Monday, August 21, 2017

The Price of being a MotoGP Team Owner...



Stumbled across this story in the London Telegraph's Cars section, albeit they've got a MotoGP section...

It's an interesting  article upon some of the costs involved in being a MotoGP team, interviewing Honda Satellite LCR Team's Chief Technician Christophe Bourguignon about what various bits range in price and what types of spares are needed...

MOTO GP: Meet the Rider Chasing Marquez for this year's Crown...



Although as Kevin Lee would say so eloquently; He'd better get on his Giddy Up! If he wants to overtake the fast disappearing Marquez...

Ran across this very enjoyable interview with Maverick "top Gun" vinales recently when perusing the London Telegraph's Cars section, with the story being buried inside the article about MotoGP costs.

As the 22yr old Spaniard rider was leading the  points table at the time of the interview, whilst his mercurial Countryman and triple MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez had slipped 37 markers adrift.


But that was Wayback in June, with Marquez subsequently having gone on a tear, leapfrogging Vinales for the top of the points table by 14 markers heading into Round 11 of 18 at 'Ol Deeter Majestik's Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Ja-Ja!

As Marquez started from Pole with Vinales directly behind on Row-2, whilst third place title protagonist Andrea Dovizioso, simply known here in Nofendersville as DOVY', was in-between, with the Italian atop his factory Duc' (Ducati) just 21-points adrift of Marquez.

Yet for some reason, the wheels seem to be coming off the Yamahoppers', as Maverick slipped back during the race to finish a dejected sixth, whilst his lauded team leader Rossi finished P7.

As Dovizioso won his third time this year, ahead of his lauded team leader Jorge Lorenzo,  with Marquez being the Bologna in thou Ducati Duos Sandwich! Before the Repsol Honda pair of Marquez and Dani Pedrosa pushed him back to fourth place at the finish.

Thus Marquez now leads Dovizioso by 16-points, with 176 vs. Dovy's 160. Vinales slides to third overall with 150 and his Movistar team-mate "the Doctor," nee Valentino Rossi languishes in fourth with 141 points, with six rounds remaining.


Meanwhile, although I'd never heard of him, unless I mentioned him in some long, lost Scooter Pilotes' prose? Sadly, the man  responsible for putting Motorcycle racing on Spain's radar, along with being friends with King Juan Carlos, has just perished at age 70.

As Angel Nieto who won five 50cc and seven 125cc championships, apparently a tad superstitious, never referred to his accomplishments as the number 13, but instead 12+1...

Wiping MotoGP Off the Planet...



Talk 'bout Censorship!

Ran across this story in the Reuters Sports section on my Daily NFB Telephone Newsline service. Having only paid Attenzione since that name beIN' sports was familiar to Mwah.

Oh yeah, that's right, Thar' the Television Provider DORNA sold the Broadcasting rights to cover MotoGP, for which I'm doubting anybody has? Hmm, Crickets? Bueller?


Although I sure DON'T mind NOT getting up at Zero Dark-30' to watch; Err listen to the races anymore, albeit think it's been a pretty good season which NO Ones seeing Stateside...

Friday, August 18, 2017

Ex-Harvard Neurobiologist who Champions Unsung and Forgotten Black explorer Dies at 73



Ah Mateys', as thou salt mist fills the air, Nope! This AIN'T racing related per sei...

Dagg Nabit! Just cannot stop Thyself! Especially when I've got more important matters to  attend, like swabbing thou proverbial Decks...

Yet carrying on in my current Seafaring theme, whilst simply unable to type fast enough, especially since my nucelz' keep getting in the way; Hya! Another rogue wave's sent me another message in a bottle.

As I'm sitting on various Seafaring  Yarns here in Nofendersville, which all seem connected, having begun the year by listening to a fantastico book about the ill fated USS Jeanette trapped in the Polar Ice. during the race to discover the North Pole by Sea

As the Jeanette's mission was backed by Publishing Tycoon James Gordon Bennett,  Jr. Yeah, that Bennett, as in the Gordon Bennett Cup races!

As who'd Ah Thunk It! That Messer Bennett would have preceded Jay PISSENBOOTZ' Penske's antics by over a century in New York, leading to his permanently moving abroad No less!

Not to mention a nebulous Lusitania connection, whilst learning of another famous person who died aboard the infamous Titanic, courtesy of 'Ol Fathead Jay Leno, when piloting his Mercer Raceabout to tie-in with his driving Scotty the "Iceman" (2.0) Dixon's Indy Car sled at Phoenix International Raceway.

Yet instead, this is about the unheard of Harvard neurobiologist and explorer S. Allen Counter, who I've only learned about after his passing at the relatively young age of 73. As he sounds like he was a truly fascinating & inspiring person!

Dr. Samuel  Allen Counter, Jr., who grew up in the segregated city of Boynton Beach, Florida, who'd been fascinated with the mystery Black explorer Matthew A. Henson, ultimately set about restoring Henson's rightful place in history, Dovetailing with his work in Greenland, studying the Inuit's hearing losses, and ultimately leading to  discovering the descendants of Henson' and Peary's.

Having subsequently recounted his adventures in his 1991 book titled North Pole Legacy: Black, White and Eskimo, which sounds quite interesting.

As I'm presuming the name of fabled North Pole explorer
Robert E. Peary and his 1909 Arctic expedition to the top 'O the world's known, but who, including Thyself has ever heard of Matthew A. Henson?

And while History recognized Peary for then discovering the North Pole, albeit by land, not sea, it was actually Henson who got there some 45mins ahead of the esteemed Peary, for which Henson described in his 1912 memoir, 'A Negro Explorer at the North Pole, noting how Peary rebuffed his attempted hand shake culminating their momentous achievement...

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Cuba Boat Warriors'


The Bad Arse, Narly Silverhook Powerboat that it's crew members Nigel Hook and Jay Johnson hope  to break U.S. to Cuba Speed records aboard! (Image source: marinelink.com)


Papers? We Don't Need NO Stinkin' Papers, Travel Documents, Visas, et al, as We're  On a Mission...

Thanks to The Freaks', I learned of an intriguing record attempt occurring today, which I first heard 'bout a few weeks ago, on the July 23rd episode of Speed Freaks, for which otherwise, I'd never heard of this speed record attempt happening right now!

As it was a typical Freaks interview, full of frivolity, as Boat Owner & Throttle-man Bloody Nigel, Not Captain Hook, R' Mateys! Was calling in from La-La Land, (Los Angeles) whilst Driver Jay, Not Don Johnson was live in studio, somewheres' in mildly warm Phoenix, Arizona; Hya!


Naturally, when I think of Offshore Power Boating, my mind conjures up thoughts of the late Didier Pironi and crew hitting a rogue wave from a passing by tanker, which ironically Nigel mentioned in the briefest 'O terms during the interview.

Yet instead, Messer's Nigel Hook & Jay Johnson will be  attempting to pilot their state of the art 48-foot Monohull Silverhook, powered by two screamin' Mercury motors pumpin' out over 3,000bhp! From Key West, Florida to Havana, Cuba and back in record time!

Actually, this Dynamic Duo's hoping to set two separate speed records if everythingy' goes according to plan. As they're hoping to complete the first leg of the trip, a distance of just over 100-miles in a fraction of the legendous Gar Wood's time, which was set nearly a century ago...


As You can check them out reportedly in real time telemetry tracking on their website, although I'm guessing there won't be any "Thong Shots" which the Freaks Kenny Sargent pleaded for...