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    MotoGP 2018

    Might as well start on next years MotoGP.

    Entry list as at 10th November 2017

    http://www.motogp.com/en/news/2017/1...ry-list/245319





    #RIDERNATIONALITYTEAMMACHINE
    4ANDREA DOVIZIOSOITALIANDUCATI TEAMDUCATI
    5JOHANN ZARCOFRENCHMONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 IndependentYAMAHA
    9DANILO PETRUCCIITALIANOCTO PRAMAC RACING IndependentDUCATI
    10XAVIER SIMEONBELGIANREALE AVINTIA RACING IndependentDUCATI
    12TOM LUTHISWISSEG 0,0 MARC VDS IndependentHONDA
    17KAREL ABRAHAMCZECHPULL&BEAR ASPAR TEAM IndependentDUCATI
    19ALVARO BAUTISTASPANISHPULL&BEAR ASPAR TEAM IndependentDUCATI
    21FRANCO MORBIDELLIITALIANEG 0,0 MARC VDS IndependentHONDA
    25MAVERICK VIÑALESSPANISHMOVISTAR YAMAHA MotoGPYAMAHA
    26DANI PEDROSASPANISHREPSOL HONDA TEAMHONDA
    29ANDREA IANNONEITALIANTEAM SUZUKI ECSTARSUZUKI
    30TAKAAKI NAKAGAMIJAPANESELCR HONDA IDEMITSU IndependentHONDA
    35CAL CRUTCHLOWBRITISHLCR HONDA CASTROL IndependentHONDA
    38BRADLEY SMITHBRITISHRED BULL KTM FACTORY RACINGKTM
    41ALEIX ESPARGAROSPANISHAPRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI IndependentAPRILIA
    42ALEX RINSSPANISHTEAM SUZUKI ECSTARSUZUKI
    43JACK MILLERAUSTRALIANOCTO PRAMAC RACING IndependentDUCATI
    44POL ESPARGAROSPANISHRED BULL KTM FACTORY RACINGKTM
    45SCOTT REDDINGBRITISHAPRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI IndependentAPRILIA
    46VALENTINO ROSSIITALIANMOVISTAR YAMAHA MotoGPYAMAHA
    53TITO RABATSPANISHREALE AVINTIA RACING IndependentDUCATI
    93MARC MARQUEZSPANISHREPSOL HONDA TEAMHONDA
    94JONAS FOLGERGERMANMONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 IndependentYAMAHA
    99JORGE LORENZOSPANISHDUCATI TEAMDUCATI
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    I reckon old Lorenzo may be at the front more often next season. It's far too long a wait now.

    MM for #7.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crasherfromwayback View Post
    I reckon old Lorenzo may be at the front more often next season.
    I'm sure he'll do a hell of a lot better next year. However, nobody would've thought Dovi would be the best bet for winning the championship so it's going to be a huge battle to be the number 1 Ducati.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crasherfromwayback View Post
    I reckon old Lorenzo may be at the front more often next season. It's far too long a wait now.

    MM for #7.
    Yamaha need to sort their shit. MM vs AD & JL for the beginning of the season I reckon.

    Ducati v Honda. Who would have thought?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mental Trousers View Post
    I'm sure he'll do a hell of a lot better next year. However, nobody would've thought Dovi would be the best bet for winning the championship so it's going to be a huge battle to be the number 1 Ducati.
    No matter what happened this year,I just cannot see Dovi being in the same position next year. His luck in weather and tyres and his tactics made him look better I think.
    There are too many scrappers for next year that could do well if ,again, the weather and tyres provide a more normal year ??
    (we'll see at the end of 2018 I suppose ???). (just me in my chair guess'n,U understand !)

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    Depends on what Mitchie do with their tyres, they've been so hit or miss this year that a fair few riders have gone off them. If they can provide a tyre that all riders and bikes can perform on then it's going to be brilliant I think.

    Wouldn't bet against MM winning another title, all comes down to whether Yamaha can give their riders a good enough bike, the Ducati was ALMOST good enough I think to beat the MM/Honda combo, so if they make another step then they should wipe the floor. Pramac bringing Jack Miller across may be the young talent they needed to bring in to line up the factory seat in next few years.

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    Really interesting to see the number of Independent teams and riders now. Was probably the same this year actually.
    I would really like to see all the teams and riders be 'Independent' so to speak so that the field is a little more even, but then on the other hand that would argue against a meritocracy.
    If Tech 3 manage to keep their current bikes with some power upgrades then Zarco will be right in the hunt and if Jonas can get well, he will be in there too.
    Miller will be in like a robbers dog on the Pramac Ducati.
    Redding is too big for the Aprilia.
    The KTMs will be closer, but Pol and Bradders are not quite in the league of aliens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steveyb View Post
    The KTMs will be closer, but Pol and Bradders are not quite in the league of aliens.
    I had the strange idea that Bradders was gone and Zarco was joining Pol on a KTM. Or maybe the idea wasn't all that strange?
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    You are not Mistaken, there are already rumours that KTM want Zarco in 2019.Hmm Zarco and MM

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    Who the hell is Xavier Simeon? Another version of Karel Abraham?


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    Quote Originally Posted by EJK View Post
    Who the hell is Xavier Simeon? Another version of Karel Abraham?
    I have my doubts about him too. He may be another Folger though. Not a top name but can do the biz.

    Luthi may surprise us and do another Zarco also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dadpole View Post
    I have my doubts about him too. He may be another Folger though. Not a top name but can do the biz.

    Luthi may surprise us and do another Zarco also.
    30 seconds into Google search shows he's privately funded by Belgium motorsport company CEO.

    Will see about Luthi. Only reason Morbi and Luthi shined this season was because Zarco and Rins moved to MotoGP... I think.

    Regardless, it should be interesting. All hot Moto2 players are now in MotoGP!


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    I think that Ducat is currently better than others

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    Looks like Miller is enjoying the Ducati more than that "other" bike.

    This is what I was hoping for, he'll let slip how he feels compared to the Honda.

    The impression I got when Crutchlow first hopped on the Honda was that it's a bit of a handful....

    http://www.crash.net/motogp/news/887...n-ducati-debut

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    CC may talk a lot but lots of what he said springs to mind:
    Zarco is good but Miller and others could have done equally as well jumping on the Yamaha
    Honda is a cunt to ride
    Yamaha is not a cunt to ride

    Unless Honda can make it less of a cunt Morbidelli, Luthi and any other rookie who gets on it will struggle.



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