Added reply in a thread 22 compound up for grabs 4/18/2016 11:35 PM

I wonder if Chad's property has lake access? Ive been thinking of moving to Florida but damn, that place is in the middle of bum-fuck nowhere.

Added reply in a thread Nike gloves for MX? 4/18/2016 11:28 PM

Brandon was wearing them. And we all know how that turned out at his first race.

Added reply in a thread why all this secrecy over team/ manufacture changes? 4/18/2016 11:27 PM

I'll take a guess.... MotoGP are prototypes. The moment a rider signs a new deal, he stops getting the latest upgrades and he's no longer part of the development process. In MotoGP the mfg's apply the pressure to a guy like Jorge to sign right away so ... more »

Added reply in a thread Roczen To HRC Honda Is A Done Deal... 4/18/2016 11:17 PM

Too many flat bills and not enough professionals comes to my mind. As long as Watson is employed at RCH, I cant take them seriously.

Added reply in a thread JGR and RCH manufacturers 4/18/2016 11:00 PM

Good points. Ive seen it work though. If the private team is REALLY good at what they do, it can save the OEM a lot of money to farm out the factory race effort. And it doesnt have to be at the expense of branding. Gresini runs Aprilia's MotoGP effort. ... more »

Added reply in a thread Trey to Kawie? 4/18/2016 4:35 PM

Several have shot down that rumor.

Added reply in a thread Trey to Kawie? 4/18/2016 4:34 PM

Does KTM really support that many teams? They got their Factory team. They help TLD (who is as efficient a operation as it gets). And BTO is a customer team. JGR has their own funding and wouldnt require much. I agree, the Husky angle seems to really ... more »

Added reply in a thread Roczen To HRC Honda Is A Done Deal... 4/18/2016 4:31 PM

Honda sells because they have the best marketing department in the industry. Their brand (built off of the success & reliability of the 80's) catapulted them to almost mythical status. Up until then, dirtbikes were all unreliable to a varying degree. ... more »

Added reply in a thread JGR and RCH manufacturers 4/18/2016 3:48 PM

Good points by both you and Crush. For a moment there a couple years back there were a TON of satellite teams getting access to factory parts (TwoTwo, McBrooks, Jeff Ward Racing, Valli) that just evaporated as fast as they came into the sport. I think ... more »

Added reply in a thread JGR and RCH manufacturers 4/18/2016 3:30 PM

Really good points.

Added reply in a thread JGR and RCH manufacturers 4/18/2016 3:29 PM

Smart. That's why Im not ruling out a return to blue for JGR. There are significant hurdles with the other two likely options (KTM & Kawi) that make "staying put" seem like the pragmatic thing to do.

Added reply in a thread Cianciarulo 4/18/2016 3:26 PM

Really awesome stuff right there. What a introspective & clairvoyant statement by AC. When he was younger, I was always wondering if his persona was an act or too staged/calculated. I wondered if his parents sheltered him a bit too much and he'd ... more »

Added reply in a thread Trey to Kawie? 4/18/2016 3:12 PM

Of course JGR wouldnt impact PC's 250 team. But it would piss MP off considering he's been asking to run the/a 450 team forever. Upsetting Mitch is not something minor that gets glossed over and Kawi does NOT want to lose him. I forgot about Suzuki making ... more »

Added reply in a thread Cianciarulo 4/18/2016 1:37 PM

There is little interest for any rider outside of the top-5 because of the steep talent drop off outside of the top-5 and the fact that you have the sport's coverage so spread out. SX1 SX2 AMA MX1 AMA MX2 FIM MX1 FIM MX2 The top 5 in all 6 of those classes ... more »

Added reply in a thread Trey to Kawie? 4/18/2016 1:11 PM

Yeah. They're apparently leaving Yamaha. Cant go Honda (sponsorship conflicts, Honda/Toyota) Unlikely to go Suzuki (Zook already has one pseudo factory team & a satellite) KTM is one option - it's been clarified by someone that BTO is merely a customer ... more »

Added reply in a thread Roczen To HRC Honda Is A Done Deal... 4/18/2016 1:01 PM

I understand you. And I agree 100%. I almost put that in my post, how the very fact that KTM is purely a motorcycle company probably has a large impact on how they treat their employees and consumers.

Added reply in a thread EPA drops proposed rule on racing vehicles 4/18/2016 12:01 PM

Fair question. I think when most people hear "EPA restrictions" they assume technology is being restricted. And that sorta goes against the romantic essence of motorsport. One could argue that by being better for the environment, we are finding ways ... more »

Added reply in a thread Roczen To HRC Honda Is A Done Deal... 4/18/2016 11:44 AM

I dunno man. We might be arguing shades of grey here but have you ever worked for the Austrians? They're pretty cutthroat, as is Honda. Albeit theyre very proud and they are very passionate about winning championships. But when it comes to politics, ... more »

Added reply in a thread Roczen To HRC Honda Is A Done Deal... 4/18/2016 11:29 AM

You are missing my point. Those guys were all great. But that was a whole 'nother era or money & exposure was it not? Everything is amplified now. Social media especially has really changed things. I dunno, maybe Im just old school. These kids all ... more »

Added reply in a thread Cianciarulo 4/18/2016 11:14 AM

I see what u are saying. There are some that would like to see the SX/MX2 class more resemble Moto2 in that the modifications are a bit more restricted and you could save these smaller teams a LOT of money. I see that creating other problems because ... more »