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Old 15 Dec 2019, 15:00 (Ref:3946854)   #16
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Rossi did a Blancpain round in a Ferrari a good few years ago at Monza, no idea if he did any good.

Rallied quite a few times, I was doing some research on a Renault Megane Maxi recently and found that Vale had rallied it at Monza in 1997, he must have only been old enough to drive surely?

But he has ralleid a SEAT, Subaru, 206WRC, Focus and one or two others
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Old 16 Dec 2019, 01:22 (Ref:3946924)   #17
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Rallied quite a few times, I was doing some research on a Renault Megane Maxi recently and found that Vale had rallied it at Monza in 1997, he must have only been old enough to drive surely?
He was born on 16 Feb 1979, so he would have been 17/18 depending when the race was. He will be the oldest rider in MotoGP by far next year at 41

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He has now managed to win the Gulf 12 hours
won his class . not overall
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Old 14 Jan 2020, 10:01 (Ref:3951541)   #19
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I read an article that claims 2 stroke engines could well be coming back in for MotoGP bikes because of the advances in design with zero emissions.
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2 strokes without a trail of blue smoke, wouldn't seem quite right somehow
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Old 15 Jan 2020, 09:20 (Ref:3951702)   #21
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2 strokes without a trail of blue smoke, wouldn't seem quite right somehow
The thing is that making them controllable with all the amazing "gizmos" that make them ridable for a lot more riders it could be a good thing. However it's never going to be as good to watch as the days of the old silly narrow band engines with a switch for an "on or off" throttle
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Old 16 Jan 2020, 07:54 (Ref:3951890)   #22
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Although I didn't follow bike racing much back then, I can remember the 500cc twins being as described as unrideable and "death on wheels" mainly due to their extreme power to weight ratio and the narrow power band.
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The 500cc 3&4cyl 2strokes could produce ridiculous HP at a certain RPM and had to be detuned to make them "rideable" although it was still almost like a flat "open or shut" position on the throttle. When 50cc racing was going in the 60s some of the engines had a very narrow power band of only 2 or 3 hundred revs and some had 16 speed gear combinations to keep them going !
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This makes interesting reading, I was fortunate to see all these bikes at various meetings including the TT in period.
https://www.bennetts.co.uk/bikesocia...0s-race-bikes/
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Interesting reading, explains why these 2 stroke machines never found their way as production machines. I'm afraid my own biking experiences were limited to BSA Bantams and a 250 C15 BSA back in the 60's, all very tame
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Again, being much less steeped in motorcycles than cars, I thought I'd ask if anyone has any particular impressions from what we've seen of the Kymi Ring, and of course, the coming 2020 Finnish Motorcycle GP.
Unfortunately I don't know anything about it as it's a new circuit to me however
the venue was given a fairly muted reaction with Aprilia test rider Bradley Smith commenting:
“It was a different race-track to anything we’ve seen before. It worries me, certain aspects of the track … when you put a whole load of guys and try and race around there that’s my question mark. It’s not wide enough and a little bit too tight. If there was a mistake there are a few corners where you could easily run off one and join another track with certain chicanes

Ducati’s Michele Pirro was less positive, referring to it as ‘too slow and not spectacular enough’, while Sylvain Guintoli suggested it was a circuit we’d ‘grow to love’.
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Old 19 Jan 2020, 23:12 (Ref:3952381)   #27
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We’ll see what happens. Certainly we’ve only heard a few views. But it’s narrowness won’t help. I just hope the problems are ironed up. I can cope with a slow circuit. Let’s wait till the race happens
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We’ll see what happens. Certainly we’ve only heard a few views. But it’s narrowness won’t help. I just hope the problems are ironed up. I can cope with a slow circuit. Let’s wait till the race happens
Presumably it's been homologated by the FIM ?
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It should have been, otherwise no point going there. However it sounds like there is room for improvement
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In this day and age, and with the number of tracks built in the last 10-15 years, how do you build a brand new track that's too narrow??? It's not rocket science......
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