Until the last few laps of Race 2, I was going to start this report by saying that the on-track action at the Chang International Circuit had been overshadowed by the track conditions. The slippery surface that had riders regularly running off the track at several corners was detracting from the on-track product. Then the last 5 laps happened. Then we saw a real scrap…… Continue reading Race Rip: WSBK Thailand 2016
Why I am so excited about Nicky Hayden’s move to World Superbike
At first glance, Nicky Hayden’s move from MotoGP to World Superbike seems like a step backward. Hayden is moving from a series where a crankshaft is probably as expensive as an entire superbike. This is something we have seen other riders do toward the end of their careers. Talented riders like Carlos Checa, Max Biaggi,…… Continue reading Why I am so excited about Nicky Hayden’s move to World Superbike
2016 World Superbike Season Preview
As we make our way through February, we come ever closer to one of the weekends that has defined my life for the last nine years. Sure, the end of February means that big sporting events have already passed us by. The Super Bowl and the Daytona 500 are in the history books by then. But the last…… Continue reading 2016 World Superbike Season Preview
2016 MotoGP Season Preview
As we approach the start of the 2016 MotoGP World Championship, we find ourselves in unfamiliar territory. After two years of Honda domination, Yamaha is back on top. After two years of Marc Marquez’s youthful exuberance beating out the old guard, the veteran and rival Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo is the reigning world champion. Unlike previous seasons where the rules have only…… Continue reading 2016 MotoGP Season Preview
Race Rip: F1 Monaco 2014
As I watched the podium “ceremony” in Monaco, I became very confused. I checked my phone and my computer and confirmed that it was indeed Sunday morning and I was not watching a weekday soap opera. The similarities between a soap and the Mercedes duo’s antics on the podium do create a lot of press,…… Continue reading Race Rip: F1 Monaco 2014
Race Rip: MotoGP Le Mans 2014
Okay, so this is a week late. Better late than never. Sometimes I think Marc Marquez is kind of like the Joker: He’s so good that he toys with us fans because he can. In two of the last three grands prix Marquez has made terrible starts only to knife his way through the field…… Continue reading Race Rip: MotoGP Le Mans 2014
History, Safety & Speed: Should World Superbike Continue Racing at Imola?
As I watched the World Superbike races last weekend at the Autodromo de Enzo y Dino Ferrari (a.k.a. Imola), I could not help but think of the circuit’s recent past. The place is steeped in motorsports history. Who can forget the images of World Superbike greats like Bayliss and Edwards going like hell in the…… Continue reading History, Safety & Speed: Should World Superbike Continue Racing at Imola?