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Old 05-04-2013, 08:41 AM   #91
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One of Nicky's complaints at Honda was they wouldn't let him adjust the controls the way he wanted. So maybe you get to select the position and angle within certain parameters depending on what the team thinks is best for you.
I seem to recall hearing something like that also... but it's really difficult to understand why a team/manufacturer would not allow a rider to set the bike up as needed as far as control position goes. How could anyone but the rider possibly know what positions are best?

And Hayden in 7th qualifying and only ~1 second behind pole with that hand on that bike, that's really pushing to make it happen. Respect, that guy works hard.
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:01 AM   #92
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I seem to recall hearing something like that also... but it's really difficult to understand why a team/manufacturer would not allow a rider to set the bike up as needed as far as control position goes. How could anyone but the rider possibly know what positions are best?

And Hayden in 7th qualifying and only ~1 second behind pole with that hand on that bike, that's really pushing to make it happen. Respect, that guy works hard.
At the time Nicky was riding for Honda their attitude was that the bike mattered more than the rider. It was one of the reasons that Rossi went to Yamaha back then.

Nick has always had a good work ethic. He knows what it's like to wash cars all day at Earls.
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:56 AM   #93
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At the time Nicky was riding for Honda their attitude was that the bike mattered more than the rider. It was one of the reasons that Rossi went to Yamaha back then.

Nick has always had a good work ethic. He knows what it's like to wash cars all day at Earls.
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:12 AM   #94
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I think he's saying street bikes should have wider, flatter bars. His rant was a little hard to follow.
Correct. You understood so it couldn't have been too vague.
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:18 AM   #95
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I seem to recall hearing something like that also... but it's really difficult to understand why a team/manufacturer would not allow a rider to set the bike up as needed as far as control position goes. How could anyone but the rider possibly know what positions are best?

And Hayden in 7th qualifying and only ~1 second behind pole with that hand on that bike, that's really pushing to make it happen. Respect, that guy works hard.
FWIW, NH in the post qp interview said the team found out he had a cracked front wheel in in Qatar and Austin that he used during the first part of those qp2 sessions which did not allow him to follow his planned q2 routine.
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:33 AM   #96
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Did anyone else think Marq's crash had a lot in common with Simo's?
Both seemed to be low sides where the rider never abandoned the bike. Marq's bike eventually lost traction at the rear and spun out while Simo's got traction and shot him back across the track.
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:41 AM   #97
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Most, if not all of the crashes were 'lost the front' comments from the riders. 99 mentioned problems too.

Race tire selections are gonna be interesting.

All agreed that a hot Jerez is greasy, so if temps are the same tomorrow, it might be a race of attrition more than anything. Bummer. Brought to you by Bridgestone.
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:49 AM   #98
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I would LOVE to see Nicky back on something competitive. Looking at that hand and riding what he is riding. Bro is true grit for sure. Hell even a tech 3 ride would be awesome seeing as how they're at least capable of getting up there.
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:57 AM   #99
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Did anyone else think Marq's crash had a lot in common with Simo's?
Both seemed to be low sides where the rider never abandoned the bike. Marq's bike eventually lost traction at the rear and spun out while Simo's got traction and shot him back across the track.
Scary as hell crash at the start of the Red Bull Rookies Cup race. Bikes touched and one veered off hard left into a steel wall at pit out. A few on Titter says rider OK. But wow was that a scary crash.

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Nicky Hayden@NickyHayden 54m Happy to hear the kid from the rookies cup crash was not injured worse, that crash made me sick at my stomach.... #brothers
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Old 05-04-2013, 02:11 PM   #100
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I seem to recall hearing something like that also... butit's really difficult to understand why a team/manufacturer would not allow a rider to set the bike up as needed
See Ben Spies last season.

The issue with the handlebar position was just the tip of the proverbial iceberg for Hayden at Honda.

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FWIW, NH in the post qp interview said the team found out he had a cracked front wheel in in Qatar and Austin that he used during the first part of those qp2 sessions which did not allow him to follow his planned q2 routine.
That is messed up!

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I would LOVE to see Nicky back on something competitive. Looking at that hand and riding what he is riding. Bro is true grit for sure. Hell even a tech 3 ride would be awesome seeing as how they're at least capable of getting up there.
That isn't going to happen, unfortunately. Nicky better hope the Duc improves and he puts on a show with it.

Crutchlow made kind of an interesting jab at Nicky regarding his own prospects to go to Ducati; he said Nicky was willing to do just about anything to stay at Ducati, including a very rigorous appearance schedule which very few other riders would be willing to agree to.
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Old 05-04-2013, 02:16 PM   #101
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Cal is well beaten up, he has blood on a kidney, but will race tomorrow.
Damn!

http://www.superbikeplanet.com/2013/...ydernotes2.htm
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:08 PM   #102
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Also Iannone will race with injuries due to his crash in qualifying. Jerez shows no mercy when the asphalt is heated up...
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Old 05-04-2013, 07:26 PM   #103
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Also Iannone will race with injuries due to his crash in qualifying. Jerez shows no mercy when the asphalt is heated up...
But will not test on Monday. Pramac has no riders available.
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Did anyone else think Marq's crash had a lot in common with Simo's?
Both seemed to be low sides where the rider never abandoned the bike. Marq's bike eventually lost traction at the rear and spun out while Simo's got traction and shot him back across the track.
Yikes!

I hope he's smart enough not to try that in traffic.

That's not the first time MM did something reminiscent of Simo.
I really hope he has abandoned the bully boy passing techniques he was known for in Moto2. So far, he has been respectful of other racers in the MotoGP class. I think he's only going to get better for some time to come.
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:12 PM   #105
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1. VR
2. JL
3. MM (but crash is likely)
4. DP
5. CC

The big variable will be track temps. VR does well at moderate pace and compromised traction so a late race move up is in order. However, if JL escapes early on the hard rear tire it will be game over. MM wil dice hard as he is good at that but eventually the newish bike, big power and greasy track will catch him out.

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