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  • Marco Melandri Completes Aprilia's MotoGP Line Up   1 week 6 days ago

    "Rising to the premier MotoGP category, Melandri immediately confirmed his competitiveness, finishing out the year in second place."

    2003 - 15th
    2004 - 12th
    2005 - 2nd
    2006 - 4th
    2007 - 5th
    2008 - 17th
    2009 - 10th
    2010 - 10th

    Presumably taking three years to become competitive wasn't as good a sound bite and Aprillia didn't think anyone would remember 10 years ago.

  • 2014 Valencia MotoGP Monday Test Times Final: Yamahas Flying As Rookies Debut   1 week 6 days ago

    Don't put too much into testing, Smith was fast at all tests last year, and look where he finished this year.

  • 2014 Valencia Sunday Round Up: Of Dodgy MotoGP Weather, Fuel Issues in Moto2, and Miller vs Marquez in Moto3   1 week 6 days ago

    I am kinda glad the season is over, I am sick of Miller crying around about Aragon, when he pulled the same stunt at Mugello. It goes to show his professionalism, or lack there of. I was rooting for him at the beginning of the season, but as his behavior continued to drop, I felt it was time to root for someone professional. I usually dislike Spanish riders, just because they are Spanish, but I ended up finding myself rooting for the Marquez Brothers. I cannot wait to see what Marc has in store for Jack next season!

  • Marco Melandri Completes Aprilia's MotoGP Line Up   1 week 6 days ago

    I hope the curse of Marco Melandari doesn't befall on Gresini!

    Hayate
    Yamaha WSB
    Factory BMW
    BMW Italia
    Aprilia WSB

    Need i say more?

    PS: I am half kidding of-course!

  • 2014 Valencia MotoGP Monday Test Times Final: Yamahas Flying As Rookies Debut   1 week 6 days ago

    "Aleix Espargaro setting the 14th fastest time, but just 1.3 seconds off the pace of Lorenzo, and over a second quicker than Randy De Puniet had been in the test."

    What test?

    If you're referring to this week-end, De Puniet's fastest time was a 1:32:509, set during Q1. Aleix's time is less than 2 tenth faster.

  • 2014 Valencia MotoGP Monday Test Times Final: Yamahas Flying As Rookies Debut   1 week 6 days ago

    I think they got the best riders possible for 2015 and further. Vinales 2.2 from JL on first ride? Wow! Just hope they sort out the obvious reliability issues on time to have at least meaningful tests.

    Also so nice to see 5 legendary names of factories finally/again! It looks like interesting times ahead...

  • 2014 Valencia MotoGP Monday Test Times Final: Yamahas Flying As Rookies Debut   1 week 6 days ago

    Pretty decent for a 1st day shakedown to get the feel of the bike.

    Did Pol and Bradley get the 2014 factory bikes wheeled along to Tech 3 with the seamless upshift?

  • 2014 Valencia MotoGP Monday Test Times 4pm   1 week 6 days ago

    I'm guessing by now Jack Miller has realized the jump was quite a handful

  • 2014 Valencia Sunday Round Up: Of Dodgy MotoGP Weather, Fuel Issues in Moto2, and Miller vs Marquez in Moto3   1 week 6 days ago

    ...that Miller's antics add to the spectacle of MotoGP by giving some of us something to focus on, so do Pooch's absurd comments add to the MotoMatters experience.

    Questioning your journalistic ability speaks volumes about him.

  • 2014 Valencia MotoGP Monday Test Times 4pm   1 week 6 days ago

    Final results for the day here. Alex Marquez makes an appearance.

    http://www.motogp.com/en/TestResults/MotoGP+Valencia+2014

  • 2014 Valencia Sunday Round Up: Of Dodgy MotoGP Weather, Fuel Issues in Moto2, and Miller vs Marquez in Moto3   1 week 6 days ago

    ...where this idea that champions have to act like petulant children if they happen to lose came from.

    Plenty of champions take losing gracefully. Even when they're only 20 years old.

    Look at Rossi's acceptance of second in the MotoGP world championship this year. If anyone has the "right" to act like a d*ck because he finished second despite knowing his talent is equal to anyone's, it's Rossi.

    Miller giving Rins the finger during the slowdown lap, saying about the Aragon race "but we won't go there" after bringing it up during a post-race interview--then bringing it up again two minutes later in the same interview, standing on the top step with a big frowny face; the guy sure does add to the circus, I guess.

    Nah, champions don't have to behave as Miller did. Some just do. I prefer the ones who don't.

  • 2014 Valencia MotoGP Monday Test Times 3pm: Lorenzo Leads Yamaha Onslaught, Rookies Debut   1 week 6 days ago

    On a more serious note, where's Nicky Hayden? Not participating in this test?

  • 2014 Valencia Sunday Round Up: Of Dodgy MotoGP Weather, Fuel Issues in Moto2, and Miller vs Marquez in Moto3   1 week 6 days ago

    Bike 32 consistently running 1:40's, and in those last five laps he was being chased down pulled off a series of his fastest all race. There was no slowing down but a speeding up.

    Bike 8 was capable of high 39's. early and sporadically throughout race, but chose to make things dicey by bunching things up. Then almost when its clearly too late fir all of us watching at home, pulls the pin and absolutely takes off putting in back to back laps 5-6 tenths quicker than the leader, bike 32.

    Vasquez pace at end was same as Vinalles, while Miller was on fire closely followed by Marquez.

    This shows it better.

    http://resources.motogp.com/files/results/2014/VAL/Moto3/RAC/Analysis.pd...

  • 2014 Valencia Sunday Round Up: Of Dodgy MotoGP Weather, Fuel Issues in Moto2, and Miller vs Marquez in Moto3   1 week 6 days ago

    Rins raced hard, led when he could, disrupted his teammate's title challenger, and finally disrupted Kent enough to push him back far enough that he had to make a desperate, last-ditch lunge that pushed him off track and sealed Marquez's championship. Then Rins seemed to truly congratulate his teammate afterward.

  • 2014 Valencia MotoGP Monday Test Times 3pm: Lorenzo Leads Yamaha Onslaught, Rookies Debut   1 week 6 days ago

    Yes. Crutchlow's bike has had about 8 hours of set-up time, Pedrosa's has had about 8 years. ;-)

  • 2014 Valencia Sunday Round Up: Of Dodgy MotoGP Weather, Fuel Issues in Moto2, and Miller vs Marquez in Moto3   1 week 6 days ago

    David highlighted the training regimen of this year's three champions a few weeks back (http://www.motomatters.com/analysis/2014/10/18/2014_phillip_island_satur...). I'd say the surest bet this winter is that any rider who currently lacks regular access to a dirt oval and the corresponding machinery will be eager to secure both as quickly as possible.

  • 2014 Valencia Sunday Round Up: Of Dodgy MotoGP Weather, Fuel Issues in Moto2, and Miller vs Marquez in Moto3   1 week 6 days ago

    This season has just been amazing...

    A young GP phenom defending his first title by breaking even more records, that same phenom being thrown every curveball in the book (rain, bad starts, strong rivals...) and still dominating. All while smiling and laughing his way through. Incredible.

    A resurgent legend coming back after 3 difficult years against some of the strongest competition our sport has ever seen. Almost unheard of at this level of sports. And beating his teammate to second in the championship. Seeing him go toe-to-toe with the young breed of riders and beating them all... except one.

    A previously dominate rider just absolutely, and uncharacteristically, collapse in the first part of his season. Only to fight back in the second half of the year to almost finish second in the championship, but then melt in the rain again.

    A moto3 championship go down to the wire after a season long absolute war on the track! Some of the best and most aggressive racing I personally have ever seen. And the winner of that championship just happens to be the brother of the fastest man on the planet.

    Ok, moto2 was a bit of a snoozer at times, but it finished strong. And was won by one of the most likeable, hard working, guys in the paddock. No one would deny he earned that title. True domination from the first race. And HE just happens to be friends and training partners with the two brothers of MotoGP and Moto3.

    You couldn't make that sh*t up if you wanted to.

    I for one, feel privileged to have witnessed it. I have a feeling we will be looking back on this season in decades time with fond memories.

    And thanks to David and the other writers for keeping us informed and at the edge of our seats the whole time!

  • 2014 Valencia Sunday Round Up: Of Dodgy MotoGP Weather, Fuel Issues in Moto2, and Miller vs Marquez in Moto3   1 week 6 days ago

    Hear hear to the most consensual opinion this week end :)

  • 2014 Valencia Moto3 Race Result: Championship Decider Doesn't Disappoint   1 week 6 days ago

    Remember, you asked :)

    AFAIK, Marquez never suggested that Miller was a "bitch" in a public interview, nor has he criticized Miller's family. I've never seen Marquez flip anyone off, and I've never seen him mount an International-level GP podium wearing a shirt with a profanity on it. Miller has done all of these things. So compared to that, no, Alex has not been a Jackass.

    In regards to his on-track behavior, in the pre-weekend interview, journalists had to go back to last century to find an appropriate parallel to the level of disregard Miller has shown to his competitors. After the first WSBK race in Qatar, Sykes was asked about a (non-contact) pass Melandri made on him. Sykes called it "closer than necessary" but "hard but fair," and said he had no problem with it. Then he added: "We're professional racers. There's a line you don't cross, and we all know it." Apparently, Miller doesn't, and Race Direction doesn't have the spine to let him know when he crosses it.

    Listen: Every - every - racer feels the things and the desires that Miller does. Everyone wants to say the same things. Everyone wants to bump their competitors off the track. It's just that even the other kids his age don't act like this. They may only be 18, but they understand that in this world, acting like a grownup is a job requirement.

    For every "bad boy" racer who is celebrated by the media, there are several others, equally talented, who get shoved to the side, not for lack of talent, but because they act like Jackasses.

    If Miller hasn't yet figured out that what he's really selling is his ability to gather the attention and approval of the companies that support this sport, someone needs to clue him in - fast. I've said before he needs counseling. A media consultant might be a higher priority. Which one of his sponsors is going to make up a 36" x 24" print of him standing on the podium, flipping someone off, with a "Jackass" t-shirt on, and put that in the lobby of their corporate headquarters?

    Racers don't just compete on the track.

    I think you get my point.

    I'll leave it with this: I've seen racers lose their rides for the behavior Miller exhibited on the podium alone.

    And while others might rave about his honesty and how refreshing it is, my experience is that none of those supporters are there when the Jackasses' sponsors leave and the Jackass loses his ride.

  • 2014 Valencia MotoGP Monday Test Times 3pm: Lorenzo Leads Yamaha Onslaught, Rookies Debut   1 week 6 days ago

    I imagine Dani hadn't started lapping when this was written up. Live timing as of 15:35 local shows him having posted a 1:31.6, about three tenths clear of Cal. That's the gap I'm eying closest today. Are there any acknowledged differences between the two bikes?

  • 2014 Valencia Sunday Round Up: Of Dodgy MotoGP Weather, Fuel Issues in Moto2, and Miller vs Marquez in Moto3   1 week 6 days ago

    Welcome to Motomatters, since it appears you are new here

    You won't find much support for your obvious negativity as this site is mainly visited by the hardcore fans who tend to see the bigger picture and we tend to try and keep it positive.

    David's writing is quite simply why we are here

    You'll hopefully grow to appreciate it as we do and contribute comments that are more balanced and much less negative than this one

    We understand that when 'your guy' loses that there is the tendency to moan a bit. Let's keep that to a minimum and follow the general good nature of the posts here

  • 2014 Valencia Sunday Round Up: Of Dodgy MotoGP Weather, Fuel Issues in Moto2, and Miller vs Marquez in Moto3   1 week 6 days ago

    MCN is just a short click away if you want to take jabs. But taking a jab at David's writing, well, seeing as he's the most respected writer in the Moto GP paddock, your aim is off. We at MotoMatters like to hear what happens off the bike as much as on. As a racer, I know it's off the bike that shapes what happens on it.

    David, thanks again for another season of fantastic coverage. I've been on the edge of my seat for months, so thanks for that.

    Highside.

  • 2014 Valencia Sunday Round Up: Of Dodgy MotoGP Weather, Fuel Issues in Moto2, and Miller vs Marquez in Moto3   1 week 6 days ago

    I just wanted to say thank you, David, for a great round up and for a wonderful season coverage. There is no better analyst or writer around in this sport. Thank you for your hard work, professionalism, subtlety, attention to detail, and thoroughly enjoyable writing style. Here's to many more years of Motomatters.com !!!!

  • 2014 Valencia Sunday Round Up: Of Dodgy MotoGP Weather, Fuel Issues in Moto2, and Miller vs Marquez in Moto3   1 week 6 days ago

    I realize I typed "Rooney" in place of "Rainey". The words "Wayne" and "Doohan" were in too close proximity in my mental queue and the bastard "Rooney" popped out. My humble apologies...

  • 2014 Valencia Sunday Round Up: Of Dodgy MotoGP Weather, Fuel Issues in Moto2, and Miller vs Marquez in Moto3   1 week 6 days ago

    And it no doubt worked in Vale's favor that some teams didn't switch to 4 strokes until 2003.

    But Tohru Ukawa didn't win 11 races in 2002 and Nicky Hayden didn't stop Rossi from winning his third straight the year after that. Cash and tech may play the biggest role in splitting the grid between the front runners and the also rans, but it won't hand a rider a 69% win rate.

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