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#22 February 16th, 2018 03:39 AM

Buriram Test
 
Well no one else did, so now MotoGP is back on track lets talk action.

Testing times from day 1:

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1. ^9 Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 30.797s [Lap 57/70]
2. ^1 Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 1m 30.809s +0.012s [66/70]
3. ˅2 Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 30.912s +0.115s [30/78]
4. ˅2 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP18) 1m 30.945s +0.148s [30/60]
5. ^4 Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 30.960s +0.163s [70/75]
6. ^1 Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Ducati (GP18) 1m 31.003s +0.206s [70/74]
7. ^1 Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (GP17) 1m 31.044s +0.247s [78/83]
8. ˅2 Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m 31.189s +0.392s [68/74]
9. ˅4 Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 31.235s +0.438s [70/78]
10. ^4 Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (GP18) 1m 31.246s +0.449s [60/64]
11. ^2 Maverick Viņales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m 31.294s +0.497s [67/70]
12. ˅8 Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1) 1m 31.305s +0.508s [35/67]
13. ^4 Tito Rabat ESP Reale Avintia (GP17) 1m 31.523s +0.726s [70/85]
14. ˅3 Alvaro Bautista ESP Angel Nieto Team (GP17) 1m 31.525s +0.728s [76/84]
15. = Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 31.662s +0.865s [57/62]
16. ^4 Scott Redding GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 31.685s +0.888s [55/59]
17. ˅5 Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 31.692s +0.895s [55/87]
18. ˅2 Karel Abraham CZE Angel Nieto Team (GP16) 1m 31.698s +0.901s [75/82]
19. ˅1 Franco Morbidelli ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 31.729s +0.932s [67/72]
20. ˅1 Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 1m 31.741s +0.944s [58/67]
21. ^2 Tom Luthi SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 32.716s +1.919s [73/79]
22. = Xavier Simeon ESP Reale Avintia (GP16)* 1m 32.720s +1.923s [47/50]
23. ˅2 Mika Kallio FIN Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 1m 32.749s +1.952s [21/48]
24. = Hafizh Syahrin MAL Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 33.165s +2.368s [63/70]
Ducati tried 2 new fairings:

http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/cr...?itok=fV24Otfe

Short version
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DWJYL78UQAEMEsF.jpg

Long version
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DWJeL9CVoAAdSzU.jpg

Hafizh Syahrin

http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/cr...?itok=ePZcWBS-

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Hafizh Syahrin became the first Malaysian to ride a MotoGP bike during an impressive debut for the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team at the Thailand test on Friday.

The 23-year-old, thrown in the deep end after grabbing the shock chance to take over the bike vacated by Jonas Folger, put in a solid performance in Buriram.

Syahrin's main aim was to complete a lot of laps and he avoiding any confidence-sapping falls as he notched up 66 testing laps of the Chang International Circuit.

The Moto2 podium finisher - expected to be officially confirmed for the full 2018 season after this test - also went consistently faster, eventually lowering his lap time to a 1m 33.165s.

Although unsurprisingly bottom of the 24-rider timesheet, Syahrin was only 2.368s from fastest rider Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) and 0.416s behind fellow rookie Thomas Luthi (starting his second MotoGP test).

"It was an amazing job, with the team," grinned Syahrin, standing in a sweltering Buriram paddock on Friday evening. "I feel really good with the bike and the team. Every time we went out we improved, which is very important. I'll try to keep going like this and gain more confidence with the bike."

As well as a full day of normal testing on the Yamaha, Syahrin was able to get his first taste of MotoGP launch control. He admitted holding the throttle wide open and quickly dropping the clutch was an alien experience, compared to the traction-control free Moto2 bike he is used to racing.

"Today we made 66 laps of testing and then three practice starts. It was my first experience of launch control and still I need more confidence to release the clutch [quicker]. I know I have traction control, but I still need more confidence with it!

"But we kept improving and it's been a very positive start."

Syahrin confirmed that the riding style needed in MotoGP is also totally different to Moto2. Instead of wide sweeping lines to maintain corner speed, MotoGP requires braking late and accelerating early.

"Nothing can be compared to Moto2! I cannot use Moto2 style, it's totally different. We need to make a V-shape in the corner and before you exit you already need to be full throttle because you have traction control," he explained.

"But for my first time it's not bad. I'm not very far [on lap time]. We will see after two days more."

Syahrin's debut came during MotoGP's first time at the Chang circuit.

"For me it's not so bad, this track. In the beginning when I went down the long straight it was too fast with the MotoGP bike! I braked at over 300 metres before the corner and now I brake nearer 200, similar to the fast riders.

"I built my confidence in every session and although this track is not so difficult, some parts are still technical."

Team-mate Johann Zarco, preparing for his second MotoGP season, set the twelfth fastest lap time.

Testing continues on Saturday and Sunday.

mantamani46 February 16th, 2018 04:10 AM

Just the first day. But as predicted very close. I think the next two days will be more significant.

MadMax February 16th, 2018 04:13 AM

If you look at the times after each practice, instead of just the final times posted here, it shows Marquez was on top all day and Dovi was right behind him.

povol February 16th, 2018 07:45 AM

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Originally Posted by MadMax (Post 443463)
If you look at the times after each practice, instead of just the final times posted here, it shows Marquez was on top all day and Dovi was right behind him.

quick glance at analysis shows Marquez, Dovi and Rins had better overall pace. Marquez had 25 laps under 1:32 , Crutchlow was about half that.

Theo February 16th, 2018 02:46 PM

Those "long wings" on the Ducati should be banned, can you imagine the damage they would do to someone if they got hit.

Keshav February 16th, 2018 02:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Theo (Post 443467)
Those "long wings" on the Ducati should be banned, can you imagine the damage they would do to someone if they got hit.

Yeah! And while they're at it, they should get rid of the handle bars and that hot exhaust pipe. :rolleyes:

Gaz February 16th, 2018 10:54 PM

Some pics - large size
 
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Originally Posted by Theo (Post 443467)
Those "long wings" on the Ducati should be banned, can you imagine the damage they would do to someone if they got hit.

Ermm, it aint just Ducati.

http://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/...no-Rossi-3.jpg

http://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/...-Vinales-1.jpg

http://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/...nn-Zarco-2.jpg

http://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/...lex-Rins-2.jpg

http://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/...lex-Rins-1.jpg

http://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/...-Iannone-1.jpg

And for comparison

http://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/...-Lorenzo-1.jpg

And Honda.

http://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/...-Marquez-1.jpg

All pics courtesy of the article found at - #ThaiTest Day One Report | Results | Quotes | Images | MCNews.com.au

p4p1 February 17th, 2018 02:48 AM

It's starting to really look like Honda have really sorted their previous issues out.

michaelm February 17th, 2018 03:49 AM

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Originally Posted by p4p1 (Post 443472)
It's starting to really look like Honda have really sorted their previous issues out.

MM might repeat his 2014 season.

Doesn't look like they were giving Jack Miller the best available equipment in his previous tenure in the premier class as a Honda rider though. Why would anyone want to be a Honda satellite rider?.

Theo February 17th, 2018 04:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Keshav (Post 443468)
Yeah! And while they're at it, they should get rid of the handle bars and that hot exhaust pipe. :rolleyes:

Hahahaha, they are needed, wings are an extra. To be honest I think they should just ban all wings/aerodynamic devices from a motorbike we don't have them on road bikes and theres far more hazard on road than track.


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