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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #60 on: February 14, 2018, 01:40:01 pm »
And Brad moves to P4 at 0.4 off the leader in session 7
Odendaal at P23 and 2.2 seconds off.

http://www.motogp.com/en/TestResults/Moto2+Jerez+Test+1+2018

In Moto3 Darren P20 at 1.3 seconds behind the leader.
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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #61 on: February 14, 2018, 03:19:59 pm »
Session 8:

Darryn:  23 rd  2,6s off the pace.  Still Di Giannantonio, Migno, Bastianinni, etc.  constantly in the top.
Brad:  6th, 0,5s off Bagnaia.  Front runners still Marquez, Oliviera, etc.
Steven:  26th, 2,0s off the leader.

Session 9:

Darryn:  9th, 1,2s from the leader.  Only 12 riders took to the track.  Same crowd in top 6 or so.
Brad: 3rd.  0,8 of the pace.
Steven:  18th.  1,7s off.

The Red Bull KTM Moto 2 team leaves Jerez after testing with combined time positions of 3rd (Oliviera) and 6th (Brad).  I think they must be pretty happy and ready for the next testing session, also at Jerez from 6 - 8 March.  I am guessing that they cannot be as excited about their Moto3 effort with Darryn so far. 
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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #62 on: February 15, 2018, 10:50:43 am »
Next MotoGP testing starting tomorrow at Buriram in Thailand.

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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #63 on: February 16, 2018, 04:10:38 pm »
And at the Thailand test the 1st 20 riders within 1 second of fastest man for the day, Cal Crutchlow.

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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #64 on: February 20, 2018, 01:47:26 pm »
Sadly, it seems like deja vu from last season.  Honda have their bikes sorted.  Yamaha and Ducati are wondering what went wrong.

Combined times for the three days:

1:  Dani
2:  Zarco
3:  Marques

The above the only three to break the 1:30.000 lap time.

Fastest Ducati:  Jack Miller in 6th
Fastest Yamaha:  Maverick in 8th
Rossi only 12th
Lorenzo a distant 16th

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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #65 on: February 22, 2018, 02:55:12 pm »
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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #66 on: February 27, 2018, 10:42:11 am »
Yamaha and Tech3 to part ways in 2019

http://www.motogp.com/en/news/2018/02/22/yamaha-and-tech-3-to-part-ways-in-2019/250422

Tech 3 going with KTM.  A good move, I think. 

This leaves Yamaha with a bit of a headache as they need to supply a satellite team, but then, it seems the hind tit suckers for both Honda and Ducati are eyeing those two Yamies.  Then there is the persistent rumours around a VR46 team joining ....

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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #67 on: March 05, 2018, 02:06:55 pm »
MotoGP testing from Qatar this past weekend.

Day 1:

1. Vinales
2. Dovi
3. Iannone
4. Zarco
5. JL99

Rossi was 7th and it seems that Honda is struggling as the best Honda was Crutchlow in 9th, MM 10th and Dani 11th.

Day 2:

1. Iannone
2. Dovi
3. MM93
4. Zarco
5. Rins

Rossi's turn to struggle at 11th.  Vinales at 7th.  The factory Yamahas struggled with wheelspin all day long.

Day 3:

1.  Zarco
2.  Rossi
3.  Dovi
4.  Crutchlow
5.  Vinales

Best Honda MM93 in 6th. 

Interesting about this testing was that they had an hour of testing, in the evening on a track with artificial rain provided by a heck of a lot of spraying equipment.  The reason for this is that, in the past few years two races had to be moved to the Monday due to rain and it wa sfel that the rain, under lights would impair rider visibility.  This hour test was to see if that would be true.

Zarco, Rossi and Marquez feels it will present no problem.
Dani and Crutchlow feel that grip is a serious issue and further discussion is required.
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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #68 on: March 05, 2018, 04:35:08 pm »
Cool  :thumleft: Very interesting ( the fake rain exercise )
 

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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #69 on: March 05, 2018, 05:12:15 pm »
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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #70 on: March 06, 2018, 09:30:18 am »
Cool  :thumleft: Very interesting ( the fake rain exercise )

It was.  Very clever move as well.

Loris Caparossi, GP rider of a few years ago and now safety officer, even ran a few laps on a bike, closely following the safety car to see if spray would cause a serious issue. 
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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #71 on: March 06, 2018, 10:00:42 am »
Cool  :thumleft: Very interesting ( the fake rain exercise )

It was.  Very clever move as well.

Loris Caparossi, GP rider of a few years ago and now safety officer, even ran a few laps on a bike, closely following the safety car to see if spray would cause a serious issue.

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Re: MotoGP 2018.
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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #73 on: March 06, 2018, 03:28:14 pm »
Has anyone ever gone to Qatar to watch a GP race?

I think its on my bucket list so i found a travel agency that dows Moto GP tours, basically, flights, transfers, 4 star hotel, breakfast, tickets ( main grandstand ) comes to R22k, leaves 15 march come back on the 19th

Thats Per person Sharing, but Im assuming thats on the expensive side? anyone ever gone?
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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #74 on: March 06, 2018, 04:07:46 pm »
There are many other destinations I would choose over Qatar...
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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #75 on: March 06, 2018, 04:25:27 pm »
Has anyone ever gone to Qatar to watch a GP race?

I think its on my bucket list so i found a travel agency that dows Moto GP tours, basically, flights, transfers, 4 star hotel, breakfast, tickets ( main grandstand ) comes to R22k, leaves 15 march come back on the 19th

Thats Per person Sharing, but Im assuming thats on the expensive side? anyone ever gone?

I lived in Qatar during 2012 and I went to see the MotoGP at Losail. It was awesome to go and see a MotoGP race live, and I attended every practice session, qualifying and the race for all classes including the local QMF races held during the afternoon. I loved it as it was my first live MotoGP experience. What I can say is that I do not think Losail is the best track to go and see a live race. You can only sit on the grand stand and all you can see is the home straight. Yes, the bikes go past incredibly fast and they brake with everything they have into the right-hand 1st corner, but that is really all you see, all the time....... you see them as tiny little dots entering the home straight, see them blasting past at 350km/h, then they are gone and you sometimes see a blue flame lighting up the rear as they slow down for corner 1........that is it........all the time......

I would rather try and go a see a race in Malaysia or Thailand as it may be cheaper to fly there, not sure......

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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #76 on: March 06, 2018, 04:33:07 pm »
Has anyone ever gone to Qatar to watch a GP race?

I think its on my bucket list so i found a travel agency that dows Moto GP tours, basically, flights, transfers, 4 star hotel, breakfast, tickets ( main grandstand ) comes to R22k, leaves 15 march come back on the 19th

Thats Per person Sharing, but Im assuming thats on the expensive side? anyone ever gone?

I lived in Qatar during 2012 and I went to see the MotoGP at Losail. It was awesome to go and see a MotoGP race live, and I attended every practice session, qualifying and the race for all classes including the local QMF races held during the afternoon. I loved it as it was my first live MotoGP experience. What I can say is that I do not think Losail is the best track to go and see a live race. You can only sit on the grand stand and all you can see is the home straight. Yes, the bikes go past incredibly fast and they brake with everything they have into the right-hand 1st corner, but that is really all you see, all the time....... you see them as tiny little dots entering the home straight, see them blasting past at 350km/h, then they are gone and you sometimes see a blue flame lighting up the rear as they slow down for corner 1........that is it........all the time......

I would rather try and go a see a race in Malaysia or Thailand as it may be cheaper to fly there, not sure......

I am lucky enough to be going to Assen this year for the DutchGP...................sorry..........   
You hit the nail on the head.   It's probably the main reason why I'm hesitating.

I think some of the Spanish grandstands are much better   .. you convinced me to look at another track for my 1st gp

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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #77 on: March 06, 2018, 04:39:09 pm »
Has anyone ever gone to Qatar to watch a GP race?

I think its on my bucket list so i found a travel agency that dows Moto GP tours, basically, flights, transfers, 4 star hotel, breakfast, tickets ( main grandstand ) comes to R22k, leaves 15 march come back on the 19th

Thats Per person Sharing, but Im assuming thats on the expensive side? anyone ever gone?
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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #78 on: March 06, 2018, 04:40:28 pm »
You hit the nail on the head.   It's probably the main reason why I'm hesitating.

I think some of the Spanish grandstands are much better   .. you convinced me to look at another track for my 1st gp

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You will also have a lot more fun during your stay if you visit a race in Europe or Malaysia or Thailand...... Doha is boring as F**k.....

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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #79 on: March 06, 2018, 08:15:23 pm »
Mugello would be my choice.  Mainly because it is Rossi's home.
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