The Tracer is a worthy winner
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C'mon feel the noise
I’ve recently purchased a 2011 Aprilia RSV4 Factory and decided to add my own touch with the odd modification. A new can was top of my list so I decided to go British and bought a GP3 Carbon can from Pipewerx in Lancashire and I’m so glad I did! I use my bikes for trackdays and unlike most of the biking population I didn’t realise how noisy the RSV4 is, so you can imagine my panic when I ran the bike through noise testing at Snetterton and it just crept through at 102db. I left with a warning from the marshal to ‘take it easy or you’ll get a black flag’. I contacted Pipewerx the next day and explained that I’d purchased the GP3 can purely because it looks stunning. Jeff at Pipewerx couldn’t have been more helpful, the guys built me a new silencer that has brought the noise down to 98db with the baffle fitted, they built it the day I ordered it and it arrived the next day!
Broken wings ruffle feathers
There has been a lot of talk about the use of winglets and the safety of other riders, but has anyone considered the affect of a damaged winglet on the rider. If a rider goes into the gravel and damages the winglets on one side of the bike only, and gets the bike going again (as is permitted in Motogp), presumably he would he be riding a very unstable bike with unpredictable handling, particularly at high speed. It would be unreasonable to put the responsibility of a safety check on the marshals as the rider would not hang about while the winglets are checked. If winglets are here to stay, should BSB rules be considered; if a bike is dropped then no remount?
Ducati must face the ugly truth
I agree with Simon Patterson (MCN, March 30) that Motogp ‘is a prototype class, all about developing technology for the future’. But please, keep those winglets away from road bikes. The wings on the Ducati have more in common with Wacky Races than the sexy looking bikes we’re used to seeing from the Italians.
Dovi's my runaway favourite
I’ve always admired Andrea Dovizioso as a racer, never more so than in Argentina when, after being taken out by his team-mate, he got up off his arse and ran, pushing his bike all the way to the finish without the tantrums some other prima donnas would have thrown. Dovi – Man of the Match and understated GP hero. Let’s hope he gets some wins this year, he deserves it.
He's doing what?!
Some people have commented that Keith and Julian (BT Sport Motogp) are a bit over the top; I think they are brilliant but I sometimes wonder what they are watching. This week in Argentina they said things like “Iannone and Dovi are going at it” and “he’s kissing Rossi’s rear” and “he’s up inside him”. What can they mean?
Ryder rules, OK
I was choking over my toast and marmalade when I read that some readers don’t think Julian Ryder does the best commentary on Motogp.
Bus racing using spectators as ballast? (MCN, March 30). Brilliant, where do I sign up? But seriously, publishing that story two days before April fools day with Parrish’s reputation! Pull the other one.
Keep on filtering
Alexander Marek asks why cars enjoy discounts on road tax if their emissions are low but bikes do not. Smaller bikes are taxed lower than big ones but no motorcycle is zero rate unlike some eco cars even though an electric car still needs to have its electricity generated somewhere and it still adds to traffic congestion. Bikes have advantages, not just because they generally achieve better mpg than cars but because they can percolate through traffic and thus maximise the use of road space that isn’t even available to cars. In short we have the logic of geometry on our side. Sadly there are forces at work now actively trying to make it impossible to filter through traffic and MAG’S political lobbyists are working to challenge that madness. Join MAG online www.mag-uk.org