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  • Reviewing The 2014 MotoGP Season - Part 3: Jorge Lorenzo   3 weeks 2 days ago

    Excellent, perceptive summary (as usual). One minor nit: Turn 15, where Lorenzo crashed at Qatar, is a left-hander. (I've re-watched that race more than any other from the 2014 season, so it's ingrained in my memory!)

  • Thank You And Happy New Year To All Our Readers!   3 weeks 2 days ago

    To me, the MotoGP weekend does not end until I've read the Motomatters weekend roundup. Please, keep up the excellent work.

  • Thank You And Happy New Year To All Our Readers!   3 weeks 3 days ago

    No, the thanks are all ours for the quality and quantity of articles on this site. Massive thanks to all concerned, a cracking New Year to you and yours. Bring on the racing in 2015, quick!

  • Reviewing The 2014 MotoGP Season - Part 2: Valentino Rossi   3 weeks 3 days ago

    I never doubted the guy for a millisecond, not even during the Ducati run. You don't win 100+ wins in this sport without having the minerals. In the premier class, his name is at the very top of a long and distinguished list. You don't write that guy off, even if he makes a bad career move.

    I also don't think the Assen win in 2013 is asterisk laden. He judged practice better, didn't crash and hurt himself. He won Assen fair and square by a full weekend of brilliant riding. There are no asterisks in the GP official records so that asterisk belongs in some journalist's notebook, along with their ill fated doubts.

  • Reviewing The 2014 MotoGP Season - Part 1: Marc Marquez   3 weeks 3 days ago

    It's like running from a dog. It just makes him more excited. From what I see you must take him out of his element and make him lose some focus. The only problem is you have to be close enough.

  • Reviewing The 2014 MotoGP Season - Part 2: Valentino Rossi   3 weeks 3 days ago

    I don't recall you being in that queue, but perhaps you thought it stronger than you portrayed it?
    My feeling was one of seeming inevitability: age taking its toll, and experience and guile being no match for slower reactions and the fear brought by experience and success of the highest order.
    He proved us and a lot of other people wrong. Perhaps the only person who truly believed was Vale himself - everyone else must have doubted the trajectory he was on to some degree.
    That Mugello win was a true joy to watch.
    There was a large points gap between 1st and 2nd though. Whether MM will lose, or has lost, some of his edge (be that him or the bike) and VR maintains his will only be known as the results arrive. If VR can both close that gap and take the lead it will indeed be an historic comeback and place him, beyond doubt or at least in extremely strong contention, as the GOAT IMO. Yes, I am Rossi fan but also an MM93 one and have respect, at least, for all the others.
    That's assuming it's a two-horse race , of course.........

    Best wishes for a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year to you and your family.

  • Reviewing The 2014 MotoGP Season - Part 2: Valentino Rossi   3 weeks 3 days ago

    Regarding his new off-the-bike riding style, I have really enjoyed watching on-board footage this year from riders following Valentino.
    As he is quite tall for a rider, he just seems to lean so far off the bike that he´s a joy to watch.

    And regarding his attitude, just watch his race-starts - head down and incredibly aggressive compared to the VR of old. All that time on his ranch has really payed off there.

  • On Sale Now: The Indispensable MotoMatters.com 2015 Motorcycle Racing Calendar   3 weeks 3 days ago

    I realize I've been reading MotoMatters compulsively for a couple of years now, and while I've always been willing to spend money on quite few print magazines, I generally expected Internet news to be free. But that's not really right, so I've ordered a calendar and look forward to more great news, and better yet, insights and analysis as well as photos from David, Scott and the rest. Thank you!

  • Updated World Superbike Rules: Balancing And Electronics Clarified, And A New Global Entry Class Mooted   3 weeks 3 days ago

    So can we expect Aprilia will be running with restrictors next year then, seeing as they've won 3 of the past 4 titles or something? Or will all manufacturers start 2015 with no restrictors due to the new tech regs..

  • Reviewing The 2014 MotoGP Season - Part 2: Valentino Rossi   3 weeks 4 days ago

    Love him or mildly dislike him, what he accomplished in 2014 is the stuff of legend. His finest year perhaps?

  • Reviewing The 2014 MotoGP Season - Part 2: Valentino Rossi   3 weeks 4 days ago

    Great stuff - Thanks! Looking forward to the rest!

  • Scott Jones 2014 Retrospective: Part 2 - Austin   3 weeks 4 days ago

    While you are quite correct that the race at Misano in 2012 was dry, it was a strange weekend. It was appalling weather on Friday and Saturday, the track only really drying out on Saturday afternoon, meaning that the riders had almost no time to work on a dry set up. Rossi and Hayden had tested at the circuit a couple of weeks previously, and so had a lot of data which the other teams and riders did not have. Rossi scored a highly creditable podium that weekend, but the weather was a factor. At Austin this year, it was pretty much dry all weekend, and nobody lost any time to the weather. 

    When putting together the captions, I try to limit myself to just a sentence, or two short sentences. That leaves little room for nuance or subtleties. So while you are technically 100% correct, I feel that Rossi's podium at Misano involved a couple of mitigating factors, while Dovizioso's podium had a little more to do with progress made by Ducati. Even then, Austin saw Lorenzo get a jump start, and Rossi suffer extreme tire wear, but those, perhaps, are more akin to the normal randomness which any race can throw up.

    Incidentally, I remember Misano 2012 particularly well, as I went for a walk down pit lane in the soaking rain. Misano has windows in the garage doors, one of the few tracks to do so, and one of the Honda teams had left one window uncovered as they worked on the bike, not expecting people to be walking along pit lane in the rain. I peered in and got a glimpse of an RC213V uncovered, and saw just enough to convince me that the engine was a 90°V4, rather than the 72°V4 of the RC212V.

  • Scott Jones 2014 Retrospective: Part 2 - Austin   3 weeks 4 days ago

    "Andrea Dovizioso scored Ducati's first dry-weather podium since 2010 at Austin. Signs of real progress"

    Misano 2012? Rossi 2nd?

  • Reviewing The 2014 MotoGP Season - Part 1: Marc Marquez   3 weeks 4 days ago
    +1

    HRC and Marquez are definitely a perfect match. I think Marquez will probably pick up a few more championships over the next few years, though hopefully the rest of the field will make him work a bit harder for them.

    I suspect the real fight will come when one of his peers from his generation takes over Pedrosa's ride.

    My long shot bet on a potential spoiler? Aleix Espargaro and Suzuki.

  • Reviewing The 2014 MotoGP Season - Part 1: Marc Marquez   3 weeks 4 days ago

    ^ What orangespoon said

    Plus HRC on his side. Tough to beat. Re his late in the season slide, sure seems like anomaly and error of youth. Plus the off-track aspects of being in that role. This time last year I had written off Yamaha as incapable of competing with the anemic fuel limit. Wonders never cease.

    We are so lucky to have this kid. I love the guy. It was an enjoyable year. Elated to see the raised bar, sliding and bar bashing. How does he do it?! I am glad that he didn't pull off a perfect year, and loved watching Yamaha and Rossi both pull off a coup. MM and VR are a hoot to enjoy after races together. Anyone remember riders carrying so much joy into the paddock? Anyone else gritting and squinting watching MM jumping motocross bikes? I feel like he is partially "ours," like my kid or something. Don't you brake your hip young man or you will be in trouble!

  • Reviewing The 2014 MotoGP Season - Part 1: Marc Marquez   3 weeks 4 days ago

    I think Marquez, even if pushed, will carry on his domination for a few years now.
    He has amazing talent but on top of that he has youth on his side.

  • Scott Jones 2014 Retrospective: Part 1 - Qatar   3 weeks 4 days ago

    ..spective of this fantastic season. Keep up the good work! :)

  • Kawasaki Press Release: Jonathan Rea Talks About His Switch To Kawasaki For 2015   3 weeks 4 days ago

    With new rules that emphasize toward stock production bike, it'll make things much easier for new bike such as EBR & MV agusta to place them on better spot...If they does that, hopefully will attract even more manufacturer such as KTM, Benelli, Triumph, HD, Mahindra(?)...also expanding their show to even more booming region such as China, India, Brazil...that would be best for both show & business.

  • Updated World Superbike Rules: Balancing And Electronics Clarified, And A New Global Entry Class Mooted   3 weeks 4 days ago

    Motoshrink, since you are looking up the collaboration it TVS (not TVR) that is collaborating with BMW. TVS is probably the best Indian two wheeler maker since their launches have all been after they have brought their products to the same quality (in build and reliability) levels of Honda. That is one of the reason that BMW wanted to collaborate with them on building motorcycles of less than 500 cc. TVS is a bit slow in launches of new products because of their concern of meeting the world quality standards and they have a Deming award to show for that. And they believe in racing, that is the good part.

  • Updated World Superbike Rules: Balancing And Electronics Clarified, And A New Global Entry Class Mooted   3 weeks 5 days ago

    The Mojo will unfortunately be in the same spot as the Honda it sounds. The CBR as it is won't be raced as it is a single and the singles will be just under 400cc's, twins 320cc. SS trim horsepower will need to match the RC390 stock at minimum (and that is not likely to be the baseline used either, more like RC390 in SS spec). Think 50 horsepower.

    I am curious about the arrangement amongst TVR and BMW, thanks for the info. The recent move of Ducati to start production in SE Asia of their (soon t be booming) Scrambler conjures a possibility that non-Japanese manufacturers will be heading your way to gain market entry and utilize your manufacturing capital.

    If Mahindra can just make a 400cc version of their Mojo single as their flagship poster child, and come in lighter than, and at a much lower price point than the KTM...that would sell a lot of base model 300's for the streets.

    Is anyone else poised for entry? European? Anyone have insight into a possible Chinese manufacturer? Off to Google TVR - BMW and Mojo...

    Edit - The Mahindra Mojo does not look like a possible platform. They would have to come up with a ground up redesign. At their speed on the "5 yrs to finish" Mojo I don't see it being relevant for a good while.

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Andorra-gate will make Márquez faster   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Basically your argument can be summed up as metaphysical soup. We can go all the way back to bartering, there is no need to barter without a society as a whole to barter with, and there is no need to barter without the arduous task of being a human. So lets cut the nonsense and off ourselves.

    You put up your own strawman, it was never a question of tax vs no tax, its a question of maximising personal benefit to maximising societal benefit, depends on ones level of programming vs misanthropy (directly proportional IMO).

    But back to tax, because if we're talking use value the poor are far more dependant on socialised services. (We'll keep roads out of the equation as they are the great equaliser and its foolish to attribute anyone's success to the availability of access to motorways, its bad logic as we all have that accessibility, therefore we should all be rich if the tautology was true.)

    At a fixed percentage you're still taking more proportionally from the top percentile than you are from the bottom percentile. Or for a far more involved tax system, calculate what each person owes based on usage. Compensate accordingly, we're talking about fairness right?

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Andorra-gate will make Márquez faster   3 weeks 5 days ago

    I'm tired of this "system he came through' argument. The system is not flawed because Marc is NOT paying into it and the system will not fix itself because Marc IS paying into it.

    Its all just a false frame. Marc has the same obligation to staying in Spain as a bricklayer or Janitor does, i.e none.

    They have youth employment of over 50% because the Spanish youth are far too progressively educated and culturally sophisticated to lay drywall or run wiring, math is beneath their intelligence.

    Lets not hang the labour homogenization of Europe at the hands of the Euro on one 20 something year old kid who wasn't even of voting age when his esteemed elders decided to take credit over cash.

    And you know what, while we're at it why don't we examine the pay structure. There's a reason sports stars and celebrities are paid exorbitant amounts of money and it begins and ends with distraction. The media funds and perpetuates the distraction in order to slap a branded logo on it to make you want harder.

    But no, lets crucify the kid, not the system. Because we all know the system isn't the problem, the problem is you're not useful to the system...

    P.S apologies cejay, not directed at you specifically, but your comment was the jumping off point

  • Updated World Superbike Rules: Balancing And Electronics Clarified, And A New Global Entry Class Mooted   3 weeks 6 days ago

    This is indeed a good idea and a great way to bring racing culture to the grass roots in countries where there is enthusiasm for motorcycle racing. Apart from the KTM RC 390, the Yamaha R 3 and the Kawasaki 300, there is also the Honda CBR 300. And Motoshrink, Mahindra has been working hard of 292 cc single cylinder engined motorcycle called the Mojo. It has been a concern that Mahindra is testing it for so long but then they are probably trying to make it bullet proof since the Japanese big wigs, KTM and now BMW (in collaboration with TVS Motors of India) are all in this 300 space. The BMW/TVS will see the light of day in 2015 and TVS has a culture of racing (in fact the only Indian manufacturer to do so) and they are participating in the Dakar in January in technical collaboration with French manufacturer Sherco. The engines, interestingly carry the TVS designation of RTR (short for racing throttle response; whatever that may mean). This category should be encouraged because it will give an average Joe like me also a chance to compete starting at a club level. Hope this one succeeds.

    And David, thank you very much for keeping your word regarding an article that you promised to write in the off season about the rules and regulations of WSBK. Much appreciated Sir.

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Andorra-gate will make Márquez faster   4 weeks 3 hours ago

    Riders represent the nations where they reside.

    After all this article is just an excuse to say did you know so and so lives here or lived there.. So why not just have them ride under the banner in which they reside. Then we'll will know each time they grid up. That way we can get back to the racing.

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Andorra-gate will make Márquez faster   4 weeks 17 hours ago

    by moving to a tax haven, he is not paying even as much as 'you' proportionally despite earning many times more. Surely, that is the point?

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