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Forum: Racing 07-21-2014, 01:16 PM
Replies: 3,327
Views: 271,622
Posted By Kropotkin
New bike for 2015. Gives Lorenzo a year to assess...

New bike for 2015. Gives Lorenzo a year to assess progress.
Forum: Racing 07-21-2014, 01:15 PM
Replies: 3,327
Views: 271,622
Posted By Kropotkin
But Honda don't sell 250,000 CTX1300s, they sell...

But Honda don't sell 250,000 CTX1300s, they sell a bunch of scooters and dirt bikes, and a few tens of thousands of top dollar bikes. They also sell 4 million bikes in Indonesia, about the same...
Forum: Racing 07-16-2014, 12:01 PM
Replies: 3,327
Views: 271,622
Posted By Kropotkin
Too slow. You lose pace fast when not racing.

Too slow. You lose pace fast when not racing.
Forum: Racing 07-15-2014, 08:55 AM
Replies: 3,327
Views: 271,622
Posted By Kropotkin
And to help sell tickets if the title is already...

And to help sell tickets if the title is already decided by Aragon
Forum: Racing 07-15-2014, 07:26 AM
Replies: 3,327
Views: 271,622
Posted By Kropotkin
Spanish journos were speaking as if the deal had...

Spanish journos were speaking as if the deal had already been done. For the moment, it looks like a one-off to race at Valencia.
Forum: Racing 07-12-2014, 09:24 AM
Replies: 178
Views: 11,505
Posted By Kropotkin
Crutchlow sees it too, and says so. He's too...

Crutchlow sees it too, and says so. He's too stiff on the bike. Can't relax.
Forum: Racing 07-12-2014, 01:14 AM
Replies: 178
Views: 11,505
Posted By Kropotkin
There are alternative explanations to that. As...

There are alternative explanations to that. As you rightly point out, I was not in the paddock at the time. But as you can imagine, that season is discussed very frequently.

Anyway, as someone...
Forum: Racing 07-11-2014, 04:39 AM
Replies: 178
Views: 11,505
Posted By Kropotkin
Marc Marquez. Took a bit of a tumble. Ouch. ...

Marc Marquez. Took a bit of a tumble. Ouch.

http://www.bikesportnews.com/images/sitecontent/news/12397-art.JPG
...
Forum: Racing 07-10-2014, 05:19 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 11,505
Posted By Kropotkin
Let's not let our imaginations run away with us....

Let's not let our imaginations run away with us. That bike was miles better than the satellite Hondas, and the new parts he was testing were an improvement, for the most part. The clutch had some...
Forum: Racing 07-10-2014, 10:27 AM
Replies: 3,327
Views: 271,622
Posted By Kropotkin
*cough* Erik Buell *cough*

*cough* Erik Buell *cough*
Forum: Racing 07-09-2014, 05:27 PM
Replies: 3,327
Views: 271,622
Posted By Kropotkin
F1 is very close to a spec series. Le Mans is the...

F1 is very close to a spec series. Le Mans is the only real 4-wheel prototype series left.
Forum: Racing 07-09-2014, 08:59 AM
Replies: 178
Views: 11,505
Posted By Kropotkin
Check out the list of all time winners in all...

Check out the list of all time winners in all Grand Prix classes (http://resources.motogp.com/files/results/2014/NED/table4.pdf?v3_eabb8b3f). Or the list of MotoGP/500cc winners...
Forum: Racing 07-07-2014, 10:21 AM
Replies: 178
Views: 11,505
Posted By Kropotkin
Dani Pedrosa FTW. First man to beat Marquez this...

Dani Pedrosa FTW. First man to beat Marquez this year. Out last year with a broken collarbone.
Forum: Racing 07-05-2014, 07:23 AM
Replies: 3,327
Views: 271,622
Posted By Kropotkin
Zarco bailed because his manager (who is quite,...

Zarco bailed because his manager (who is quite, quite mad and tried to sign Fabio Quartararo to a lifetime contract with no escape and no contact with his parents) saw someone in the Marc VDS garage...
Forum: Racing 07-05-2014, 07:21 AM
Replies: 3,327
Views: 271,622
Posted By Kropotkin
I would say "they should be". But are...

I would say "they should be". But are they?
Forum: Racing 07-05-2014, 03:26 AM
Replies: 3,327
Views: 271,622
Posted By Kropotkin
Grand Prix racing is a shark pool. Now, Michael...

Grand Prix racing is a shark pool. Now, Michael Bartholemy is no saint (the stories I have been told by some of my Belgian colleagues make the blood curdle), but he is spending Marc van der...
Forum: Racing 07-01-2014, 09:50 AM
Replies: 3,327
Views: 271,622
Posted By Kropotkin
:lol3:lol3:lol3 I'll mention your name to Brivio...

:lol3:lol3:lol3 I'll mention your name to Brivio next time I see him...
Forum: Racing 07-01-2014, 09:36 AM
Replies: 3,327
Views: 271,622
Posted By Kropotkin
Whoever Suzuki get, it won't be long until they...

Whoever Suzuki get, it won't be long until they are bitching about how uncompetitive the bike is.
Forum: Racing 07-01-2014, 04:24 AM
Replies: 3,327
Views: 271,622
Posted By Kropotkin
Ben Spies: "As regards my own situation,...

Ben Spies:

"As regards my own situation, I’m still not able to ride – it’s just too big a risk. Doing normal everyday things is not so bad, but I still have nights where I wake up and the...
Forum: Racing 06-30-2014, 02:38 PM
Replies: 3,327
Views: 271,622
Posted By Kropotkin
Crutchlow is not a nice corporate boy. Speaks his...

Crutchlow is not a nice corporate boy. Speaks his mind and makes the odd joke. Ducati are still too uptight for that kind of nonsense. Results would help, though.
Forum: Racing 06-30-2014, 01:45 PM
Replies: 3,327
Views: 271,622
Posted By Kropotkin
Ducati could buy Crutchlow out of his contract,...

Ducati could buy Crutchlow out of his contract, though. Win-win for Cal, as he gets out of a contract, and gets a truckload of cash to go.
Forum: Racing 06-30-2014, 04:00 AM
Replies: 257
Views: 24,536
Posted By Kropotkin
BMW's first year in WSBK: ...

BMW's first year in WSBK:
http://resources.worldsbk.com/files/results/2009/POR/SBK/002/MAK/ManufacturerStandings.pdf

Manufacturer standings. Points in nearly every race, and a best finish of 5th....
Forum: Racing 06-20-2014, 03:25 PM
Replies: 3,327
Views: 271,622
Posted By Kropotkin
BMW have no interest in spending the kind of cash...

BMW have no interest in spending the kind of cash it takes to be competitive in MotoGP. Their strategy is to maximize PR from supporting privateers in WSBK. They are still getting a lot of exposure,...
Forum: Racing 06-18-2014, 02:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,620
Posted By Kropotkin
A race actually in San Marino would be awesome....

A race actually in San Marino would be awesome. Dangerous, but awesome
Forum: Racing 06-18-2014, 01:14 PM
Replies: 3,327
Views: 271,622
Posted By Kropotkin
Nicky's bike had a couple of problems over the...

Nicky's bike had a couple of problems over the years, and Cal has Nicky's crew, bar the crew chief.

Anyway, Ben Spies, 2012. There's your answer.
Forum: Racing 06-17-2014, 03:56 PM
Replies: 3,327
Views: 271,622
Posted By Kropotkin
No. They might have a case if they could give him...

No. They might have a case if they could give him a bike which didn't fall apart after three laps. But apparently, they can't.



Depends on where Dovizioso goes.



I put the rumor of Yamaha...
Forum: Racing 06-15-2014, 06:42 PM
Replies: 211
Views: 15,004
Posted By Kropotkin
The former.

The former.
Forum: Racing 06-15-2014, 06:06 PM
Replies: 211
Views: 15,004
Posted By Kropotkin
Electrical. Had problems with power coming in all...

Electrical. Had problems with power coming in all the wrong places like Qatar, then all the dashboard lights started flashing and the bike cut out. Whatever foul spirit inhabited Spies' bike in his...
Forum: Racing 06-15-2014, 05:53 PM
Replies: 211
Views: 15,004
Posted By Kropotkin
As a Briton, I've never forgiven the Romans for...

As a Briton, I've never forgiven the Romans for Watling Street.
Forum: Racing 06-15-2014, 05:51 PM
Replies: 211
Views: 15,004
Posted By Kropotkin
Assen. Or else Sachsenring. Probably.

Assen. Or else Sachsenring. Probably.
Forum: Racing 06-11-2014, 04:46 PM
Replies: 211
Views: 15,004
Posted By Kropotkin
It's the other way around. What Bridgestone have...

It's the other way around. What Bridgestone have done is take the heat-resistant layer they were using in their 2013 tires at some circuits (Mugello, Barcelona, Assen) where high temperatures were a...
Forum: Racing 06-11-2014, 03:37 PM
Replies: 211
Views: 15,004
Posted By Kropotkin
Yes and no. The tires Bridgestone brought to...

Yes and no. The tires Bridgestone brought to Mugello and Barcelona in 2013 had the same heat treatment which the 2014 tires have. So the tires are almost identical to those from last year. Biggest...
Forum: Racing 06-09-2014, 02:46 PM
Replies: 3,327
Views: 271,622
Posted By Kropotkin
Good question. Currently, the Open bikes can't...

Good question. Currently, the Open bikes can't use turn-by-turn electronics, because the version of the software they are using isn't sophisticated enough. If the software which the factories donate...
Forum: Racing 06-09-2014, 02:22 PM
Replies: 211
Views: 15,004
Posted By Kropotkin
This is Lorenzo's best hope for a win. Assen is...

This is Lorenzo's best hope for a win. Assen is Rossi's best hope for a win. But, well, you know, Marquez...
Forum: Racing 06-09-2014, 02:21 PM
Replies: 3,327
Views: 271,622
Posted By Kropotkin
They're not allowed to use GPS. But you don't...

They're not allowed to use GPS. But you don't need GPS to know where you are on the track. The track is a known quantity, and they have virtual maps in the ECU which allow the bikes to know where...
Forum: Racing 06-09-2014, 01:12 PM
Replies: 211
Views: 15,004
Posted By Kropotkin
On paper, a Yamaha track. Mugello and Barcelona...

On paper, a Yamaha track. Mugello and Barcelona are two tracks Marquez said he had most problems with. We all know how that worked out at Mugello...
Forum: Racing 06-08-2014, 01:50 PM
Replies: 3,327
Views: 271,622
Posted By Kropotkin
What happened when they cut the capacity from...

What happened when they cut the capacity from 990cc to 800cc is that costs doubled and power outputs stayed the same. The fear inside Dorna is that HRC boss Nakamoto will persuade Ezpeleta to accept...
Forum: Racing 06-08-2014, 12:59 PM
Replies: 3,327
Views: 271,622
Posted By Kropotkin
And where will the big manufacturers get their...

And where will the big manufacturers get their unfair advantages from, if the easy route has been removed?
Forum: Racing 06-01-2014, 04:14 AM
Replies: 3,327
Views: 271,622
Posted By Kropotkin
Marc VDS

Marc VDS
Forum: Racing 05-31-2014, 11:15 AM
Replies: 3,327
Views: 271,622
Posted By Kropotkin
I think he seriously underestimates his wrist...

I think he seriously underestimates his wrist injury. I'm not sure it will ever heal properly. Dr Mir apparently described his scaphoid as 'destrozado'. Literally, destroyed, but in this case,...
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