Ok, um, should you not, perhaps, read the story before commenting on it? Or maybe next time just read the text in the immediate news post you're responding to? Like here, for instance, where there's a quote, from Foggy, commenting about how he couldn't have asked for a better rider than Troy Corser?
Maybe if this site was free like every other worthwhile motorcycle e-zine, people would take the time to read it. As it is, it's just a waste of time. All your info can be found at numerous other sites. They don't seem to have trouble providing great reviews and columns without charging people.
I'm not sure which post you're referring to. But there are a number of our readers who we have designated as moderators. If a few of them deem a post off-topic, they can lower the score on that particular post. It will never get deleted, but if it's scored lower than whatever you have your threshold set at you won't see it. If you set your threshold at -1, then you'll see every post no matter what it's scored at.
Now, how about that Foggy interview, eh? The guy was pretty blunt and open about a number of things, don't you think?
Riding is riding - outward personality doesn't make much difference (inner drive and self confidence seem to be the key).
Managing a racing team, it seems to me, is all about outward personality and interpersonal skills. Although Fogarty brings many special things - knowledge, aura, confidence, recognition - it is hard to know whether he can get the most out of his riders and operate a team.
After reading the article, I find little evidence either way pointing to success or failure. My opinion is that if he gets lucky and assembles a set of personalities that can excel with him and with each other, all of the technical and other issues will fall into place and he will win. If not, they will not win. Hard to tell right now - we'll have to check back in two years...
True enough, but outward personality and inner drive/confidence do not a TEAM make...nowadays his compulsion to win will be very handily tempered by the absolute need to do good diplomacy...keep everyone happy re: owners/crew, developers, smaller sponsors, and so on. And add to that something which is historically difficult for "type A" personalities like Foggy's: the necessity of being a grown-up just at the time the rider throws a tantrum.
For perspective, look at military genuises who go into politics and fail miserably...they can no longer dictate, they must negotiate, and often, the skills required for one are liabilities in the other arena.
I give you U.S. Grant, Ghengis Khan, Herod the Petrarch.
Great article guys. I recently signed up for the site (I was reluctant to part with my 12 bucks) and I must say with articles like these it'll be well worth the fee. Now if you can just get that 2002 R1 vs 2002 954RR comparison up I'll most definitely be satisfied. Any idea on when it'll be up?