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Old 5th May 2014, 09:58   #41 (permalink)
 
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They didn't hate Rossi when he was dominating.
It might be more interesting to have a Mike Hailwood / Giacomo Agostini, Barry Sheene / Kenny Roberts, Eddie Lawson / Wayne Rainey type of close rivalry for the title, but you have to admire Marquez's skill on the track. Motorcycle racing seems to have a less tribal following where even if peoples favourite riders are beaten, they will sportingly give credit to the winner.

As mentioned there was some top notch dabbling for lower places and young Bradley Smith credited himself well with some really good dicing!
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Old 6th May 2014, 05:19   #42 (permalink)
 
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Perhaps you're right WM. Maybe Moto fans can appreciate the dominant rider more readily than the typical F1 fan has demonstrated up til now.

I enjoy seeing a good battle, even if it's for 8th place. Riders going in hot and slipping wide, swapping positions on the crossover until one of them can make it stick. Reminiscent of dirt racing it is!

Marquez is the real thing and I'd enjoy seeing someone push him to his limit. Trouble is, he's only gotten better since last year! Until then, Rossi, Pedrosa and Lorenzo seem to be in pretty close competition with each other for second thru fourth. Lots of good stuff going on further back too, but you don't see very much of it on the world TV feed. I've got to see one of these races in person someday...

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Old 6th May 2014, 13:40   #43 (permalink)
 
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Moto GP is fine but as an armchair viewer I prefer BSB (British Superbikes) lots of close racing and tight little circuits, Oulten Park yesterday was superb.
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lots of close racing and tight little circuit
Then get yourself over the bridge to Aberdare Park it's a lot closer to Brizzle than Tarporley! Which is a nice circuit though!

Aberdare Park Road Races
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Old 7th May 2014, 08:27   #45 (permalink)
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I'll bet Oulton Park is ten times better than Oulten Park.
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Old 17th May 2014, 05:38   #46 (permalink)
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motogp.com · Marquez on the trail of Hailwood, Agostini, Doohan and other greats

Resorted to a soft rear (tyre, I mean) in FP2.
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Old 17th May 2014, 13:29   #47 (permalink)
 
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North West 200 on today first three races absolute crackers.
View live here two races left to run.
North West 200 road races - BBC Sport
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Old 17th May 2014, 14:22   #48 (permalink)
 
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acbus, oops and I pride myself on my speling.
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Old 20th May 2014, 12:15   #49 (permalink)
 
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Another great weekends racing. Again, the Moto3 race was incredible. Desperation stuff and incredible overtaking right down to the wire. First 10 places covered by 2 seconds. MotoGP also a great race after the early mistake by Marquez, even if he inevitably did run them all down.

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Old 20th May 2014, 12:22   #50 (permalink)
 
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Not MotoGP, but a sad day for bike racing:

English rider Simon Andrews has died in hospital after he was involved in a serious crash at Saturday's North West 200 road races.

The 29-year-old died at Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital on Monday - his parents, Stuart and Dee, girlfriend Lisa and best friend Breakers, at his bedside.

Simon Andrews' family said they were donating their son's organs - something he had "always wanted" in the event of his death.

His father Stuart paid tribute to his beloved son, who he said had held Ireland in a "special place in his heart".

"Simon loved road racing and he loved competing at the North West 200," he said.

"He has had a motorbike since he was four years old and started racing when he was 16.

"From that first race Simon progressed to riding for the factory Honda TT Legends team and his Mum and I are very proud of his racing achievements."

"Road racing was in his blood and Simon preferred the roads to short circuits. He was fully aware of the dangers involved but he loved the challenge that that offered. Simon always said ‘Once you’ve been on the roads there’s nothing else to compare with it."

English rider Simon Andrews dies in hospital after horrific crash at North West 200 road races - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
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Just heard the sad news RIP and condolences to his family.
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Old 1st Jun 2014, 21:22   #52 (permalink)
 
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Moto GP at Mugello

Wow, what a fantastic race!

And the closest racing for the win that we've seen in quite some time. I don't know whether it's just that this circuit produces competitive racing or that the performance gap between the Yamaha and Honda riders has closed somewhat. Maybe some of both?

Anyway, it really was an enjoyable race to watch.

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Old 1st Jun 2014, 23:02   #53 (permalink)
 
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It really was riveting watching, and incredible skill shown by both Lorenzo and Marques and how about the top speeds - record achieved in practice of 349kph. The world passes quickly at that speed.
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Loved the camera shots, both stabilised and fixed - brilliant stuff these miniature cameras.
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Old 2nd Jun 2014, 07:49   #55 (permalink)
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Great race. First three laps were as stunning as the last three.

Lorenzo now back to full fitness and has obviously sorted his issue with edge grip. Lorenzo versus Marquez versus Rossi is finally 'all systems go' for the rest of the season.
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Old 2nd Jun 2014, 10:25   #56 (permalink)
 
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I also really appreciated the sporting gesture made by Lorenzo when he congratulated Marquez at the end of the race, and applauded him on the podium.
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British MotoGP - Sunday 31 August 2014.

Just logged onto the Silverstone MotoGP website to book tickets for the Sunday races in August and note that they are not offering Roving tickets like they did last year, i.e. they expect everybody to sit in one place for all the events on the day. Now while I might expect this for grandstand tickets it seems proscriptive and more than just a little unfriendly to fans to tie people to only one part of the track.

Was going to book four tickets but am reviewing this idea now.

Silly buggers!


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Old 15th Jun 2014, 12:53   #58 (permalink)
 
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Now that wa a race!! No other comment in case others haven't yet seen it
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Old 15th Jun 2014, 13:20   #59 (permalink)
 
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Have to agree, as the commentators on BT sport said it was stunning!
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I haven't seen ANY of them this year, thanks to BBC f**k up.
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