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Matthew Birt  says:

Valentino Rossi eager to continue Assen revival

Valentino Rossi is eager to understand if the winning form he re-discovered in the recent Assen MotoGP clash carries on into this weekend’s German round at the tight and twisty Sachsenring. The Italian won a premier class race for the first time since the Sepang race in October, 2010 with a vintage display in Holland that saw him capture an 80th...

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Apr 11

Posts: 3615

Bultoboy says:

Certain people will put their own twist on this comment and so be it, that's up to them, however, it is not intended as a derogatory remark. I'm just genuinely surprised it's taken this long to make such a basic modification to the fork damping to help control front end dive under initial braking. Previous reports had it sounding as though they'd made som radical changes.

Can't help but have a wry smile over the irony of the 'too soft' front tyre though. Seems one rider who was castigated by some for criticising it when introduced had a crystal ball...

This weekend's race has a lot of interest again - Can Rossi carry on from Assen, can Cal be up there again, have the Hondas sorted out their tyre issues and how quick will Lorenzo be.

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Jul 06

Posts: 2050

buelligan272 says:

its all lies or is it????

Bulto when will you realise everything you hear and read is not always the truth?

There may be a little more  than what they say about what they have found and there may not.
You will never know but you might have a better idea after the next couple of races.

Setting up a bike for the dirt is relatively simple where as setting up a moto GP bike is rather complex.

Of course as long as it is a good race it does not matter who wins...Does it? hahahaha

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May 13

Posts: 194

gixanator says:

i can see what you're saying Bulto but the bikes don't get a lot of set-up time in reality and as Beull says they take a bit to get right, they've been at this since COTA.

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May 13

Posts: 194

gixanator says:

edit-they've probably been at this since COTA.

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Oct 10

Posts: 484

racingfan99 says:

Is Motogp a bike sport or a tyre sport? I sometimes wonder!
The tyre seems king to everything else, I’m as aware as anyone just how important the tyre is on a bike BUT nowadays it seems the biggest factor of the sport and it should still be the bike first.
Michelin got booted out of Motogp because they took their eye of the ball and got arrogant; at the time of their demise their product had become unreliable and even dangerous. The single manufacturer monopoly that Dorna gave to Bridgestone, which eliminated all the competition and consequently stopped the rate of evolution. If tyre development has arrested in progress then Dorna are to blame and it is to the detriment of the sport. What is the point of Honda and Yamaha working their asses off to produce stunning race prototypes when the bit of rubber is king?

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Mar 09

Posts: 5451

Nostrodamus says:

Bulto's damn right

They've got telemetry by the gigabyte. If this (supposed) simple fix is all it's cracked up to be then that is very poor rider and chief engineer set-up skills on display. If the front end and braking hard has been the world nr.6's bugbear all along you'd think that would be the first thing to be sorted in pre-season testing. Front-end feel is everything to a racer. But six months later?

Buelli. You're talking set-up from the perspective of flat pack furniture. Best not get too far out of your depth eh.

Anyway Assen was an anomaly, not a revival. Banged up Jorge will have him this weekend.

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Aug 12

Posts: 85

huggydave says:


Yep, used to build tyres for the bikes and riders, remember Toni elias being slightly competative on them fat tyres made for him, single tyre rule killed his motogp career, hope Rossi's forks work well, this championship is better with him at least at the sharp end!

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Jul 05

Posts: 238

pogo_it says:

poor set up skills

Evidently there is an epidemic of those in moto gp at the moment, I mean afterall if honda's two riders and chief engineers cant come up with a set up that allows the bike to run well on worn tyres, cal and his cant come up witha setting that will allow him to run hard in the early laps, rossi and burgess take 6 rounds to sort out their front suspension settings, looks like only jorge and his are doing anything right! Or maybe all of the issues are more complicated to sort out than simple settings.

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Jan 11

Posts: 661

carloslavado says:

Interesting weekend IMO. Dani rules at Sachsenring, if Valentino can finish within 5 seconds or even challenge Dani for a win? Then the Doctor really is back. Personally i hope MM wins to boost his championship hopes! By the way is it true that Scott Redding will anounce what his MotoGp plans are right after this GP? Staying with Marc/VDS with an M1 engine in a Kalex frame might be the best option. Silly Season 2014 should be awsome, with production Honda's, decent Yamaha engines in Kalex/Suter frames. Maybe finally a decent Ducati and lot's of good riders going to whatever team.

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May 09

Posts: 113

colvill1 says:

Nostro you are one large cock

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