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  1. I'd qualify that statement by defining what "powerwise" means. The Beta has always had the best bottom end of the 125s and to me feels most like a bigger engine, but with lower power everywhere. Other brands, notably Gas Gas in the past, have chased more mid and top end power, at the expense of bottom end. See what the bikes are doing in the 125 GP class and you'll understand this. More recently, I'd say all of the brands have smoothed out the power curve of their 125's to give more balance to the bottom, mid & top end.
  2. The question that interests me is why has there been so little challenge to the established top riders of Bou, Raga, Fajardo, Fujinami, Cabestany (before his retirement) for the best part of a decade. Busto is a top 3 rider, Casales maybe a top 5 rider, but that's about it. It seems to me that emerging riders are unable to develop to the same level as the previous generation, but I honestly have no idea why.
  3. I suspect it is quite the opposite, i.e. attempt to crack the elite for a few years, spend some money then have to call it a day when they realise they have no money or sponsors left.
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    2021 301RR

    Crikey! That’s a long winded way to say “new stickers”. Does the PR agent get paid by the word? I’ll write the 2022 press release for them now. “It ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.
  5. I imagine some dealers and possibly importers too, will struggle without bike and spares sales for a few months.
  6. The FIM have announced the postponement of the first three rounds of the trial world championship http://www.fim-live.com/en/article/fim-trial-calendar-updates/
  7. Primus fuel bottle https://www.primus.eu/store/fuel/ You'll find plenty of similar ones in an outdoor gear shop.
  8. I believe that when Gas Gas was in financial trouble and Adam Raga rode his factory bikes, but without support, he reckoned he need around €100,000 to complete the season.
  9. I read a report of the Barcelona indoor that said he had back and rib injuries from a training crash and had been unable to practice in the week leading up to the event. I imagine he sees this as a way of prolonging that 13 year world championship run. Indoor title #14 looks to be in the bag.
  10. I hope so, but four manufacturers in four years can hardly be helpful for Toby trying to establish himself.
  11. I thought both Gelabert brothers were on the move to Vertigo. Miguel in GP & presumably Aniol to give Vertigo a T2 rider.
  12. Why would KTM have invested in Gas Gas to "... just let them die a slow death" ? Could they not have achieved that by not investing?
  13. Apparently not, the press release specifically refers to individual results. Convenient huh!
  14. Heptaminol is the banned substance. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heptaminol Nox Pump it seems is used by body builders pre-workout “Surpass your limits with this ultimate pre-training formula! Scientifically engineered to enable you to achieve new levels of training intensity, explosive muscle pumps, improved mental focus and stimulation.” As Dabster writes, anyone who follows cycling will know how lax the Spanish anti-doping authority is. It is rather convenient that his suspension is now served as soon as it is announced and whilst I guess his results will be scratched from the record, he hasn't had to miss a single event.
  15. I think I've worked it out. Thierry Michaud will double WTC entries by banning minders. This way every rider looking for a competitive result will have a team mate entered to ride sections first, move rocks, carry a bag, etc. Rather like Fred Michaud did for Thierry in the '80s.!
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