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Re: MotoGP 2019
« Reply #180 on: March 11, 2019, 12:58:27 pm »
And Cal making everyone else look silly on their fancy factory bikes and non-mangled ankles   :pot:

His interview was also funny as always. Asked him about his injury and he responded by saying he has a numb bum  :spitcoffee:

I am not a Crutchlow fan at all......but your'e right, credit to him for mixing it up with the  quick boys and grabbing a podium, stuffed paw and all  ;D
As for his interview.......its him being  "normal"  :laughing4:

I love Cal. Such a character but I think most people don't get his sense of humour. Big plus is he doesn't have an awful squeaky voice like the Italian and Spanish girls  >:D

If he can crash a little less he could actually be a solid top 3 championship contender
Dig him too. Actually he reminds me a bit of Kimi Raikkonen, neither of them care very much for protocol.  :lol8:

Regarding the other girls, actually they say that when you reach puberty your balls drop and your voice deepens... I think VR is a bit overdue :biggrin:
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Re: MotoGP 2019
« Reply #181 on: March 11, 2019, 01:05:22 pm »
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Re: MotoGP 2019
« Reply #182 on: March 11, 2019, 01:16:13 pm »
Enjoyed the opener a hell of a lot.
M3 - Quick kids at it again, but DB should quickly adapt to pressure racing.
M2 - Triumph engines seem very good and sound terriffic.BB very far off the pace.
GP - Hail Desmo Dovi ( despite the pissies crying about little pieces of plastic ). MM is at it again and I will stick my neck out that the title is his again this year, barring serious injuries to the little wrecking ball  ;)
VR 46 - Well, 14 to play 5 in that hot company is just brilliant .... but, as much as I am a serious VR46 fan, realistically he simply cannot be seen to be a real title contender anymore.

Those M3 kids are kamikaze pilots par excellence!  Always great to watch. DB should be well adapted to pressure racing by now, imho.  His problem is that he pushes too hard on a donkey of a bike.  If only he could calm down a tad he would take many podiums.  Yesterday was a good example.  24th to 7th in 2 laps.  24th to 5th in 4 laps would have been fine too.  Even 24th to 5th in 6 or 10 laps.    As he grew older he is now suffering a new issue.  He is too tall and possibly too heavy for a M3 bike.  He needs to move to M2 soon.  The problem is, you can end your career quick-quick in M2 if you do not get a ride in one of the top 10 or so teams.  In Darryn's current form, a spot in such a team is unlikely.

I am shocked to see how far the KTM's are off the pace.  I have to admit, I never saw that coming.  Best KTM was Brad at 12th, but look at the rest.  Brad's team mate on the other factory KTM 15th.  Next KTM 21st!  NTS finished 14th and 16th and they are a small group building bikes in a garrage.  KTM will really have to look seriously at their bikes for 2019, or they will be also rans.

I am a huge VR fan and will always enjoy him doing well.  Can he win another championship?  I believe he can, but not on the current Yamaha.  That does not mean that I have any less respect for Desmo Dovi, MM and the rest.  Winning a race in that group of riders, is not an easy task.  VR at his best, could win with a slightly under performing bike.  I don't see him doing that anymore.

I honestly don't think DB has physically out grown his M3 bike - its probably more to do with inexperience and a dose of red mist.
He will simply not cut it on a M2 bike in his current form.

I can't be sure if Darryn has outgrown the bike, but Brad stated something to that effect during an interview recently that is why I started thinking along those lines myself.  It cannot, or should not be inexperience.  He did some time in the Rookies Cup and this is the start of his 5th season in Moto3.  The red mist is certainly a part of the problem.
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Re: MotoGP 2019
« Reply #183 on: March 11, 2019, 01:17:19 pm »
The season opener couldn't have been better!!
Exciting races down to the wire in all classes....racing at its best.
I enjoy seeing the respect Dovi and MM have for each other. Its such an extremely competitive environment, these guys truly leave it all out there on the track.

What a super ride from VR.....never say never with Vale.........he aint done yet, true champion.
Yamaha still has so much to sort with that M1 package. I wish and pray they get it right soon.

KTM....wtf is happening with these okes? Kalex took the smoke right out them in moto2. They looked real kak in GP1. I'm hoping for Zarco to have a good year, but i dont rate his chances on that bike. Big pity.

Did anyone get to watch Moto E ?
 

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Re: MotoGP 2019
« Reply #184 on: March 11, 2019, 01:19:42 pm »
Did anyone get to watch Moto E ?

No Moto E races yet.  They will initially only race 5 rounds in Europe.   First Jerez in May.  Then Le Mans, Sachsenring, Red Bull RIng and San Marino.

And Cal making everyone else look silly on their fancy factory bikes and non-mangled ankles   :pot:

His interview was also funny as always. Asked him about his injury and he responded by saying he has a numb bum  :spitcoffee:

Cal also rides a full factory bike. 

He does have an awesome way with words.  I would want him on the podium for every race, just to get to hear his comments on the race.
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Re: MotoGP 2019
« Reply #185 on: March 11, 2019, 02:02:43 pm »
Cal also rides a full factory bike. 

Fine factory teams. Don't get technical  :P
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Re: MotoGP 2019
« Reply #186 on: March 11, 2019, 02:04:44 pm »
Did anyone get to watch Moto E ?

No Moto E races yet.  They will initially only race 5 rounds in Europe.   First Jerez in May.  Then Le Mans, Sachsenring, Red Bull RIng and San Marino.

And Cal making everyone else look silly on their fancy factory bikes and non-mangled ankles   :pot:

His interview was also funny as always. Asked him about his injury and he responded by saying he has a numb bum  :spitcoffee:

Cal also rides a full factory bike. 

He does have an awesome way with words.  I would want him on the podium for every race, just to get to hear his comments on the race.

It's as if there is a trip switch between his peanut and his mouth, which trips out when the mouth opens  ;)
 

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Re: MotoGP 2019
« Reply #187 on: March 11, 2019, 02:21:28 pm »
Cal also rides a full factory bike. 

Fine factory teams. Don't get technical  :P

To be fair, MotoGP is a technical sport, but we can be philosophical if you prefer, maar nie 'n moer romantical nie!   :biggrin:

Cal's salary is even paid by HRC and his contract is with them as well.
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Re: MotoGP 2019
« Reply #188 on: March 11, 2019, 06:16:44 pm »
Hahaha, turns out Cal is one of those fancy factory riders  :patch:
 

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Re: MotoGP 2019
« Reply #189 on: March 11, 2019, 06:57:16 pm »
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Re: MotoGP 2019
« Reply #190 on: March 11, 2019, 08:01:40 pm »
Would love to see how the GP riders stack up against each other in a race, all riding the same bikes. That will truly showcase the talent.
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Re: MotoGP 2019
« Reply #191 on: March 12, 2019, 08:28:50 am »
Would love to see how the GP riders stack up against each other in a race, all riding the same bikes. That will truly showcase the talent.

Put them all on identical Moto3 bikes
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Re: MotoGP 2019
« Reply #192 on: March 12, 2019, 08:37:08 am »
Would love to see how the GP riders stack up against each other in a race, all riding the same bikes. That will truly showcase the talent.

A few years ago when Yamaha launched the R3 in Indonesia, they had all four MGP Yamaha (factory and Tech3) riders there to race the R3 a few laps around the track.  VR smoked them all.

Hahaha, turns out Cal is one of those fancy factory riders  :patch:

Ducati and Honda has been very clever in this regard and I find it hard to believe Yamaha only joined in this plan this year while Honda and Ducati has been doing this for some years.  What Ducati and Honda did, is they made a deal with their satellite team to provide them with one full factory bike and they would contract the rider for that bike.  The advantage for the satellite team is one full factory bike just about for free, plus no need to pay a top rider a salary.  This is great for a satellite team.  The payback for the factory team was that they would share in the information gathered and that, that rider (Cal in HRC's case) would do the majority of new part testing.
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Re: MotoGP 2019
« Reply #193 on: March 12, 2019, 11:01:29 am »
Would love to see how the GP riders stack up against each other in a race, all riding the same bikes. That will truly showcase the talent.

Put them all on identical Moto3 bikes

Obviously VR46 will win that race  :pot:
 

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Re: MotoGP 2019
« Reply #194 on: March 12, 2019, 11:16:34 am »
Would love to see how the GP riders stack up against each other in a race, all riding the same bikes. That will truly showcase the talent.

Put them all on identical Moto3 bikes

Obviously VR46 will win that race  :pot:

Well, stone the crows, this Sonny is a clever dude!   :laughing4:
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Re: MotoGP 2019
« Reply #195 on: March 13, 2019, 12:16:39 pm »
Highest Top Speeds reached during Qatar GP:

MGP:  M. Marquez, Honda - 352.0  (Last year Petrucci, Ducati: 351.9)
M2: A.Marquez, Kalex - 294.4  (Last year J.Mir, Kalez: 285.6)
M3: A.Ogura, Honda - 240.1  (Last year G. Rodrigo, KTM: 237.9)
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Re: MotoGP 2019
« Reply #196 on: March 14, 2019, 09:37:15 am »
Moto E Testing from Jerez this week:

Day 1:

1. Eric Granado: 1m 48.984  (Two seconds slower than Moto 3 race time when they were there during the 2017 GP)
2. Niki Tuuli: 1m 49.417
3. Hector Garzo: 1m 49.481

It is doubtful that there will be a Day 2 of testing since a huge fire broke out last night where all the machines were stored.  The cause is being investigated and there is no news at this stage on any damage, if at all, to the bikes.
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Re: MotoGP 2019
« Reply #197 on: March 14, 2019, 11:01:53 am »
Moto E Testing from Jerez this week:

Day 1:

1. Eric Granado: 1m 48.984  (Two seconds slower than Moto 3 race time when they were there during the 2017 GP)
2. Niki Tuuli: 1m 49.417
3. Hector Garzo: 1m 49.481

It is doubtful that there will be a Day 2 of testing since a huge fire broke out last night where all the machines were stored.  The cause is being investigated and there is no news at this stage on any damage, if at all, to the bikes.
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Re: MotoGP 2019
« Reply #198 on: March 14, 2019, 12:05:24 pm »
Whoa!  All 18 bikes destroyed by the fire as well as the whole new Mote E paddock just completed.
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Re: MotoGP 2019
« Reply #199 on: March 14, 2019, 03:18:03 pm »
Whoa!  All 18 bikes destroyed by the fire as well as the whole new Mote E paddock just completed.
What?? Please be joking!  :o