【MotoGP】Guest Blog: Mat Oxley – How I ride: Maverick Viñales
[MotoMatters.com | Kropotkin Thinks – … that racing has taken quite a toll on Dani Pedrosa’s body] – 01/05 01:35
MotoGP in a nutshell
Jack Miller took to the Ducati like a duck to water
Front row and a podium. Jerez set Johann Zarco up perfectly for his home race two weeks later. Though that didn't quite work out like he hoped
[MotoMatters.com | Kropotkin Thinks – … that racing has taken quite a toll on Dani Pedrosa’s body] – 01/10 19:29
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[MotoMatters.com | Kropotkin Thinks – … that racing has taken quite a toll on Dani Pedrosa’s body] – 01/09 22:17
Viñales reveals how he rode the rollercoaster of the last two seasons and why he’s planning to hire a sports psychiatrist for 2019
Viñales joined Yamaha in 2017, won three of the first five races, then didn’t win another race until October 2018. In this interview, conducted a few days after that Phillip Island victory, he covers all the bases: riding technique, tyres, bike set-up and the all-important matter of a racer’s psyche.
Unlike most top MotoGP riders you only spent one season with Bridgestone tyres and factory software, so was that an advantage when everything changed in 2016?
[MotoMatters.com | Kropotkin Thinks – … that racing has taken quite a toll on Dani Pedrosa’s body] – 01/03 02:56
The start of the year is traditionally a chance to look ahead, and make predictions for what is to come. But as an old Danish proverb, sometimes ascribed to the brilliant Danish physicist Niels Bohr, says, it is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future. To demonstrate just how hard, we will kick off the year taking a look back at predictions I made last year, and what I got wrong.
I started last year with an article in which I made three predictions for the 2018 season:
1. Marc Márquez wins more on his way to title number seven
He’s going to win a lot of races in 2018 – my best guess would be eight or nine of the nineteen – and the way you win championships is by winning races.
This one, I got right. Marc Márquez did indeed go on to win the 2018 MotoGP championship by a comfortable margin, wrapping up the title at Motegi, in front of Honda’s biggest bosses. And – more by luck than judgment – my guess for how many races Márquez would win was right on the money, the Repsol Honda rider racking up a total of 9 victories last year.
[MotoMatters.com | Kropotkin Thinks – … that racing has taken quite a toll on Dani Pedrosa’s body] – 01/10 06:17
Dani Pedrosa’s career as test rider for KTM has gotten off to an unlucky start. The Spaniard has suffered another broken collarbone, and will require surgery and a long recovery process before he can start testing again.
Pedrosa’s injury is a legacy of the many previous times he has broken his collarbone. The right collarbone is severely weakened after being broken twice before, and having surgery to fit plates. That has left him with a so-called sclerotic lesion on the collarbone, which means that bone growth in the collarbone is very slow. That, and a lack of blood flow to the bone, has left him with osteoporosis, and a weakened collarbone.
Just how weakened is clear from the fact that Pedrosa managed to break the bone without any particular physical impact. He had broken it as a result of ‘a gesture of strength’, he said in a press release, by which he presumably means a sudden and strong movement.
That endemic weakness means Pedrosa faces a long recovery process. He is to undergo treatment with stem cells to help promote bone growth and strengthen the bone, to prevent a recurrence.