Let down by Rea’s good manners
Riders should all race to win
Having just watched the thrilling last two WSB rounds under the lights at Qatar, with Jonathan Rea wrapping up the championship in style with a second place finish to Chaz Davies in the first race, the points for second and third in the championship were still up for grabs. Come Sunday’s race, we were somewhat let down on the last lap to see Rea showboating and letting team-mate Tom Sykes through to second place to allow him the points needed to secure second in the championship. Despite Chaz winning the race – and the last six races on the bounce – he was pushed back to third place. I say scrap team orders and just race your race.
Best thing I’ve ever done
I’ve always wanted a motorcycle but was too easily put off by people telling me how dangerous they were. At the tender age of 44 I took the plunge and took a direct access course. Everyone was telling me to be sensible and get something midrange then “see how you go”. I test rode a VFR and it was pretty good but I had nothing to compare it to. So I took a Fireblade out as well… I bought the Blade! 4500 miles later it has been the best decision I’ve ever made. Don’t tell the wife, but I’m in love. If you want to be sensible, just take the bus! Spencer Duffy, email
Cal needs a Spanish passport
In last week’s letters Trevor Parsons recommended Honda get rid of Dani Pedrosa and give Cal his bike. Since Cal has scored enough points in the second half of the season to place him second in the championship in that period, it sounds like a fair suggestion. I have it on good authority that several manufacturers have studied his form, compared his lap times, scrutinised his data and concluded he deserves a full factory ride. Except for one problem… Extensive searching of all the available maps has failed to identify exactly where in Spain or Italy the town of Coventry is located and unless someone can show them, matters are unlikely to progress any further for Señor Crutch-el-o. Fred Fox, email
VFR is still the boss
Just read Geoff Brown’s letter regarding his VFR800F and I agree it’s a ‘premium’ yet underrated bike. I had an older VFR before trying both a BMW1200RT (nearly too perfect, amazing tech but no involvement – plus the irritating cheap-feeling indicator switch), and then a VFR1200F (too bulky, but the turbine-like engine is amazing) so it’s still a VFR800F for me. Feels lighter than it is, great front end feel for the twisties, and when making time on the E40 from Brussels to Cologne and back on a summer evening (with the sun setting after 10pm) it’s just wafting along with just the right vibes. To all you adventure fans: for out of the city riding, you don’t know what you are missing. Karl Schlicht, email
Still missing Sic
Your Marco Simoncelli special was excellent and reminded me that last year I photographed this evocative graffiti tribute to Super Sic - it is situated in an alleyway near the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy. John Walker, email
What about the numberplate?
Yamaha’s new R6 is certainly desirable but as with most bikes the designers seem to ignore the irritating need for a rear plate. As a consequence, in common with other bikes, the R6’s plate/light assembly looks like an afterthought and not integrally designed. I’m aware of legal demands for size and positioning, but surely they can do better? A classy touch would be rear view mirrors the same finish/colour as the fairing. Paul Garrod, email
Bridge over troubled tyres
It’s 10am on Sunday in Exeter and I’ve had a blow out in my rear tyre and I need to be in Plymouth at 1.30pm to catch the ferry to Santander. I call at Bridge Motorcycles as they are opening and, as suspected, the workshop is closed on Sunday. Paul sympathetically listens to my tale of woe and then gets to work on his phone. Scott, a mechanic who lives nearby, agrees to come in on his day off and a call to the boss permits a tyre from a showroom bike to be used as a replacement. I relax in their excellent cafe and I arrive at the port with time to spare. Many thanks to all at Bridge Motorcycles for saving the day. Paul Bredael, email
Grasstrack is greener
At 72, your excellent feature on grasstrack has at last stirred me into writing to you! I have loved most forms of motorcycle sport since my parents took me to my first scramble when I was five years old. I must say that grasstrack racing is probably still my favourite, and it does sadden me to see its decline. I now have to travel to Kent where, fortunately, there are still a couple of good circuits – the Astra Club, in particular, still do a great job in keeping the sport alive. I would urge all motorcycle sport fans to give grasstrack a look, especially if you can find a National or European meeting.
crucial points team-mate Sykes through for Rea’s celebrations allowed Should Jonathan Rea have pushed harder in the final race of the season?
Super Sic’s legend lives on in Florence