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January 21st, 2016, 12:34 AM   #1
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Qatar 2016 Round 1

I have created this thread to discuss all things Qatar for the first round of the 2016 season. People can share their opinions on what they think the outcome will be and what they would like to see unfold.

2015 Results were

1st Rossi
2nd Dovizioso
3rd Iannone



Rossi has certainly been strong here in the past but the whole Michelin factor really throws a lot of uncertainty into the equation for everyone. I'd like to see a few surprises come out of it. One can only hope that it keeps the field closer together but I wouldn't be surprised if it does the opposite though.

Pedrosa taking the win followed by a Suzuki with it's updated gearbox and an amazing battle for the final podium by the remaining "Aliens" sounds good to me. I doubt it though!
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January 21st, 2016, 03:29 AM   #2
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I can't say anything right now. Have really no clue. I'll wait for the tests and then I'll form an opinion about it.

Honda and Suzuki looked the best at Valencia, followed by Ducati. Yamaha didn't do much in 2015, but they have a lot of tests slot before the season starts. Will they close the gap?
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I would like to see Aleix Espargaro win. Don't ask me why. I don't think that will happen, but it would be cool if it did.
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So much has been made of the tyres that the electronics seem to have been forgotten about.
With both Honda and Yamaha personnel claiming that they're a problem or a worry just now (possible sandbagging), it's anyone's guess who is going to get to grips quickest.
I do think there'll be a few no claims bonus getting wiped out between now and the grid at Qatar as everyone tries to work out the best solution.
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Going to be interesting for sure. Could be a bin fest given the Michelin fronts not as good as they're used to. I'm very excited about Qatar though.
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Front tyre might be a step down compared to previous years but the rear tyres is much better than the Bridgestone's. I expect them to be quicker
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to soon to make a prediction, we will know after testing, but I would not be surprised if one of the Pramac bikes finishes in the top 5.
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Front tyre might be a step down compared to previous years but the rear tyres is much better than the Bridgestone's. I expect them to be quicker
It doesn't matter how much rear traction you have if its overpowering the front. Rudimentary electronics and a new tire package and they are going to be quicker, unlikely. Lorenzo seems to think that times will be around 1/2 to3/4 of a second slower than last year.
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It doesn't matter how much rear traction you have if its overpowering the front. Rudimentary electronics and a new tire package and they are going to be quicker, unlikely. Lorenzo seems to think that times will be around 1/2 to3/4 of a second slower than last year.
I'm not speculating or anything. With 2016 configs, during the tests in Valencia, they were almost as quick as the QP of the 2015 Race Weekend. And they were the first tests.
They can't do anything but improve now on, both electronics and tyres.
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I'm not speculating or anything. With 2016 configs, during the tests in Valencia, they were almost as quick as the QP of the 2015 Race Weekend. And they were the first tests.
They can't do anything but improve now on, both electronics and tyres.
Marquez's fastest time in test was a second slower than Lorenzo's pole time. If that's almost as fast , then ok
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