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Re: MOTO GP 2017

Postby Denbighammer on Wed May 24, 2017 7:34 am

RIP Nicky Hayden, a quite appalling tragedy. Gone too soon.
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Re: MOTO GP 2017

Postby warp on Wed May 24, 2017 12:03 pm

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Re: MOTO GP 2017

Postby szola on Sun Jun 04, 2017 5:56 pm

Excellent day out for the Ducatis. First win in Italy for the team from Bologna, with an italian rider, for decades. Petrucci in third was the Man of the Race, imo. Viñales is so thouroughly pro, he'll end the WC before the show leaves Europe, after Aragon.

Bautista holding off Marquez and Zarco ahead of Lorenzo were also very good results for the non-Factory riders.
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Re: MOTO GP 2017

Postby Denbighammer on Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:45 am

Lorenzo is an interesting case. Clearly a very special rider but he seems to lack the ability to ride around a bikes problems. I know Rossi struggled on the Ducati when he went there but so did his teammates at the time - Lorenzo is being beaten by riders on the same machinery.
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Re: MOTO GP 2017

Postby szola on Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:07 am

Dovi making it two from two, and bringing Ducati its first back to back for some time.

Very strange to see both factory Yamaha's struggling, while the non-Factory teams are soaring.
The Tech3 team with Zarco and Folger have had an impressing season so far. Shame the new Aprilia blew up half way, would have been fun to see what that bike was capable of. Aleix Espargaro had a good race before the machine gave up.

Lorenzo is a strange case. He rides superbly if sitting in front, with no-one attacking him. Multiple World Champion as well. Yet, when he is under attack, more often than not these days he crumbles. Was it two or three places he managed to slip down when under pressure?
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Re: MOTO GP 2017

Postby Oxonhammer on Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:14 pm

Think KTM made the right call with Bradley Smith...that finger looks awful!
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Re: MOTO GP 2017

Postby szola on Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:04 pm

They're back in action 8-)
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Re: MOTO GP 2017

Postby szola on Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:08 pm

http://www.gpupdate.net/en/standings/251/2017-motogp-standings/

RIDER STANDINGS

1. Marc Marquez - 129
2. Maverick Vinales - 124
3. Andrea Dovizioso - 123
4. Valentino Rossi - 119
5. Dani Pedrosa - 103
6. Johann Zarco - 84
7. Jonas Folger - 71
8. Danilo Petrucci - 66
9. Jorge Lorenzo - 65
10. Cal Crutchlow - 64

Haven't been this competitive for many, many years.
And the rookies haven't been this good either.
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Re: MOTO GP 2017

Postby Oxonhammer on Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:28 pm

Another flag to flag race in which Yamaha/Rossi messed up.

Sad news in BSB @ Thruxton - RIP Mark Fincham
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Re: MOTO GP 2017

Postby LittleChris on Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:13 am

Oxonhammer wrote:
Sad news in BSB @ Thruxton - RIP Mark Fincham


And sadly Jamie Hodson at Dundrod ( his last twitter post is very poignant )

https://twitter.com/hodsontt2010

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Re: MOTO GP 2017

Postby szola on Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:51 am

Yet another twist to this season's story.

Marquez's engine blowing up just laps before the end, giving Dovi, Viñales and Rossi a chance to pass/catch up.

6 races to go, four riders still in it to win it.
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Re: MOTO GP 2017

Postby Oxonhammer on Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:16 am

Was at Silverstone in the Suzuki stand (Copse A) on Sunday for the race - excellent day.

The last two times I've been to Silverstone for MotoGP MM93 has had a DNF - 2015 crashing right in front of us at Copse and the engine giving up on Sunday...the cheer that went up in the stands next to us (Copse B & C) from the sea of yellow was quite loud on both occasions.
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Re: MOTO GP 2017

Postby szola on Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:15 pm

It would be a Leicester type surprise if Ducati manages to nick the title.

Stoner managed to pull of the sensation in '07.
Apart from that single season, the Japanese manufatures have won every single year, after MV Augusta ended their dominance back in '74. '58 - '74 was MV Augusta's every season. Interestingly enough '76 was the last year Harley-Davidson won a title. Been just Japanese in anythin above 250ccm since then.
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Re: MOTO GP 2017

Postby szola on Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:10 am

What a finish to the race at Motegi :raver:

Dovi manages to regain the momentum he lost in the last race, and narrow down Marquez's lead enough to make the next couple of races important again.

Great to see Zarco grabbing pole, for the second time in his rookie season. Give that man a factory Yamaha. Same with Rins on the Suzuki. He deserves a factory bike soon.
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