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  • Bridgestone Press Release - Masao Azuma Admits Bridgestone Puzzled By Extreme Front Tire Wear At Austin   6 days 11 hours ago

    Even if the tire desintegrates into oblivion, they will never accept that is their fault. "It is the rider/bike/team/track/" fault, kind of press release
    1- Same 2013 track - unlike Phillip Island
    2- Cooler temps - meaning, temp is not an issue.
    3- Better edge grip - stronger? durable?

    Sorry, but I don't buy it.

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Marc Márquez: 'He’s playing'   6 days 11 hours ago

    Well sir i don't have the vast knowledge or experience of GP's as you, but what you said is the truth but if it is , it has one more side to it which maybe you've not considered. AUSTIN is a track marc has mastered and what he did there is not possible for others. But at the same time let me remind everybody of #27.

    As GP freaks know casey was the master or to be more precise the ruler of phillip island. If marc finished first in texas with 4.1 sec lead to 2nd placed dani, casey defeated every1 with 6 to 7 sec even 8 in phillip island every year. Now this states that few riders are rulers of some few circuits. Similarly let us consider ASSEN' as i know that if yamaha ride to their potential there honda doesn't stand a chance. Ben beated casey there with ease with a much weaker m1 in 2011 despite honda's supremacy that year. MUGELLO ...... as we know if jorge rides to his potential there marc can never ever win there even if he cries trying, we will see this year to ourself. "Jorge just slaughtered his rivals"..........pardon me MAT OXLEY but those were your words after the race at MUGELLO 2012.

  • Bridgestone Press Release - Masao Azuma Admits Bridgestone Puzzled By Extreme Front Tire Wear At Austin   6 days 12 hours ago

    At least now we can put this to bed right? I can't see there being a chance of the 2013 spec tires making another appearance this year.

  • Bridgestone Press Release - Masao Azuma Admits Bridgestone Puzzled By Extreme Front Tire Wear At Austin   6 days 12 hours ago

    I can only imagine how difficult it is to be a tire supplier and developer for MotoGP. However, even though I try to give Bridgestone the benefit of the doubt, I can't help but start to really question their abilities. Some of the mistakes and problems from their supplied tires over the last couple of years has really given their brand a bad image.

  • Bridgestone Press Release - Masao Azuma Admits Bridgestone Puzzled By Extreme Front Tire Wear At Austin   6 days 12 hours ago

    He says the tires were not faulty. But this doesn't make sense to me. I can't imagine that anyone is harder on his front tyre than Marquez. He enters corners doing a rolling stopie and on the side of his tyre all race long. How is it that he seemed to not suffer tyre degradation like the others did?

    I'm not suggesting any sort of conspiracy. Just wondering if some of the riders did, indeed, get faulty tyres.

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Marc Márquez: 'He’s playing'   6 days 13 hours ago

    Fun article Matt! Good job w your dosages on the meds, but you have the pecker thing backwards. ;)

    The 'playing' aspect is an essential one of his temperament, and this sort of thing has been well considered (Rossi vs Biaggi for example). As such he is never 'working at it' or 'practicing.' So much joy with this kid!

    Contrast a bit w Lorenzo and his precision methodical 'work.' Compare, also, how he is early in his career and personal development as Jorge was in his gold helmet era. There is an envelope of the possible that is pliable. If massaged it works out, if bumped against it tears and PLOP.

    This is true for all racers on all bikes in all situations, and experienced to know it is truth. After doing Keith Code's school I came back to my home track brimming w 'playing at it' and hubris, maniacally did 2 wheel drifting slides overcooking corners for precisely one race. Inside my helmet I laughed 'f*#@ing Rossi baby!' until having a retirement demanding crash at the fastest corner, and head injury impairing a YEAR. Relax now, I am entirely aware I was a better than mediocre club racer. However, perhaps a question is arising in your mind as is mine...did you see Marc nearly lose his bike celebrating? The Limit, will it push back at him? Then what?

    Good news is is that for those 'playing' it is a very dynamic and instantly responsive adjustment process. Cue Rossi comparisons galore. Remember his first 125 victory and nearly hitting the paddock wall? Playing temperament. Lorenzo's jump start in Texas? Not playing, working at it. It is indeed feeling easy for Marc, and I am SO thankful to have him around to enjoy. Remember too that when Lorenzo first started beating Rossi in an M1 battle he was relaxed and it felt 'easy.'

    From here on out I am no longer considering any of them Aliens coming down from a mysterious far away place from beyond The Limit. That takes away from the brilliance of our shared human story. They are Astronauts that have trancended the atmosphere, time, and concept. They better damn well do re-entry well. There is no Alien planet to return to, even on the Factory Honda.

    This kid is brilliant. I second the wishes for such things as Stoner back in Dani's seat, or swap 93 and 26 for 99 and 46, 26 for 41, et al. And am just super happy to have gotten a wish in having Marquez here at all. Holy cr*p, what a gift we get to keep unwrapping for a whole career.

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Marc Márquez: 'He’s playing'   6 days 13 hours ago

    It's fun watching him ride a moto. I think he started riding moto cross when he was 6 months old, pretty sure he started racing moto cross at 1 year old

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Marc Márquez: 'He’s playing'   6 days 13 hours ago

    What I do se with mm is that when he does go past the limit he doesn't low side, he just runs wide and loses very little time. Where with most other riders this is a crash!

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   6 days 15 hours ago

    Some people here are bemoaning the fact that Ducati are still the same distance behind Marquez this year as they were at last years race, therefore they've made little to no improvement. To that I would say that Marquez has a heap more races and confidence behind him now vs this race last year so Ducati are doing well to mirror his improvement. I don't think there is any doubt that the 2014 spec Marquez would be significantly faster than the 2013 spec. Anyway it's just great to see another manufacturer in the mix and Ducati riders with some hope in their eyes.

    Tyres? The tyre wars of old were an absolute farce, with most competitors nobbled before they turned a wheel (witness Elias' improvement when gifted some of Pedrosa's cast off's) so long live the spec tyres as far as I'm concerned.

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Marc Márquez: 'He’s playing'   6 days 15 hours ago

    When Marc rides on the dirt, he looks as comfortable and stylish as any top dirt tracker. Not to say he would win in that discipline, (even though he did mighty good against a top American dirt tracker). But he does look far more comfortable riding in the dirt than any of the other top Motogp guys I have seen video footage on. Motocross and Supercross guys have been doing this since the 1970s. And Marc Marquez looks like he takes that same skill and applies to the Motogp bike. Always felt like it was easier to take dirt background and apply to road riding than the other way around. Marc seems to show that with each and every race.

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Marc Márquez: 'He’s playing'   6 days 16 hours ago

    Marquez may have moved the game on again but Stoner was the first guy to consciously rear wheel steel over kerbs. Where Marquez has really upped he ante is on the brakes, nobody is even close to matching how hard he brakes into turns, while turning.

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Marc Márquez: 'He’s playing'   6 days 16 hours ago

    i cant help but feel a little annoyed Stoner retired. I can only imagine how hard they would have pushed each other. Such a shame we wont get to see that.

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Marc Márquez: 'He’s playing'   6 days 16 hours ago

    Like almost everyone else, I am currently in awe of the things that Marc is doing on a motorcycle. However one thing troubles me....

    As mentioned, many times in Mat's blog - the key thing he has is confidence. And whilst class is permanent, confidence, like form, is temporary. At some point it is almost inevitable that Marc will hurt himself on a MotoGP bike (as he did in Moto2). The more he flirts with the limit, the higher the likelihood that this will happen. At this point, whilst he will not lose any of his ability, it is very likely that he will lose some of his confidence.

    Now, that may last a weekend, a week, or the rest of his career - nobody, including Marc, can understand how those events could play out. I think it's no coincidence that Valentino's results dropped so heavily with the cumulative effect of a fast team mate, a broken leg, a lost friend and a difficult motorcycle. He is now again looking more confident, but it's taken a long time and the severing of a career-long partnership.

    I don't know why, but my gut feeling is that Marc's career might not be as long as people are thinking. I always thought the same thing about Casey; the harder you push, the sooner you tire. Marc has the advantage of course that he has stepped up into the dominant team, with a brilliant and likely more forgiving motorcycle underneath him.

    For me, the greatest skill of Valentino has been to maximise his results, whilst through a combination of talent and luck, minimising his injuries. Time will tell, but I hope to watch Marc race for many years to come.

  • MSMA Agree To Freeze Electronic Development Ahead Of 2016 Switchover   6 days 17 hours ago

    we call it cheater bike.

    All the advantages of factory, all the advantages of open. None of the drawbacks of either. For the next two years. Even if they win only some of the advantages get diluted.

    Clearly Gigi has some very incriminating photos of Carmelo and Nakamoto.

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Marc Márquez: 'He’s playing'   6 days 17 hours ago

    Evolution, it's wonderful thing. Jay Springsteen showed dirt trackers you could steer with the front wheel, veterans told him you can't understeer like that you'll crash, he made it work, Jeremy McGrath, changed Supercross forever with bike control never seen before, when revolutionaries come along all we, the mere mortals of the world can do is watch in awe as they show us a new way to ride.

    Racing motorcycles belong to the young, Maverick Viñales, Jack Miller, Alex Marquez and a number of other youngsters will show us the way.

    Motorcycle racing has always been a young man's game. Just shows how good Valentino Rossi was that he can still keep these guys in sight. 5 years from now people will ask Jorge who?

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Marc Márquez: 'He’s playing'   6 days 17 hours ago

    For sure the guy is very very good at his job, but the same was/is said about Rossi and he has had also some very very difficult years. Let's wait and see what happens when he is facing some really difficult years and watch if he can recover from that, and no, I do not dislike the guy.

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Marc Márquez: 'He’s playing'   6 days 17 hours ago

    Marc's corner entry style reminds of top level Motocross riders...

    You'll see the guys come off of a double or triple into an immediate corner, and they keep the back tire in the air the whole time super hard on the brakes, riding on the front tire into the corner front suspension fully compressed, basically sitting on the tank, with their inside legging hanging off the bike ready to plant for the corner.

    Marc, to me, does kind of the same. Most riders keep their weight back on the seat to keep the back end down, but as Marc gets closer to corner entry, he seems to be fully forward against the gas tank letting the rear end wag around all it wants. So he is fully concentrated on the front tire, riding it almost all the way to the apex, and the back end is kind of an after thought.

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Marc Márquez: 'He’s playing'   6 days 18 hours ago

    Besides all the records he has broken and may still break in the future... Marquez is living the Dream! He's being paid (very well) to do what he loves to do! He's enjoying the money, the travelling, the spotlights, fame/fortune, fans/hottest women, an awesome team/factory/bike, and being the MotoGP Champ after his 1st attempt. He's accomplished what he set out to do as a young child! As the years go by everything will just increase especially the money. So he's enjoying it tremendously... and he's only 20 years old! He has plenty of time to crush the motogp field in the years to come (til Alex M. get there) plus the competition wont' be able to touch him, this is just the start of his 2nd season in motogp... 2 races in with a broken/healing foot!!! So why not play!? I feel bad for Dani/Jorge/Rossi... what can they do to slow him down?! Not much, ask Dani! 5second lead, same team same bike... WOW! Marc can only take himself out being careless like on the last corner, funny but he won't be doing that again. We all mind as well just sit back and enjoy the show... P2 and back because Marquez will be P1!

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   6 days 18 hours ago
  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Marc Márquez: 'He’s playing'   6 days 19 hours ago

    Used to do it often on his ZXR750...

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Marc Márquez: 'He’s playing'   6 days 19 hours ago

    Most likely because his brother Alex will win it. Imagine 10 years of future Marquez domination, championships already decided as early as September.

    Unparalleled skill by a single competitor tends to produce boring competitions. Marquez is proving to be the proverbial gun brought to a knife fight.

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Marc Márquez: 'He’s playing'   6 days 19 hours ago

    Excellent article and couldn't agree more, however i don't completely agree with marquez being the first to lift the rear at an angle ... IMHO stoner started this trend although perhaps not to the same extent as #93

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   1 week 3 hours ago

    Moaning about tyres is pretty much a universal constant in any motor sport. :)

    I agree with you. Unless there were individual variations between tyres (not typically a feature of the 'stones) then some used them better than others. As flawed as the control tyre is in it's current form, the "good old days" of tyre wars - with only one or two chosen riders from each manufacturer getting the best tyres - weren't real flash either.

  • 2014 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Of Cracking Under Pressure, And Accidental Tire Management   1 week 7 hours ago

    Easy to blame the tyres. If they are so crap, how come Marquez and others managed to do so well??
    Comments re Smith easing off and having the tyres come back indicate that perhaps some lack of simpatico might also be at the root of the issue for some of the riders.

    Tyre choice, even in a control tyre series, still has to be made wisely, and it would appear some people are shifting the blame for their own decisions to the tyres.

  • MSMA Agree To Freeze Electronic Development Ahead Of 2016 Switchover   1 week 8 hours ago

    A dual clutch gearbox would produce the same results as Honda's seamless box for a fraction of the cost. Like I said MotoGP's bans aren't well thought out and wind up driving up costs unintentionally. With less limits factories will choose the cheapest route to the same result.

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