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Racing Section / Re: MotoGP 2018.
« on: July 18, 2018, 01:38:46 pm »
So, the new title sponsor from 2019 for Yamaha will be Monster Energy.  I hope they don't paint the bikes green!


I want Kawasaki back, but will have to shout for Green Yamaha's  :laughing4:

Sjoe!  I can handle many things, even MM riding a Yamaha, or VR a Ducati.  Would even handle 2SD fall in love with a BMW, but a GREEN YAMAHA!  No.  Just no.  Sies!

One of my favourite bikes is a 1973 360 dt, in GREEN. :ricky:

My first ever bike, which also happened to be my first ever Yamaha was green.  So, to ensure no misunderstanding, let me rephrase.  A GREEN MOTOGP / WSBK ROAD RACE ONLY YAMAHA!  Sies!   :biggrin:

A racing Yamaha should be blue or yellow.  Preferably yellow.

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Racing Section / Re: MotoGP 2018.
« on: July 16, 2018, 09:00:53 am »
A great race but was hoping Rossi could give MM a bit more of a fight than he did.Can Rossi still beat MM?
The little Spaniard is freak.
Poor tyre choice by Lorenzo and it cost him too.
MotoGP never gets old

VR can beat MM as can MV, but not before Yamaha have managed to sort their acceleration issues. 
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Racing Section / Re: WSBK silly season starts!
« on: July 07, 2018, 05:30:46 pm »
WSBK will die if Dorna does not sort the huge gaps between teams that exists now.  They said they would bring them back, closer to standard spec, similar to the Superstock 1000 or Supersport 600, but have so far failed to make any big changes.  They are already drawing only half the viewers they used to and that MGP does.
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Anywhere else in the world it would be two okes getting hot and bothered in traffic, one oke losing it more than the other and that would be that.  Because it is South Africa, it is a racial issue.  Sad really.

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Racing Section / Re: MotoGP 2018.
« on: June 22, 2018, 10:52:51 am »
Latest "rumours":

-  Petronas Yamaha satellite team seems a reality.
-  Movistar Yamaha factory teams seems without a sponsor from 2019 since Movistar is not renewing their contract.  Monster Energy is whispered  as a posisble sponsor.  A green Yamaha could look cool.  At least if they remain rubbish, we can dream it is a Kawa struggling!   >:D

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Racing Section / Re: MotoGP 2018.
« on: June 18, 2018, 01:43:37 pm »
Tech3 KTM:  Oliviera (KTM contract) and Syahrin to end 2019

Does the above mean Brad is the No.1 rider in the Moto2 team?

It could mean that, in other words a similar situation to Moto 3 when Oliviera moved to Moto 2 and Brad became #1.  It would depend on who they bring in as the other rider in the Moto 2 team and how well they compare to each other during the early parts of the season.  Aki Ajo is well known that he looks after his riders though and I would be very surprised if Brad does not become the #1 rider.

Jorge Martin from Moto3 will join Brad in the Red Bull KTM Moto2 team next year.
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Racing Section / Re: MotoGP 2018.
« on: June 18, 2018, 12:54:21 pm »
Moto 2 saw Brad in 6th again!

Steven Odendaal yet again snapping at a World Championship point in 18th.  He and his team is slowly, but surely coming to grips with Moto2 at this level.  Nice to see Steven beat his team mate, Joe Roberts, regularly.

Moto3.  Darryn got knocked off during the first lap.  :patch:
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Racing Section / Re: MotoGP 2018.
« on: June 18, 2018, 11:29:26 am »
No 2d Yamaha team?

VR till end 2020 - wrf oupa

"Oupa" is currently 2nd in the World Championship.  That is better than 22 odd boytjies.

Chances are better than excellent that there will be a 2nd Yamaha team, sponsored by Petronas.

Marquez is a freak. Who saves a front slide  like that. And to top it off, he does this on every race weekend it seems.

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Janee!  A freak indeed.  One can only look on in amazement.  The only issue is that he is taunting Madame Risk and it almost got him this weekend when he crashed into Q1.  It did work out in the end, but he needs to think about this a tad.
No one talks about Rossi although he is 2nd in the championship but it's almost as if he is not a threat.

I am The Bear, not NoOne!   >:D :lol8:

It seems many discount VR46, but he is always a threat and if the Yamahas were slightly more competitive, the young guns like MM would be worried.
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Racing Section / Re: MotoGP 2018.
« on: June 07, 2018, 10:46:40 am »
Guy's I have been following Motogp ( and moto2 and 3 to a lesser extent ) for the last 2 years.
I have a few questions that I dont understand and would appreciate it you could give me some info, please excuse me if some of the questions are silly but if I dont ask I will never know:

1. Why does the riders that are placed 1st and 2nd in Q2 need to ride again in Q1?  (Has Moto2 and 3 also have Q1 and Q2? and Freepractice?)

Because 1st and 2nd in Q1 is about 11th and 12th overall.  The riders are allocated a average time taken from the first 3 free practises.  The fastest 10 automatically go to Q2, while the slowest 12 - 14 goes to Q1.  They then quallify to join the fastest 10 in Q2, wher they qualify for their top 12 places.  No Mot 2 and 3 do not have this.

2. How does Free practice work and what does it mean, are they timed?  is it only 30min and how many sessions and there and are riders only allowed on the track in Free practice time?

FP 1, 2 and 3 is an hour each.  This is timed and these times (for MGP) is what decide whether they go to Q1 or Q2.  FP4 is 30 minutes for MGP.  M2 and M3 do not have a FP4, but they do have FP1, 2 and 3 of an hour each.  Teams can decide how many times they want to go into the pits, or out on track during FPs.

3. How many days before  race-day does the teams and riders arrive at the track and what do they do in those days?

They usually arrive Wednesday before the race.  Wednesday is for media conferences and for the tech teams to set up the garage, work area, bike, etc.  There is no riding.

4. Is there a rule that riders must first ride Moto3 before allowed to move to Moto 2 and eventually on to Motogp? I ask this because I see Hafizh Syahrin riding in Motogp but cant remember seing him in Moto2. Also in Sunday's Moto2 race there was a South African called Stephan Odendal who I have never seen in Moto3?

No.  There is no such rule.

5. I  understand the factory teams sponsoring and paying their riders because they get milage out of their brand names ie Honda, KTM, Yamaha. etc being seen by race fans but I cant understand how teams like Marc VDS (who are they) and a few other lesser known smaller teams finance their operations. Sure there are advertising rights that they sell but I dont think that can bring in enough money to run them 100%, perhaps there are super super rich guy's behind it but even so, what would they get out of dumping so much money.

There are basically three types of teams.  Full Factory, Satellite (which is factory supported at a fee) and Customer (they buy a bike, parts and support from the factory.  While some names may not sound important to us in SA, they are mostly huge companies, with huge company sponsorship in the rest of the world.  Marc VDS (Marc van der Straten) is a huge racing organisation who have teams in MGP, M2, M3 and even some car classes such as European Le Man Series.  They are in it for the money.  The team receives large sponsorship and in turn the sponsor gets exposure.  If it didn/t make financial sense, it wouldn't happen

6. What must a new rider/team do to get accepted for Moto3? (Can anybody rock up there with a few million cash dollars in his pocket and do an application to enter his team for Moto3?)

Basically you need an International Racing license en be older than 16 and you can race M3.  And yes, a huge truck load of money.  International Racing License will be issued to anyone with a National License

7. How does the organisers decide what is the maximum number of  riders allowed to race in a race, looks like it is around 20 to 26 riders on average per race but what happens if they get applications for more riders?

Maximums are dependant on what the specific track is licensed for.  There are however complex contracts between Dorna (the owners of the series) and the MGP teams on ho many bikes, teams, etc. they supply.  In the lower classes it is pretty much as many as the grid can handle.

Sorry for all the questions but it would be great to know a little more about this amazing sport.

No worries.  Ask away.  WD's have some very knowledgeable guys.
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General Bike Related Banter / Re: What next???
« on: May 15, 2018, 01:16:47 pm »
Do yourself that favour!
(A very biased opinion)......so what?
When someone (read: GS owner) asked me the other day why I bought a Tiger and not a GS800 my exact words were:
“ want elke 2de poephol ry ‘n GS”

Ek aanvaar jy is met 'n man getroud want elke tweede poephol het 'n vrou?   >:D
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Racing Section / Re: MotoGP 2018.
« on: May 15, 2018, 12:15:02 pm »
WSBK Hijack on!

During a recent press conference, Dorna stated that they are desperate to bring in some semblance of competitive racing in WSBK.  They named a long list of modified rules that were attempts to achieve this.  In general these rules worked well, but Dorna expressed their disappointment  that Jonathan Rea and the Kawasaki teams is clearly not accepting, nor understanding the issue.  They have therefore decided that from the next WSBK race at Donnington Park, to the end to the 2019 season, Jonathan Rea, regardless of where he qualified on the grid, will always start from the main street of his hometown, Ballyclare in Ireland.  Dorna believes this will give the other riders a fair chance.

Tom Sykes, Chaz Davids and Marco Melandri, immediately protested, indicating that this will actually give Rea, hometown advantage!

Hijack off!
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Live by the River, Die by the selective DA bureaucracy  O0

Please point me in the direction to what the DA did against these folks?

DA run Muni applying laws selectively - anyone living in the area will know how prolific zoning and building contraventions are in other settlements and how a blind eye is turned to them. I am not saying that they were not in contravention just that there is clearly more to this than meets the eye and this is juggle justice.

Laws and regulations have been enforced selectively as long as law and law enforcement have existed.  This is true for any law enforcement agency or political party.  Blaming their woes on the DA is just silly, unless of course, it can be proven that an ANC or EFF municipality would have acted differently.

Since we all grew up in a society where laws and regs are applied selectively, we should have leaned one thing.  If we did not learn this, we should slap the dunce cap on our heads and head for the corner.  That one thing is, when you are the one caught, however selectively that was, instead of whinging about selective law application, sort your shit!  Never start a fight you cannot win.

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They own the land and were sold the land with the main building on it. The Technicality is their were no building plans submitted.

As previously stated I am right there with my home at the moment.  A schlep, irritating and a tad costly, but you can submit "AS BUILD" plans and the issue goes away.
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General Bike Related Banter / Re: Sheridan Morias-Portugese??
« on: April 15, 2018, 08:03:37 pm »
He is still a Saffer,  He is racing these two races under the Portuguese flag as the Portuguese Racing Association has paid for his rides today and next week. 
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Moet jy nie eerder damoerin vir die versekeraar wees as Bike Tyre Warehouse nie?

Anyway, I reckon speak to them again, slowly and clearly because it looks like they think that you are claiming for the repair, not a replacement tyre.
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Racing Section / Re: MotoGP 2018.
« on: April 09, 2018, 11:35:38 am »
So yesterday was the 2nd time that I actually watched a full race, ever. I liked what I saw, but understood little.

Why did Miller get the "gap start" for lack of a better description?

Pity about the Binder Bro`s spills..

According to the rules, if you leave the grid after it was set, you must start from the pit lane, or if in time at the back of the grid.  23 bikes starting from the pit lane,would be chaos and dangerous and impossible to all start at the back of the grid, so they reset the grid, some distance behind where it would normally be. 

This resetting of the grid is a new rule that was made after exactly the chaos and danger I mentioned during a GP in 2015 on Sachsenring. 

Huge pity about the Binder spills.  Sadly, it is a bit of a regular occurrence for Darryn, but a very uncharacteristic mistake by Brad.  Steven Odendaal ran his first top 20, which was nice.
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Racing Section / Re: Sheridan Morias. World SSP.
« on: April 05, 2018, 08:32:46 pm »
What happened with Yamaha, he was going so well there towards the end of last year ?

Jip.  As Tony said, Kalio Yamaha dumped both their riders for riders who could bring more money to the team.

Unfortunately, some racing classes is a competition between the richest riders instead of the best riders.
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suppose there are many small things that annoy different people.
My pet hate is BMW owners that put up posts about their aircooled BMW's. especially in the for sale section.
Get's me all excited to see what goodies are for sale and when I go in, it's some idiot with an oil cooled GS.
Your bike is not aircooled.

Since you want to be pedantic, all land bound vehicles are air cooled.

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