Shanghai MotoGP Race Report - ResurrectionThroughout the first three races of the 2008 MotoGP season, all the talk has been of the newcomers to the class. And rightly so, as Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso, James Toseland and Alex de Angelis have
It seems entirely self-evident: the winner of any given motorcycle race on any given Sunday will be the best rider, on the best bike, with the best tires. The rider with the most horsepower, the sweetest handling and the stickiest rubber - and the skill to leverage this magic tri...
of the first lap. What's even more remarkable is that he set such fast laps on a bike with a bent clip-on and a missing gear shift lever. He "changed gear by anger" he later told reporters, and the technique seemed to be remarkably successful. More importantly
There is a purity and a simplicity to motorcycle racing. Once the lights go out, and the bikes roar off the line, there's nowhere left for the truth to hide. No more sandbagging, no more hiding behind excuses about testing new parts or trying out different tires. It becomes a str...
On any given race weekend, riders line up to be measured. They pit themselves and their machines against all comers, borne by an unwavering belief in their own ability to overcome their adversaries and the limitations of the equipment they have been given. They stand to be measur...
on testing the Desmosedici GP9 on the day after. He told reporters he would decide after the practice sessions on Friday and Saturday.Loris Capirossi had challenged Casey Stoner for 6th in the middle stages of the race, but had been forced to settle for 7th
If there was one thing that commentators, fans and team managers alike could agree on prior to the 2007 MotoGP season, it was that this was to be the year of the former 250 riders. The season that we switched from the point-and-squirt 990s to the smooth, high corner speed 800s wo...
Sometimes, life seems scripted. Events, personalities and locations seem to align so perfectly that keen observers believe they can discern a pattern among the entrails of what is unfolding before them, and, borne by their smugness at believing they have glimpsed the future, they...
Human beings are extraordinary creatures. Where the birds of the air and the beasts of the field simply take note of everything that takes place around them, accept it, and move on, we humans are always looking for symbols and signs. The one thing that marks us out more than anyt...
If there's one thing that racing a MotoGP bike does not allow for, it is doubt, and hesitation. To ride fast and win races requires complete concentration and utter commitment. There is no time to carefully consider all your actions as you approach each corner, you need to have c...
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