MV Agusta F3 800 Ago Now Officially Debuts

We already announced the bike last November, and brought you a bevy of hi-res images of the special edition machine. Although now that we think of it, MV Agusta never released anything on this Giacomo Agostini tribute motorcycle — better late than never, right? Back at the EICMA show launch, where the MV Agusta F3 800 Ago was first shown to the public (and Agostini himself), the Varese brand promised us two additional motorcycle launches in early 2014. MV Agsuta made good on half that promise with the Dragster 800 model, hopefully this Ago special edition isn’t the other half of that statement, and MV Agusta still has something waiting in the wings. That being said, the Tricolore & Gold paint scheme is gorgeous, and looks even better in person.

Isle of Man TT Gets TV Deal for Australia & USA

Want to watch the Isle of Man TT from the comfort of your non-British TV, but haven’t been able to in the past? A new TV from the Isle of Man’s Department of Economic Development will do just that. Inking a new TV contract with North One TV, the Isle of Man TT will be televised in the American, Australian, and of course British markets, making it easier than ever to watch the iconic road race. With a five-year contract with the Velocity Channel in the US, the American cable channel will show seven one-hour race shows. Each segment will air within 24hrs of each race, and be tailored for the American market.

Castiglioni Denies Fiat Buyout of MV Agusta Is in the Works

After reporting 22% growth in Q1 2014, Giovanni Castiglioni had some closing words about the rumors that Fiat could acquire MV Agusta — a popular rumor that has been swirling around in the press the last two months. Denying outright that MV Agusta had, or was in, talks with the Fiat-Chrysler group about an acquisition (some reports linked even MV Agusta to being bought by Fiat-owned Ferrari), Castiglioni said the Italian company solely was focused on building growth, and building motorcycles. “Moreover, I’d like to take this opportunity to deny rumours circulated by the media over the last few days concerning supposed negotiations vis-à-vis the sale of a share of MV Agusta to the Fiat-Chrysler Group,” said Giovanni Castiglioni, the President and CEO of MV Agusta.

A 2WD Hybrid-Electric Motorcycle for the US Military?

In the coming years, US special forces may be riding a tw0-wheel drive, hybrid-electric, multi-fuel motorcycle co-developed by BRD Motorcycles and Logos Technologies. Helping make this project possible is a Small Business Innovation Research grant from DARPA. The goal is to make a single-track vehicle for US expeditionary and special forces that will be nearly silent in operation, yet also capable of traveling long distances. Details on the proposed machine are light, of course, but it sounds like the 2WD dirt bike will be based off the BRD RedShift MX (shown above), and use an electric drivetrain, as well as a multi-fuel internal combustion engine to achieve its goals.

Colin Edwards Will Retire from Racing after 2014 Season

Announcing his decision during the pre-event press conference for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, Colin Edwards told the assembled press that 2014 would be the Texan’s last season racing a motorcycle. Citing a lack of improvement on his performance in pre-season testing and at the Qatar GP, Edwards decision perhaps answers the lingering question in the paddock of when the American rider would hang-up his spurs after an illustrious career in AMA, WSBK and MotoGP. Talking about his inability to come to terms with the Forward Yamaha, which Aleix Espargaro was able to take to the front of the pack in Qatar, Edwards was at a loss when it came to understanding the Open Class machine and his lack of results.

MSF Updates Its Basic RiderCourse Curriculum

It is no surprise that statistics from the NHTSA show that motorcycle accidents and injuries are on the rise. According to the 2012 Motor Vehicle Crash report published by the NHTSA, motorcycle fatalities for that year rose to 4,957, up seven percent from 2011, while injuries increased 15% to 93,000. While the NHTSA statistics are misleading because the motorcycle category includes mopeds, scooters, three-wheelers, pocket bikes, mini bikes, and off-road vehicles, new riders need every advantage they can afford. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has taken notice of these statistics and has revised the curriculum for its Basic RiderCourse to include a new Basic eCourse, which students will take prior to in-person instruction.

Yamaha Trademarks “R1S” & “R1M” at USPTO – “YZF-R1M” Trademarked Abroad – But Why?

Are new Yamaha YZF-R1 models coming down the pipe? That’s the question being asked after trademark filings in the US and abroad tipped off Yamaha Motor’s intention to use “R1S”, “R1M”, and “YZF-R1M” for motorcycle, scooter, and three-wheeled purposes. The filings are being taken as hints towards a possible multiple trim levels of the Yamaha YZF-R1 superbike, with the “S” and “M” designations being different spec machines than the current base model. The “S” nomenclature is a popular one in the two and four-wheeled world, though “M” would certainly be a novel designation, outside of say…BMW.

Bell & COTA Create Texas-Themed Limited-Edition Helmet

Continuing its theme of making limited-edition helmets for premier-class US rounds, Bell Helmets has teamed up with the Circuit of the Americas and Chris Wood, of Airtrix, to create a Texas-themed Bell Star Carbon helmet, just in time for COTA’s MotoGP race next weekend. Available only until April 13th, the Bell/COTA helmet features a red, white, and blue flag motif on the front, with both the American and State of Texas flags visible, which then wrap around the rear to merge with a hardwood design, reminiscent of the floorboards in a Western saloon. The helmet is also crowned with a Longhorn cattle skull, which adds to the Texan motif. The specially designed helmet also features a horseshoe, the COTA logo, and the 2014 Red Bull MotoGP of The Americas logo.

Aprilia Mounting a Return to MotoGP in 2016

Towards the end of the 800cc era, MotoGP looked to be in dire condition. Grids were dwindling, factories were reducing their participation, and teams were in difficult financial straits indeed. By the end of 2011, there were just 17 full time entries, Suzuki was down to a single rider, and were about to pull out entirely for 2012. How different the situation looks today. In a recent interview with the official MotoGP.com website, Aprilia Corse’s new boss Romano Albesiano gave a brief outline of their plans. The Italian factory will continue to work with the IODA Racing team for 2014 to collect data on the electronics and tires, which they will use as input on an entirely new project being worked on for 2016.

This Is Pretty Much What the Monster 800 Will Look Like

With the advent of the Ducati Monster 1200, it was only a matter of time before Ducati’s middleweight liquid-cooled “Monster 800″ would be spotted, and unsurprisingly the machines have a great deal in common. The one big difference seems to be that the 821cc Monster gets a double-sided swingarm, which has become Ducati’s new way of differentiating between its big and medium displacement models of the same machine, see entry for Ducati 899 Panigale. With the spied Ducati Monster 800 looking ready for primetime, and a pre-fall launch isn’t out of the question. Giving us an excellent glimpse into what the Ducati Monster 800 would look like, Luca Bar has again used his Photoshop skills to render up images of the still unreleased “baby” Monster.

Sunday Summary at Sepang: Of Championships, Red Flags, Rulebooks, & Riders on a Roll

10/21/2012 @ 10:15 pm, by David Emmett18 COMMENTS

Sunday Summary at Sepang: Of Championships, Red Flags, Rulebooks, & Riders on a Roll Dani Pedrosa Jorge Lorenzo MotoGP Sepang 635x425

The Grand Prix Circus came to Sepang with three titles in the balance. Only one of them got wrapped up on Sunday, though, tropical rainstorms throwing a spanner into the works of the other two, but generating some fascinating racing. The fans had one fantastic dry race, one fantastic wet race, and a processional MotoGP race that looked much the same as it would have had it been dry.

There was a packed house – over 77,000 people crowded into the circuit, a highly respectable number for a flyaway round – cheering on local heroes, there was confusion over the rules, and there were a lot of new faces on the podium.

There was also a much better balance of nationalities on the podium: where in previous races, the Spanish national anthem has been played three times on a Sunday, at Sepang, it was only heard once. Most of all, though, the Moto2 and MotoGP races ran in the wet would be determined by the timing of the red flags, with Race Direction’s decisions on safety also having an outcome on the results of the races, and in the case of MotoGP, possibly implications for the championship.

After Maverick Viñales’ shock decision to quit his team, it got a lot easier for Sandro Cortese to wrap up the Moto3 title at Sepang, needing only to keep a watchful eye on Luis Salom during the race and not finish behind him.

Salom had made Cortese’s task even easier a week previously, by launching an ill-considered dive up the inside of Jonas Folger at the start of the last lap at Motegi, incurring a penalty which dropped him five grid positions at the start. Cortese started from the front row, while Salom had his work cut out, starting from way back in 10th. Cortese could more or less cruise home at Sepang and secure the title.

But that is not the way that riders want to win championships. To win a championship in style, you should win the race which gives you the title, and that is exactly what Cortese set about doing. Riding calmly and conservatively for the most of the race, happy to let Jonas Folger and, to the rapturous applause of the fans, Malaysian rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin battle it out for the win.

For a long while, it looked like Khairuddin would make history as the first ever Malaysian to win a Grand Prix, but at the end, Cortese could hold himself back no longer. The German dived up the inside of the Malaysian at the penultimate corner, and though Khairuddin tried to come back going into the last turn, it would be to no avail: Cortese clinched the championship in worthy manner, with a calculated, conservative win.

The German had taken risks when he needed to, and stayed calm when he didn’t, and rode both a brilliant race and a fantastic championship. Khairuddin took 2nd, making history anyway as the best result ever by a Malaysian rider, while Folger took 3rd.

Careful observers noticed something special about the Moto3 podium at Sepang: for the first time this season, there was not a single Spanish rider on the podium. In fact, Spain was without a representative on the podium in the smallest GP class for the first time since 2008.

You have to go back four years and two days, to this same race, to get a podium in either 125cc or Moto3 without a single Spaniard on it. That 125cc race at Sepang in 2008 was won by the Hungarian rider Gabor Talmacsi, with Britain’s Bradley Smith in 2nd and the Italian Simone Corsi taking 3rd. Spanish success in Grand Prix racing is well-deserved, but it is a healthy development to see a wider range of nationalities taking the honors.

The same was true of the Moto2 podium, though you don’t have to go back so far to find the previous instance of a podium without a Spanish rider. In fact, only to the previous race in a downpour, the soaking wet race at Le Mans. But while the names on the podium were no real surprise at Le Mans – Tom Luthi, Scott Redding and Claudio Corti have proven their worth in Moto2 this year – the faces were much less familiar at Sepang.

Alex De Angelis has won races before, though it has been some time now, but Ant West and Gino Rea have spent all year struggling, West with a Moriwaki chassis, though the team recently switched to a Speed Up, and Rea with Showa suspension, the Gresini team another to abandon the Moriwaki, this time in favor of the Suter.

Rea and West are proven racers, both men with wins to their name. West is a master of the wet – his World Supersport victory at a torrential Silverstone remains one of the most impressive wet-weather wins on record – and freed of the limitations of requiring a perfect set up, West once again shone. Rea, too, was impressive, and was unlucky not to get the win: Rea took the lead in the final corner on lap 16, and crossed the line to start lap 17 in the lead.

He led for two thirds of a lap, but the red flag came out too early, before the rest of the field had crossed the line to finish lap 16. The rules say that when a race is red-flagged, the result of the last lap where all of the riders who haven’t been lapped have crossed the line will stand. If Race Direction had waited another 30 seconds, Rea would have have won his first Grand Prix. They didn’t, and so the young Brit was demoted to 3rd, victory going to De Angelis and Ant West taking 2nd.

The biggest cheer of the race, though, went up for Malaysian wildcard Hafizh Syahrin. The 18-year-old, who rides in the Spanish CEV championship, had even led the race for a while – the second Malaysian to do so that day – but had lost touch with leaders once the rain started to fall more heavily. He still crossed the line in 4th, his team celebrating the result like a victory, and rightly so.

Syahrin had come from a long way back to score his result: the Malaysian had started from 27th on the grid, coming through to bag 4th. The same was true of the podium, too. De Angelis had made up fewest positions, starting from 9th to take the win. West had done better, moving up 17 places, starting from 19th to finish 2nd. Rea, meanwhile, had been 22nd on the grid, and had crossed the line in 3rd on what would count as the final lap. The podium men had improved their positions by a total of 44 places, which a better statistician than I would likely confirm as some kind of record.

Unlike Moto3, the Moto2 championship would not be settled at Sepang, though Marc Marquez looked on course to wrap it up after the first few laps of the race. After a strong start in the wet, Pol Espargaro started going backwards, later explaining that as brilliant a bike as the Kalex was in the dry, they were still struggling in the wet. Once he was passed by Marc Marquez, the Catalunya Caixa rider had the title in the bag. All Marquez had to so was to stay on the bike and bring it home.

That would turn out to be too much to ask, however, Marquez locking the front and crashing out 3 laps before the race was red-flagged. Espargaro crossed the line in 11th, doing just enough to keep his title hopes alive, but still 48 points behind Marquez, he must win the last two races and hope that Marquez does not finish at either Phillip Island or Valencia.

The outcome of the MotoGP race would also be determined by the red flags, and the decision would prove to be controversial among a section of the fans. The race turned into a repeat of the previous two races: Jorge Lorenzo led away from the line, Dani Pedrosa the only man capable of following. Pedrosa bided his time until the halfway mark, then pounced once the rain started to fall more heavily. The pass had been a conscious decision, taken once Pedrosa realized the race could be red-flagged because of the weather.

Once he was past, Pedrosa was gone, leaving Lorenzo for dead as the Yamaha man’s choice of tires came back to bite him. Lorenzo had selected the softer of the two compounds of wet tires, and had chewed up the middle of his tire at the start of the race, when the track was much drier. Pedrosa, on the harder of the two compounds, still had some tire left. He made good use of it once past Lorenzo, pulling a big gap very quickly.

Lorenzo’s choice of tires almost cost him more than just the lead. Casey Stoner started reeling Lorenzo in once the Yamaha man’s pace dropped, and looked to be just a few corners away from being passed by the Australian when the red flags finally came out.

Such was the amount by which Lorenzo’s pace was dropping off that even a 3rd place could have been in danger from a charging Nicky Hayden, though the gap between Lorenzo and the Ducati man was still significant. The red flag on lap 14 meant that Lorenzo lost only 5 points to Pedrosa, retaining a comfortable 23-point lead in the championship. If the race had been allowed to continue, and both Stoner and Hayden had got past, then his advantage could have been slashed to 16 points.

Much has been made in some quarters of Race Direction deciding to red-flag the race shortly after Jorge Lorenzo started raising his hand to indicate to the marshals and Race Direction that he thought conditions were too dangerous to continue. Many see the signal as an attempt to influence Race Direction once he realized he was in danger of losing a lot more points to Pedrosa if Stoner were to get past, and the decision by Race Direction as a sign that they were caving in to pressure.

That idea simply does not hold water. Conditions were clearly poor, and getting worse all the time. The riders, almost to a man, agreed that the timing had been absolutely right. Even the dissidents believed that the race could not have gone on much longer. Dani Pedrosa, the man with the most to gain from the race continuing, told the press conference that he could not open the throttle more than half along the front straight, and that the race could have gone on for a maximum of one more lap.

The biggest optimist of the field, Casey Stoner, believed they might have been able to manage two more laps, but that too would have been pushing the limits. Stopping the race at that point had been understandable – Stoner said he had had ‘quite a lot’ of aquaplaning the last time that they crossed the line – but calling it earlier would not have been correct.

Even if the race had been stopped prematurely, it would have made little difference to the outcome. Stoner would clearly have gotten past Lorenzo either on lap 14 or lap 15, but the race would have had to go on for the best part of another complete lap before everyone still on the track crossed the line to make the result count.

Given that the rain was getting worse, the race would not have gone on for much longer than the point at which Race Direction decided to bring out the red flags. By the time the bikes arrived back in pit lane, standing water was starting to form, and ten minutes or so later, conditions became positively diluvial. Worse still, the sky darkened a lot, visibility falling so that Turn 1 disappeared into the rain and mist.

The decision to red flag the race sent teams and journalists scurrying for their rulebooks. Unlike Moto2 and Moto3, where the race can be called completed once two-thirds distance has been reached, MotoGP has to restart the race and complete the full distance, with a minimum of 5 laps. So the riders and the bikes sat in their garages, waiting to see if conditions would improve sufficiently for the race to be restarted.

Meanwhile, the staff charged with team logistics were starting to look nervous, as a sizable chunk of the paddock were booked on flights to Australia for that evening. Conditions only got worse, and Race Direction had no choice but to call the race off. Once again teams reached for their rulebooks, to check whether full points or half points would be awarded.

The rule is clear, if worded rather intricately: the phrase used is two-thirds distance rounded down to the nearest lap. The riders had completed 13 of the 20 laps, which fits the criteria precisely, but it does not make for simple mental arithmetic.

Jorge Lorenzo was overjoyed that the race had been red-flagged, not so much because he feared that Casey Stoner might come past, but more because he feared falling and giving up many more points to Dani Pedrosa. Lorenzo had a massive moment on the way into the final corner at the end of lap 13. That could have been a very costly mistake indeed, and would have shaken up the championship completely.

It would also have injected some much-needed excitement into a class that badly needs it. Even despite the rain, the racing in MotoGP was processional, and with Jorge Lorenzo managing his lead in the championship conservatively, there is not much excitement in the title chase either.

The only question now is how well Jorge Lorenzo can stand up to the pressure. Dani Pedrosa is riding better than he ever has, and has already beaten his previous record for the number of wins in a season. Sepang was a record-breaking event in many ways for Pedrosa: with victory in Malaysia, Pedrosa wrapped up his first streak of three back-to-back wins.

His win in the rain was his first ever victory in the wet, not just in MotoGP but in any Grand Prix class ever. He had always been afraid of the wet, Pedrosa explained afterwards, and it had taken years of training to remove that fear. Exactly what that training was, Pedrosa refused to reveal. “It’s better I don’t tell you, because it’s very strange. But it worked.” Pedrosa said.

Most worrying for Lorenzo is that Pedrosa now seems capable of winning at will. Though the Yamaha is a fantastic machine, with impeccable handling, plenty of power and virtually no chatter, Lorenzo is still being beaten every race by Pedrosa, on a bike that Pedrosa, Stoner, and Stefan Bradl all agree has appalling chatter. That chatter is caused by the new generation of Bridgestone tires, and a cure has so far eluded HRC.

But if Pedrosa is beating Lorenzo so easily with a bike that has such awful chatter – so bad it even occurs in the wet – then what resistance will Lorenzo be able to put up next year, once Honda have found a solution? The 2012 title may be well within Lorenzo’s grasp. The defence of it could prove to be very difficult indeed.

Photo: Yamaha Racing

This article was originally published on MotoMatters, and is republished here on Asphalt & Rubber with permission by the author.

Comment:

  1. TexusTim says:

    I have to say I am really upset with the marshalls on sunday during the moto gp race.
    The only one raising there hand of the three podium finishers was lorenzo then he did his “fake I almost crashed ” routine and they stopped the race. stoner was about to pass him HOW CAN CONDITIONS BE GETTING WORSE WHEN A RIDER IS CATCHING SECOND PLACE AND FIRST PLACE IS RUNNING AWAY WITH drom him!!!
    this affected the world championship dramatacly and is why after lorenzo’s team showed him stoner was catching him he went into the waiving of hands and acting like an amatuer crasher.
    I am imbarrased for lorenzo and yamaha but mostly the marshalls that fell for that crap and handed lorenzo the championship.
    they should take away his second and give it to stoner that was how the race was going to wind up.
    so karma now says that in some form or another lorenzo will lose some points to make it a fair run for the championship…if lorenzo wins it, it will be rememberd by the chicken s__t stunt he pulled not his craftsmanship of taking what the day hands him and making the best of it.

  2. smoke4ndmears says:

    Tim, NASCAR might be more your speed.

  3. John says:

    Calm down Ted. From what I saw, the conditions were pretty scary. Nothing looked fake about Lorenzo’s moment to me. Calling the race was the right thing to do.

  4. Damo says:

    I am just upset that Dani’s end of the season charge is going to be too little, too late. I wish he would have burned with this fire earlier in the season. I feel bad that he will always be the second or third fastest in the championship.

  5. David says:

    To bad they didn’t red flag the race before Spies hurt himself.

    From the MotoGp website:

    “Spies fell whilst riding in extremely challenging wet conditions at the Sepang International Circuit. An initial check by the trackside medical centre found no serious injuries however further tests conducted today in Kuala Lumpur have revealed injuries requiring surgery.

    The Texan will return to the USA tomorrow, Tuesday 23rd October, to receive treatment for an AC shoulder separation, a cracked rib in the upper chest area and bruising to the lung.

Yamaha Factory Racing will not field a replacement rider at Phillip Island due to time constraints. ”

    I sarcastically said awhile back that Spies should just go home before he hurts himself. Unfortunately I was right.

  6. TexusTim says:

    hey smoke I rode my honda cbr 1000 superbike to a 4th and a 6th in heavier rain and wind gust up to 45 mph I came in top 8th overall in the over 40 championsship that year..so thats what you get for assuming. and Im 55 !!!

  7. calvin says:

    As Jorge wins the title i remember him beating dani and stoner on the rc212v and the rc213v. i will remember him as the guy that takes 2 titels in 1 year. 2012 and 2013 as honda had to bring 2013 into 2012. i remember him as the guy winning 6 races and finishes 2nd anywere else. I remember him beating casey in Qatar. casey track. if Jorge wins its because he’s the best rider in the word for 2nd time.! if dani wins it wil be because he was a BIG CHICKEN S…T for being scared to ride the rc212v. i remember dani as the midget that needs a bike covering hils ability to fight. dani the dwarf that rides for half race 3/4 race behind jorge and take advantage of hi’s non weight at the end. As all dani’s years in motogp he will be defeat by the master of 2012 JORGE. in 2013 with hi’s 2015 hrc bike he will still lose from Jorge and Rossi. DANI the never will be pedrosa. Dani the train pedrosa. Dani the feather weight pedrosa. Dani the bridesmaid pedrosa. Dani the fragile pedrosa etc etc.

  8. “treatment for an AC shoulder separation”

    Crap. I have a 2nd-degree AC separation (no surgery meant that the separation is permanent). That’s one helluva painful injury. Heal well, Ben!

  9. Rider says:

    Im surprised Calvin was able to get on the internet.
    All the best to Spies, regroup and prove us wrong.

  10. Moto2 was a slide-fest, didn’t seem like they had very good full wet tires, and it was wet, really wet. It’s a whole different kettle of fish racing in those kind of conditions. Personally I always liked riding a sport bike in the rain, as long as I had good tires, but I did it in a nearly tropical climate, so it wasn’t difficult physically. But under most conditions you lose body heat very quickly, and getting cold while trying to race a motorcycle is not good, you start to losing feeling in your hands, you start using up a lot of energy shivering, and shivering itself makes it harder to be smooth. And didn’t seriously wet conditions that’s the most important thing, smooth transitions.

    I didn’t see Marc Marquez go down, but I saw him crying afterwards. I must admit I didn’t have much sympathy for the guy. All he had to do was finish, but I suppose that wasn’t good enough for a hot dog like him. It was good they red flag the race, conditions were just too terrible, looked like an inch of water on the track in some places.

  11. TexusTim says:

    Calvin go do somthing else yur way off, lorenzo is not the rider you think….if they all had to give up traction controll who do you think has the best skills at this time ?..STONER and ROSSI maybe Hayden

  12. “lorenzo is not the rider you think”

    Suffice it to say, Tim, he’s not the rider you think, either. Fake “I almost crashed”? You gotta be effin’ kidding me. ROTFLMAO. Jeebus Cripes, boy. Get a grip.

    Lorenzo’s tires gave up before Pedrosa’s for one simple reason: Lorenzo and the team chose to go with softs, while pretty much everybody else on the grid went with the harder compound. So, hands up because it’s dangerous for Lorenzo obviously came before Pedrosa. Dani had some tire left (even though he was spinning up on the straights at anything better than 1/2 throttle). Lorenzo was experiencing race-pattern baldness.

  13. Mears says:

    No assumptions here Tim. I was right: you are an @$$hole.

  14. TexusTim says:

    one point here…DID YOU SEE PEDROSA OR STONER THROWING UP THERE HANDS AND ASK THE RACE TO STOP ? second if you havent done somthing simular how can you act like you know what it is to race in heavy rain conditions. look at his run into the corner he almost went down in….he’s trying to get them to stop the race he influenced there decision…this is in at least poor taste being the points leader he should have left that to others as I said you didnt see pedrosa or stoner doing that…so lorenzo made a bad tire choice that is the heart of the matter..well you either have to slow down or come in for a tire change but to do it the way he did is… unsportmanship…call me what you want it doesnt change anything.

  15. “DID YOU SEE PEDROSA OR STONER THROWING UP THERE HANDS AND ASK THE RACE TO STOP”

    No. They were running hards, so they had a lot more tire left than Lorenzo.

    “if you havent done somthing simular how can you act like you know what it is to race in heavy rain conditions”

    Yeah, we know you raced during Katrina with no less than 3 feet of standing water at various parts of the circuit. Good on ya.

    Honestly, Tim, I think your assessment of Lorenzo faking his near-crash is comical and ignorant. Did Lorenzo make a bad tire choice? Absolutely. What you seem to be missing is that the bad tire choice made his race at the end a very dangerous experience. You want to chalk it up to him trying to cover his a$$ points-wise. I think it was more a matter of “If we don’t stop now, I’m gonna crash, guys.”

    You an whine about that all you like, mind. Some guys hate Stoner and find any excuse to complain about him. We know that Lorenzo is your personal pet peeve. Have at it.

  16. TexusTim says:

    http://www.roadracingworld.com/news/article/?article=44289 my rsults are in the report,have a nive day.

  17. DareN says:

    Did it occur to anyone that maybe Lorenzo is just riding for champoinship and not pushing to the absolute limit? (not the last race when obviously his soft tire was gone). There is a pattern there – every time he gets passed by Pedrosa the gap goes up to a few seconds very quickly. I am not saying that he is faster than Pedrosa at the moment, but does ride conservatively…

  18. DareN says:

    Please, notice, that at no point I am bashing my favourite pet peeve, Dani Pedrosa :-)