A TALE OF TWO WHEELS

Regularly looked down upon by the MotoGP faithful, the World Superbike Championship is all too often perceived as being the former’s less attractive sister; not as technologically advanced; less exotic somehow. Some of that is down to those mechanical animals that appear untameable for mere mortals such as you or me; the motorbikes at the…

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HOW TO SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE BAUTISTA

Hands, eyes, brains or balls? One or more of these are leading Alvaro Bautista astray, and directly into the gravel trap; he’s a ‘crasher’ alright. With three races completed this year, Alvaro has finished none of them anywhere other than flat on his arse in a gravel trap; his green and white, leather-clad limbs flailing…

CAL, THE DUKE AND LADY LUCK

Mario Andretti once said of the perennially unlucky Chris Amon that if the New Zealander were to go into the undertaking business, people would stop dying, such was Amon’s poor fortune when it came to that forever elusive Formula One Grand Prix victory. The same assessment could arguably be made of MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow;…

MARC ‘THE MARVEL’ MARQUEZ

They said that on pace alone, he could be champion, but Marc Marquez is young, a wild rookie racing against class and experience; racing against Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Rossi; he’ll crash too often in his search for the limit; probably injure himself; a title challenge built on speed will fade due to a lack of…

MOTOGP’S ‘TYRESOME’ CONTROVERSY

In the wake of one of the most controversial motorcycle Grand Prix for many years, focus is now firmly on motor racing’s villain of 2013: tyres, the rubber rings that were once merely a necessity have now seemingly become the most important and controversial element of the sport. Formula One has had its fair share…

‘KING KENNY’

Let’s get this straight, I’m a Barry Sheene boy through and through for the same reasons I’m a James Hunt fan – they were very similar characters after all. But the sight of Kenny Roberts, Sheene’s biggest rival, ascending Goodwood’s famous hill had me instantly enthralled. And the sight of him striding through the crowd with more…

JORGE LORENZO – MAN OR MACHINE?

As I sat at my computer, preparing to conjure up some words to describe the machine-like quality and consistency of the reigning MotoGP champion, the rear wheel of Jorge Lorenzo’s prototype racing Yamaha strayed uncharacteristically toward the sodden wet track perimeter. As the first few superlatives appeared on the screen in front of me, that…

IS TIME UP FOR VALENTINO ROSSI?

For many, it’s a painful thing to consider, but signs pointing towards the diminishing competitiveness of Valentino Rossi are becoming increasingly prominent. It may have been hasty of some – myself included – to assume that it was only a matter of time before Valentino would once again win in MotoGP, following his return to Yamaha.…

THE BOUNCE-ABILITY OF CAL CRUTCHLOW

They make ’em tough in Coventry. And they’d be hard pressed to make one much tougher than Cal Crutchlow – this boy can bounce! If you make it through a motorcycle racing career without injury then you simply didn’t ride fast enough, but 27-year-old Crutchlow has had more than his fair share of bone-crushing –…

MARC MARQUEZ

The future of MotoGP looked pretty bleak following the loss of two of its shining stars; Marco Simoncelli was lost to a fatal accident towards the end of 2011 and two-time World Champion Casey Stoner was lost to the lure of early retirement and more time with his young family. Filling Stoner’s boots and going…