Let down by Rea’s good man­ners

Rid­ers should all race to win

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Comment -

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

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