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Old 17th May 2015, 12:57   #101 (permalink)
 
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Great race today, my thanks to Iannone and Marquez...
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Old 17th May 2015, 14:09   #102 (permalink)
 
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A cracking battle for fourth place but a good race all round.

As was the NW 200 yesterday!
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Old 17th May 2015, 17:00   #103 (permalink)
 
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Many uninformed people ask me why I don't watch automobile races.

The answers:

A) They have too many wheels.

B) They lean the wrong way on corners.

After an excellent landing etc...
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Old 18th May 2015, 00:08   #104 (permalink)
 
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Honda continue their GP tradition - building evil handling GP bikes.


The Yamaha is just so 'smooth' through corners and its capacity to apply power to the ground.


Perhaps Honda might care to check a Yamaha frame for the reasons why one day!!!


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Old 18th May 2015, 05:07   #105 (permalink)
 
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That may be the best battle for 4th we'll ever see

Having driven the 2 wheeled type, and having driven and raced the 4 wheeled type, I think watching motorcycle racing is more interesting because we can so easily watch what the driver is doing - and only the most dimwitted rider can delude him (or her) self into thinking they could do that themselves. 4 wheeled is different - it "looks" relatively easy, and it's easy for the average viewer to think they could to that. It's not - having done it I have zero doubt that 4 wheels at the limit is every bit as challenging as 2 wheels at the limit (although the penalty for getting it wrong on 2 wheels is typically worse).
But "appearances" are everything....
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Old 18th May 2015, 06:12   #106 (permalink)
 
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That race was worth getting up early for just to see Marquez and Ianone battle for 4th. And those Dukes are for real, no longer quite the tire chewing beast of old. I hope they're still that fast when their rules advantage expires.

Never seen that 99 bike ridden any smoother. Once Rossi got into 2nd, he cut into Jorge's lead a little for a couple of laps, but Lorenzo was having none of that. He just got in his frontrunner mode and rode away. Rossi had nothing for him. As is so often the case, the really exciting racing happened a little further back in the order.

Too bad Pedrosa had that off. But he got back on and finished 15th. So maybe his arm is better and we should watch out for him expect more at the next race.

These guys are putting on such a good show it almost makes up for how I'm feeling about the F1 season!

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I still can't get over seeing Marquez snap loose under braking and still complete the pass.
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Old 28th Jun 2015, 00:09   #107 (permalink)
 
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Another great battle today, the young lad couldn't quite get the better of the old man.
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Old 28th Jun 2015, 03:42   #108 (permalink)
 
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I don't know which was the better finish at Assen, Rossi and MM;



or Niklas Ajo!


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Old 28th Jun 2015, 03:56   #109 (permalink)
 
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Fantastic race!

Moto GP has produced the most compelling racing this year. And there's still half the season remaining. Can the "old man" possibly hang on?

I know I look forward to watching every race until it's decided. And the ones following if there are any.
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Old 28th Jun 2015, 08:41   #110 (permalink)
 
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That last corner was classic racing from a legendary racer.

Love him or hate him, when the old man retires I will sure miss him.
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Old 28th Jun 2015, 09:02   #111 (permalink)
 
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7 then 6 then 5 from the end you just knew there was goin' to be some "rubbin'" and I just knew who was going to win, best in the world at contact motorsport.
Racing seems always good at Assen.
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Old 28th Jun 2015, 10:24   #112 (permalink)
 
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Wait a minute!

Was that legal, taking that shortcut across the kitty litter? It was a brilliant bit of riding, almost super-human, Rossi going dirt-track racing with a Moto GP machine, but what do the rules say about that?
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Old 28th Jun 2015, 10:34   #113 (permalink)
 
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Nobody seems to be complaining, now if it was F1 ...............
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Old 28th Jun 2015, 10:40   #114 (permalink)
 
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Rossi didn't have anywhere else to go. Marquez went too deep under brakes in a desperate attempt to overtake, if Rossi had held his line they would have both crashed.

Nothing to see here, the best man won.
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Old 28th Jun 2015, 10:44   #115 (permalink)
 
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but what do the rules say about that?
He avoided a crash and didnt gain a position from it - all good.
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Old 28th Jun 2015, 12:01   #116 (permalink)
 
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The race director having reviewed the helicopter footage decided it was a racing incident.
MotoGP News - MotoGP Assen: Race Director talks Rossi, Marquez incident
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Old 28th Jun 2015, 17:15   #117 (permalink)
 
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I don't have a problem with that; I just wondered what the race director thought, going so far off the track and all. Yes, given that Rossi was ahead, and stayed ahead, it was not as if he gained a position, although he certainly did not stay on the marked course.

Seeing that made me think of one of those crazy critters that can make it across a pond Jesus-style, walking on water, the way Rossi just stayed on the gas and skimmed along the surface of the gravel trap: amazing riding ability. Then there was the cheeky way he looked back over his shoulder at Marquez afterwards. "The Doctor has seen you now!" Marquez must have thought that there was absolutely no counter to that Banzai move of his, forgetting who the master of that is for now.

There was a Kawasaki rider, a mad French Canadian named Yvon Duhamel, whom nobody wanted to pass, for fear of what the crazy bastard would do to re-pass! It would be fun to imagine matching him up with Rossi to see what would happen next.
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Old 28th Jun 2015, 21:55   #118 (permalink)
 
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I bought a bike off a dealer in Llanelli by the name of Ray Williams. He used to race a bit when he was younger and was known as "Williams out of control" because he had a habit of cutting corners and straightening chicanes. Usually on purpose!
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Old 29th Jun 2015, 00:18   #119 (permalink)
 
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I have raced against Yvon. Everything you have heard about him is true! No better traffic rider ever existed.

After an excellent landing etc...
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Old 29th Jun 2015, 06:55   #120 (permalink)
 
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Like flying, as they say; "There are old pilots and there are bold pilots, but there are no old, bold pilots"

Rossi defies the logic, as did Duhamel. Simoncelli sadly did not.

Long live The Doctor.
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