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  • Gresini To Switch To Honda In Moto3 For 2015 With Bastianini and Locatelli   4 days 19 hours ago

    There were rumblings of a Yammi Moto3 project back in 2011 but nothing came to fruition. I have a feeling that launching their R25 sport bike with heavy handed Valentino branding is the first part of an eventual strategy to move into the lower division. Perhaps even using the VR46 Team as the launching pad, similar to the relationship Ajo shares with KTM?

    It just makes too much sense from a cross branding perspective...

  • Aspar Press Release: Nicky Hayden Speaks On His Return To MotoGP   4 days 20 hours ago

    He reminds me of Guy Martin. Bikes, bikes, bikes, and f*ck everything else. These bikes are an addiction, a passion, a life choice, all the way around. I know the feeling.

  • Aspar Press Release: Nicky Hayden Speaks On His Return To MotoGP   4 days 21 hours ago

    in the last article you mentioned Laverty signing with Aspar. Are they planning for Nicky not to be able to recover, or they gonna give Aoyama the boot?

  • Gresini To Switch To Honda In Moto3 For 2015 With Bastianini and Locatelli   4 days 22 hours ago

    Rossi coming out and praising Bastianini and now Honda want to take him under their wing.. A talented young Italian and all, if he continues to progress it will be interesting to see if he can refuse a call from Team Sky. Does make you wonder how much not having a presence in the lower classes affects the flow of talent to Yamaha, especially once Rossi has hung up his boots.

  • Aspar Press Release: Nicky Hayden Speaks On His Return To MotoGP   4 days 23 hours ago

    I really like Nicky for the same reason expressed above. I really hope this op does the trick, but I'll be very surprised if it does. I'm not a hand surgeon (I'm a physio), so I express this opinion with due humility, but I think it is a Hail Mary.

  • Aspar Press Release: Nicky Hayden Speaks On His Return To MotoGP   5 days 11 min ago

    If I was him, I'd have packed it in by now. He's surely set up financially and has no need to do it but he still gives it everything he has.

  • Gresini To Switch To Honda In Moto3 For 2015 With Bastianini and Locatelli   5 days 54 min ago

    The crash puppy will replace Efren Vazquez at Racing Team Germany. Which means he'll also be on a Honda. His teammate is John McPhee, and I guess John will come out on top at the end of the year, mainly due to his consistency.

    German language source:
    http://www.speedweek.com/moto3/news/63735/Racing-Team-Germany-2015-mit-N...

  • Gresini To Switch To Honda In Moto3 For 2015 With Bastianini and Locatelli   5 days 12 hours ago

    Any clue if Nico will remain in GP? I'm always amazed at how many DNF's he's had but he can be quick.

  • Gresini To Switch To Honda In Moto3 For 2015 With Bastianini and Locatelli   5 days 12 hours ago

    This time last year, HRC were threatening to leave..

    That particular bone of contention has been shown up as a sham..now't to do with electronics R&D specific to production trickle down. Everything to do with maintaining the gap to competition.

    The RC1000 production bike, their attempt to rig the class and maintain a pecking order, has been a huge white elephant and is defunct. No more work for the man at the crusher..and quite right too.

    But..Big 'H' have their greasy fat corporate fingers in every piece of GP pie.

    24 litres and no more race specific turn by turn?
    Hmm..looking less likely by the day.

    Seems their influence and sway negates broken promises..and the paddock hasn't got the balls to collectively break free of the stranglehold.
    Spineless bunch of MoFo's complain, then cough up.

    2016 and year zero is looking more and more like Dorna appeasement.

    I am prepared to be massively disappointed.

  • Corrado Cecchinelli Interview: The Goal Of MotoGP's Spec Software? More Usable, More Relevant To The Road   5 days 13 hours ago

    According to the 2014 rules the clutch should only be hand actuated with no form of electronic, hydraulic or pheumatic control or assistance. I suspect that with the amount of sensors and electronic control they have over the engine, the slipper clutch is a minor part of tuning if at all. That type of slip is not controlled by the ECU so may not mesh nicely with the programming for the seamless trans.

    >>in 1964 any idiot could tell the RC164 was something from another planet to a Manx Norton. Can we say the same about the intricacies of Honda's clutch control algorithm vs Yamaha's?

    If the rules didn't ban a cheap dual clutch system there would be visible mechanical differences to normal single slutch bikes. I recall hearing the commentators in recent races saying how impressive the wheelie control system is with the bikes having the front tire only mm above the tarmac for nearly the entire straight. I laughed! I then went and watched some 500cc races and it was amazing how ackward their power wheelies seemed to me today.

    Chris
    http://moto2-usa.blogspot.com/

  • Gresini To Switch To Honda In Moto3 For 2015 With Bastianini and Locatelli   5 days 15 hours ago

    they naturally gravitate around each other.

    Yamaha better have a good plan for succession.

  • Corrado Cecchinelli Interview: The Goal Of MotoGP's Spec Software? More Usable, More Relevant To The Road   5 days 18 hours ago

    GPS controlled turn by turn isn’t really a viable option for the real world because of the number of variables. I’m sorry folks but it’s not just Speed, lean angle and corner radius. To say such a thing is like saying there are only three key variables to raising a child.

    Out in the real world there are a nearly infinite number of variables. Tires, road surface witch includes different types of asphalt, gravel, sand and weather or not those roads are in good or bad conditions. Also we can’t forget things like bumps or debris in the road. Im not saying spending $100 trillion investing in new HD GPS Satellites and Drones that scan every road in the land for conditions isn’t possible but (and this is just me) it seems just a little silly.

    The simple point I’m trying to make is that the best form of GPS i’ve ever herd of are those two squashy balls you see through and that other squashy pink thing between your ears. You judge the road conditions in a nano second by nano second basis. We judge the correct corner speed and we can make better assumptions and better predictions with our million years of evolution. Some of us like my dad like to berbal down the road enjoying the slow flowing corners of a lake side road but, for us on the other side of the coin it’s about leaning off the bike believing for those few moments that we are a MotoGP racer.

    It’s important that we remember why we ride because I’m pretty sure it’s more or less somewhere between the two reasons I listed above. Who wants to be enjoying them selves on a beautiful deserted country road just to have your bike suddenly slow down by it self or distract you with a warning by the local council saying the speed for this corner is ludicrously slower then you know it is. Wheres the fun in that. If we want to be safe when we are behind the wheel or handle bars we need to put the phone away, stay focused and keep those eyes pointed in the right direction. Not to mention a healthy helping of self preservation.

    Now with that out of the way I can certainly see and understand the need and uses of ABS and TC on road bikes. Those kinds of aids are just that, AIDS! They are not excuses for us to not know what we are doing or depend on. Its my biggest fear that in the real world many of us do exactly that. We get comfortable and are happy to just wave are hand and call whats happening witch craft not realizing that we totally F’ed up and the system saved our ass. We need to take responsibility for our riding and our mistakes. Personally I think ABS and TC should be on every bike but… Maybe we could just turn it off? Granted I know that kind of defeats the point.

    Racing is something totally different. It’s an entirely different breed of animal. Because they are trying to make the bike go as fast as possible and not crash it creates an incredibly fine line riders and engineers need to manage. It wasn’t until (and i think it was a Rossi) interview where he said that he thought they should keep the TC for safety I.E. preventing high-sides but and kill the performance side of it. Rather stupidly on my part if finally started to make sense. I can’t really elaborate further in regards to Racing TC because I don’t know what I’m talking about :-p

  • WSS Champion Michael Van Der Mark To Race In World Superbikes For Next Two Seasons   5 days 20 hours ago

    It appear VDM already prove he can ride SBK bike by winning Suzuka 8 hours twice, albeit the bike is in different level with WSBK... Ten Kate won't make 2008 mistake when promoting Sofuoglu to SBK... also I do not see many SS champ that can be competitive on SBK, hopefully he's one of those fews.

  • WSS Champion Michael Van Der Mark To Race In World Superbikes For Next Two Seasons   6 days 4 hours ago

    http://www.worldsbk.com/en/videos/2014/Scott%20Smart%20FIM%20SBK%20Techn...

    I think this link is a free video with a fairly detailed quick explanation of the 2015 rules

    Basically next year all bikes will be this years evo spec with cam/head tuning allowed, plus a price capped (8k Euro) factory kit including electronics etc.
    Factories will have to provide software updates several times a season, nominally to give equal access equipment-wise to all.
    It narrows the divide between factory and smaller teams, but the software guys will still make the difference for the factories.
    Thinking of the open class MotoGP software that was too much for the little guys to handle.

  • Coming This Weekend: Moto2 And Moto3 Line-Ups, A 2015 MotoGP Calendar, And More   6 days 6 hours ago

    David at this point 26 machines have signed up with Kalex. There will probably be at least 6 more machines. Team JiR seems to be with TSR (which they have badged Motobi at one point) and team Speed Up which is building its own chassis and maybe for QMMF Racing (I am not sure of this). So is it the case of only Suter disappearing or is there a chance of some of the other chassis (the one's that I have mentioned above) also disappearing or can one of these others shift to Suter? If Suter is out of Moto2 they are as good as being out of the racing business, though their deal with Mahindra in Moto3 will keep them afloat, probably for one more year.

    Coming to Moto3, so with KTM no longer allowing Kalex chassis and FTR not being allowed by Honda (is that true or am I mistaken?) the only other "factory" is Mahindra and that too is only leasing motorcycles to teams such as Aspar. I assume that the factory decided against its own squad because of Aspar which is a pretty big team and could possibly produce better results than the factory itself. The factory is in Switzerland and not in India and I can visualize a scenario where this is the last season for Mahindra branded motorcycles. These motorcycles are totally Suter built (though how Suter built an engine is a mystery to me) and carry the Mahindra badge only because of the fact that the Indian company bank rolls the operation. In India there is a story doing rounds that Mahindra is negotiating to buy out the loss making Peugeot Scooter operations to build their hold in the Indian market and if that is true, Mahindra may just leave racing. Then will it be a two horse race in Moto3, or will someone else take over the Suter motorcycle and brand it as a Loncin, Lambretta, Italjet or more tantalizingly will Aprilia buy out the Suter operation and make a comeback into the smaller category? Aprilia once wanted to race in Moto2 but did not like the option of putting a Honda engine in their chassis. Moto3 right now does not present that problem and more importantly then can take over a bike that does not need to be developed from zero. Any insights sir?

  • Corrado Cecchinelli Interview: The Goal Of MotoGP's Spec Software? More Usable, More Relevant To The Road   6 days 9 hours ago

    Here's something I've not seen discussed in recent times - how are they actually controlling the clutch? In Spaldings 2006 book he said all the manufacturers were at that stage using ramp-type slipper units, is this still the case? Given the march of technology I presume that the engagement and disengagement of the clutch is now mechanised via some type of actuator under ECU control? While the "strategies" to control it will never be known by more than a handful of the factory elite techs, the mechanical gubbins can often be spotted in the odd pit or crash photo and make for interesting discussion.

    This possibly goes to the core of the anti-electronics argument - in 1964 any idiot could tell the RC164 was something from another planet to a Manx Norton. Can we say the same about the intricacies of Honda's clutch control algorithm vs Yamaha's?

  • Corrado Cecchinelli Interview: The Goal Of MotoGP's Spec Software? More Usable, More Relevant To The Road   6 days 11 hours ago

    That is just a Small Matter Of Programming. ;-)

  • Corrado Cecchinelli Interview: The Goal Of MotoGP's Spec Software? More Usable, More Relevant To The Road   6 days 11 hours ago

    >> Understanding the latest technology is not a prerequisite for thinking it is cool. In fact, the less people understand about something usually the more impressed they are by it. 

    Any technology sufficiently advanced is indistinguishable from magic, said Arthur C. Clarke. Anything which ordinary riders don't have, and don't understand, turns it into voodoo, something special. This was a trick I used as an IT consultant from time to time: blind your audience with technical voodoo. But make sure there is no one in the room who actually knows what they are talking about.

    My point is that the actual level of technology is far less important than the perceived level of technology. Maintaining the perception is key. The balancing act is ensuring that whatever the actual level, the perceived level is high.

    Interesting side note: one thing which teams try to do with potential sponsors is get them to the race, and get them into pit lane when the MotoGP bikes are started. The noise is shocking, visceral. That experience, the raw power of 130dB, is often enough to seal the deal.

    >> Yes, endurance race cars are ultra-trick. I wish it would be more popular but think the extended format does not fit well with broadcast people which means no big money, which means relative obscurity.

    To me, this indicates that what makes a series popular is a difficult-to-predict mix of technology, excitement and prestige. The fact that the World Superbike series matched Grand Prix racing in terms of popularity in the late '90s is proof enough of that.

  • Corrado Cecchinelli Interview: The Goal Of MotoGP's Spec Software? More Usable, More Relevant To The Road   6 days 12 hours ago

    >>Which brings us back to the question of what percentage of the audience understands exactly where the level of the technology is.

    Understanding the latest technology is not a prerequisite for thinking it is cool. In fact, the less people understand about something usually the more impressed they are by it. People don't want to go to GP or WSBK or AMA racing and see machines full of components they can buy online, they want to drool over stuff they will never be able to get. That is a huge part of F1's attraction, all of the people and equipment are at a level that is hard to comprehend but we do know that it is the best and that's enough.

    >>but even I am fascinated by the Le Mans cars

    Yes, endurance race cars are ultra-trick. I wish it would be more popular but think the extended format does not fit well with broadcast people which means no big money, which means relative obscurity.

    Chris
    http://moto2-usa.blogspot.com/

  • Corrado Cecchinelli Interview: The Goal Of MotoGP's Spec Software? More Usable, More Relevant To The Road   6 days 12 hours ago

    >>putting together a group process for something not-quite-democratic but collaborative. Like a project group of middle managers being chaired by a VP sort of thing. Heck, when I put together our first annual neighborhood block party.......

    The problem with this perspective is that they are all competitors. They want an advantage over the guy next to them, unlike planning a block party.

    Chris
    http://moto2-usa.blogspot.com/

  • Americans Return To MotoGP: Nicky Hayden Back In Action In Aragon, Kenny Noyes To Race in Moto2?   6 days 16 hours ago

    Umm wasn't MM93 4th in Brno?

  • Corrado Cecchinelli Interview: The Goal Of MotoGP's Spec Software? More Usable, More Relevant To The Road   6 days 17 hours ago

    One small addition. Antilock brakes are currently banned in MotoGP and WSBK, but they are allowed in WEC racing. And the BMW team has used it in competition there. It would be fascinating to talk to someone who has used that braking system in competition (and don't think for a moment that International-level Endurance racing is people just cruising around. Go look at the lap times from the Suzuka 8-Hour this year.)

  • Americans Return To MotoGP: Nicky Hayden Back In Action In Aragon, Kenny Noyes To Race in Moto2?   6 days 17 hours ago

    He's a tough bastard and great to have him back. and here's to hoping the noise about Noyes is true. As an American, I'll always watch the GP, but it's way better when America is represented.

    Eagles, space travel, supersonic jets, BBQ, freedom, Michael Jordan and Nicky Hayden.

  • Official At Last: Jack Miller To MotoGP With LCR Honda For 2015 And Beyond   6 days 20 hours ago

    If you've ever seen McCoy in a paddock on a CR500 then his comfortable transition from 125 to 500 seems a lot more understandable :)

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - A new way of riding, a new way of crashing   6 days 20 hours ago

    But if it's faster good luck to him! I prefer Marquez's style where he keeps his body quite compact with the bike in corners, leaning a long way but with not much space between his upper body and the tank. The Colin, Whittham go go gadget neck thing looks less natural or something

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