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March 27th, 2016, 02:26 PM   #1
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MotoGP: 2016 Round 02 - Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina (SPOILERS)



Circuit Information

LENGTH: 4.8 km / 2.99 miles
CORNERS: 5 left - 9 right
WIDTH: 16 m. / 52.49 ft.
LONGEST STRAIGHT: 1076 m. / 3530.18 ft.
Laps: 25
2/3 of laps: -
Total distance: 120.2 km - 74.8 miles

Weather:

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[tr][td]DAY[/td][td]HIGH/LOW[/td][td]DESCRIPTION[/td][td]PRECIP[/td][td]WIND[/td][td]HUMIDITY[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]FRI Apr 1[/td][td]68° / 60°[/td][td]Thunderstorms[/td][td]80%[/td][td]N 8 mph[/td][td]100%[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]SAT Apr 2[/td][td]70° / 52°[/td][td]AM Thunderstorms[/td][td]80%[/td][td]SW 9 mph[/td][td]90%[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]SUN Apr 3[/td][td]64° / 48°[/td][td]Sunny[/td][td]0%[/td][td]S 7 mph[/td][td]58%[/td][/tr]
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March 29th, 2016, 04:21 PM   #2
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A lot of unanswered questions heading into the second race, the biggest being, did Honda make a huge step with the bike at Qatar, or did they make a huge step with base setting that will allow them to tune the bike from track to track.Did Honda have to castrate the engine to make it rideable, will it be this slow all year long. Was Qatar the reason for Ducati's strong showing, or like Honda, have they found a good base setting that allows easy adjustment to other tracks. Can Lorenzo run the softs at different tracks and make it home, if so, can Rossi run the softs with his riding style. Was Suzuki's poor showing an anomaly, or was testing. Will Suzuki get full seamless. Will Ianonne crash out of his 4th straight race, and finally, what will Reddings excuse be this week.
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Would be his 3rd Pov, Iannone had a bike failure at Sepang.
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Lorenzo won't be able to use the soft rear tyre this weekend as Michelin aren't taking them. "Quelle Surprise", Lorenzo expresses a liking for a tyre and it's suddenly "sorry Jorge you can't have that one, it's for safety you know!"
I do hope this isn't going to be a regular feature with dorna artificially controlling the championship to keep a certain rider in the frame...
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Last year Bridgestone brought an extra hard and hard tyre to Argentina so I wouldn't read too much into it like that.
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A lot of unanswered questions heading into the second race, the biggest being, did Honda make a huge step with the bike at Qatar, or did they make a huge step with base setting that will allow them to tune the bike from track to track.Did Honda have to castrate the engine to make it rideable, will it be this slow all year long. Was Qatar the reason for Ducati's strong showing, or like Honda, have they found a good base setting that allows easy adjustment to other tracks. Can Lorenzo run the softs at different tracks and make it home, if so, can Rossi run the softs with his riding style. Was Suzuki's poor showing an anomaly, or was testing. Will Suzuki get full seamless. Will Ianonne crash out of his 4th straight race, and finally, what will Reddings excuse be this week.
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Did Honda have to castrate the engine to make it rideable
Seriously though, what will be the measure of that? How will you establish this? If it were the case, it would have been emasculated pre-season.
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Seriously though, what will be the measure of that? How will you establish this? If it were the case, it would have been emasculated pre-season.
It was obvious at Qatar the Honda was grossly lacking in acceleration, which grossly affected any kind of top speed. Last year at Qater, the Honda's had the 2 top speeds for the race, this year, the Ducati and Yamaha were faster. From FP2 through the race, Marquez was as fast or faster than anyone until the final sector and would lose 2-3 tenths there alone. It appears to the naked eye, and from analysis, Honda had had to dial back the engine to get a handle on either the tires,or the bike itself. As far as ? marks, meh, wasted bandwidth, you got the picture.

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It was obvious at Qatar the Honda was grossly lacking in acceleration, which grossly affected any kind of top speed. Last year at Qater, the Honda's had the 2 top speeds for the race, this year, the Ducati and Yamaha were faster. From FP2 through the race, Marquez was as fast or faster than anyone until the final sector and would lose 2-3 tenths there alone. It appears to the naked eye, and from analysis, Honda had had to dial back the engine to get a handle on either the tires,or the bike itself.
Indeed there are plenty of ways to soften power which could be detrimental to top speed, not least gearing or electronics - last year up until Assen there were technicians crawling all over that bike to find a solution in respect of the latter, but they were employing their own software. 'Dial back the engine'? - Specifically, in what way?
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Could it be perhaps that a certain Australian was in fact a much better development rider for Honda than he was given credit for from its current # 1 rider?
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Indeed there are plenty of ways to soften power which could be detrimental to top speed, not least gearing or electronics - last year up until Assen there were technicians crawling all over that bike to find a solution in respect of the latter, but they were employing their own software. 'Dial back the engine'? - Specifically, in what way?
Looked like they pulled a spark plug wire, lol hell I don't know. I would guess electronically since like you said, that's what they have been fucking with for over a year now.
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