MotoGP: Numbers? Sometimes You Just Gotta Race ’em Anyways.

May 8, 2007

Posted by Martin:

Coming into Shanghai, the main concern for the race was the fact that the Ducatis were up 20 horsepower on the competition. 553241_80602.jpg Normally, this doesn’t mean a whole lot in the world of two wheels when compared to four wheeled racing, as a smooth and consistent power delivery is much more important to successful corner speeds than raw power. However, the Shanghai track has two of the longest straightaways in the MotoGP Circuit. And what does that benefit? Horsepower. The critics were calling for the Italian bike to sweep up all the podium spaces it could grab. After all, with those kilometer long straightaways, who could keep up?

So what happened? A race is what happened. And, more importantly, something that did’t quite fit the expectations a lot of people. Read the rest of this entry »


Abuse of Motorcycle

May 4, 2007

As a responsible motorcyclist who puts around 30K on my bike yearly (and year-round), nothing frustrates me more than those who give nothing to the passion but a bad name. While there are some responsible stunters on sportbikes, the vast majority (at least in my experience) seem to be overconfident hotheads which absolutely no regard for theirs, or anybody else’s safety. While pulling a wheelie down the Interstate wearing nothing but a tank top and flip flops may seem like a good way to express your rugged individualism, you’re putting the other people on the road in danger, as well as inconveniencing the paramedics who have to come squeegee you off the pavement. Furthermore, this kind of behavior only encourages those who wish to view motorcycles in a negative light, making my life more difficult. While I am hesitant to take pleasure in someone else’s pain, I can honestly say this guy deserved what happened to him:

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(Image grabbity-yoinked from http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/Stoppie.jpg, who probably did the same from someone else.  If someone knows the original source, post a comment and I’ll edit appropriately.)


MotoGP: Istanbul or Crashtantinople?

April 24, 2007

Posted by Martin:

MotoGP made it to Istanbul this past weekend and managed to defy all expectations. Well, apart from Casey Stoner still riding like he’s got bees in his shorts on the Ducati.

Honda’s Dani Pederosa, a favorite to be on the podium, was taken out in a spectacular looking crash on the first lap that also claimed Suzuki’s Chris Vermulen, and Valentino Rossi’s teammate Colin Edwards, all caused by Kawasaki’s Olivier Jaque’s front wheel deciding it wanted to be elsewhere than planted. Valentino Rossi also did not fare well, with his tire proving to be his nemesis once again, losing him precious time and positions.

While the first position was sealed essentially from the first lap, the battle for second and third places continued throughout the race. Tony Elias proved once again that he’s a special kind of crazy, muscling Rossi out of the way in what can only be described as an extremely optimistic passing approach. However, Rossi can not complain too much, as if one were to ask Gibernau, he’d probably have some similar things to say about the Italian. Third place was also extremely fluid, with a good number of riders jockeying for the final podium position. Ultimately, Loris Capirossi was able to capture the position across the finish line on the final lap.

While the current World Champion, Nicky Hayden, only finished seventh, he finally looked competetive on the new 800cc machines which have required a smoother riding style compared to the previous season’s 990cc machines. Hopefully this means he’ll start to be able to defend his championship.

The final podium order was Edwards, Elias and Capirossi, with Ducati having the first and third spots. Their horsepower advantage is becoming apparent, and it’ll be something the Japanese manufacturers will need to remedy quickly if they intend to remain competetive next week in Shanghai.

And here’s a link to someone who can write a lot better about the sport than I can: http://www.motogpmatters.com/

NASCAR ain’t got diddly on MotoGP. Some of the finest actual racing to be found on television. If you enjoy motorsports, you’re doing yourself a disservice by not following this.