Ben is going to kick some A%##[email protected]% this year (Don't want to upset the PC crowd). The Americans are back. I think Nicky Hayden, Roberts and maybe Eric Bostrum will go to World Superbike next year. Or maybe GP's
Taking the front mudguard off is a way of getting a bit more air into the radiator. They do it if it's hot and their engine is running a bit too warm. Maybe that new motor in the Aprilia is putting out more heat, as well as more power.