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May 19th, 2018, 11:08 AM   #101
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So are Yamaha going to continue to pretend that Zarco having the old engine is worth an extra 7/10ths?

Incredible lap from Zarco.
Ha! It's as though Tech3 is another manufacturer.

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May 19th, 2018, 11:10 AM   #102
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Major shit going down at Marc VDS. Barthélemy fired, but several rider contracts are signed to his company, not with Marc VDS. This is going to get ugly.
Insane. You knew this would happen about two week ago when they had their 'royal divorce'. Machetes at the ready at this point.

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Agree. He doesn't make himself easy to like when they put a mic in front of him, but nobody wants these guys injured. Any updates? I just finished watching Q.

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Still in the medical center. No fractures, supposedly.
https://www.crash.net/motogp/news/89...g-test-results
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Still in the medical center. No fractures, supposedly.
https://www.crash.net/motogp/news/89...g-test-results
I hope he is fit to ride, however I will say this, he rode once with a massive concussion, which he admitted to later by saying he didn’t remember much of a lap. I'm not cool with that. I understand there is massive pressure to ride, but it's stupid for these guys to endanger fellow competitors, themselves, not to mention medical staff need to do their job without factoring in anything other than rider safety. For the record, Petrucci had the same thing happen. Not worth it.

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May 19th, 2018, 01:43 PM   #105
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That lap was magnificent, without that tiny error I'm thinking he breaks into 30s.

Zarco is good on worn tires, plus surface is smooth, my apprehension would be a crash before tires giving out. I haven’t decided if its the new surface or Mishitlin that is causing so many crashes.

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He's good on worn tires, but worn soft/soft tires can't be overridden if you are generating wheelspin that is costing tenths here and there. Plus there is the Marquez factor in play. Zarco has looked good at races in the early stages but hasn't been able to maintain the pace as tire wear becomes more and more prominent. He wants this race badly though and that may work against him especially if he finds himself mobbed at the start of the race and drops back.

Crashes I think are down to the track surface being so grippy that any slide has the potential for a crash as soon as grip comes back or in Crutchlow's case a highside.
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Rather sad attempt at a Yamaha jab, but that is to be expected.
No, they would be poison to Yamaha now.
Sad attempts at jabs being your exclusive preserve on this forum?. For someone who does rather more than a modicum of jabbing himself you are thin-skinned about anyone coming back at you, even mildly and with some sort of point which is what I intended in this instance. It is difficult to think of many things Yamaha have done right in this season and the last btw.

All jokes/jabs aside, it is hard not to speculate that this dismissal is related to the choice of manufacturer for VDS going forward, the amount of money involved which Bartholemy denies anyway doesn't sound sufficient for him to risk his future over. If it is Suzuki vs Yamaha for next year, I obviously don't know whether it is negotiations with Yamaha or negotiations with Suzuki that he mishandled, and perhaps Honda could come into it as well, and if he has overplayed his hand which I would consider months of open speculation in the press with no contract for bike supply eventuating to constitute, no bikes from any of those 3 manufacturers is presumably also a possibility. Riders being contracted to him rather than the team is a reason to sack him anyway imo, I can't see how that is any way to run a motogp team, given one presumes it is the team/Mr VDS who is paying the riders.

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The last two minutes of qualifying - https://streamable.com/92o1x
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That highside - https://streamable.com/l4e4s


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May already have been said here but just came across a comment that really illustrates how quickly things move (no doubt the new surface helped) but (to quote).

Rossi is under the lap record from 2017 but qualifies 9th
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May already have been said here but just came across a comment that really illustrates how quickly things move (no doubt the new surface helped) but (to quote).

Rossi is under the lap record from 2017 but qualifies 9th
Yeah time to call it a day i reckon..he's had his time and now he can't keep up..
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