Yooperbikemike's 2014 MotoGP Thread

Discussion in 'Racing' started by yooperbikemike, Nov 10, 2013.

  1. ErikY.

    ErikY. Here, Now.

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    Exactly!
    (With an analogy to political systems)
    A pure capitalist-style of organization means the biggest dick/richest/meanest wins all the tine.
    A little bit of socialism or at least a benevolent dictator helps keep it interesting.
    Rules seem like a pain in the ass and it's certainly not perfect, but IMO Dorna is trying to move towards a fair system with a level playing field, while balancing the realities of needing to appease builders, teams and sponsors. No easy job I'm sure. Easy to complain about it but I sure as hell wouldn't want the job.

    Change sucks and people don't like it, but it's the only constant. It's in all racing and isn't going away. Watch F1 and compare! Especially this year; the whining is epic :lol3

    Go Cal!
  2. Moronic

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    Dead since '58, when they banned full fairings.

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    (Although they're allowed on electric racers, apparently. Image linked through from this RideApart article.)
  3. MTN

    MTN Been here awhile

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    I prefer it to a stale managed system where competition is stiffeled. I have suffered many a year of Yamaha dominance, and each year I have watched in anticipation of what Honda could muster. Now it will soon be little to ponder, because bikes will be either be much the same or the factories will not be able to develop the bike much through a season or several seasons.

    I'll just watch some wrestling instead, they are clearer about being a show and not competition.
  4. MTN

    MTN Been here awhile

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    Stopped watching F1 many years ago, no competition means no interest.
  5. auguzt

    auguzt get on with it

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    :D
    Although that sex change hasn't been really last-minute. It was in the air since the "Open" regulations came out...

    Anyway, my personal opinion is that Dorna is carrying on this thing only for the show. They know that the more uncertain is the championship, the more money they get. We all remember when was the last time that an underdog won the title, and it was after a massive change of the rulebook. Also I think that when everyone will go Open Dorna will review the rules again, otherwise everything will go back to the "one-team-rules" era. And that is not good business for them...:deal
  6. BOOTLACE

    BOOTLACE Bikie Scum.

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    Go Cal indeed!

    Changing rules is a given in this sport. Like we could now be watching a field of basically identical V4 2Stroke 500s. Or V5 Honda Clones. The engineers will eventually build what is a winning formula within the rules.
    However, I'm not too sure the present rule makers really know what it is they want, or have any idea what the sport needs...And to be totally honest, I'm not too sure which direction I'd be steering the ship if I were in their position!
    But the last few months/weeks have been embarrassing for everyone.....

    Just bought the video pass and watched Mugello 2005. Worth every cent!:clap
    And to think it was only 2 years ago we were amazed at Dornas inability to present a useful website...
  7. y2blade

    y2blade Long timer

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    Not long now.....:evil
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  8. sprocketjock

    sprocketjock Long timer

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    I'm getting that Christmas Eve anticipation! Can't wait to see the livery for the Yamahas.
  9. y2blade

    y2blade Long timer

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    Me too.......here literally just been uncovered

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  10. farrington300

    farrington300 No wait....What?

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    Just a thought. If VR does better this year, maybe two wins or a win and more podiums, will you experts out there contribute that success to VR firing JB?
  11. Fasnacht

    Fasnacht Been here awhile

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  12. y2blade

    y2blade Long timer

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  13. cogitate

    cogitate What Marcellus Wallace Looks Like

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    Nice, I like it better than the "chrome" they had on the fairing the past two years.


  14. y2blade

    y2blade Long timer

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  15. Clem Kevin

    Clem Kevin Nude With Boots

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    I hate to be a debbie downer, but those fairings are about as messy as LCR's. Yuck.
  16. HarveyMushman

    HarveyMushman Tire Squarerer

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    You are welcome to pony up some 8-figure cash to clean up the look. :D
  17. Kropotkin

    Kropotkin Big Girl's Blouse

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  19. Mike Yanagita

    Mike Yanagita Been here awhile

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    The switch from CRT to Open was announced October 2013. January 2014 Ducati was still denying they had any plans to switch the factory team to Open. I realize that as time passed people started suggesting Ducati moving to Open as a desperation move, but early on no one considered it.
  20. auguzt

    auguzt get on with it

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    Well, actually it was in November 2013 when they announced that Yonny Hernandez would ride with Ducati in 2014 as an Open entry.
    Then all the fuss came out only when they decided to enter also the rest of the bikes as Open (and as you wrote it was since January that the word did spread about a possible "switch") but I wonder why nobody complained at the time on Hernandez's bike when technically it was (and is) the same as the Ducatis that now everyone is complaining about...