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May 19th, 2011, 03:03 PM   #1
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Ex-500cc rider turned MotoGP televison commentator Daryl Beattie recently scored a unique scoop. The former Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki GP rider interviewed Ducati crewchief Jeremy Burgess at Burgess' house in Adelaide, Australia.



The interview was telecast on Network 10 in Australia on or about May 10.



Ex-Kanemoto mechanic Burgess is renown for his forthright manner and an inability to give deceptive answers when asked direct questions. He lived up to this reputation in the interview with Beattie.



Regarding the progress of the Ducati GP11 as ridden by Casey Stoner, Beattie asked if he foresees a time in 2011 when the team won't be playing catch up to the other teams. Burgess answered, "We'll be playing catch-up until we get ahead of them, I guess."





Having been on the inside of several GP teams, Beattie realizes that all development work on the current GP11 made during the 2011 season could hurt development on the GP12. Burgess agreed, saying that the constant development of the 800 at some point could hurt the development of the 1000, saying "There are certain things we can do this year to carry on and improve and certain things we can do to accelerate our bike for next year." Burgess inferred that at some point a decision will have to be made as to which direction the team will make.



Beattie directly asked Burgess if now that he had seen the inside of the Ducati MotoGP bike and team, if he "... wondered how the hell Casey ever won races on it?".



Burgess responded, "Look, Casey is a fantastic rider and did a wonderful job on that bike. But there were too many DNFs. In this particular instance, Ducati let themselves down by only analyzing the success. They never analyzed the failure. They treated the DNFs of Casey as (being) more specific to Casey, as bad luck rather than something not quite right (with the bike). .. Perhaps Casey had to ride too close to the limit to win. the margin Casey had was a lot slimmer than we would like to have on the bike that Valentino rides."



Burgess said that updates to the engine and suspension have taken place on the Ducati MotoGP bike this season but that the changes to the electronics have been wide-reaching. "We tidied up the electronics and passed that down to the satellite teams and they have confirmed that it's better."



Burgess was interviewed at different spots on his property in Australia, in one scene he stands in front of a large stack of cut logs, with taller livestock fencing in the background.



Asked how he expects the racing to play out after 2011 when new 1000cc rules take over, Burgess said that he didn't see it being much different in terms of who will win races. "... the same top three, or four or five riders," he said.



Burgess could not hide his disappointment that the technical rule changes to the GP class do great harm to it. "It's disappointing going back to the 1000s, he said, "Suzuki and others want stability in the regulations (which will drive) more equal competition. It's heavily rumored that Suzuki has not begun work on a liter MotoGP bike and will exit MotoGP as a factory team at the end of the 2011 season.



"I know in talking with Yamaha last year," Burgess said, "that they'd like to build a V4 engine but while regulations are continually changing they don't have the manpower to allow for that to happen."



Beattie asked Burgess for his opinion about the addition of the "claiming rule bikes" to the 2012 MotoGP world championship and if he thought they'll "be anywhere near competitive".



Burgess didn't even try to stifle his laughter, saying amidst more laughs, "No, not at all. It's sort of a hair brained scheme to try and put more bikes on the grid. I can't see anyone wanting to spend anywhere near that sort of money to finish sixteenth."
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imo thats what i thought about the Duc factory .blinkers on in 1 direction.



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its late here

any link to that ? video / podcast ?

video will do i'll mp3 rip it if its out there
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I watched that last week. Good honest interview.
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imo thats what i thought about the Duc factory .blinkers on in 1 direction.



Thanks Pov cooking on gas



its late here

any link to that ? video / podcast ?

video will do i'll mp3 rip it if its out there




I'm not sure anyone not in Australia will be able to see it.

Use an IP blocker if you can.



One HD
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May 19th, 2011, 03:57 PM   #5
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TY Frizzle

yeah its region restricted. ill look at that tomorrow
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Thanks for making GP boring Honda, and now they are the only ones who have money to spend this year so we get to finally see their dominance. I hope when it all falls apart people can see what they had to do to finally get their championship, turn racing into shit. If there are any motorcycle gods please let honda get it's ass spanked for atleast ten years after this chamionship.
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Beattie directly asked Burgess if now that he had seen the inside of the Ducati MotoGP bike and team, if he "... wondered how the hell Casey ever won races on it?".



Burgess responded, "Look, Casey is a fantastic rider and did a wonderful job on that bike. But there were too many DNFs. In this particular instance, Ducati let themselves down by only analyzing the success. They never analyzed the failure. They treated the DNFs of Casey as (being) more specific to Casey, as bad luck rather than something not quite right (with the bike). .. Perhaps Casey had to ride too close to the limit to win. the margin Casey had was a lot slimmer than we would like to have on the bike that Valentino rides."



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exactly what i was saying last season JUM, ducati are ignorant and was ignorant to stoners views and thats why the ducati has gone backwards instead of being improved on.
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Cheers POV



Actually living in South Australia you are referred to as a "Croweater" so he should know all about it - I am from Adelaide myself so I am a fellow Croweater



Each State in Australia has a nickname for their counterparts - SA = Croweater, WA = Sandgroper, QLD = Banana Bender, NT = Territorian, NSW = Cockroach, TAS = Tasweigan, VIC = Well no one gives a fuck about Victorians
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exactly what i was saying last season JUM, ducati are ignorant and was ignorant to stoners views and thats why the ducati has gone backwards instead of being improved on.


Precisely Jaz....The zealots would have us believe the Ducati problems were solely the responsibility of Casey Stoner when in fact they were clearly ignoring ALL of their riders input. The number of front end losses they were consistently having the last few years were conveniently ignored due to Stoners freakish talents to be able to win on that bike .....its taken huge dollars and signing a rider and chief mechanic with a reputation for excellence in fixing bike issues (and deservedly so) when in fact they should have been acting on the information they were being given a long time ago....now they are really behind the eight ball and have a lot of catching up to do to get even with the other teams. They dug their own grave.
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