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June 8th, 2017, 05:41 AM   #1
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Round 7: 2017 Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya

This place is turning into a morgue for GP discussion activity.

It's Thursday and we have a race this weekend and no topic till now.

The circus moves to Catalunya and it's ̶r̶e̶v̶i̶s̶e̶d̶ horseshit layout that did nothing to address the actual issue with where Luis Salom was killed last year. It alters how the final corner at the circuit will approached for riders. My initial feeling is that the configuration change will hurt the racing for the last sector as I don't think it will be possible to get enough to speed to make any kind of possible last corner overtake ala Rossi/Lorenzo 2009.

That being said, Yamaha is going to be favored here too like every other circuit. Talk was the Honda can get through the final chicane better than the other bikes, but that will not make a difference if the other bikes are getting through the rest of the corners faster. For that new chicane section to benefit the Honda, they need to be in front going into that section.

The X factor for this race is Ducati and we will know one way or another whether their test last month here will make any difference in race setup.

My prediction for top 5:

1) Vinales
2) Dovi
3) Marquez
4) Zarco
5) Rossi




12) Lorenzo
DNF: Cal Crutchlow
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This place is turning into a morgue for GP discussion activity.

It's Thursday and we have a race this weekend and no topic till now.

The circus moves to Catalunya and it's ̶r̶e̶v̶i̶s̶e̶d̶ horseshit layout that did nothing to address the actual issue with where Luis Salom was killed last year. It alters how the final corner at the circuit will approached for riders. My initial feeling is that the configuration change will hurt the racing for the last sector as I don't think it will be possible to get enough to speed to make any kind of possible last corner overtake ala Rossi/Lorenzo 2009.

That being said, Yamaha is going to be favored here too like every other circuit. Talk was the Honda can get through the final chicane better than the other bikes, but that will not make a difference if the other bikes are getting through the rest of the corners faster. For that new chicane section to benefit the Honda, they need to be in front going into that section.

The X factor for this race is Ducati and we will know one way or another whether their test last month here will make any difference in race setup.

My prediction for top 5:

1) Vinales
2) Dovi
3) Marquez
4) Zarco
5) Rossi




12) Lorenzo
DNF: Cal Crutchlow
This has become the safest pick you could possibly make. Who's going to win? I don't know but cal finish? Hah!
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This has become the safest pick you could possibly make. Who's going to win? I don't know but cal finish? Hah!
I kind of hope he has some clash with Pedrosa again that causes the DNF since the watching the meltdown will be totally worth it.
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I kind of hope he has some clash with Pedrosa again that causes the DNF since the watching the meltdown will be totally worth it.
He's a side show. They need a camera on him at all time. I wish they would do a mic'ed up on riders while racing the way other sports have done.
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Prediction. Honda Strikes Back!

Marquez
Vinales
Rossi
Pedrosa
Zarco
Dovi

Brit riders - not in top ten.
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He's a side show. They need a camera on him at all time. I wish they would do a mic'ed up on riders while racing the way other sports have done.
I wonder if Cal talks to himself during the race.

"Don't bin it, don't bin it, don't bin it. FUCK"
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Looks like Honda have been shafted with the new Michelin so Dovi,Vin,Zar,
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I wonder if Cal talks to himself during the race.

"Don't bin it, don't bin it, don't bin it. FUCK"
He prob sounds like Arya fm GOT reciting her nightly hit list. Im coming for you Vale the Yellow, Dany the imp, Maverick the lucky, Dovi the damned and Marquez the Repsol thief.
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I kind of hope he has some clash with Pedrosa again that causes the DNF since the watching the meltdown will be totally worth it.
The trouble is, I think he is calming down with his new family persona. He may control himself, unfortunately. Speaking of which, I would like to see the heart-rate and sweat level on Lucy every race. I wonder if she even watches anymore.

"Oh, look honey, here comes Daddy." He is taking the day off early, again. Isn't that nice," Lucy smiles.
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Jack Miller wins the weekend.

In all seriousness though in glad that no one was near him when he was navigating those corners. It really could've ended badly.
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