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    Martin Raines is the MotoGP statistician he posted this on Twitter. David Emmett liked it. Seems relevant.
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    Looking at that table, I'm beginning to be a bit concerned that I might be leaving my run too late. Nahh, I'll think about it next year.
    I've been told. Dreaming`s free.
    Think I'll go, back to sleep.
    Everybody listen, voices in my head
    Everybody listen, do yours say, what mine says?

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    Quote Originally Posted by F5 Dave View Post
    Looking at that table, I'm beginning to be a bit concerned that I might be leaving my run too late. Nahh, I'll think about it next year.
    if you are leaving it a bit late to make it. What about the rest of us ?
    Compare Pornography now to 50 years ago.
    Then extrapolate 50 years into the future.
    . . . That shit's Nasty.

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    You'll be fine. I think you just buy one of those ktm200 dukes and rock up to the nearest red bull promotional event and they just let you in from there
    I've been told. Dreaming`s free.
    Think I'll go, back to sleep.
    Everybody listen, voices in my head
    Everybody listen, do yours say, what mine says?

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    Cormac Racing Rookies Cup update - Aragon

    The final round of Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup 2021 was held at Aragon last weekend.
    The weather was excellent, which was nice for the final round, to say goodbye to everyone and the MotoGP paddock.
    Aragon is a very challenging and difficult circuit to get your head around, most of the other riders had ridden there before in ETC or CEV, so Cormac would, again, be up against it.
    Practice went well, improving 1-2 sec per lap in each session, but unfortunately, quite a bit away from the front guys (three or four of whom were still in contention if things went their way).
    Qualifying practice started well, but lasted 4 laps until another rider tried a Hail Mary and slammed Cormac off the track and off the bike.
    He managed to get back to the garage and the mechanics put the bike back together for him to get a run around the track to make sure the bike was working.
    But last position for the race starts. The other rider received a long-lap penalty for his trouble.
    Unfortunately, having only those four laps of QP meant that the set-up of the bike, and his experience of the track, were not right and the bike handling for the races was sub-optimal.

    This not withstanding, Race 1 went well, dropping another 2 sec per lap off his best laptimes and coming home in the tail group. He had been dropped by 1 sec from the group, typically the kiss of death at Aragon due to the long back straight, but he was able to recover that gap and be 0.4 or so off the front of the tail group coming home in 20th. So, overall a job well done.

    Race 2 however didn't go quite so well. Still finished the race in 19th position, but the set-up issues were more profound in this race due to changed conditions with the bike chattering and jumping about the place, so his confidence to push the bike was not there, understandably. Nevertheless, Cormac finished the race, again in the top 20, laptimes were not better, but he finished on a sub-optimal bike. Kia kaha to that.

    So, that is a wrap of the Rookies Cup season. All riders had one or more DNFs, Cormac had aimed to finish all races, but he had to pull out of one with pain in his wrist after it was broken in practice the day before. But he did not crash in any races, so that was good. His laptimes improved in almost all sessions, except for one or two races (Mugello and Aragon) where exceptional circumstances (Mugello where we lost Jason, with whom Cormac was friends and Aragon where the bike set-up was just wrong) prevented improvement. Cormac was the only rider to not score points, but Rookies Cup staff made it clear to them (Cormac, Stacey) they know what level he has come from, a long way behind the European and ex-Asia Talent Cup riders. So for him to be racing at the same level as some of those guys shows he has the ability, but not the experience. That was what Year 1 was about, gaining experience.
    So, that is goodbye to Rookies Cup.

    Or is it????

    Nahhhh! Cormac has been invited to return to Rookies Cup for 2022! Yusssss!!!

    Huge improvements will be demanded next year however.
    But in Years 2 and 3 the riders receive more support and input into what is happening and how to improve, so hopefully that will happen for him.
    He will be expected to go from 16-20th to 5-15th on a regular basis in 2022.

    This time the whole family will likely relocate to Europe (Spain most probably) for the Euro summer where he will likely compete in European Talent Cup alongside Rookies Cup. This is not 100% ideal as the bikes (Honda NSF250 vs KTM RC250RBRC) are quite different. But it is expensive enough to race ETC, let alone try and find a CEV Junior World Championship seat on a KTM. That would be the ideal, but cost is upwards of E100k.
    So, the fund raising machine will be kicking in as soon as possible. You guys have been watching and taking an interest, well, none of this happens by magic. It takes sweat and grit and sticktoitiveness, but also money.
    So, I ask therefore, please keep an eye on his FB pages (Cormac Racing) and please donate until it hurts when the calls come.
    He has had a couple of awesome sponsors on board this year to assist with the British Talent Cup campaign, and hopefully they will remain on board. But ETC is another level up from that.

    Cormac has one more round of BTC at Donnington Park GP circuit first weekend of October, to go out on a high, fingers crossed.

    The boys arrive home on 11 Oct for MIQ and then home and then planning and execution of the NZSBK season cranks up. He has a lot to learn and improve upon for Rookies Cup 2022, so hopefully we can find some of those lessons over the summer here.

    Righto.
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    Yes early days ... but Maverick is gelling with that Aprillia. Be good to see him find a happy spot and stay in motogp...

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    Interesting discussion about what makes a motogp champ..
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    FQ on FB: "FB was on another level, corner 12, I dont know how he was doing that on a used tyre"
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    I'm a week behind (in many ways!) but enjoyed the fight at Aragon for the last 10 or so laps.
    Looking like the Italian on the Doocati is a star in the making.

    Copied last nights races so look forward to more scaps next Sunday on Ch3.

    What I want now is some fine weather for a fang myself, after all it's been a month.

    You'd never go hungry with Nigella Gaz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roogazza View Post
    I'm a week behind (in many ways!) but enjoyed the fight at Aragon for the last 10 or so laps.
    Looking like the Italian on the Doocati is a star in the making.
    Yup, muchly

    Quote Originally Posted by roogazza View Post
    What I want now is some fine weather for a fang myself, after all it's been a month.
    Handy being an essential worker.. jump on the bike and have a blast into work
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    Quote Originally Posted by iYRe View Post
    Yup, muchly
    Handy being an essential worker.. jump on the bike and have a blast into work
    bud, I've been retired for 15 yrs ,it's tough I know but I'm trying,very trying

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    Quote Originally Posted by roogazza View Post
    bud, I've been retired for 15 yrs ,it's tough I know but I'm trying,very trying
    I'm 10 years away.. problem is, I wont have money or the physical ability to ride by then, so I gotta make the most of it now
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    MotoE races were pretty darn good with a fair bit of drama - check it out if ya haven't already

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