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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #20 on: January 15, 2018, 09:00:45 pm »
Half of the field will be Ducati's !  :biggrin:

Yep.  Ducati is way more amicable to selling bikes to independent riders.  Yamaha won't and Honda will only sell 2.

Yes, disappointing from the only company to ever sell a range of roadrace bikes to customers.

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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #21 on: January 16, 2018, 06:55:49 am »
I see Georgie Porgie is ready to rock 2018!

https://web.facebook.com/Jorge.Lorenzo.Official/
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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #22 on: January 16, 2018, 09:37:00 am »
Half of the field will be Ducati's !  :biggrin:

Yep.  Ducati is way more amicable to selling bikes to independent riders.  Yamaha won't and Honda will only sell 2.

Yes, disappointing from the only company to ever sell a range of roadrace bikes to customers.

The TZ family.......125,  250,  350,  500,  700/750.

Very disappointing and I am not at all sure why it is their policy. 
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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #23 on: January 16, 2018, 12:30:38 pm »
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« Reply #24 on: January 16, 2018, 12:50:42 pm »
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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #25 on: January 17, 2018, 04:42:46 pm »
Tickets booked: 2+3 June @ Mugello on Biondetti Stand!!!
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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #26 on: January 17, 2018, 07:58:32 pm »
Half of the field will be Ducati's !  :biggrin:

Yep.  Ducati is way more amicable to selling bikes to independent riders.  Yamaha won't and Honda will only sell 2.

Yes, disappointing from the only company to ever sell a range of roadrace bikes to customers.

The TZ family.......125,  250,  350,  500,  700/750.

And for nostalgia's sake herewith the specs and prices of those bikes in 1976.  The last photo with prices is just to give a relative cost compared to roadbikes of that era.
KTM 500 XCW, Husqvarna 701, KTM 890 Rally
 

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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #27 on: January 18, 2018, 07:38:32 am »
Thanks Amsterdam, that is very informative!!

 Yamaha nowadays really seem like a severely watered-down version of it's old self.
 

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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #28 on: January 18, 2018, 09:59:34 am »
The confirmed teams for 2018:

Aprilia Racing Gresini:  A.Espargaro / S. Redding - Aprilia RS-GP
Ducati Factory:  A. Dovizioso / Jorge Lorenzo - Desmosedici GP 18
Ducati Octo Pramac: D. Petrucci - Desmosedici GP 18 / J. Miller - Desmosedici GP 17
Ducati Reale Avintia: E. Rabat - Desmosidici GP17 / X. Simeon - Desmosidici GP 16
Ducati Pull and Bear Aspar:  A. Bautista - Desmosidici GP 17 / K. Abraham - Desmosidici GP 16
Honda Repsol: D. Pedrosa / M. Marquez - RCV213V
Honda EG Marc VDS:  T. Luthi / F. Morbidelli - RCV213V
Honda LCR Idemitsu: T. Nakagami - RCV213V
(First time for some years that LCR will field two bikes)
Honda LCR Castrol: C. Crutchlow - RCV213V
KTM Red Bull Factory: B. Smith / P. Espargaro - KTM RC16
(Special permission granted by MotoGP for M.Kallio to participate as wildcard 5 times during the season)
Suzuki Ecstar: A. Iannone / A. Rins - GSX-RR
Yamaha Movistar:  V. Rossi / M.Vinales - YZR-M1
Yamaha Monster Tech 3:  J.Zarco / J. Folger - YZR - M1

Terribly sad, But Jonas Folger will not race this year due to his illness, Gilbert Syndrome.  This leaves the Monster Tech 3 squad with an conundrum since most riders have signed with teams already.  Finding a replacement will be very interesting and possibly a surprise.
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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #29 on: January 18, 2018, 10:02:09 am »
Sad indeed! BUT my Mrs has Gilberts and I fail to see why it would halt his racing career....?
 

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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #30 on: January 18, 2018, 10:26:53 am »
Tickets booked: 2+3 June @ Mugello on Biondetti Stand!!!

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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #31 on: January 18, 2018, 12:17:13 pm »
Sad indeed! BUT my Mrs has Gilberts and I fail to see why it would halt his racing career....?

Well, it seems he feels that he cannot ride a MotoGP machine at 100% due to the illness, or so he stated in the press release.
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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #32 on: January 18, 2018, 12:25:18 pm »
Sad indeed! BUT my Mrs has Gilberts and I fail to see why it would halt his racing career....?


Your missus does'nt have to wrestle a 250hp 4cylinder around a tight track at great speed.  :thumleft:
 

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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #33 on: January 18, 2018, 12:39:51 pm »
Sad indeed! BUT my Mrs has Gilberts and I fail to see why it would halt his racing career....?


Your missus does'nt have to wrestle a 250hp 4cylinder around a tight track at great speed.  :thumleft:

Indeed.  Also, the rest of it.  It is not just the race.  There are some serious travel involved, 4 FP session of 1 hour each.  QP 1 and possibly 2.  WUP and the race.  Plus the other in-season testing.  It ads up.  You need to be super fit.
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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #34 on: January 22, 2018, 11:41:23 am »
Thanks Amsterdam, that is very informative!!

 Yamaha nowadays really seem like a severely watered-down version of it's old self.
The same for Dakar as well, you really only have one option buy a KTM 450 RR. If not be damned to your garage and try to the best of your abilities to build your own Japanese rally bike. I don't know what is going on, they don't build any new singles anymore whilst in 2019 there will be a new KTM 690.
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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #35 on: January 24, 2018, 10:19:36 am »
With Jonas Folger out of the 2018 MotoGP season, leaving Tech3 Yamaha in a bit of a bind to find a rider, as all the "names" are already contracted, they decided to let Rossi ride both the Factory Movistar Yamaha and the Tech 3 Yamaha.  This idea was scuppered when both Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez protested as they felt they couldn't handle having Rossi on both 1st and 2nd on the podium!   :peepwall: >:D

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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #36 on: January 24, 2018, 10:32:19 am »
Those who are suffering severe withdrawal due to the off-season for MotoGP, it starts today with the first private testing from Sepang, Malaysia.  Apparantly all 6 manufacturers are there.  Mika Kallio for KTM and Casey Stoner for Ducati.  Suzuki have a whole host of riders with Stefan Bradl the official test rider, but Michael Dunlop, Josh Waters and Tony Elias being rewarded for good Suzuki seasons last year with a guest ride on a MotoGP bike.  Yamaha, Honda and Aprilia also represented by their test riders. 

Official testing will start on 28/1 when the team riders will join.
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« Reply #37 on: January 24, 2018, 10:40:55 am »
Those who are suffering severe withdrawal due to the off-season for MotoGP, it starts today with the first private testing from Sepang, Malaysia.  Apparantly all 6 manufacturers are there.  Mika Kallio for KTM and Casey Stoner for Ducati.  Suzuki have a whole host of riders with Stefan Bradl the official test rider, but Michael Dunlop, Josh Waters and Tony Elias being rewarded for good Suzuki seasons last year with a guest ride on a MotoGP bike.  Yamaha, Honda and Aprilia also represented by their test riders. 

Official testing will start on 28/1 when the team riders will join.

I cannot wait for the season to start....and to see how MM does ( again ) and how George behaves and responds to team instructions...and of course how Mr. 46 will do  :thumleft:
 

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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #38 on: January 24, 2018, 11:00:07 am »
Those who are suffering severe withdrawal due to the off-season for MotoGP, it starts today with the first private testing from Sepang, Malaysia.  Apparantly all 6 manufacturers are there.  Mika Kallio for KTM and Casey Stoner for Ducati.  Suzuki have a whole host of riders with Stefan Bradl the official test rider, but Michael Dunlop, Josh Waters and Tony Elias being rewarded for good Suzuki seasons last year with a guest ride on a MotoGP bike.  Yamaha, Honda and Aprilia also represented by their test riders. 

Official testing will start on 28/1 when the team riders will join.

I cannot wait for the season to start....and to see how MM does ( again ) and how George behaves and responds to team instructions...and of course how Mr. 46 will do  :thumleft:

I am hoping for closer racing and some real excitement, much like last year, but with Suzuki and even KTM regularly closer to the front.  Of course, I firmly believe the best Rossi ..er, man must win.   :thumleft:
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Re: MotoGP 2018.
« Reply #39 on: January 29, 2018, 11:22:56 am »
Official testing from Sepang:


Day 1:  Pedrosa fastest.  Next 4 bikes Ducatis, then Rossi, best Yamaha.  Link below for full timing list.

http://www.crash.net/motogp/results/889109/1/sepang-motogp-test-times-sunday-final

Day 2:  Vinales fastest, with Rossi 2nd and Zarco 6th.  Good improvement for the Yamahas since yesterday.  Of course, impossible to say what the other teams were trying, testing, etc.  Link to full list below:

http://www.crash.net/motogp/results/889172/1/sepang-motogp-test-times-monday-final

Day 3:  JL99 fastest setting a blistering lap of 1.58.830.  This is the fastest 2-wheeled lap ever set at Sepang.  Honda and Ducati ruled the roost at the top today, with Rossi, best Yamaha in 8th.    Full time list here:

http://www.crash.net/motogp/results/889251/1/sepang-motogp-test-times-tuesday-final








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