Well done Cal #35! Silverstone isn’t too far…

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to watch the race as the decoder on Saturday during the Qualification decided to die…bastard…

Good news! Thanks to motorsport  I managed to follow the race, it isn’t the same as watching it on TV, but there weren’t any other solutions…

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Coming back to the ‘virtual race’, I’m truly happy for Cal! He deserved a win after such a difficult season, bravo! What a lion!

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Silverstone is the next MotoGP event…he is English…I’m expecting another strong performance.

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VR46 learned from the Assen mistake and this time collected a very good second place. As he said after the race unfortunately Marquez is too far ahead…

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VR46 made some errors this season, a retirement and a crash meanwhile Marquez till now made a nearly perfect season, impressive so far.

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The Czech MotoGP saw again a strong performance from Marquez, he is undoubtedly doing an outstanding season.

Let’s talk now about the other stars of the Czech event.

Loris Baz! Fourth, what a fantastic result! Only two races that he is back on the Avintia Ducati after the Mugello accident and look at what a beautiful result!

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Another good result from Petrux, even if I think that without some avoidable errors this season would have been much better….

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Laverty again managed a good result with an old bike, unfortunately I think this is his last  MotoGP season, as I believe he will return to WSBK with a winning bike.

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The Czech MotoGP event also brought us back a performing Tito Rabat, I’m very please with it as he was going through a very difficult season.

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A mention also for Aprilia, finally a promising result, work in progress for 2017…Espargaro next year should be able to make them find the missing step to close the gap to the more competitive bikes.

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Silverstone I’m ready for the show, if the decoder doesn’t die again….

It took 6 years! Ducati finally wins 1 and 2 in Austria!

Some months ago I wrote about the incomprehensible situation at Ducati, the lack of performance, the awful results… and here I’m writing about this beautiful 1 – 2 at the Austrian GP.

I think we all need to give credit to Casey Stoner.

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The number of kms that he made in the last testing to fix Ducati problems were impressive and they all payed off.

I wonder if he will ever race again…

Back at the race…after the first laps and couple of attempts from VR46 and Lorenzo it was obvious the Ducati were on another planet.

The Ducati was and is simply a volcano of power!

Iannone made a perfect race, proof that when he connects the brain he can be a serious contender for the podium. Well done for the tire choice.

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Dovisioso was there too for the battle for first, but the tires didn’t last, maybe next time?

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Lorenzo, Vr46 and Marquez were there too, but on a Ducati day there wasn’t much for them to do. Yamaha was missing speed and Honda was out off the pace.

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I think Suzuki has a very good chassis but the engine is underpowered in comparison to the other top bikes, Vinales did a very good race taking that into consideration.

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Truly gutted for Barberra; another amazing race, ruined by a jump start, a miss read of the messages and culminated with a black flag…

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Truly happy for this man! ReddingPower!

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Another solid race, he can definitely deliver.

Despite what I wrote before, I think that the secret behind the Ducati performance is the new girlfriend of Iannone!

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Belen Rodrigues….

Let’s see next Sunday what happens at Brno!

Marco Melandri is back in WSBK with Ducati, unfortunately.

I don’t want to sound too bitchy about Marco Melandri being back, but this isn’t good news for Ducati nor WSBK.

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I see no point in changing from Giuliano to Melandri.

Giuliano definitely underperformed no excuses, but choosing a rider that never really achieved anything particular in his career really leaves me speechless.

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I think that in the above photo Giuliano is asking himself how you can choose Melandri to take his place…

Melandri when he had the bike to win in WSBK didn’t win, this year no one offered him a bike, he isn’t young anymore, why choose him?

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I can understand that the Ducati budget is all on MotoGP for trying to develop the bike and put Lorenzo in position to win, but at least take a young talented rider, there are so many.

Melandri will team up with Chaz Devis, a rider that knows the bike and he is mentally strong and extremely fast, how can you put a rider that isn’t racing for one year next to him?

I criticised Ducati many times and I’m here doing it again, I don’t understand the politics of the Racing branch of the Factory.

A team that has all the talent, know-how and budget to win in all categories gets lost in poor rider choices, it drives me crazy!

KTM MotoGP adventure is well underway!

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The KTM RC 16 is beautiful and fast.

About being beautiful, I didn’t have many doubts as all KTMs are beautiful (IMO) road production included.

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About being fast, I think it was a surprise to many, but let’s don’t forget that KTM was and is able in many categories to produce winning bikes.

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The KTM team has definitely started with the right foot this MotoGP adventure.

After the test in Austria the lap times were very promising especially taking in consideration that many teams were there testing with factory bikes (Ducati, Suzuki, Yamaha).

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Luthi, Kallio and Hofmann on the circuit, reading the post testing interview, they all had a blast, plus Kallio will also enjoy a wildcard for the Valencia MotoGP race.

I’m very curious to see that race in Valencia, a competitive KTM for 2017 will make the MotoGP Championship even more thrilling!

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The atmosphere at the factory in Austria must be exciting and productive.

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Keep pushing KTM.

MotoGP – Radio or no Radio?

After the Sachsenring race it had to be expected someone had to bring out the radio communication subject.

It is true in MotoGp there aren’t any radio communications, instead you get a good and big panel with all the info you need!

I don’t see anything wrong with it.

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Radio communications; will they have changed the final result of the race? We don’t know, but yes I think it is a good guess.

VR46 thinks it is a good idea, other riders have different ideas, what do I think?

It is an horrible idea, if I look at the F1 and the radio saga, what you can say, what you can’t say it is pretty pathetic.

In this sport the rider comes first, as simple as that.

Let’s keep it simple without taking the viruses that are ruining other motorsport categories…

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Marc Marquez a Champion Coming Together

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As much as last year’s ending to the MotoGP season left me with lots of disappointment under a pure human and sporting point of view, this year Marquez is definitely another rider.

I was so please of the hand shake between Marquez and VR46 at Barcelona ( about time actually ), it was like harmony was back even if the loss of Salom was a presence that can’t be removed from that weekend.

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Marquez this year is riding probably not the best moto on the grid, but he is making the difference as a rider and we need to salute that.

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He is more mature, he thinks before pushing to the limits and he is lucky, you need also luck to win.

I don’t know who is, if there is someone, behind this transformation but we can only admire it.

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Today at the Sachsenring he was lucky, but when he realised that the Honda wasn’t going to perform in the wet he stayed put without going on the floor.

He and the team made the right call for switching the moto and they opted for the right type of tires.

That’s luck as there is no radio in MotoGP, but he drove on a circuit not yet ready for slicks perfectly, he was outstanding today.

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Yes I would have preferred VR46 to win, but today was a very well deserved win for Marquez and the Honda Team.

As things are it is more and more possible that Marquez will win the Championship this year, after 9 races he well deserves to be first in the Championship, no doubt of that.

I hope he would not have it too easy for the show…us as fans of this sport we can only salute a young boy transforming himself into a champion.

Will he do mistakes? Yes of course VR46 still does them…

Am I a new Marquez supporter? No, but I can’t be blind and not see how talented and mature he has become, I simply can’t wait for  the next race in Austria.

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Ninja Power! Kawasaki ZX10R

Not many of you probably follow the WSBK and it is a pity, it is such an interesting and entertaining category with extremely talented riders and fantastic machines!

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Official  teams from BMW, Aprilia, Yamaha, Ducati, Honda, MV and Kawasaki are competing in a well balanced championship.

I must admit it is badly promoted…

That said I wanted to talk about the Kawasaki, the Ninja ZX10R.

Last time I payed attention to the green motos was some years ago…

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and the racing one was:

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They were very cool at the time and very successful but they weren’t a winning machine as the Ninja of today.

Today we have this Ninja:

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With this one as the racing version:

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Apart from looking beautiful and the road version being praised by the majority of the moto journalists around the world, it is an amazing winning machine!

Ninja ZX10R:

  • 2013: 10 victories over 14 races, Tom Sykes won the championship
  • 2014: 8 victories, Tom Sykes finished second in the championship
  • 2015: Jonathan Rea won the championship
  • 2016: is another Kawasaki year, Rea has a very comfortable lead over Sykes

WSBK for many many years was a Ducati playground and for a brief period a Suzuki and Aprilia one.

The Ducati with the Panigale is the second best performing bike, but to be able to compete with the Ninja the riders push so hard that they end up on the floor.

I never owned a Ninja, but I have sympathy for the green machine.

I suggest you watch the second race of the Laguna Seca round of the WSBK, it was on TV this weekend, the Ducati riders tried to pass Sykes, but the engine wasn’t enough, what a beautiful race.

Laguna Seca has always been a friendly race circuit for Ducati but the Ninja as from the first race of the season was untouchable.

Well done Kawasaki!

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Casey Stoner – will he be back?

Casey is now 30 and he is very much missed by the MotoGP fans, rivals and Ducati.

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It is sad to see such a great talent retiring from the sport we love at the age of 26 with a potential to give so much more, take a look at the longevity of VR46.

In my opinion it will be great to see VR46, Marquez, Lorenzo, Iannone, Dovizioso, Vinales and Casey fighting for victory.

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Unfortunately Ducati is the manufacturer that lost the most in this retiring business, Casey was and is the only rider able to extract the full potential from the Desmosedici GP.

Fact: he regularly tests the moto trying to develop it so that on race weekends he can hopefully win.

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I don’t know if it is a productive idea the above one, his riding style is very particular and the results aren’t there.

After the last testing at Misano he was reported as saying that he was so tired after the MotoGP runs, that I think it is simply lack of practice.

What I really would like to know isn’t if he was tired but  his lap times, I’m convinced he can be very competitive and Ducati could fight again for the podium.

Unfortunately no lap times and no wild card from Ducati for Casey but some photos on the new Panigale S Anniversario ( beautiful ! ).

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Will he come back? I hope so it will be fantastic!

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Fingers crossed Ducati will manage to convince him…

MotoGP 2017 line up is pretty much done

Below, how is shaping up the 2017 riders line up, thanks to VR46 this year things started to move earlier and faster…

Repsol Honda:

  1. Marc Marquez till 2018 – the brain is finally connected amazing results are expected
  2. Dani Pedrosa till 2018  – 2017 can only be better then 2016….

Movistar Yamaha:

  1. Valentino Rossi till 2018 – eternal champion
  2. Maverick Vinales till 2018 – great potential, huge expectations

Ducati Team:

  1. Jorge Lorenzo till 2018 – good luck, unknown territory
  2. Andrea Dovizioso till 2018 – hopefully he will not be massacred by Lorenzo

Suzuki:

  1. Andrea Iannone till 2018 – will the wrist be connected to the brain? if so great results to come
  2. Alex Rins till 2018 – for me there were better riders around, but happy to be proven wrong

KTM:

  1. Bradley Smith till 2018 – let’s develop the bike
  2. Pol Espargaro till 2018 – let’s develop the bike

Aprilia Gresini:

  1. Sam Lowes till 2018 – I’m very curious here
  2. Alex Espargaro till 2018 – let’s develop the bike

LCR Honda:

  1. Cal Crutchlow  till 2017 – let’s forget about the 2016…

Marc VDS Honda:

  1. Jack Miller ? I believe better results in 2016 are needed for renew the contract
  2. Tito Rabaat ? 2016 isn’t really his year…

Monster Yamaha Tech3

  1. Jonas Folger 2017 with option 2018 – this should be interesting
  2. ? possibly Johann Zarco I think he will be very good

Pramac Ducati:

  1. Scott Redding ? – come on let’s give him another chance!
  2. Danilo Petrucci ? – come on let’s give him another chance!

Aspar Ducati:

  1. Jonny Hernandez ? – can’t really say…WSBK might be a good idea
  2. Eugene Laverty ? – I would like him to have another year and a more competitive bike, but I think WSBK might be a real option
  3. Alvaro Bautista ? – can’t really say…WSBK might be a good idea

Avintia Ducati:

  1. Hector Barbera ? – he fully deserves another year what a consistent rider, impressive
  2. Loris Baz ? – he is quick, but the accident of Mugello fucked up his season, another year should be possible…

2017 isn’t that far…my wish so far? that Suzuki, Ducati and Aprilia will develop more competitive bikes! That should be the key for a rocking 2017!

Winglets Controversy

Now that everyone has them…

Honda:

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Yamaha:

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Suzuki:

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Aprilia:

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Ducati:

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they finally decide to ban them…

Is it a good decision? I think so ( never really like them I must admit ).

Understandably Ducati isn’t happy as it has spent time and money trying to perfect/master them.

Obviously there must be a plus in having them and without them the bike must have a different balance probably at high speed, but safety is first always.

I’m sure engineers will find the solution to overcome the ban.

It was a little odd that they weren’t allowed in Moto2 and Moto3, but allowed in MotoGP.

This year on different occasions accidents happened and luckily no driver suffered injuries from them, but they were a close call especially in the Pedrosa-Dovizioso one.

Sometimes humans tend to act toward safety after something happens, this time I believe is a good prevention attitude.