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Discussion in 'Racing' started by yooperbikemike, Nov 11, 2012.
But you didn't touch the nail polish remover -- s'all good.
Highlight video and interviews from austin are up at motogp.com - for subscribers. Limited camera view points though. Hopefully more tomorrow.
When was the last time (or has it even happened?) that a rookie pilot took the big class title?
Not saying that the youngest of the Spaniards will do it, but he really keeps impressing, certainly has the bike to do it, and has proven everybody wrong so many times before.
Funny I never thought about it before: it's 3 Spaniards against one Italian for this year's title. The really big scoop would be, if it is NOT one of them.
I'm no statician but the odds of it not being one of those four has to be close to the millions. Tough outing for Blake Young in Austin, 10.5 seconds off the pace.
I was wondering why Ducati, with two Americans, did not attend Austin testing.
Ducati has confirmed financial and technical reasons were behind its decision not participate in the forthcoming MotoGP test at the new Circuit of the Americas in Texas.
The three-day test was initially privately arranged by HRC for Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez, but Yamahas factory squad will now also attend with Valentino Rossi and reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo. LCR Honda rider Stefan Bradl will also be present for the test that kicks off on tomorrow (Tuesday).
Ducati though has not travelled to Texas in advance of the race on April 21, with the Bologna factory preferring instead to stick to its original plan of testing updates at the final official pre-season test in Jerez at the end of thismonth.
New Ducati boss Berhnard Gobmeier told MCN: The main consideration is that we would have new parts but we would rather test these parts in Jerez. We have already planned a Jerez test and planned the parts for exactly that time. To make two tests at almost the same time doesn't make any sense.
"I would rather focus on the schedule we are having.
With Ducati trying to bounce back from a disastrous two-year spell with Italian icon Valentino Rossi, the Bologna factory might appear to need more track time than anybody else to improve the struggling Desmosedici machine.
But Gobmeier said the gains from attending the Austin didnt outweigh the cost, which some have estimated to have been at over £150,000 had they agreed to participate.
Gobmeier, who previously ran BMWs factory World Superbike project, added: The riders may gain two tenths advantage from learning the Austin track but we are not two tenths behind (Jorge) Lorenzo. When we are I would have said we will go to the test.
"The Austin test would have diluted the focus of our test plan though. In addition it is financial too. For a limited advantage to invest a lot of money in that test I would rather put it towards development."
For coverage of the Austin test, see the March 20 issue of Motor Cycle News.
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Too bad he's a bit old,,
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Well, actually it is Jorge, who got that place....
Why don't you just kick poor Blake in the nuts.
The honda's sound angry. Thanks for posting that.
Excellent JLo article, on CNN, snagged from Krop's twitter feed.
Lets see what they think of it after a Texas summer
So, as it appears the racing might actually be interesting again this year, I think I'd like to subscribe to motogp.com. For all of you who have subscribed to it in the past, can I watch any race at any time on any of my devices? As in, either watch the race live (and commercial free) or later on in the day.
I'm so sick of SpeedTV coverage, and the fact that they won't even televise the race if it interferes with their precious NASCAR.
Be great to watch some real battles at the front...please no parades anymore....
You can watch the races later. The website has a no spoiler page that I have saved in my favorites, so you've got no worries. Also, it's well worth the money.
I watch on PC and iPhone, no problem. Yep, subscription gives you access to all past races and replays and live broadcasts with live timing (this last one is great on the PC -- put a window in a corner with the video, and watch the gaps and lap times develop on another window open to the live timing).
Last year wasn't too bad in terms of processional racing. But if you have an allergy to the Spanish national anthem, you better mute the sound.
Even when the GP is not rife with battles, the Moto 2 and 3 always deliver. IMO it's worth it just for that. Last year Moto 2 was really good!
^^^^ What they said.
Not only can you watch the races when you want, all of the practice and qualifying sessions are available live, or on demand later. Heaven for a real junky.
Krop's article on Dorna's Youtube policies is generating a lot of talk on his site.
I still think it'll be the sponsors that'll beat Dorna into joining the 21st century. Is Monster happy to see all images of their riders being pulled? Red Bull sponsors the Rookies, bet they're pissed every time coverage gets censored.
That's just a couple of names of companies that have made their name in social media, owe their success to it, really.
EVERY sponsor loses under Carmelo's policy, none escape the pain.
Money talks. Money needs to start screaming at Carmelo until he gets with the program.
How can he think that a policy that excludes access to the very customers that the sponsors are paying to reach is a successful one?
They lament Rossi leaving, for the loss of market exposure. These policies are a much bigger problem.
Thanks guys, I'm going to subscribe. Sounds like the best way to see what I want,when I want.
Gee, since when did Rossi become a Spanish citizen?
If wishing made it so...