A great end to a reasonable year of racing. Not all of the races provided an edge of the seat experience but there were a few highlights; notably the first half of Valencia and Assen of course. Marquez ended season with the crown and left the all of the field bar Lorenzo looking more than a bit slow.
TV coverage in the Hearn household was provided by Eurosport, recently updated to HD. Great job by the Eurosport commentary team as usual!
Next year MotoGP sees some new faces with [potentially?] a larger grid. I’m not a fan of the CRTs, really what’s the point? A few great riders seeing the last of the racing career out (Edwards) on a machine barely capable to even qualify in the top 10. Adding bikes to give the illusion the championship is more contested is just smoke and mirrors. Marquez and Lorenzo simply operated at another level; then come Pedrosa, Rossi followed closely by Bautista, Crutchlow and Bradl. The remainder of the field are sadly way off the pace. 7 riders that can challenge and out of those, only a few share time on the top step of the podium. I haven’t seen the calendar for next year (more on that next) but I’ve seen that Laguna Seca has been dropped.
Whilst I’ve enjoyed MotoGP [on Eurosport] for many many years, next year the timeslots will be used to show beach volleyball or some other rubbish. For me Toby, Julian, Neil [and Randy of course] were what made MotoGP on TV. Like F1 in the UK, the sport has made it’s way over to a pay channel though unlike F1, there’s no ‘poor mans’ transmission meaning it’s pay up or don’t see it. BT Sport is mainly a football channel and the cost is probably acceptable if that’s your passion. Maybe it’s time to accept change and stop watching the sport – the organiser (Dorna) certainly wouldn’t care so I guess I shouldn’t either.
Lorenzo was surely rider of the day but the race will be remembered for Rossi’s return to the top step of the podium. It was probably his greatest chance of getting a win and he didn’t waste the opportunity.
Great ride from a great racer.
After a long year wondering if my [generous] pledge was going to be rewarded with a great game I’m pleased to relay that the game exceeds my expectations thus far. Whilst there’s always a few things that could’ve turned out differently, I am very pleased with what Replay Games and N-Fusion have created. It’s a Larry game from my era rather than the mediocre efforts foisted upon us by bean counters in suits over the last few years.
Congrats to Al, Josh and those who drive the game forward!
For those who ‘missed’ out on the Kickstarter, it’s available for £15 so go grab a copy.
I thought I was early last year but I’m even earlier this time! The calendar feed is now updated with details of the 2013 season’s events. Like last, this year you’ll find entries for all the individual sessions
Valentino is back on a bike that should put him closer to [if not at] the front! Sadly Spies loses his Yamaha ride and has ended up with a ride that means he’ll be able to maintain a presence in the paddock, will probably not provide him with much in the way of results. Stoner leaves in typical Aussie style and sticks two fingers up to the sport (like him or not he just wanted to race, nothing more, nothing less). The rookie rule has been dropped simply to allow Marquez to take Stoner’s bike. I truly hope he’s shown a lesson or 10 after his many unsporting incidents in Moto2. Bradley Smith also steps up from Moto2 to join Cal for an all English Tech 3 team. There’s plenty more movement but nothing that particular annoy/excites me!
Tags: iCal, MotoGP
A while ago I posted about a promising project that sought to emulate a Roland MT32 midi device. Although some time has gone by the project didn’t die but kept creeping along. There’s now a V1 release for Windows that demonstrates just how good things have got.
Please note you need to source your own ROMs (it’s not legal to provide them) to make use of it
Tags: Hardware, Retro