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  • MSMA Agree To Freeze Electronic Development Ahead Of 2016 Switchover   2 days 16 hours ago

    All the techs I mentioned are available in ~20k economy cars. They would lower costs. No need for pneumatic valves when you can make as much power with mechanical valves and variable valve timing. No need for a million dollar seamless gearbox when a $5K double clutch gearbox will offer 99% of the added performance. MotoGP's limits on cheap technologies make for super expensive work arounds. There are definitely cheaper and smarter ways to set up the series that would enable factories to do R&D relevant to street bikes (what bike will ever get a seamless box???) while enabling everyone to have access to the techs as well.

  • MSMA Agree To Freeze Electronic Development Ahead Of 2016 Switchover   2 days 16 hours ago

    The problem of all those "mechanical freedoms" is that the costs to compete go higher. The likely result is one company spends a huge budget, and all the rest stay home. How is that good? It's not like we have four or five manufacturers loaded with cash and eager to spend it on MotoGP.

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   2 days 18 hours ago

    Put it like this.... if the penalty was light, everyone would do it. 5 seconds can be the difference between 5-10 points. Pit ride through is a very fair penalty... Jorge still came back to take 10th place and he could have placed even higher if he had been in the 2' 04"s instead of the 2' 05"s

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   2 days 18 hours ago

    I think that the tyre on the right of your picture was redding's. Rossi's must have looked very much the same though.

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   2 days 19 hours ago

    outcome to this race. I expected the Repsol Hondas to pull away, (especially Marquez), but I did not excpect the Factory Yamahas to both be back in the pack. Lorenzo's jumpstart was comical. He is going to have to calm down. I think Marquez has rattled him like he is the rookie and not the veteran. Two races, two mistakes. Once Lorenzo settles down, he will be probably the only one capable of stopping Marquez. He showed last year that once he is focused, it will not matter if his bike is not as fast or good in some areas. Lorenzo himself will make the difference.

    Ducati. I know a lot of people on here are skeptical, but when is the last time you saw Iannone's team, which is now on the spec software as I understand it, look like they may lock down third place. He was in that position for most of the race! Dovisioso was reportedly sick, and STILL went faster than last year. Yes people crashed, mismanaged tires, but even with all that. Ducati is usually near the rear not the front. Bradl, Bautista, were both on damn near, if not factory material Hondas, (Bautista having different brakes and suspension). The Tech 3 team, (will give up that Pol is a rookie, but Smith has looked like a far more serious racer than I have ever seen him look), both were beaten by Dovi. And the Ducati did not look as bad in the corners. They always had the straight line speed, but not he handling. Hopefully they can get another podium with everyone up and running.

    Not an action packed race, but watching it was still entertaining for me. Still digging the updates and insider views by this site. Keep up the good work David!

  • Scott Jones In Austin - Visions Of Texas, Part 2   2 days 20 hours ago

    I really like the shots of Rossi and Dovi. They seem to catch the intensity in their concentration in the corner.

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   2 days 20 hours ago

    Did anyone else catch the comments made at the pre-race press conference in regards to Bridgestone bringing the 2013 tire? Valentino disliked the idea and said he didn't understand the decision especially given the development of the bike is obviously based on the 2014 spec tire. Marquez said that he didn't understand the decision either. He also said 'some riders complain. Not many, but some complain in Qatar and in pre-season.' Bradley Smith didn't beat around the bush. He said that the positive of having the 2013 tires at COTA was that it will clarify things for Bridgestone and the rest of the paddock regarding which tire is better and 'it will shut up some riders from whinging and I'm quite excited to get through this weekend and go back to the 2014 spec.' All riders in the press conference said that the 2014 was better over race distance.

    Let's be clear - the 'riders' (not many, as Marc mentioned) was rider = Jorge Lorenzo. He claimed that they were unsafe, which seemed to be substantiated by the number of crashes in the race. Not by his, but perhaps by some of the later crashes. But this had to do entirely with the track conditions at Qatar. Looking at the above image of Rossi's front tire from COTA - now THAT is unsafe. And to think- I entertained a funny conspiracy notion in my head that Dorna had made a phone call to BS to spice up the start of the season after JL's DNF in Qatar and get him back in the game so they could preserve the major storyline of this season (MM vs JL in a tight title chase). When in fact, Jorge may have had a more significant voice in the matter than I had jokingly led myself to believe. That and the fact that he has, per his own error screwed the first two races of the season on his own merit. Concessions are being made for a 'whinging' rider who has clearly lost his focus to start this season. When you become obsessed with everything that is going wrong and continue to point your finger at something else - distraction by mosquito accumulation is the new one, or the tires that everyone is riding with are unsafe you are not focused on the task at hand. I really think that had Jorge been truly focused to start this season he would have 2 podiums at the very least. He was lapping at a podium pace after his restart in Austin. I believe that he would have been in a great place to win at Qatar regardless of how practice went.

    People gave VR so much guff for letting go of Jeremy Burgess. He was making excuses - he was pointing fingers, etc and unable to face the facts of his career slowing down. Well, in Vale's defense - when he loses, he loses with dignity. He says in press conferences that Marc or whomever else beat him is stronger than he is or faster than he is on that day. Jorge talks about tires. I get it - you have to believe that you are the best but focus on that. I earned a new respect for JL last year because I think 2013 was his best year by far. His heart, his race craft and his tactics on and off the track were undeniable. I think that perhaps Marc winning the championship has thrown him for a loop and maybe the time off to marinate on the high level of his competition has him rattled. I don't know how else to explain the the beginning of this season. I do know that I am absolutely tired of hearing his excuses. He needs to get to work and start racing. His press conference mind games and media noise are not helping him this year. The bar has been raised. C'mon JORGE! Let's go! Get your head back in the game!

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   2 days 21 hours ago

    Towards the end of the race there was a slowmo of the front wheel on Marc's bike and the right side looked shot. Would be good if there was a pic of them all at the end. Will not get anything from Bridgestone...

    Still does not explain Rossi destroying his so quickly - was the temp that much hotter on race day? Surely they tested the fronts for wear in practice. How many times did we Jeremy send a bike out and it go backwards that quickly?

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   2 days 22 hours ago

    Not Just two reasons....add to those The stress and wear forced on tyres by a superbike simply does not compare to what the bridgestone hoops go through under the forces that a motogp bike imparts upon them. Bridgestone has a much tougher job to do. That said I would love to see the end of the control tyre era. Sick of hearing about tyres, tbh.

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   2 days 22 hours ago

    I'm only surprised that he managed to finish the race to be honest....

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/t1.0-9/10174993_8...

  • MSMA Agree To Freeze Electronic Development Ahead Of 2016 Switchover   2 days 23 hours ago

    I think implementing the rev limit is fine... truthfully MotoGP bikes are just too powerful, so cutting down on that a little bit would be helpful. I've heard riders don't get full power until 5th or even 6th gear- any lower than that, the bike slides or wheelies without TC.

    I would definitely rather trade electronic sorcery for mechanical freedom... MotoGP bikes should be able to have double clutch transmissions, variable valve timing, variable geometry intakes, and truthfully displacement freedom as well- more peak power is pointless, but more displacement and tech to broaden the power curve would make for less stressed engines, lower fuel consumption and better powerbands

    I'm sure all the specifics are being ironed out very heavily as we speak... nobody knows that yet; that is all back room talk at the moment.

  • MSMA Agree To Freeze Electronic Development Ahead Of 2016 Switchover   2 days 23 hours ago

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  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   2 days 23 hours ago

    Yes, Dovi was down 20 seconds to the winner this year. But so was everybody else except for the guy on the exact same bike as Marquez.

    So I don't think Dovi and the other Ducs are exactly where they've been one year ago. I think Iannone's performance is proof for that as well. He was able to hold off Bradl and Rossi pretty well until his front tire started to give in. A Ducati in a dry race fighting an RCV213 and an M1 for a podium for that long into a race would have been unthinkable one year ago in my opinion.

    But as David stated, this was a rather odd race to really judge where everyone is at. Bridgestone very well made sure of that.

    I think we won't be able to see everyone's real potential before Jerez. A track which Dani loves. So we'll see what he can do against Marquez on equal machinery. Jorge and Valentino shouldn't have too big of a technical disadvantage there in theory, so we'll see where the M1 is at. Without any mistake happening, we will also see how Valentino's performance compares to Jorge's on a track they both know very well. And we'll see where the Ducatis fit into that picture.

    But first, bring on Argentina!

  • MSMA Agree To Freeze Electronic Development Ahead Of 2016 Switchover   3 days 24 min ago

    They are not in the Open category. Only Hernandez is, I think.

  • MSMA Agree To Freeze Electronic Development Ahead Of 2016 Switchover   3 days 2 hours ago

    I think Ducati is in the same effective category as Suzuki will be next year... a factory entry with special dispensation to let them regain competitiveness.

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   3 days 4 hours ago

    1. 2013' tire.
    2. Other riders chucked there fronts as well, clearly a defect or..
    3. The surface, far grippier than last year, is abrasive enough to merit the "special 13'/new 14'" tire, of which Bridgestone brought none because of...
    4. Production and logistic issues by bridgestone and lastly.....
    5. During FP4 they did 16 lap race simulation on a used front tire and assumed a brand new one would last the race but....
    6. Despite no setup changes it didn't last 8 laps in prime condition.

    Arguments against Silvano:

    none, his rider was on course for a sure 3rd place finish, VR looked extremely comfortable on the bike the first couple of laps and was cutting through the pack with finesse.

  • MSMA Agree To Freeze Electronic Development Ahead Of 2016 Switchover   3 days 4 hours ago

    And so it begins with the Manufacturers putting forth a coordinated electronics strategy next season. Good news, Honda is at the table fork aptop?) in hand. What I am curious about is what level of electronics is going to prevail and by what process between them and Dorna. At least we have a signal that the process is underway from the MSMA as well.
    Anyone else think that the rev limit is going to be a showdown? I am a wee concerned that this will end up lower than is preferable, and am more interested in seeing 'turn by turn' go away.
    Question (and 3rd time stuck out here): does anyone have info re what specifics are on or near the chopping block as the championship electronics are rolled out? Seamless trans? Turn by turn?
    Thanks for the consideration. Amongst us there has to be SOMEONE w a bit of insight...

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   3 days 5 hours ago
    ah

    3 highlights for me from the show: #1: Dovi rode beautifully. This has been a long time coming. The move he pulled to get past iannone was fast and hard and ballsy - really made me sit up and take notice as i was snoozing off at the time:) Then he set about getting himself into the podium spot with courage and balls. GREAT ride for Dovizioso. #2: MM93's comment that his moment on the last corner was because 'the race was quiet and he wanted to give some entertainment to his family and mechanics' that made me LOL - the kid is just awesome eh? #3: The selfie on the podium that Dorna put live to the world. This was an inspired, magic human touch that most could relate to all over the world, and it portrayed the rider's personalities really well. Full Marks Dorna.

    Again though, moto3 was the best racing. Jack Miller rode amazing - led most of the way, and refused to panic when passed late but pulled hard outside AND inside passes. 2 / 2. GO JACK.

  • MSMA Agree To Freeze Electronic Development Ahead Of 2016 Switchover   3 days 7 hours ago

    The Ducati situation is most peculiar and confusing. They are a factory team with 4 extra litres of fuel allowance, access to a soft tyre and no engine development freeze. These rules makes sense when a manufacturer who has been out of racing series is making a return meaning for Suzuki in 2015 and if Aprilia actually returns in 2016. But Ducati has been around all the time. I still do not understand the basis for these concessions. Also a lot of praise being heaped on Luigi Dall'Igna is perhaps undeserving because Ducati is the one team that is playing by a set of rules that are applicable only to itself. I think what can be attributed to Dall'Igna is the stroke of genius of committing the factory to open rules and then being pushed back into the factory category with access to all the rules of the open category intact. I stand truly confused and confounded.

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   3 days 8 hours ago

    Dovi was a full 10 seconds faster this year then last year.

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   3 days 8 hours ago

    Marquez in particular (as seen in the very last corner). Late in the race, Dorna showed a super slo-mo shot of Marquez, and as his front tire came around the first time, you could see that the right side was completely shredded. It appeared as though there was a chunk missing from the shoulder that was about six inches long and as thick as a finger. The race was pretty much a snoozefest up to that point, but that shot made me sit up and pay attention. I was pretty sure Marquez was about to either start dropping off back to Pedrosa or toss it in the kitty litter.

    My guess is that the Repsol riders, aside from just having a great bike and setup and being great riders, pushed their tires much past where the rest were comfortable with and got away with it. Barely.

  • MSMA Agree To Freeze Electronic Development Ahead Of 2016 Switchover   3 days 8 hours ago

    I thought that Ducati was in the open class and that would mean they are not developing electronics.

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   3 days 11 hours ago

    What, if anything, can we read into Rossi's tyre issues? There were plenty to read into Qatar the 2nd coming of the Lord, it is probably similarly presumptuous to write off his new crew chief after just one bad race but it makes an interesting point.

    Lorenzo trailed Rossi by around 21s on lap 2 and finished 4s behind, so gained 17s on his team mate over the course of the race. David placed a figure of around 6s for the time lost by Lorenzo making his way through traffic, so one might be able to surmise that without the jump start Lorenzo would have gapped Rossi by around 23s on the same bike.

    Similarly, Lorenzo trailed Marquez by 24.7s on lap 2 and 49.1s at the finish - a difference of 24.4s. With his normal rocket start let me presume he would probably have been very near to Marquez on lap 2, deduct the 6s for time lost in traffic and he might have finished around 18s back - probably enough to stay clear of the scrap for third.

    What's clear is that Lorenzo et al set up the bike and used it a lot better than his team mate, but that both were thoroughly outpaced by the Repsol boys.

    All meaningless supposition, roll on Argentina. :)

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   3 days 12 hours ago

    One think missing, I think, from the commentary is whether or not the factory Hondas had any tire issues? I'm assuming not though not certain why. Any ideas? They seem to be the only bikes which did not have problems.

    I'm in the camp that Ducati is improving. They have been near the top of the time sheets in many of the practice sessions and even Ianonne on a satellite bike is running up front in the races. And yes, it is early in the season. And, yes, they have a long way to go.

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   3 days 12 hours ago

    Dovisioso only down 20 seconds this year!!!! Last year he was down 22 seconds. My how the Ducati Monster has risen out of the ashes. Kidding to some extent. I do wish Ducati well but on an even playing field only.

    Also it would seem part of the Factory Yamaha team might try to get some setup tips from the 'lesser' Yamaha team(s).

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