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Re: 2019 MotoGP thread
« Reply #50 on: June 03, 2019, 04:04:17 PM »
Another qualy where Petronas Yamaha looks like the factory team. Dayum.

And, really, did any of you expect anything from Quartararo this season? I didn't. He's definitely the biggest surprise of the season for me.

I'd like to see more of Quartararo.  He's beating expectations, no doubt.

It was fun to see an Italian win his first Moto GP race on an Italian bike at home.  I suspect many church bells were ringing. 

In a post race interview, Marc noted that he didn't try to pass Petrucci in the final laps given his fight with Dovi in the Championship.  That's a poor looser comment, IMO.  While that may be the truth and a smart strategy, it takes away from Petrucci's win.  And, let's be honest, when have we seen Marc NOT go for a pass, especially for the lead?

He flubbed the apex at Turn 1 and wisely decided to not push it and crash. How does it make him a poor loser? He's actually growing up a bit?

That was such a great race. I am totally thrilled that Danilo won; just really like that guy. Rins is just so smooth and silky. Get that boy a few moah horses. And Dovi...kinda felt he was a little off, but did well.
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Re: 2019 MotoGP thread
« Reply #51 on: June 07, 2019, 09:34:41 AM »
Listening to the Paddock Pass Podcast, the comment was made that Mugello showed the prescribed way to most successfully beat Marquez; 2 or 3 riders gang attacking him instead of a one on one battle which in turn upsets his rhythm thus not allowing him to get into and stay in his 'zone'... 

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« Reply #52 on: June 07, 2019, 10:47:21 AM »
Remember Ant West?  Raced MotoGP for Kawasaki in the 2000's?  Apparently he's retiring with extreme prejudice!  From his Instagram and FB page:

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Re: 2019 MotoGP thread
« Reply #53 on: June 08, 2019, 04:17:26 AM »
Yow. That sent me to Google. He's probably extra bent because he was leading that championship.

In happier news, Jonas Folger is back. He'll do the next 3 Moto2 races as a stand in for injured Khairul Idhem Pawi. Smart money says I didn't spell that right.
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« Reply #54 on: June 12, 2019, 08:02:41 PM »
And Lorenzo?

I heard he was being flown to Japan for a chat.  Something about his bike being difficult to ride.

Where will he go next?  Switch places with Zarco?  Is Crutchlow still too much of a loose cannon? Or will Miller take Jorge's seat if Ducati doesn't pony up a factory ride?

Ahhh, the suspense........

On a different note.....did anyone notice the flapping front fenders of the Ducatis of Dovi and Danilo in the slo-mo replays? That can't make clean airflow.  And when you're talking about thousandths of seconds, maybe that would make a difference?

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Re: 2019 MotoGP thread
« Reply #55 on: June 13, 2019, 08:08:47 AM »
forces on those bikes are incredible:

"Last year Michele Pirro crashed there at 165mph/265kmh after a headshake over the brow pushed his Ducati’s brake pads back into the callipers, so when he hit the brakes they didn’t work, then when he pumped the lever the brakes locked, flinging him over the front of the bike."

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« Reply #56 on: June 15, 2019, 03:37:04 PM »
The technology on modern bikes is totally incredible.  Things that were only dreamt about before the advent of solid state electronics. 

I was watching super bike qualifying runs this morning and got blown away by the rear seat camera.

I mean I’ve seen it a million times before.  But I never noticed how the horizon stays level in the camera frame.   Which means video processing by the broadcaster, maybe using the lean angle sensor on the bike.  I know, different technology. 

But take a look at 50 year old video recording equipment. I mean just WoW!
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« Reply #57 on: June 16, 2019, 07:16:34 AM »
Wow, what a start to the race. Won't say more as some maybe aren't watching live.

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Re: 2019 MotoGP thread
« Reply #58 on: June 16, 2019, 07:46:57 AM »
Wow, what a start to the race. Won't say more as some maybe aren't watching live.

All three classes have been interesting. Craziness.
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« Reply #59 on: June 16, 2019, 07:57:15 AM »
Sure was an exciting afternoon there
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« Reply #60 on: June 16, 2019, 05:12:39 PM »
Soichiro is smiling down on him. After all, Lorenzo denied his teammate twice last year a chance to challenge Marquez. Now he's running gunner for his teammate. Did he get a bonus?
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« Reply #61 on: June 18, 2019, 12:20:14 AM »
Wow, what a start to the race. Won't say more as some maybe aren't watching live.

All three classes have been interesting. Craziness.

No kidding. If you haven't watched the Moto3 race, definitely do it. It's carnage. And the save of the season.
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Re: 2019 MotoGP thread
« Reply #62 on: July 05, 2019, 07:34:26 PM »
I'm glad to see Bradl back on the grid. Hope he has a great home race.
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Re: 2019 MotoGP thread
« Reply #63 on: July 06, 2019, 09:33:14 PM »
Couldn't pass on this - the headline is not news to most of you - the rest of this piece is

Motorcycle 'more like a girlfriend than a mum!'

[quote Valentino Rossi, German MotoGP]
'The relationship with the bike is more like with your girlfriend than your mum... a bit more difficult!' [/quote]
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« Reply #64 on: July 06, 2019, 09:36:04 PM »
Couldn't pass on this - the headline is not news to most of you - the rest of this piece has more insight

Motorcycle 'more like a girlfriend than a mum!'

Quote from: Valentino Rossi, German MotoGP
'The relationship with the bike is more like with your girlfriend than your mum... a bit more difficult!'
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Re: 2019 MotoGP thread
« Reply #65 on: July 07, 2019, 04:26:56 PM »
Heh. I like the analogy.
Snoozefest of a race. I like the mirror cam, though.
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« Reply #66 on: August 03, 2019, 05:07:29 PM »
Great qualifying session today. Looking forward to this one. I'm thinking Marquez may clear out early, but looks like fun racing will be set up behind him.

If you haven't seen Odendall's high side save from Moto2 practice, go dig it up on YouTube. Totally worth it.
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« Reply #67 on: August 04, 2019, 08:19:54 AM »
If you haven't seen Odendall's high side save from Moto2 practice, go dig it up on YouTube. Totally worth it.

If you mean the one where the 2 riders bumped, that was totally amazing.  Saw it just before I had to leave yesterday morning.  Don’t know the names of the 2 riders involved. 

Marquez is dancing and riding around the track no hands with the flag at the moment
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Re: 2019 MotoGP thread
« Reply #68 on: August 04, 2019, 11:54:07 AM »
The Odendaal save is here:
https://youtu.be/CvUhfejgpuU

Got a fair amount done this morning while the race played in the background. Didn't seem worth paying too much attention after the first couple of laps. Hope the other two are.
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« Reply #69 on: August 15, 2019, 08:20:59 PM »
So, where is Zarco going to land since he gave notice to KTM?

I have to admit I was not shocked he is leaving KTM, but very shocked he did it without a ride for next year.

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« Reply #70 on: August 16, 2019, 06:51:28 AM »
So, where is Zarco going to land since he gave notice to KTM?

I have to admit I was not shocked he is leaving KTM, but very shocked he did it without a ride for next year.

Yeah, Zarco just isn't a good match for the KTM. I suspect he will find a ride in Moto2 or WSBK for 2020. I would think his preference would be Moto2 to stay in the paddock/shop window. There were rumors of a Suzuki satellite team earlier this year. Maybe having a rider like Zarco available would re-spark that idea.

But there is Bautista's success in WSBK to consider if he wants to fight at the sharp end. Maybe MotoGP experience gives you a small edge in WSBK right now. Note that Bautista is leaving Ducati for Honda next year. I suspect his results will suffer but he will be getting paid well in the twilight of his career.
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« Reply #71 on: August 16, 2019, 08:10:29 AM »
A Suzuki satellite team with Zarco would be welcome on the grid, imho. I suspect the good cornering Suzuki would be more to his liking, and more similar to the Yamaha than a KTM, Honda, or Ducati would be.

Of course, there will be contract considerations, will KTM release him to ride with another team, or will he set out 2020? I don’t see the advantage to either of them to get a Moto2 KTM ride for Zarco.

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« Reply #72 on: August 18, 2019, 08:50:00 PM »
don’t see the advantage to either of them to get a Moto2 KTM ride for Zarco.

Don't have to worry about that since KTM announced at last round that they are pulling out of Moto2 in 2020...

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« Reply #73 on: August 25, 2019, 06:35:53 PM »
That was an amazing race. I don't want to drop spoilers yet, but here comes one:    Dovi was airlifted for CT scans after brief memory loss. All tests were negative and he was released.

I usually skip the prerace stuff, but at the beginning of the VideoPass coverage, they had cameras track several riders from the motorhome to the bike, so you got to see all the backstage stuff in the garages. That was cool.
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« Reply #74 on: August 26, 2019, 07:31:40 AM »
That ending.  Wow!  I was a fun race!
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« Reply #75 on: August 26, 2019, 08:06:35 AM »
!  I was a fun race!

Yes you were!! 😜

Yeah that was a great race with the exception of the start.

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« Reply #76 on: August 27, 2019, 04:53:35 PM »
They were talking up the grip of the new track surface, but in the race there sure seemed to be a lot of riders struggling with rear grip.

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« Reply #77 on: August 27, 2019, 05:37:10 PM »
Looks like Rins took a page from the Dovi playbook. Last corner just right and not giving Marc another chance.

Well-played!

PS That was horrible for Dovi - if that boy didn't have bad luck, he'd have no luck at all.
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« Reply #78 on: August 28, 2019, 09:52:58 AM »
They were talking up the grip of the new track surface, but in the race there sure seemed to be a lot of riders struggling with rear grip.

New surface = increased adhesion and thus wear. Marquez had said pre-race that he had no clue as to what the tire condition would be like for the last five laps.

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« Reply #79 on: September 13, 2019, 08:52:35 PM »
Just throwing this out there. Should George be riding a Suzuki?
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« Reply #80 on: September 14, 2019, 05:55:41 AM »
Just throwing this out there. Should George be riding a Suzuki?

It would probably suit his riding style and it's competitive.
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« Reply #81 on: September 16, 2019, 12:14:16 AM »
Just throwing this out there. Should George be riding a Suzuki?

It would probably suit his riding style and it's competitive.

I keep reminding myself I gave up on him at Ducati. On the other hand, given how banged up he is, maybe he shouldn't be riding anything for awhile.

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« Reply #82 on: September 16, 2019, 06:19:07 PM »
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« Reply #83 on: September 16, 2019, 06:40:13 PM »
Oh my. Can't wait!
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« Reply #84 on: September 16, 2019, 08:45:32 PM »
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« Reply #85 on: September 17, 2019, 12:18:42 AM »
How much faster would Vinales be if he shaved off that silly mustache?
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« Reply #86 on: September 17, 2019, 10:11:51 AM »
KTM drops Zarco for the rest of the season, Mika Kallio will take over.
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« Reply #87 on: September 17, 2019, 11:46:26 AM »
I'm looking forward towards it Ken!
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« Reply #88 on: September 17, 2019, 01:07:47 PM »
KTM drops Zarco for the rest of the season, Mika Kallio will take over.

I saw that, he must have really pissed them off... Lorenzo appears to be struggling as well?
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« Reply #89 on: September 17, 2019, 01:16:41 PM »
KTM drops Zarco for the rest of the season, Mika Kallio will take over.

Just read that. Hope he lands on his feet. He looked like the Next Big Thing during that Tech 3 run.

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Jorge is still recovering from a nasty back injury suffered at Assen in June after hurting himself at a test session at Barcelona a few weeks previously.

Yeah, as bad as it's going, though, I don't understand why he just doesn't take time off to rehab. He talks like he can hardly ride.
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Jorge is still recovering from a nasty back injury suffered at Assen in June after hurting himself at a test session at Barcelona a few weeks previously.

Yeah, as bad as it's going, though, I don't understand why he just doesn't take time off to rehab. He talks like he can hardly ride.

 what surprised me (unless I missed it) is that they never showed him or commented on him during the entire race?
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Lorenzo appears to be struggling as well?

Jorge is still recovering from a nasty back injury suffered at Assen in June after hurting himself at a test session at Barcelona a few weeks previously.

Yeah, as bad as it's going, though, I don't understand why he just doesn't take time off to rehab. He talks like he can hardly ride.

 what surprised me (unless I missed it) is that they never showed him or commented on him during the entire race?

They had minimal coverage during the practice sessions, but as he was running 14th at the checkers the lack of exposure isn't surprising. If you're outside of top 5 or 6 you have to crash spectacularly to get noticed.
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« Reply #95 on: September 20, 2019, 06:53:23 AM »
Good thing rain is forecast for Saturday and Sunday in Aragon, so the race might be a bit competitive. What 93 did in FP1 was a bit humbling to the field.