Do wings make for easy wins?

GP bikes are grow­ing ever big­ger wings. Should they be banned? MCN STAR LET­TER

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Not jump­ing for Moto2 joy

Well that is the first round of Mo­togp done and dusted, and what a bor­ing anti-cli­max it turned out to be. For ex­cite­ment it didn’t come close to the two World Su­per­bike rounds we have seen so far. As for Moto2 the race was a joke, with half the riders mak­ing a jump start you would not see in a club meet­ing. Call your­selves pro­fes­sion­als?

Great telly but shut up!

It’s great to have Mo­togp back and BT Sport do it so well, ex­cept for the com­men­tary. I won­der if they could just do the sound of the bikes as an al­ter­na­tive! Keith Huewen? Can’t he just shut up for five sec­onds in ev­ery minute? He loves call­ing ev­ery rider ‘kid’, even when they are 23 or older. Plus him and Ju­lian Ry­der are al­ways go­ing on about things that hap­pened 30 years ago, as if we care! Please BT Sport get some younger guys more rel­e­vant to today’s rac­ing, I’m no young­ster but they get right on my tits.

Top track­day MCN

I would like to con­grat­u­late you on a great MCN Track Day with MSV at Brands Hatch Indy. I am a novice rider so was ex­tremely ner­vous but was quickly made to feel re­laxed. Hav­ing Shakey Byrne there giv­ing us track tips was very use­ful and mo­ti­vat­ing, which helped me go quicker with each ses­sion. And what a top man your Adam Child is. Whilst eat­ing his lunch he asked me if I’d like him to fol­low me out on track for a few laps then fol­low him and have a de­brief. What can I say ex­cept I was well chuffed and taken aback? I looked around and re­alised it was just me he was talk­ing to. This ex­pe­ri­ence was in­valu­able and a great buzz. I still have a smile from ear to ear al­though I nearly binned the bike on the warm up lap due to my ex­cite­ment.

My ad­vice? Just do it

Thank you for ar­rang­ing such an ex­cel­lent day at Brands Hatch. Be­ing one of the ‘older’ riders. I de­cided to have a go and do my first track­day on my Speed Triple. I am very glad I did and the day was bril­liant. MSVT staff were all friendly and ef­fi­cient and ran the day re­ally well. Joe, the MCN pho­tog­ra­pher was a re­ally nice chap and took a cou­ple of photos of me with Shane Bryne which was too good to be true. See­ing Adam Child ride the ZZR1400 in the Ex­pert group was highly im­pres­sive. For any­one think­ing about it, do it. There were riders of all ages and quite a few ladies.

Life in the slow lanes

Hav­ing been a mo­tor­cy­clist since 1972 and own­ing big ca­pac­ity su­per­bikes most of that time (I cur­rently own a BMW S1000R Sport), I’ve just dis­cov­ered a for­got­ten joy. As I ap­proach my 60th I thought I’d do some green lan­ing with the TRF so I pur­chased a CRF250L, a cheap and cheer­ful go-any­where 250 sin­gle. That’s my dis­cov­ery, what a joy it is to ride on- and off-road. It’s light, does 80mpg, doesn’t eat tyres and brakes, isn’t fast, and is about 140bhp less than the S1000R. It’s just so easy to get out and ride. I use it all the time in­stead of the car, it’s easy in traf­fic and al­though no mo­tor­way cruiser it’s happy at 65mph. It’s no re­place­ment for a su­per­bike ( you still need one of those), but it’s eas­ier to get out for short rides and more fun be­low 50mph than a su­per­bike. K Hughes, Nor­ton in Hales Ed: Sounds like you're of the same mind as MCN'S Tim Thomp­son, see page 57

These guys are the nuts

Just wanted to give a big thumbs up and say thanks to Barry Gray at Speedy Fas­ten­ers. I or­dered some fair­ing bolts months ago and only just got round to fit­ting them. I had a query over the sizes of a cou­ple of bolts and I con­tacted Barry with the de­tails on Fri­day af­ter­noon. A jiffy bag ar­rived in the post be­fore 11am the next morn­ing with the bolts I needed! No cost, no quib­ble. Bril­liant cus­tomer ser­vice.

Green ma­chines

Can some­one ex­plain why cars are sub­ject to duty on their emis­sions and bikes have been ex­cluded? It is clear this is un­ac­cept­able when the gov­ern­ment wants mo­torists to go green and pro­vides in­cen­tives to buy ve­hi­cles with lower emis­sions. Bike man­u­fac­tur­ers have pro­duced lower emis­sions en­gines for sev­eral years now but this has not been recog­nised.

Are sprout­ing out ev­ery­where Yamaha, Du­cati, Honda… wings Lorenzo look­ing un­ruf­fled in Qatar but are wings giv­ing an un­fair ad­van­tage? MCN’S Chad (right) at the Brands day

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