strange. i had the same feeling too. i missed the first half of the race and when i turned it on it was like 'what happened to nicky?!' i figured he'd be top five at least! oh well, he'll come back strong next year!BDA116 : I almost felt like Nicky's crash was my fault. Just before the race started, my wife was asking about it and I told her that Nicky was doing so well lately that I was afraid something was gonna happen today - either a crash or a mechanical.
At least he wasn't hurt, and was able to learn a thing or two to help him do better next year.
HONDA TEAM QUATES:
Repsol Honda Team: 1st
'It is a great feeling to win here as I have never done it in my career at Valencia before. I have always had some trouble here. This weekend was perfect. We made the pole position and won the race. It was very hard and a real race because Sete was in real good shape and he rode very well. I was able to make a good rhythm at the beginning and Sete came with me. I tried again and Sete came with me. In the last few laps I tried another time and it was possible to make a gap. I look round to see how far behinde Loris was and Sete said 'ciao' so I went.
This year has been fantastic and a very good year for the MotoGP. Last year was a little bit different with some two strokes. This year the show has been better. Good races, good battles, all factory bikes with the best riders in the world. I stay concentrated to the end and it is possible to make more points than last year. I'm very happy!'
Telefonica MoviStar Honda: 2nd
'I think that the race more or less summed up the entire year. It was a long GP, in which I thought I could push for the victory right up until near the end. It was also a very nice race with Valentino and we had some fun out there. We set a very fast and strong pace from the start to the finish. I was riding comfortably, but in the last few laps the bike started to move around a lot more. I started to lose some tenths to Rossi and the chance to fight for the win was gone. Of course to win would have been wonderful, but I have to be satisfied with the fact that I could push him all the way, and have been competitive with the World Champion at almost every race. This has been a great season, that started in a very sad way, and I think we have to congratulate everybody and ourselves for picking up and doing so well, especially thanks to Daijiro's family and the best team in the world: Team Telefónica MoviStar Honda. I want to share this number two plate with everyone, with the dream to return, work and fight together during the next two seasons.'
Camel Pramac Pons: 4th
'Fourth is not the best result but my front tire was destroyed. There was nothing wrong with the tire but problems with my engine braking meant I had to brake deep into the turns and after five laps the tire went off. It got worse as the race went on. But I have been happy with Honda and knew this year would be hard. I am ready for next season.'
Pramac Honda Team: 10th
'It was slightly hotter during the race today and things went a bit better. I was able to achieve a good pace only a couple of laps after the start, and then I really started racing. I made a few good passes and, though I started out from the back of the pack, I moved up to tenth place at the end. The championship has come to an end, so it's only right to express an initial opinion right away. As a rider, as someone who has and must have a burning desire to win, I must say I'm a bit critical of my performance. I wanted to do better. But if I think reasonably about all the factors that have made up this challenge of ours, about my debut in the premier class of the MotoGP, the enormous strides made by Bridgestone in this new motorcycling project, about the workgroup and the team that have been behind this first world championship adventure, then I must say I am extremely satisfied, even though I can see there's still plenty of room for improvement. Thanks to all of you.'
Telefonica MoviStar Honda: 14th
'Here my MotoGP experience finished. I will remember this season as the time I fulfilled my
dream. With regards to the future I want to use the knowledge which I gained from racing with the Honda RC 211V. It must help me in other Championships. I am really happy for the results of my team. Thanks to Fausto and all the mechanics who have helped me this year.'
Repsol Honda Team: 16th
'I got a pretty good start and was right there. Felt good and everything was fine. Sete kept showin' me his wheel. I just got a little bit excited when I got into turn two. Went in a little bit hot and got kind of crowded in there. I had the bike leant over real hard in first and accidentally hit the shifter 2nd gear, and completely span out. Stupid mistake. Overall I've got to try and not to beat myself up. I'm just more disappointed as the weekend was really going so well. I picked the bike up again and managed to get it going. It was in pretty good shape considering. I managed to get past a few guys but that was it. Overall I guess we've got a lot to build on this season. A year full of high and lows. It all makes me work harder and I can't wait till Tuesday to start testing for next year. We gotta lot of work to do. I'll take everything I've learned this year and build on it. I feed on tryin' to improve. It all just makes me want to try harder and to do better.'
Slipper clutch?Heavy-Dee : Quote (SuperDave @ Nov. 03 2003, 1:12pm)Question: From the Rossi (hand position camera view) camera showed his throttle hand. It appeared to me that he was not blipping the throttle for upshifts or even downshifts.
Cool, thanks BDA. That's the first race they've had those kind of camera angles. Heck, even I could win a race out there with that technology!BDA116 : The slipper clutch allows one to downshift without blipping. Some riders still do it, some don't.
There have been powershifters around for quite a long time now that allow you to upshift without clutch or blip. Dale Walker's is the most common in the club scene, and you can bet the high dollar teams have much better units.
These bikes have quick-turn throttles, but Valencia is also a tight, slow circuit where the riders hardly hit WOT. The small throttle movements were more due to the fact that they just barely got on the gas before having to shut down for the next corner.
One of the commentators said that the straights were so short that the riders were only using quarter to half throttle and no more. That thats some serious control.SuperDave : First of all, that was one of the best racing footage I've ever seen. I mean they had cameras on quite a few bikes (including Nicky's) and it was awesome. Did anyone else notice the camera view of Nicky after bringing the bike back up and freakin flying to try and scavenge points. That was awesome, you could see the determination on his face through the lightly smoked visor. The views were incredible, they gave me some insight on what it most feel like. (Nicky) Flinging the bike back and forth, chin glued to the tank during straights, etc. Wow, glad I taped it.
Question: From the Rossi (hand position camera view) camera showed his throttle hand. It appeared to me that he was not blipping the throttle for upshifts or even downshifts.
Is there some sort of air shifter/ignition retarder or some sort of transmission shifting technology theses bikes have? (Sorry, probably dumb question) It's like WOT, tap,tap,tap like an automatic. Same with Rossi's corner entrance, no blipping, just small realease and back on it. Yet, Nicky's camera view showed him really working hard blipping downshifting for corners. Also, throttle travel seemed very compressed (?), meaning short travel from off to WOT? Anyone have any insight, especially if you saw that camera footage. The brake work was fun to watch as well. Awesome last race footage!
PS - So Honda bought out the rest of Colin's contract with Aprillia? (Rumors floating around about Aprillia getting out of GP all togethor? )
i agree. i am amazed at how deep into the corners they have that front brake on. when ever i try to lean into a corner with just a little front brake, i can feel the front end protesting. i don't know what to feel for and i'm not sure how much it can take before letting go.SuperDave : The brake work was fun to watch as well. Awesome last race footage!