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Forum: Racing 04-17-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 2,044
Views: 156,390
Posted By Mike Yanagita
"so many" -- are we talking animal, vegetable or...

"so many" -- are we talking animal, vegetable or mineral?
Forum: Racing 04-16-2014, 06:30 PM
Replies: 2,044
Views: 156,390
Posted By Mike Yanagita
S'funny how the talk about Pedrosa getting...

S'funny how the talk about Pedrosa getting replaced by Lorenzo for 2015 has gone very quiet.
Forum: Equipment 04-07-2014, 08:13 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,640
Posted By Mike Yanagita
That's funny -- exactly the tent I have.

That's funny -- exactly the tent I have.
Forum: Equipment 04-07-2014, 08:06 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,640
Posted By Mike Yanagita
Lots of speculation and misinformation around...

Lots of speculation and misinformation around about the opening and capacity, which I'm glad a verified for myself. A 22" tent bag WILL easily fit into the D38, along with a pad, sleeping bag, cot,...
Forum: Racing 03-25-2014, 09:44 AM
Replies: 2,044
Views: 156,390
Posted By Mike Yanagita
Because MM is a winner. It's a lot less...

Because MM is a winner. It's a lot less impressive when you're taking a lot of risks and punting people into the gravel just for a top-5 finish.

That said, MM's last episode has been a while....
Forum: Racing 03-24-2014, 12:17 PM
Replies: 2,044
Views: 156,390
Posted By Mike Yanagita
I muted the commentary after Nick Harris kept...

I muted the commentary after Nick Harris kept yammering about some unrelated point throughout Lorenzo's crash and walk in the gravel. It's as if he's doing the commentary while working on a crossword...
Forum: Racing 03-24-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 263
Views: 17,512
Posted By Mike Yanagita
Ha, it was great to see the 35-yr-old take it to...

Ha, it was great to see the 35-yr-old take it to Marquez.

But, when Marquez set the fastest time in FP4 on the hard rear, seems to me the season, barring injury, is going to be his again.
Forum: Racing 03-21-2014, 02:30 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 17,512
Posted By Mike Yanagita
A single class (with an engine that has relevance...

A single class (with an engine that has relevance outside racing, not tuk-tuk tech).
Forum: Racing 03-21-2014, 12:42 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 17,512
Posted By Mike Yanagita
Not a bad idea to split qualifying into a fast...

Not a bad idea to split qualifying into a fast and slow group, but I wish the video would be clear about what the rankings are. For instance, you see a rider set the fastest lap in FP3, but the...
Forum: Racing 03-21-2014, 12:13 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 17,512
Posted By Mike Yanagita
I'm guessing by the silence after FP3 that others...

I'm guessing by the silence after FP3 that others are feeling similarly, that watching MotoGP is starting to feel more like doing long division mentally than tuning in for 45 minutes and being...
Forum: Racing 03-20-2014, 12:46 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 17,512
Posted By Mike Yanagita
Re Aleix, we'll have to see how well those soft...

Re Aleix, we'll have to see how well those soft Open tires hold up over race distance.
Forum: Racing 03-20-2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 263
Views: 17,512
Posted By Mike Yanagita
So is it as simple that #1 - #5 were either on...

So is it as simple that #1 - #5 were either on softer Open tires or are benefiting from testing 2 weeks ago?

Also wondering if Lorenzo is hanging back a little to light a fire under Jarvis to in...
Forum: Racing 03-19-2014, 06:40 PM
Replies: 2,044
Views: 156,390
Posted By Mike Yanagita
Who would've guessed Ducati/Stoner would win the...

Who would've guessed Ducati/Stoner would win the 2007 championship? They knew they couldn't really win without an advantage, so they took a shot at developing the Bridgestones, and it paid off. Not...
Forum: Racing 03-19-2014, 04:26 PM
Replies: 2,044
Views: 156,390
Posted By Mike Yanagita
Fair point. Like Espargaro said at the conference...

Fair point. Like Espargaro said at the conference today, there were only 4 bikes capable of winning.
Forum: Racing 03-19-2014, 03:57 PM
Replies: 2,044
Views: 156,390
Posted By Mike Yanagita
Cause it was the satellite team. It seems a...

Cause it was the satellite team. It seems a little different when by Ducati's switch to Open, MotoGP was left in effect with only two factories.

And it would be bad for business if the aliens lost...
Forum: Racing 03-19-2014, 02:29 PM
Replies: 2,044
Views: 156,390
Posted By Mike Yanagita
The switch from CRT to Open was announced October...

The switch from CRT to Open was announced October 2013. January 2014 Ducati was still denying they had any plans to switch the factory team to Open. I realize that as time passed people started...
Forum: Racing 03-18-2014, 05:35 PM
Replies: 2,044
Views: 156,390
Posted By Mike Yanagita
I dunno. I think Ducati had a last-minute sex...

I dunno. I think Ducati had a last-minute sex change operation to compete in a category they wouldn't otherwise have been able to. That didn't suddenly make them better athletes (or engineers). Dorna...
Forum: Racing 03-18-2014, 03:43 PM
Replies: 2,044
Views: 156,390
Posted By Mike Yanagita
It's messy I agree. But if Crutchlow or Dovi won...

It's messy I agree. But if Crutchlow or Dovi won the championship, there'd be greater objections, and not just from fans. It would be chalked up to fuel and tire advantages, not rider or engineering...
Forum: Racing 03-18-2014, 11:55 AM
Replies: 2,044
Views: 156,390
Posted By Mike Yanagita
Maybe that's the way to look at it; another way...

Maybe that's the way to look at it; another way is Ducati seeing a grossly mislabeled price tag and insisting on paying that price ("this Rolex says $50 and that's what I intend to pay!").
Forum: Ride reports 03-17-2014, 12:17 PM
Replies: 378
Views: 45,574
Posted By Mike Yanagita
Beautiful pics. May you never take a...

Beautiful pics.


May you never take a tumble. Your violin playing may suffer.
Forum: Racing 03-07-2014, 09:33 AM
Replies: 2,044
Views: 156,390
Posted By Mike Yanagita
Wake me when the audience numbers go down.

Wake me when the audience numbers go down.
Forum: Racing 02-27-2014, 01:58 PM
Replies: 2,044
Views: 156,390
Posted By Mike Yanagita
Prolly a short conversation. Factory: "the...

Prolly a short conversation.

Factory: "the new tire is causing chatter / sliding / doesn't provide feedback."
Bridgestone: "eat shit."

Only thing that seemed to get a reaction out of...
Forum: Racing 02-27-2014, 12:19 PM
Replies: 2,044
Views: 156,390
Posted By Mike Yanagita
Agree, but I wouldn't bet much that Rossi will...

Agree, but I wouldn't bet much that Rossi will finish the year better than #99.
Forum: Racing 02-27-2014, 09:28 AM
Replies: 2,044
Views: 156,390
Posted By Mike Yanagita
Asked about Lorenzo's troubles with the new...

Asked about Lorenzo's troubles with the new Bridgestones, Pedrosa says (http://motor.as.com/motor/2014/02/27/motociclismo/1393504408_824509.html) "in the past, Stoner and I had chattering everywhere...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-20-2014, 12:17 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,392
Posted By Mike Yanagita
In this context, freedom would be the ability to...

In this context, freedom would be the ability to simply fasten my safety belt and go. In other words, I wouldn't ride a motorcycle for some illusion of freedom or adventure; I'd ride because I...
Forum: Racing 02-18-2014, 10:23 AM
Replies: 2,044
Views: 156,390
Posted By Mike Yanagita
That's the point to the team, but not to the...

That's the point to the team, but not to the audience. They should do a split screen in these situations, or make a real effort at a replay of what happened while the winner was crossing the line. As...
Forum: Racing 02-16-2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 2,044
Views: 156,390
Posted By Mike Yanagita
Agree about Spies being a perceptive commentator,...

Agree about Spies being a perceptive commentator, but I think the audience for understated color commentary is small, and his draw comes from being perceived as being close to the action. After a few...
Forum: Racing 02-15-2014, 05:03 PM
Replies: 2,044
Views: 156,390
Posted By Mike Yanagita
Harris seems to make at least half a dozen...

Harris seems to make at least half a dozen mistakes per race, from misidentifying riders to misidentifying tactics, and Emmett seemed to care enough about the integrity of the broadcast to make...
Forum: Racing 02-04-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 2,044
Views: 156,390
Posted By Mike Yanagita
With Smith and Espargaro under contract, I...

With Smith and Espargaro under contract, I thought the offer was very vague but likely to involve a CRT/Open Class ride. In other words, Crutchlow was out of Tech 3 involuntarily.
Forum: Racing 02-04-2014, 11:06 AM
Replies: 2,044
Views: 156,390
Posted By Mike Yanagita
Didn't he get pushed out when they signed a...

Didn't he get pushed out when they signed a contract with Pol E.?
Forum: Racing 01-30-2014, 07:36 PM
Replies: 2,044
Views: 156,390
Posted By Mike Yanagita
That he doesn't quit, after all his injuries,...

That he doesn't quit, after all his injuries, says a lot too.
Forum: Racing 01-30-2014, 07:28 PM
Replies: 2,044
Views: 156,390
Posted By Mike Yanagita
Replace "Suzuki" with "Ducati" and you've got a...

Replace "Suzuki" with "Ducati" and you've got a similar situation. They were great once, but lost their way years previous.

I'd like to see the open class threaten factory bikes, but I don't see...
Forum: Racing 01-30-2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 2,044
Views: 156,390
Posted By Mike Yanagita
It would be like moving to SBK -- you'd only do...

It would be like moving to SBK -- you'd only do it when your career as a credible MotoGP contender was completely over. He's still got a ways to go.
Forum: Racing 01-30-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 2,044
Views: 156,390
Posted By Mike Yanagita
In other words, he's a 9 and the others are 10s,...

In other words, he's a 9 and the others are 10s, or something. The problem with your criticism is the steep dropoff to the next rider after Pedrosa, and to say that gap between 3rd and 4th fastest is...
Forum: Racing 01-30-2014, 02:13 PM
Replies: 2,044
Views: 156,390
Posted By Mike Yanagita
The control tire was good, because without it we...

The control tire was good, because without it we could've seen a few consecutive years of Stoner dominance. That said, I think if the MotoGP field were all on Moto2 bikes, it would still be the...
Forum: Racing 01-29-2014, 09:21 PM
Replies: 2,044
Views: 156,390
Posted By Mike Yanagita
Bottom line was Criville (and Hayden) wasn't...

Bottom line was Criville (and Hayden) wasn't producing a credible threat to the championship, and wasn't likely to ever again.


With an alternate universe generator, silly. Beyond that, we could...
Forum: Racing 01-29-2014, 07:06 PM
Replies: 2,044
Views: 156,390
Posted By Mike Yanagita
Maybe, but Dovizioso showed a lot of promise...

Maybe, but Dovizioso showed a lot of promise before hopping on the factory bike, and while he didn't stink up the place he was never a WC contender.

I guess my short temper about this is that...
Forum: Racing 01-29-2014, 06:34 PM
Replies: 2,044
Views: 156,390
Posted By Mike Yanagita
That really speaks to Honda's generosity towards...

That really speaks to Honda's generosity towards Hayden from 2003 to 2005, where he had a single race win, and might have been booted but for the U.S. market's influence.

On the other hand, in the...
Forum: Racing 01-29-2014, 06:19 PM
Replies: 2,044
Views: 156,390
Posted By Mike Yanagita
Who else was available with as good performance? ...

Who else was available with as good performance?

Lorenzo may have played footsie with Honda, but he was always going to stay with Yamaha.
Forum: Racing 01-29-2014, 06:17 PM
Replies: 2,044
Views: 156,390
Posted By Mike Yanagita
If it's any consolation, Alex Criville was fired...

If it's any consolation, Alex Criville was fired by Honda two years after he won his championship.

"Midget bike" aside, it would take a foolish Honda VP to bet Hayden would repeat his WC.
...
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