Lorenzo won’t last if he can’t ride in the wet
Is former champ about to lose his factory ride to Petrucci?
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
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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Lorenzo needs to start getting some big results in Motogp
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