can suppress the bounding Stoner this coming season, then he will finally take his place on the top step of the pantheon of racing gods, along with Geoff Duke, Mike Hailwood and Ago himself. If not – well, he’s only human.What of the others? We can
The 117,000 fans who packed the stands at Valencia should have asked for their money back, after a dismal drear-fest procession of a MotoGP race. Asked afterwards, none of the top three riders - Stoner, Rossi, Pedrosa - thought control tyres would make much difference. Unless, as...
The December-January testing ban means just one thing to the dedicated MotoGP hero: withdrawal symptoms. It’s a rare racer who can kick back. Most of them will have spent the winter worrying desperately.They might be considering those old racing truths. One is every rider’s creed...
Has Rossi got Stoner undone? Surely looks a bit like that, after three forced errors in a row. The only thing that argues against it is Stoner’s own impassive calm, after his two crash-outs at Brno and Misano. Both in the wake of his lippy performance at Laguna, where it definite...
Lippy little git, Casey Stoner. He won no new friends when he spouted off at Rossi after losing the best race of the 800 era. That was in America, just before everyone went on holiday.It left fans world-wide to spend the ensuing weeks in castigating the whinging Aussie. And both ...
Honda’s whirligig into despair continues apace. The world’s greatest engine company is having trouble making a competitive 800cc MotoGP engine.The shame.Well, sort of. Dani Pedrosa is going pretty well on the old engine with steel valve springs, he even won at Catalunya by a coun...
There is the smell of murder in MotoGP. And it’s getting worse.For 250s, it is slow murder, by poison, with accomplices, and not yet fully accomplished. But the final chapter is already written: the stroker princelings will be replaced by 600 Supersport clones from 2011, like it ...
One season ends, the next begins one day later. Yesterday’s race results aren’t even fish’n’chips wrapping, in these days of the download.The difference this time was the introduction of one-make control tyres. Supposed to even it all up a bit. So what happened, in the final test...
, at just 22, is fourth in racing history, behind Agostini (122), Angel Nieto (90) and Mike Hailwood (75). And he's started enjoying himself again. This is a formidable threat, especially if the master of the craft carries the feeling on to next season
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