Lorenzo won’t last if he can’t ride in the wet

Is for­mer champ about to lose his fac­tory ride to Petrucci?

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Is it just me or has Jorge Lorenzo made a ma­jor er­ror in his too-hon­est eval­u­a­tion of his Assen per­for­mance? He says: “It was a race like the ones in 2014 or 2016; un­for­tu­nately with these change­able con­di­tions I’m just not able to be fast. Week­ends like that were al­ways the worst with the Yamaha and that hasn’t changed.” Es­sen­tially he is ad­mit­ting, no mat­ter which bike, if con­di­tions are un­pre­dictable he is not as ca­pa­ble as his com­peti­tors. It’s a cut-throat pad­dock full of the best of the best. I imag­ine Du­cati ex­pect their ex­pen­sive sign­ing to be able to ride at the front in all sit­u­a­tions. If it’s change­able ev­ery race does that mean he’ll strug­gle to get 20 points for the sea­son? I pre­dict Petrucci to re­place him, and I’m un­sure which fac­tory would sign him over up­com­ing tal­ent. Stu­art Mcinnes, email

Will Scott be left to rot?

So Scott Red­ding says he’d rather sit at home than go to WSB (MCN, July 12), but I’m not too sure many teams would be clam­mer­ing to sign him up. Not many of the teams in WSB could af­ford to re­build his bike at ev­ery meet­ing and de­spite the great and the good telling us that the Mo­togp rid­ers are the fastest in the world, not many of them go to WSB or even BSB and con­sis­tently out­per­form those al­ready there. Mar­tyn Tay­lor, email

Loadsa bikes on telly

I don’t think peo­ple re­alise how lucky we are in this coun­try – we have so much bike rac­ing cov­er­age. BT Sport and Chan­nel 5’s Mo­togp cov­er­age is good com­pared to what other coun­tries get. We get all free prac­tice ses­sions, qual­i­fi­ca­tion, warm-up and races from all three classes. The com­men­tary team are fan­tas­tic and make it a joy to watch. You’d strug­gle to see more rac­ing even if you went to ev­ery track. Ad­nan, Sur­rey

Dun­lop’s Ro­tary club

Michael Dun­lop has rid­den the ro­tary Nor­ton at Good­wood – now how about the new TT racer? It’s not far off be­ing a win­ner and Michael’s never won on a Nor­ton and says he can win on any­thing. Come on Michael, give us some­thing to re­ally cheer about! Peter Shack­lady, email Ed: Don’t for­get Michael had an out­ing on the ro­tary when Stu­art Garner’s Nor­ton brought it back to the Is­land a few years ago – so Good­wood wasn’t his first time.

Liv­ing in the dark ages

So Tdm-own­ing reader Mr Wil­son isn’t keen on tech­nol­ogy ( MCN Let­ters, July 5). Do you still drive a Model T Ford, have a black and white TV, go on hol­i­day to Spain in a Sop­with Camel and have a valve ra­dio­gram? Not all tech is to be sneered at. Your bike has DOHC, a cam­chain, elec­tric lighting, sus­pen­sion, brakes that work in the wet and runs on petrol not steam. Plus it has elec­tronic ig­ni­tion and dozens of other mod­ern in­no­va­tions. Rick Tren­gove, email

The road to ruin

Sum­mer is well and truly here and alas in Es­sex we have started the an­nual ‘Sur­face Dress­ing’ sea­son! Def­i­ni­tion: Coat the roads in tar and sprin­kle a gen­er­ous quan­tity of gravel on the road, put up a sign say­ing ‘20mph, skid risk’ and job done job! John Rolfe, email

Just me and my bike

I’m just back from a solo trip from East York­shire cov­er­ing over 1300 miles! My ex­pe­di­tion started in Bev­er­ley, East York­shire and went to Dunoon, Oban,

Fort Wil­liam, Ap­ple­cross, Ul­lapool, Dur­ness, Tongue, Lairg, Durnock, Stir­ling and then back to Bev­er­ley. The pic­ture (above) was taken on the A838 Dur­ness to Ul­lapool June 2017. Ron Rook­ledge, East York­shire

To Spain with­out pain

In a world where you have to con­stantly be on guard to avoid be­ing scammed or ripped off, I had the plea­sure of meet­ing a true gent and bik­ing ge­nius. Af­ter many years of us­ing the fer­ries or peage to get our sportsbikes down to Spain, my friend and I stum­bled across FMM Pro, a Span­ish-reg­is­tered bike trans­port com­pany, owned and run by Andy who orig­i­nates from Scot­land. De­spite be­ing ner­vous of hand­ing our Du­cati 1198 and Tuono 1100v4 Fac­tory over to a ‘man with a van’, we needn’t have worried. Andy was a plea­sure to work with, the bikes and gear met us in Malaga in per­fect con­di­tion with all pa­per­work han­dled by Andy per­son­ally. Adrian Sim, email

High price of bik­ing

Why do mo­tor­cy­cles and scoot­ers cost so much in com­par­i­son to cars? Years ago bikes were cheap trans­port for folks that couldn’t af­ford a car, now it seems the other way round! Some bikes now cost the same as, or more than, a hatch­back. The new Suzuki Burgman 650 is £9099, GSX-R 600 £8999 while a new Suzuki Cele­rio five-door is £7499. Si­mon Danks, email

Ma­cho mad­ness

I feel com­pelled to write to you about a let­ter pub­lished in MCN a cou­ple of weeks ago en­ti­tled ‘My Long­est Ride Yet’, where your cor­re­spon­dent was proud of his achieve­ment in rid­ing 981.4 miles in one hit, tak­ing 23 hours. There seems to be an ever in­creas­ing de­sire to take on mas­sive dis­tances on a mo­tor­cy­cle. No-one, no mat­ter how young or fit they think they are would be at 100% af­ter such an epic jour­ney. I would sug­gest that this was fool­hardy and time would have been far bet­ter spent plan­ning an overnight stop. Trevor Cush­ing, email

Xc­it­ing times for Kymco

I was a bit sur­prised that there was no men­tion of Kymco in your big scooter test. I have had the 400 Xc­it­ing for 12 months and reg­u­larly use it for com­mut­ing, lo­cal ride­outs and reg­u­lar trips to France. I am cur­rently wait­ing for my dealer, Bob’s Mo­tor­cy­cles, in Jer­sey, to get hold of the AK 550. Sen­si­ble price, good spec. Enough said. Alan, email

Don’t pan Pan fans

Dear TJ (MCN Let­ters, July 5)… as a Pan Euro­pean ad­dict I sug­gest you come on down to the chaos that is the A2 es­cap­ing Lon­don at rush hour. The few other Pans that I see are all very quick, ef­fi­cient rid­ers and we con­stantly de­light in show­ing some of the young pups how it’s done. And we do all this with­out un­duly jeop­ar­dis­ing our own safety or other bik­ers around us. Thirty years of ex­pe­ri­ence counts for some­thing out there! Robin Be­g­ley, email

‘Not many teams in WSB would be able to af­ford to re­build Red­ding’s bikes’

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