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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 11:52 pm    Post subject: MotoGP  Reply with quote

Anyone else see it? Three of the best races of the year. Moto3 was mental with 7 riders swapping the lead for 20 laps and the moto2 main contenders both crashing meant a similar level of lunacy in that race. The icing on the cake, however, was Rossi rolling back the years to win in his 20th year of GP racing - at the age of 36 he shows that skill and guile outdo youth when applied correctly.

Three Italians on the MotoGP podium in a predominantly Spanish race series allied to a Ferrari win made it a great Sunday for Limoncello sales.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Watched the highlights show - Valentino really is The Man, isn't he?  
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Watched the main race which was brilliant. I have the rest recorded so I must watch them some time.

And yes, Rossi still is The Man.

I would be so brave as to say he is the greatest motorportist, of any kind, ever.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I would be so brave as to say he is the greatest motorsportist, of any kind, ever.


*ahem* John Surtees
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I would be so brave as to say he is the greatest motorsportist, of any kind, ever.


*ahem* John Surtees


Surtees would be my choice too.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw some of it. Fook me, at this rate I might just skip F1 altogether and watch MotoGP this season...
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I saw some of it. Fook me, at this rate I might just skip F1 altogether and watch MotoGP this season...


I have a 199 video pass and wouldn't give it up for the world. British pole sitter in moto2 (Sam Lowes) and British rider on the moto3 Podium (Danny Kent); some real characters and track behaviour (ie correct manners!) that would shame ALL F1 drivers (until moto3 end of season title stress gets to the younger chargers )

That said I can't recall when I last missed an F1 race either and now there's no Top Gear all I watch is F1 and motoGP. And kids programmes.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, another weekend another motoGP - in Texas this time.

Leaving aside the fact that Marc Marquez remains the only rider to have taken Pole and race wins at this circuit since it joined the calendar 3 years ago, what an amazing weekend for British Grand Prix motorcycling.

Danny Kent in moto3 simply untouchable for pole and just rode off into the distance in the race: unheard of in the tiddler class. He was just in another race and after 2 rounds leads the moto3 title and long may that continue.

Then in moto2 Sam Lowes took a commanding win following some big crashes in practice. Commanding means he set fastest lap on laps 16, 17 and 18 of the 19 lap race.

Quick mention for Bradley Smith in motoGP: first non-factory rider in 6th place; ran in 4th for a long period after starting from 10th.

Vroom vroom.....
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Well, another weekend another motoGP - in Texas this time.

Leaving aside the fact that Marc Marquez remains the only rider to have taken Pole and race wins at this circuit since it joined the calendar 3 years ago, what an amazing weekend for British Grand Prix motorcycling.

Danny Kent in moto3 simply untouchable for pole and just rode off into the distance in the race: unheard of in the tiddler class. He was just in another race and after 2 rounds leads the moto3 title and long may that continue.

Then in moto2 Sam Lowes took a commanding win following some big crashes in practice. Commanding means he set fastest lap on laps 16, 17 and 18 of the 19 lap race.

Quick mention for Bradley Smith in motoGP: first non-factory rider in 6th place; ran in 4th for a long period after starting from 10th.

Vroom vroom.....


Must try and watch this on catch-up.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update for Argentina.

I've only watched the motoGP race thus far, having been away for the weekend, which we as a family should do more often. But what a race, as usual.

Tyres play a big part in all racing and none more so than this weekend. The track was hotter on race day than all weekend so rear choice was crucial. The two main ciontenders of the year thus far are Rossi and Marquez (quelle surprise!) and both arrived on the grid before the start with the Ultra-hard rear tyre. Marquez than changed to the Hard, with a plan to ride off as fast as possible on what is the fastest bike before the sweet handling Yamaha could catch him on the longer-lasting tyre.

At the off, Pole sitter marquez did just that, pissing off into the distance as 8th place sitter Rossi made his way cautiously through the field. Then half way through the race Rossi was fastest man on the track and in second place. Marquez was some 6seconds up the road and the maths suggested that Rossi might catch him with 2 laps to go but would then need to pass him.

Pass him he did - with two laps to go - into turn 5 but Marquez is a proper racer and re-took his first place. If they finished Marquez 1, Rossi 2 they'd be equal on points and Marc would be table topper with 2 wins to Rossi's one. However the Doctor had other ideas and at turns 7 and 8, two right handers, he swept under Marquez for the lead. Then comes the exciting bit. As they both flicked left for turn 9 Marquez was still right on Rossi's rear tyre, to the left of his bike such that when they tipped into 9 he would have the inside line. Rossi was still ahead though and stood his bike upright earlier - his rear tyre catching the front tyre of Marquez, who was still cranked over.

Crash bang wallop as my grandfather would say. Down went Marquez - on marched Rossi. Marquez ran after his bike like the true racer he is and only gave up when he saw the situation was irretrievable. Respect to him for accepting it as part of racing; reminding the press that Rossi is his idol and looking forward to racing in Jerez. He's the closest replacement to The Doctor there is and the No93 flags show he has the following to boot.

So, Rossi wins again. Top of the table going into Europe. He is the greatest Grand Prix motorcyclist that ever lived and every time we watch him we should feel the sense of history we are looking on. If he wins the title (early days, early days) Italy will have a new national holiday.

ETA: it was turn 5 into 6, apparently. Also, just watched some post race stuff with Marquez and am struggling to even begin to imagine an F1 driver being so upbeat, gracious and accepting of a racing incident. Class act.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Time to update this after Barcelona. Moto3 is almost must-watch over and above MotoGP as the leading rider, Danny Kent, is simply off the scale this season. Start of last lap, 6th place. Turn 4, hits the front and stays there. Obviously Barcelona has a huge front straight and Danny made sure he got the drag from the front five but that's not the point. He simply out thought and out rode his challengers. Looking forward to his move up to either moto2 or MotoGP and seeing if he can hustle a big bike around.

MotoGP simply error strewn. Lots of riders falling off of their own accord, including Marquez again. Now Rossi leads team-mate Lorenzo by one point after they finished 1-2 with Jorge coming out on top.

The crowds at the circuits this year are phenomenal and I understand Silverstone is showing really high advance sales (well, we do have a rider leading one of the championships).

Whilst F1 still stops my Sundays, motorcycle racing is simply more enjoyable. Especially the tiddler class.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quick update after a monumental Japanese GP.

Zarco was crowned moto2 champion when his main rival was injured in practice. I haven't really followed moto2 this year as it's a strange formula with all the same engines and the field seems to spread out. It's also filled with hopeful moto3 promotes and never-going-to-make-motoGP riders.

Moto3 was great, with the winning rider Antonelli having a pretty simple ride up front in damp conditions, but the ride by Danny Kent was that of the champion-elect he surely is. dropped back as far as 16th as he was so so cautious after binning it in the last round. His rival, Bastianini (Bestia), was similarly cautious but rode closer to the front. Danny stayed upright and chipped away and on the last lap but one passed Bestia to take 6th and increase his championship lead by a couple of points. That was all he had to do this weekend so job done. Every week I nearly vomit with anticipation at a British GP champion on 2 wheels. Not long to wait.......

MotoGP was stupendous in a wet race on a drying track. Rossi vs Lorenzo is the title race and they were P1 and P2, with Rossi 2nd. Rossi got the hole shot but by turn 4 Lorenzo was in the lead. He'd been unbreakable all weekend in dry practice and qualifying and rode awy to a 3s gap in a couple of laps, but Rossi held it there. Meanwhile Danni Pedrosa had a poor start and as the track dried stated to reel in Rossi.

Super slow motion showed the front tyres of Lorenzo's bike shredding as they overheated and as Danni caught Rossi, they were both making inroads on Lorenzo. Danni passed Lorenzo and that was that: he pissed off to win, but Rossi was 14 points ahead at the start of the race and as he passed Lorenzo, who overshot at turn 3, that was suddenly 18 points.

Three rounds to go, the next one in Aus this weekend. Barring any falls, Lorenzo must win every race if Rossi is 2nd every time. Rossi thinks more; Lorenzo rides harder. Both are on the Yamaha, Lin Jarvis the team manager looks to prefer Lorenzo as Rossi is kind of an overpowering influence on the entire support so a win is down to Rossi not Yamaha. Looking forward to the next month.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm no MotoGP expert but really enjoy watching the racing and as an armchair punter would love to see Rossi win the title this year. He's due one more title before he retires.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2015 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another week, another gem. OMG!

I nearly had a coronary when Danny Kent was hit from behind about a third of the way through the moto3 race. He dropped to mid teens position but battled back up to the lead group only to be annihilated along with his main title rival with about 6 laps to go. Now he has a 40 point lead with 2 races left but over Oliviera as opposed to Bestia, who was knocked out of contention in that crash. Wild race with guys entering the main straight 7th and being first into the first turn. Slipstreaming and then some.

The MotoGP was no less awesome. Four way battle for the lead at one point involving a seagull being head butted by the leader ended with Marquez taking a win with his last lap being race fastest and almost 2 seconds quicker than anyone else's on that lap. Add in a Dovizioso double overtake at one point and it was just mental. Every year Philip Island throws an awesome race due to the nature of the circuit and this year it just seemed to turn the volume up.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was worn out after watching that. OMG what a race. If only F1 could be so exciting.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2015 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a race Sepang was. That scrap between Vale and Marquez was unbelievable, shame it ended the way it did. But WOW just WOW. More overtakes between them two in 3 laps than a whole season of F1
The final race is lined up to be epic.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2015 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vale was clearly frustrated and just wanted to get on and chase down Lorenzo. He'd been niggling Marquez all weekend about the Spanish mafia in MotoGP (it is a Spanish-run series after all) as it could be that no Spaniard wins any of the three titles, as a Frenchman has won moto2, Kent & Oliviera are both un-Spanish and if Vale won the title it would be a clean-sweep of non-Spaniards.

Great piece of gamesmanship from Vale: pretty sure he did aim a foot at the brake lever of Marquez, despite Lin Jarvis' very very diplomatic comments about not fancying kicking an RCV. Of course Vale said that his foot was knocked by Marquez hitting his leg. I'm not a big Jorge fan and think he lacks the requirements sometimes (he's shit in the wet) but nevertheless he is really fast when left to his own devices. Like Dani really but Dani has never made it to a title in the big class.

FWIW I think Marquez is the real deal and Vale knows it, but he needs to get off that Honda and prove it in another bike.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2015 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65vJChlknic
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2015 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Despite a valiant effort from the back of the grid up to 4th for Rossi, Lorenzo takes the World Title. He could hardly fail with Marquez riding as tail gunner.
Confirms the bombshell Rossi put out after Phillip Island.
A shame really as I had, up to now, been a big fan of Marquez but he has totally lost my support now.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2015 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lindsay completely surprised me on Friday, by asking what channel the Moto GP was on because she wanted to watch the race.  We don't have BT Sport, but she still wants to watch the highlights on ITV4, so we'll be doing that.

Sounds like it was a good race, but all I've seen in the press is a lot of whinging from Rossi about Marquez.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2015 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Watch it and make up your own mind. Ask yourself if Marquez is giving 100% trying to pass Lorenzo. If the answer is yes then watch him against Rossi in Phillip Island and Sepang and ask the question again.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2015 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not disputing the point, just pointing out that all I've read is him moaning about someone else not trying hard enough to win, woe is me etc.  Which could be the press making a big deal out of a couple of comments of course. Whatever the result for the race and the championship, 4th from starting last sounds worth watching.
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Yep. Marquez refused to overtake Lorenzo and also wanted to keep Dani Pedrosa away from him as Dani would crash into Lorenzo like a shot as he hates him.

In the cold light of day Jorge won more races but Vale was more consistent. Jorge is suspect in the wet but his lap times yesterday were so consistent that he proved when he's out front he's close to unbeatable.

Rossi remains the GOAT even compared to Ago and his effect on the sport as a whole will not be matched in my lifetime.

Great safe ride from Danny Kent to win the Moto3 title but his teammate next year is Oliviera who will annihilate him I reckon. I hope I'm wrong but after yesterday's display I don't think I will be.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2015 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent piece here:

http://www.motorsportmagazine.com...at-really-happened-in-valencia/3/
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well here we are 2 races in and Lorenzo proving why he lacks the popularity of either Rossi or Marquez.

The Argentinian GP was made flag-to-flag, meaning riders had to swap bikes at the midpoint. This was because the softest tyre is suffering failures and Michelin have no idea why so it was a safety move. This also meant the nice sticky tyre all the riders were practicing with and indeed qualified with was made unavailable so the riders started on a tyre they didn't know the limits of. Then it rained earlier so the track was not in its optimum state.

This all plays against Lorenzo who needs everything "just so". He crashed five laps in. Marquez was runaway winner and whilst Rossi didn't like his 2nd bike the Ducatis took each other out and gifted him 2nd.

Lorenzo has a reputation of being out in front and uncatchable or being shit. It's well deserved.
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Shame they had to swap bikes because I think Vale might have won it otherwise.


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