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    Honda potentially have a problem because their factory riders are both a little broken at the moment and Crutchlow is some way off being fit.

    They still have Nakagami and Bradl but that's not the same as having their top riders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jellywrestler View Post
    I haven't been to a Moto GP as yet and reckon given others enthusiasm for them they're probably a good show?
    I'm thinking I should get my arse along to one in 2019 Figuring you lot would be able to enlighten me on to which meeting is the best one and why? Might as well get the inside info after all if i'm going to one...
    I have done a few through Aussie, Italy and Spain. The atmosphere in Italy and Spain (particularly Misano and Valencia) is next level, particularly if you are a Rossi fan.

    Aussie/Philip Island I personally think is the best track - you can move freely around the track to view form various vantage points, the scenery is amazing and watching the bikes come down the front straight tipping into the corner at over 320kph is mindblowing. If you have a big budget go Europe and make it a bigger trip, if you want a raw MotoGP experience on a budget that will still deliver every little bit of excitement and experience, go PI/Australia.

    If you are a MotoGP nut - your first race will be a memorable experience. I try and do one every year now.
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    Wow, the rookies are impressing in testing!

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    Herewith the lists of those doing their best to deplete the world's supply of carbon fibre.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pritch View Post
    Herewith the lists of those doing their best to deplete the world's supply of carbon fibre.
    Sam Lowes true to form...

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    Back on the right thread I hope

    https://www.crash.net/motogp/news/91...ance-continues

    Got to admire Petrux for seizing the opportunity knowing damn well that he has two riders in the form of Miller and Bagniaia lining up looking very greedily at his seat and Ducati no doubt throwing feelers at Marquez every year.
    Lets hope he can pull something out of the bag so we all don't sit here going "I told you so" next year when one of them take his seat and he fucks off to Aprilia or somewhere.

    Jerez testing hasn't shown too much yet other than Zarco is still slower than Pol and the rookies are looking good bar Olivera, who to be fair isn't far off his team mate on a satellite version of the worst bike on the grid. Big Olivera fan so hopefully he doesn't get bogged down in the long term by a shitty ride.

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    I am sure Honda would be very pleased if they could get their Japanese boy to perform closer to the front of the pack and his test wasn't too bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by merv View Post
    I am sure Honda would be very pleased if they could get their Japanese boy to perform closer to the front of the pack and his test wasn't too bad.
    He's been the quiet achiever I think of 2018. Just plodding away doing his work outside of the lime light but getting solid results.
    Japan would do well to have a rider in a factory team winning champs on one of their bikes. It's hard when there is so many impressive Iti and Spa riders though to make room for a rider that may not have a talent but has the passport.

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    apparently he is on Cals factory bike

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    VR and MV have been testing two engines, both like the first of the two they tried. MV approves of the way it uses the rear tyre. Rossi says, It’s not enough, it’s a fourth place bike... if someone else doesn’t finish.

    Rossi does have a way with words.
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    Watched a few videos on the MotoGP website yesterday. There was one with Marquez talking about his new teammate. But the best part was never seen before footage of him doing a lap of Jerez keeping the wheels in line the entire time!

    Apparently he is under strict orders not to crash before he has surgery on his left shoulder next week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaferRides View Post

    Apparently he is under strict orders not to crash before he has surgery on his left shoulder next week.
    That may account for why he has the second fastest time at the test. His Japanese team mate finished top. The first fifteen were all within a second IIRC.

    KTM suffered chatter in mammoth proportions. The pundits say it's so bad that the only cure will be a completely new frame.

    Ducati have been trying some strange things, aero back ends, sensors everywhere, a peculiar parallelogram arrangement on the rear wheel. Both Petrucci and Miller did their fastest times with that fitted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pritch View Post
    Ducati have been trying some strange things, aero back ends, sensors everywhere, a peculiar parallelogram arrangement on the rear wheel. Both Petrucci and Miller did their fastest times with that fitted.
    That’s interesting - it will be to feed the braking force into the frame instead of the swingarm. Perhaps an indication of how much they are using the rear brake these days.

    It’s great how Ducati try all this stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Autech View Post
    He's been the quiet achiever I think of 2018. Just plodding away doing his work outside of the lime light but getting solid results.
    Japan would do well to have a rider in a factory team winning champs on one of their bikes. It's hard when there is so many impressive Iti and Spa riders though to make room for a rider that may not have a talent but has the passport.
    He is Pleased with Cals 2018 bike to the point of fastest laptime of the day at this years final test! I see he got 6th overall for the years championship, and yes a quiet achiver for sure. Interesting to see Lorenzo got the 4th fastest time. Bodes well for him. I still think he is an obnoxious prick, but a bloody fast obnoxious prick!

    And KTM is just wasting time trying to get a steel tube frame working, Ducati tried for years and years at motogp level and failed, what makes KTM think they will crack it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sugilite View Post
    And KTM is just wasting time trying to get a steel tube frame working, Ducati tried for years and years at motogp level and failed, what makes KTM think they will crack it?
    Manufacturers like their race machinery to have a connection to their production bikes. Ducati currently have something of a publicity campaign explaining to the faithful why they are using a V4 in WSBK.

    According to Ducati there are so many welds in a trellis frame that no two are exactly alike. Time is short, if KTM don't have the answer it might be best to buy in a delta box design from a specialist frame manufacturer. I seem to recall Ducati did that to get them over a hump.
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