in the UK. By selling MotoGP from free to air on the biggest UK channel to pay per view on one of the smallest viewing figures uave dropped from in the millions to, maybe, 100k.

    Other motorcycle sport, that has variously appeared on free to view channels are now on (different) pay per view channels.

    All this means that the sport as a whole is almost assured to never attract the casual viewer, to make it difficult for potential new viewers to find then 'choose' and to anger the pre existing long term fans.

    As a result all the motorcycle sports are chasing and ultimately competing for the same viewers and they are dwindling in numbers.

    Although the UK has a great domestic series motorcycle sport is still vulnerable and getting more so as organizers seem to be wilfully chasing obscurity. The USA should be a salutary tale but instead there seems to be the prevailing view that it could not happen here. A dangerous gamble.

  • Dakota Mamola To Make Moto2 Debut At Silverstone   5 days 10 hours ago

    It's much easier to sell viewing rights to a region when that region is actively represented in the sport. With the departure of Edwards, the injury and poor performances of Hayden, and the lack of any young talent influx, the US is distinctly under-represented in grand prix racing.

    Because of this, Dorna often have a hand in who gets a ride and who doesn't.

  • Silverstone Press Release: A Full Schedule Of Racing And Entertainment At The British Grand Prix   5 days 15 hours ago

    "Live music on the main stage from Friday to Sunday, by acts including DJ Marvin Humes, Toseland, Racing Glaciers, Nadia and Ever Young"

    Pardon me, but even though I don't really put an emphasis on stuff like this when it come to the entertainment what I've come to notice is that when F1 does stuff like this they tend to go with the mainstream acts such as Katy Perry, Bieber to name a few whereas whenever stuff like this done in MotoGP it tend to be with acts that are more underground.

  • Interview: Nicolas Goyon, Pol Espargaro's Crew Chief, On Developing The Yamaha M1 To Exploit The Strengths Of Moto2 Riders   5 days 15 hours ago

    I'm not so sure that this is a "new" moto 2 or Marquez style. He just hangs off the bike more than others reducing lean angle and using more meat on the tire through turns. Not too long ago when the 4-stroke era began (2002 990cc), superbike riders where the next big thing moving up (Hayden,Edwards,Bayliss, etc.) the 990's where just "ultra superbikes" with more r&d and money thrown at them. I can remember watching Hayden on the factory Honda or Bayliss on the factory Ducati using the rear to turn more in the corners and sliding the rear coming out. It wasn't really until the 800cc era (2007) that the 250 riding style was the more dominant style mainly due to electronics forcing the "wheels in-line" racing. Even today if you watch superbike racing (national or world), it's still the same (slamming the breaks late & hard and squaring off the corner) while the bikes are loosely moving around and sliding especially towards the end when the tires "come off" I think it's more of a return of the superbike style imo.

  • 50-Year-Old Jeremy McWilliams To Race Brough Superior In Moto2 At Silverstone   5 days 15 hours ago

    I don't think Schwantz actually raced, either year, did he? He was only ever slated to do one 1 hour stint.

    Not disparaging him or McW just saying.

  • Interview: Nicolas Goyon, Pol Espargaro's Crew Chief, On Developing The Yamaha M1 To Exploit The Strengths Of Moto2 Riders   5 days 16 hours ago

    While I obviously do not have Mr Emmett's insight or access to engineers but I beliwve I can shed some light on two of your questions.

    Firstly, why A.Espargaro's bike has a power deficit: The contract with Yamaha specifies 5 engines, 3 new and two rebuilds, I believe. I would suggest this fact alone would make a significant difference to the peak power the engine would be permitted to make. Coupled with lesser electronic controls, that could explain the deficit. If it did not, Yamaha need only 'turn it down' to ensure lesser performance.

    Secondly, why Hernadez's Ducati electronics do not appear to have an advantage: This is more straightforward. The Ducati inspired electronics added to the Open package is not being used, by agreement, by any Open machines in 2014. While Iannone's and the Factory pair's machines use Factory 2, Hernandez remains firmly open class.

    I hope you do not mind my limited attempts to answer your questions.

  • Interview: Nicolas Goyon, Pol Espargaro's Crew Chief, On Developing The Yamaha M1 To Exploit The Strengths Of Moto2 Riders   5 days 16 hours ago

    ...might have a little less trouble adjusting his style than Lorenzo. With the 990's they were sliding all over the place (although Rossi maybe not so much as Stoner and others but still sliding it). Rossi changed his style many times in the past, with varying succes from 800's to Ducati en 1000 again, so my guess it would not be impossible for him to do it again. Lorenzo I'm not sure about, now just when he is happy with the M1 behaving like he wants again and to be able to ride it as he wants...

  • Interview: Nicolas Goyon, Pol Espargaro's Crew Chief, On Developing The Yamaha M1 To Exploit The Strengths Of Moto2 Riders   5 days 16 hours ago

    So now the Marquez effect has shown Yamaha that they need to have a bike that can be ridden more loosely. They see what Marquez does, and know their bike can't do it. Pol is a good choice; if they can get a bike that allows him to ride like Marquez he may be able to challenge him.

  • The Gresini Situation: Where Will Scott Redding Be Riding In 2015?   5 days 16 hours ago

    Castrol's sponsorship has been a little patchy.

    To the un(business)informed fan, it seems like Repsol, perhaps mostly through longevity has gained a very high profile through nothing more - in the UK that is - than (vast) sponsorship. (I have never seen any other Repsol advertising, for instance).

    One might assume, a similar oil giant could have an equal profile- Shell, BP and Castrol have all dallied with sponsorship, Castrol rather succesfully with Honda circa 2000 and on with two world championships. Yet their return in 2010 (?) was very brief. Perhaps they were made promises about the Honda that failed to materialize (Johnny Rea perhaps should have followed them out?) but I was surprised their stay was so brief. Why? If their sponsorship was the correct decision, what changed to make them leave?

    I wonder if they could ever be convinced to return to motorcycle soonsorship in MotoGP. They make a good livery - or used to!

  • Interview: Nicolas Goyon, Pol Espargaro's Crew Chief, On Developing The Yamaha M1 To Exploit The Strengths Of Moto2 Riders   5 days 17 hours ago

    I would hazard a guess from the insider comment that BOTH Rossi and Lorenzo (to varying degrees) would have to adapt their styles to this NEW Moto 2 riding style. From the following comment it would seem neither of them have a riding style that resembles whats coming from Moto 2.

    "We realize that all the Moto2 riders, the new generation of riders, they have a specific style, one we all know, they have the elbow on the ground, their bike is shaking from the rear on braking. Pol is really the first guy with this style working with Yamaha."

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