tdoshi9, on 22 February 2012 - 07:01 AM, said:
i agree with you on most things in this post but the first paragraph. running 1 or 2 hot laps is totally diff from running full 20. the bike changes a lot during this! heat in the shock, forks, tires, and motor all change the way it works. while I'm not saying its 100% the bike, the bike is to blame here... don't agree? where are the other yami's finishing? there is a reason there are only 4 or 5 even in the main! the bike is too drastically diff! it will come around but the geometry is diff and causes things to not work the same as everyone knows they will! disclaimer james crashes too!
I know this and agree... but if this is known by us, Im sure JGR and James himself know this as well. He can go out and put on an absolutely dominating performance one week, then the next look like someone stole his puppy. He has put on many performances where lap times through out the moto stay consistant, and are often some of the fastest. Which tells me that James knows how to adapt to those changes, and JGR as well as his former San Manuel team
could set his bike up to make him a little more confident with the bike when it changes so his confidence level stays high. That tells me that something other than the bike changes from week to week.
The thing is I think James himself is having trouble figuring out where the issue is and he's paying for it... which in turn translates to bike issues to the public. Which may in fact have some truth behind it. James is very unique in how stiff he prefers his bike to be set up. Which would make things extremely hard to dial in for a new mechanic or new team. I have a feeling James is having trouble translating the issues to the team, which is why he hired (was it Ferry?) last year and he wanted to walk away from ALOT
of money within just a few laps because the bike was so far off that he felt that the bike wasnt safe to ride.
I tried to find the article but I have no idea where I read it... anyways, we all know that James prefers his bike set up extremely stiff. In the article when he first switched to JGR in house stuff they tried softening the suspension up quite a bit to make the bike more consistant throughout the duration of the moto. James said he liked the set up but it would be extremely difficult to get used to. I obviously dont know what set up they chose to use but shortly after James was raving about how satisfied he was with the bike. Everyone keeps saying that he has to say that because he is paid to say that the bike is perfect but we all know that James says what he wants to say. He would have no issue making it well known that he was not happy if the bike were not up ot his standards. He also reinforces this when he states every night that the bike was good, he just made a mistake or someone else made a mistake leading him to his mistake... blah, blah, blah. I have a strong feeling JGR will very quickly figure out a set up that will work well for James to make his bike a little more consistant if that is indeed an issue.