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After stewing over the news of Bagnaia's DUI, it pisses me off even more. Sure nobody was injured...this time! I truly appreciate his skill on the Duc and I'd love to see him in the championship, but I can't in good conscience support a racer that could have killed someone off track by being stupid. Yes, he's still young. That however is not an excuse. If he's smart enough to make it to the big leagues, he should be smart enough to call someone to take him home after having some alcohol.

In all honesty, I think every single DUI should be an immediate revocation of all driving PRIVELEGE's, regardless of what country you are in or who you are. I think people would be a little more serious about getting a ride set up before possibly changing theirs and others lives forever.

Just a few weeks ago while coming back from picking up a motorcycle from Florida, I had a drunken idiot nearly take my wife and I out on I-95 crossing from NC back into VA. Asshole was so drunk he was swerving between both northbound lanes at a speed of about 35 MPH. Utter stupidity. Called the VSP line and reported him as we were coming into VA. Hopefully VSP got his ass off the road after I was able to get around him. Yeah, I have no love for drunk drivers. Riding a motorcycle has upped my disgust for them and those who text and drive.


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Dummy “celebrated” with some friends and ended up crashing his car after drinking alcohol. I’m not a fan of DUI’s so i think he needs to lose all sponsorship as well as his seat at Ducati. Bags could easily have hurt or killed someone, all because he’s not smart enough to call an Uber or whatever the European equivalent is. What kind of example will Dorna be setting if they don’t whack his dick?

Rossi is probably ready to kick Pecco’s ass for such a bone headed move


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Are you kidding? Well it’s astonishing to see cancel culture alive and well here.

Guy is young. People don’t go to Ibiza to meditate and pray. He made a mistake. He hurt NO ONE. I think you need to give this a rest.

You never made a mistake in your life? I think anyone calling for bans, cancellations, first need their own lives and history examined.



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I don’t always agree with prefontaine but in this situation I do 100%.

He fucked up yes. When I was his age I did stupid things and looking back now I was incredibly lucky. I also believe in redemption and giving people an opportunity to learn from their mistakes without having to resort to severe consequences on their first mistake and especially when no one was hurt.

I’d love to know if all the people on the internet calling for him to lose everything have ever once driving under the influence.


On a bit of a different subject, what the hell was he driving!? Is that some kind of SUV/crossover thing?


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Prefontaine, it's just that I do not appreciate a drunk sharing the same roads I do. 25 is plenty old enough to know better than to drive after imbibing. Has nothing to do with cancel culture and everything to do with not rewarding bad behavior. These pro athletes know what is at stake if they fuck up.


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He hurt no one and you stated he should lose all his shit. That’s cancel culture my man. Period.

I’m glad Christ forgives because humans sure don’t. Sad to read.



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Japanese manufacturer Suzuki has finally confirmed the long-known news that the 2020 MotoGP championship-winning team will fold at the end of the current season.

First reported in early May when the team were told to start looking for new jobs, the factory only admitted at that time that they were exploring an exit – but have now agreed on terms with series promoter Dorna to pull out.

Also confirming that they would be shutting down Yoshimura SERT, the reigning Endurance world Championship-winning team as well, Toshihiro Suzuki, Representative Director and President, said in a statement that the decision was focused on sustainability.

“Suzuki has decided to end the participation of MotoGP and EWC in the face of the need to re-allocate resources on other initiatives for sustainability. Motorcycle racing has always been a challenging place for technological innovation, including sustainability, and human resource development.

“This decision means that we will take on the challenge to build the new motorcycle business operation by redirecting the technological capabilities and human resources we have cultivated through the motorcycle racing activities to investigate other routes for a sustainable society.”

However, reports continue to slowly emerge from inside the team that suggests the reality is quite different, instead coming about as the result of an internal power struggle within Suzuki’s board in Japan.

The result of that struggle is the pro-racing faction losing out and its complete withdrawal from sport, something that the team have a history of doing in the past.

It’s also believed that the long pause between informing the team and officially announcing their departure on Wednesday is the result of having to negotiate a complicated leaving agreement with Dorna.

Signing a contract only last year to remain in the series until at least 2026, it seems that the championship bosses were in a position to extract a substantial financial penalty from Suzuki for breaching those terms, something that has clearly taken months to negotiate.





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It’s a shame to see their endurance racing branch also throw in the towel.

Unfortunately Suzuki has a very well established history of quitting when they don’t win or face a setback. If you go all the way back to their early days you can see this pattern. There is of course more recent examples of quitting and returning to Grand Prix racing not counting this latest example but I would argue it goes all the way back to the beginning with a few golden eras or long stretches between giving up.

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in 1955 japan's first full-fledged motorcycle race was staged in the
foothills of mount assama as volcanic smoke hung in the air suzuki entered fresh on the heels of the two consecutive mount fuii victories spirits were high as the team arrived with five of suzuki's latest racing machines the kolera sv sadly the results betrayed the company’s expectations. In the wake of their defeat at asama suzuki withdrew from competitive racing
however the team returned to assama four years later for the 1959 race
members of suzuki's r d department had secretly continued developing a new racing machine back in hamamatsu these engineers firmly believed it necessary to go all in if they were to improve the
performance of their motorcycles they were also eager to taste success once again
from a business perspective as well winning races becomes a highly effective sales promotion tool

^^^ this is a big part of the equation. When their championship win didn’t result in a financial boom in sales their departure was inevitable. Before the story broke a journalist for Jalopnik who was a new MotoGP fan and liked Suzuki commented on the absolute lack of any shirts hats and goods celebrating the brand at a race he attended and how odd it was considering how recently they had won a championship.

Suzuki definitely wanted to use their GP racing program to help the sales of the GSX-R1000R. Unfortunately that is a business segment that is ultra competitive and race Sunday sell Monday doesn’t seem to work now like it did in the past. The vast majority of American buyers probably don’t follow MotoGP or realize the connections Suzuki tried to make with the GSX-R1000R and GSX-RR Grand Prix racing motorcycle. As a whole it’s easy to make the argument that their involvement in MotoGP wasn’t helping them to sell bikes nearly enough given its tremendous cost.

As a fan of Suzuki and following both them and MotoGP from their most recent return to MotoGP it is frustrating as hell to see the corporation walk away from arguably one of the most competitive teams they have had in decades but from a business perspective and with an eye on the financial drain such an endeavor brings it’s a lot of expense with little gain to show for it. Kawasaki has been making this exact argument for years.



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Suzuki factory racing sucks dirty donkey balls.

Their BSB (British Superbike) team took a first place finish and what does the corporate racing page have on it? Not a effing thing. They haven’t updated it since the “we are quitting again” press release on July 12th. Mad

No mention that Richard Cooper took victory for Buildbase Suzuki at Brands Hatch, as he returned to National Superstock action at the fifth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship this past weekend. Not even a mention on the home page of their factory racing site. Confused



But because I always like to be upbeat and positive we did have a sweet Ducati race recently and I was glad to see Ducati’s Pecco dominate the race.

A glimpse of what MotoGP races will be like in the year 2025 Eek Big Grin I’ll try to find the full coverage that was on YouTube and had Italian announcers. It’s fun to watch a race in Italian. Occasionally I’ll pick up a word or two that I know or a sentence that I understand and that is fun! Cool

For those who are experiencing moto racing withdrawal this month here ya go!

Some Italian for my friends here.



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Portimao to host 2023 Season Opener





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Now that's a proper track to kick it off. I love watching races at Portimao.


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RNF Racing has announced that Andrea Dovizioso will not see out the rest of the 2022 MotoGP season after the San Marino GP, and will be replaced by Cal Crutchlow.
The 15-time MotoGP race winner returned to MotoGP full-time from last year’s San Marino GP as replacement for Franco Morbidelli at Petronas SRT – which became RNF Racing for 2022.

Dovizioso had been serving a sabbatical following his ousting from Ducati at the end of the 2020 season, taking up a brief role as an Aprilia test rider before signing directly with Yamaha to join RNF.

But Dovizioso’s Yamaha return has been underwhelming, the three-time championship runner-up so far only scoring 10 points in a 2022 season in which his best finish is an 11th in Portugal.

Dovizioso has hinted for some time now that his future beyond 2022 does not include a race ride on the grid, as RNF gets set to switch to Aprilia machinery.

Ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Yamaha has announced that Dovizioso will quit MotoGP following his home round at Misano.

He will be replaced by three-time MotoGP race winner and current Yamaha test rider Cal Crutchlow.

Crutchlow deputised for the injured Morbidelli at Petronas SRT last year at the Styrian and Austrian GPs, before briefly replacing ousted Maverick Vinales at the British and Aragon GPs.

The Briton took a best finish of 16th in his brief appearance last year.

Yamaha's press release confirms the split was made during the summer break by mutual consent, with Dovizioso noting "profound changes" as part of the reason for his struggles on the bike.

"In 2012, the experience with the Iwata manufacturer in MotoGP had been very positive for me and since then I have always thought that, sooner or later, I would have liked to have an official contract with Yamaha," said Dovizioso, who rode a Tech 3 Yamaha in 2012 and scored six podiums.

"This possibility presented itself, actually in a somewhat daring way, during 2021. I decided to give it a try because I strongly believed in this project and in the possibility of doing well.

"Unfortunately, in recent years MotoGP has changed profoundly. The situation is very different since then: I have never felt comfortable with the bike, and I have not been able to make the most of its potential despite the precious and continuous help from the team and the whole of Yamaha.

"The results were negative, but beyond that, I still consider it a very important life experience. When there are so many difficulties, you need to have the ability to manage the situation and your emotions well.

"We did not reach the desired objectives, but the consultations with the Yamaha technicians and with those of my team have always been positive and constructive, both for them and for me.

"The relationship remained loyal and professionally interesting even in the most critical moments: it was not so obvious that that would happen.





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Fabio rides it well because he is a lot like Lorenzo with his riding style. The M1 only suits this style. I mean Valentino was at the front the second half of 2020, leading races, contending for podiums, then in 2021, fuck all. Dovi’s results have been largely the same. The bike suits one rider and one riding style.

Yamaha also does not have a satellite team for next year. My bet is Aprilia maybe, some mfr. offered Dovi some sweet cash to be a development rider. He’s one of the best, if not the best in the paddock at developing a bike. That mfr may have offered him a very sweet test rider gig that pays well. If that is the case it would be best to cut ties with the satellite team and get him on the test bike to start doing laps and developing it.

We are also heading into an era where Aleix and even Marc Marquez are the elder riders. This is a pack of young dudes, all college aged. Every mfr looking for that next young gun. Dovi’s only use to any of ‘em is a development or test rider.

He also loves MX, big time. Any time the season is over, he’ll fly to the USA and ride MX the whole time. So maybe he’ll jump into that, literally.



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The Italian manufacturer has been MotoGP’s leading technical innovators for a number of years now, as it was the first to really develop aerodynamic wings on its bikes, as well as the ride height devices that have been at the centre of much debate over the past year.

And on Friday at Silverstone in the latter stages of FP2, Ducati sent Gresini’s Enea Bastianini and Pramac’s Jorge Martin out on track with a set of four winglets – two on either side – fitted to the tail unit of both riders’ bikes.

The configuration on both bikes was slightly different, and it is not yet clear exactly what Ducati’s intentions are with this latest development.

First impressions suggested Ducati is looking for more rear load to perhaps help in the corners.

Martin, who was 13th at the end of practice, says he gained on top speed on the new aero but found he lost agility.

“Well, they are not only wings, it is also the front fairing,” Martin said when asked by Motorsport about the latest Ducati aero upgrade.

“But the big thing you saw was the rear. I can’t tell you a lot, I tried in the afternoon and I wasn’t so fast in the afternoon when I tried the fairing.

“So, in general I don’t know. We need to analyse and understand if we should keep them or take them out.

“I felt it was a bit more difficult on the change of direction, but on the straight it was better.

“At the end of the day, it’s a balance and we need to understand which side to go.”

Bastianini’s assessment offered more clues as to what Ducati may be looking for with the new wings, as the Gresini rider noted he gained better stability under braking.

“The feeling is good for the moment,” Bastianini, who was eighth overall on Friday, said of the wings.

“Tomorrow, we have to try to know if it’s better or not, because I had to come back to the normal one and after we try it again because it’s important to understand if it’s better or not.

“But my first impression is that it’s better under braking, it’s more stable, and also for the speed it’s not bad. I think for tomorrow it’s good for the qualifying.

“[Ducati said] in this part [it would help me]. I think the braking is the strongest point of these wings.”

It wasn’t just Ducati who courted interest in its motorcycles on Friday at Silverstone, as KTM introduced a new exhaust design on a race weekend for the first time.

The exhaust, which stretches along the side of the bike and up to the tail unit, was first trialled at the post-race Jerez test.

The new pipe, according to Miguel Oliveira, is more about offering comfort rather than all out performance as it reduces vibration.

“We tried to gain a little bit more performance from the exhaust and try to get a better connection just by having not so much vibration and this is basically what we felt,” the Portuguese rider said.

“The exhaust is really not giving a lot on back-to-back comparisons [with the old one] on speed, on power. But it gives a good feeling. Yeah, it looks like [it’s more about comfort].

“I prefer the new one because it looks smooth, and also the sound is different because it gives a bit more comfort in that way.”

The louder volume delivered by the exhaust was a request made by the riders following the Jerez test as the previous version proved to be too quiet, which made it difficult for them to understand hear exactly what their bike was doing when riding in packs.

“It’s a bit weird because it’s not that loud, It was a lot more quiet and sometimes you’re not quite sure if you’re in the right gear or something because the tone was so low you feel like you’ve done something wrong,” Brad Binder noted.








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Hell of a race. No rider starting and disappearing in the distance. Lead changes. Close racing. Charges to the front. Finally. I think they said closest top 10 in history.

Maverick and the Beast.

Maverick just shattered any doubts about him being a top rider in MotoGP. Phenomenal race from him. He solves his damn starts, he wins this race. Final few laps he was pushing over the limit to try and get Pecco but either way a phenomenal ride. That Aprilia was all over the place. Another podium. He is coming along nicely and made the 100% correct decision for him to leave Yamaha.

Enea got a wing removed at the beginning of the race. His charge through the field, using his entire leg in corners to compensate for his aerodynamics being fucked, was likewise phenomenal. They were showing him in corners and he looked like he was doing karate kicks on that bike to compensate for that wing being gone. What a ride.

And Aleix rode heroically to salvage some points after that nasty high side yesterday. He shouldn’t even be riding today.

And congrats to Pecco. To put that off track nonsense away and get back to work, get your life in order, outstanding. And Miller, dumb move Ducati letting him go.

The Beast and Maverick were the stories of the race for me. Ducati needs to put Martin on full factory support on the satellite Pramac, but Enea has earned the factory ride alongside Pecco. Maverick will just get better.



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It was a great race. The Beast was doing absolutely everything he could to keep the bike on line and threw that leg like an anchor to do it Eek.

Zarco could have won so many races by now if he didn't get so excited and try to pull of into the distance. Just set the pace and let everyone else play catchup.

Mav is proving me wrong. He's making that bike work for him (honestly think the Ape is the best bike on the grid now). It'll be interesting to see whether they grab Dovi as a development rider to get it even better.

Also great to see Pecco put his head down and do work. Still not a fan of what he did though.

Aleix is doing everything he can to earn himself a title this year, even if that means his body is taking a bit more punishment. I truly hope he does.

I think mid-race Fabio realized he couldn't win and figured any points are better than no points. Finishing barely ahead of a hurt and hobbled Aleix really didn't impress me. Hopefully he gets himself sorted so we can continue to have a great season with tight races.


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