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Malaysian Moto GP at Sepang

#1 Unread post by credge »

Just got back from the Malaysian Moto GP, first time to Sepang and very impressed with the circuit.

One point to note, they don't allow video recorders or food and drink from outside to be brought into the circuit, guess that keeps there vendors happy but not good for race fans on a budget with a packed lunch or a crate of ale under their arm, to be fair they didn't confiscate my sandwiches but just thought it strange, a beer is hard to locate as well and be prepared to pay premium prices if you do find one.

I've not been to a GP since Donnigton in the 80s and the sound of those four strokes is just amazing, those Ducati's coming down the home straight at Sepang into the first corner has to be heard to be believed.

It got an old timer like me thinking, back in the 70s when MV Agusta quit racing I seem to recall one of the reasons given was the governing body of the time had some noise regulations that MV could not work within and remain competitive with the two strokes of the day, any other old timers from the 70s remember this and can confirm?

MV would have no such problems listening to today's 4 strokes.

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I doubt more volume would make them sound any better. A mate of mine has an MV Augusta and after riding behind it for a while I came to the conclusion that it has a rather annoying sound.

And regarding the Malaysian MotoGP, go Rossi!
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Mintbread wrote:I doubt more volume would make them sound any better. A mate of mine has an MV Augusta and after riding behind it for a while I came to the conclusion that it has a rather annoying sound.

And regarding the Malaysian MotoGP, go Rossi!
Go pedrosa! taking 3rd with a hole in his knee. That last big battle between rossi and capirossi was amazingly fun to watch.
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#4 Unread post by Mintbread »

It was indeed. Capirossi put everything into that last corner.

Did you see the 125's? Ouch!
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Capirossi seems to be the only other rider out there who is NOT intimidated by Rossi. Didn't seem to work out for him yesterday. Lucky you, I'd love to have been there. The 4 strokes sound incredible in my opinion.

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fantastic race.going to be a brilliant finish to the season.did anybody see the wsb races on the same day?more fantastic racing.was a good day for race fans.xjrjohn
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I think little Pedro was the most gutsy rider out there. If I had a "tablespoon size cup of flesh" missing from my right knee (he had to dread dragging his knee) I don't think I'd be concentrating too terribly hard on riding. And he still came out on the podium!

Great battle between Capi-Rossi too. On the last lap I was sure it was going to be another W for Ducati, but yet again Rossi proved me wrong (DOH!).

As for being intimidated by Rossi, I'd say most riders are, but honestly I think that Pedrosa isn't. For a rookie he rides like he means business. Honestly (and it pains me to think so) I don't think Hayden is going to come away with the #1 plate this season. And I think that Honda is going to give him the boot at the end of the season. Hopefully he'll get picked up by a decent team and will have another shot next year (although I'm going to go ahead and say look out for Pedrosa next year!
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They won't boot Nicky at the end of the season. Bank on it.

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Honda needs Nicky more than Nicky needs Honda, cause there aint nobody else.
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There isn't anyone else but Nicky? How about his rookie teammate who is currently 3rd in the points standing? With a fresh star like Pedrosa, why does Honda have to fully rely on Nicky?

I'd love to see Hayden stick with Repsol Honda but (from the rumors I've heard) things are not going well. I've heard that Honda plans on giving him the axe in favor of a young fresh Pedro...

Hopefully I'm incorrect.
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....but they already have both.....

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kabob983 wrote:There isn't anyone else but Nicky? How about his rookie teammate who is currently 3rd in the points standing? With a fresh star like Pedrosa, why does Honda have to fully rely on Nicky?

I'd love to see Hayden stick with Repsol Honda but (from the rumors I've heard) things are not going well. I've heard that Honda plans on giving him the axe in favor of a young fresh Pedro...
Pedrosa is not experienced enough to carry the team. You can bet your bottom dollar that the majority of Pedrosas bike set-up is based on that of Nickys. Yes he can ride, but a race team needs a rider with experience if it is going to progress and now even moreso with the new 800cc machines, they will need all the help they can get.
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True, but why keep one you don't like and who isn't particularly fond of you? Why not take part of the money you were spending on a "big name" that you don't get along with and instead put part of it towards Pedrosa (who, by the way, is going to have a bigger advantage next year with his light weight on these less powerful 800cc bikes) and his bike?

Like I said, it's just "the rumor," but it usually it takes a little bit of truth to start a rumor...

Anyhoo, I do hope Nicky takes the championship and sticks with Repsol Honda.
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Mintbread wrote:Pedrosa is not experienced enough to carry the team. You can bet your bottom dollar that the majority of Pedrosas bike set-up is based on that of Nickys. Yes he can ride, but a race team needs a rider with experience if it is going to progress and now even moreso with the new 800cc machines, they will need all the help they can get.
Hrm...excellent point.

I will say this though, he's not completely inexperienced (he did win a 250cc championship or two) but he doesn't have much experience hanging with the big boys.
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According to what ive just read(mcn this week)Nicky Hayden was wanted by yamaha to pair up with Rossi but hes agreed terms with honda and will sign a two year extention to his contract next week.Yamaha wanted Hayden but now they cant have him it may save Edwards job.xjrjohn
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Heh, yeah, I've been hearing for a while that Edwards might get the axe. Not sure why, he's a heck of alot better than many of the riders out there! Sure he doesn't podium often, but he has his moments (except for when you're leading on the last lap of a race and you go into the sand and get thrown).

Glad to hear that Nicky will be staying! Gosh...Rossi-Hayden team, that'd be a bit rough.
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i hope edwards does keep his place,hes one rider i really like,not only his riding style,but his whole attitude.fantastic bloke.xjrjohn
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He's a bit carefree (which I like) when compared to riders like John Hopkins and Rossi. Hopkins...poor guy. He trains, he rides, he trains, eats right...and comes up short. Edwards takes it easy and does pretty well.

Anyone watch that "The Doctor, the Tornado, and the Kentucky Kid" movie? You'd see what I'm talking about...
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