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May 14th, 2018, 11:53 AM   #11
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Morbidelli is in GP, Mir in Moto 2
I didn't mean in the same race. Only that both riders compete strongly at this circuit. I don't expect Morbidelli to podium
but he loves to fight it out at this circuit. Mir should be on the podium in his race.

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I think and hope it will finally be Zarco's time. And I'm not even a fan
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Zarco, Maverick, even Rossi seem to do well here, even JLo. while Marquez has not had the best results in recent trips to France, so he is kind of the wild card. Dovi needs to have a good weekend, he needs to rebound from a poor result in Spain.

Ducati has stated that they want to get their 2019 budget sorted by June 1st, this is the last race before that deadline, so I would expect some news on rider contracts. Petrucci needs to have a good round, this may be his last opportunity to make a case for why he should be a factory Ducati rider.
LeMans is hit or miss with Marquez but is the sight of one of his most dominant rides since he entered GP. 2014 I think it was he was dumped at he start, ran off track a few times and found himself in 10th place. While coming thru traffic he was running laps 1/2 a second faster than the leader and took the lead and cruised to victory . With the track being resurfaced it may help Yamaha but having even more grip the better bike and rider should be even better.
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It's a real acid test for the Yam's, that's for sure. But there is no getting past the fact that the Honda is a stronger bike early season than it has been for the last couple of years.

To summarize, I haven't got a clue who's going to win it, all the big names are in with a shot, so long as Jack doesn't go cart-wheeling towards the wall again, I don't care.
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Another grand prix and another thread to potentially get shitted up. The possibilities are endless. MM working on 2 wins in a row which should have been 3 in a row had it not been for spineless Dorna Direction acquiescing to Rossi's bullshit. But what's done is done. The Yamaha's did well here last year till Rossi crashed out trying to overtake Vinales on the final lap. The Yamaha's will not be doing well here since ELECTRONICS!

Zarco on the other hand I think has a real chance to score that maiden victory but he's going to have to beat Marquez and right now I have trouble seeing him do that. MM crashed out last year, but I don't see him making the same mistake twice. The RCV is turning and has power so it's going to be a matter of tire selection and weather. I'm leaning towards picking Marquez going three in a row, but am unsure with the Zarco factor. I think Marquez is in full "fuck you" mode and will be looking to beat the crap out of the rest of the field. Zarco will go with the soft/soft combo that works well for him but has longevity issues so he will start strong then possibly falter.

Either way it's going to be an interesting race because if Marquez bags this one, that puts him in a good position where it's doubtful he will win a Mugello due to it being a Ducati power circuit. So I'd say he needs to win this race because Dovi will be strong at Mugello. Lolrenzo might be in the mix early on before his tires disintegrate because he can't make harder compounds work for the race distance.

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I'm 50/50 on the winner, if its dry and MM gets a good start without getting caught up in the 1st 2 corner mayhem, I'd fancy his chances with Zarco another 2nd. In the wet its got to be Zarco, he knows the track like the back of his hand and its good when you are a frenchman as well.
Can't see the ayamahahahas anywhere to be honest, their riders look like they suck lemons all day long. As an aside I think Bradley will beat the young Asparagus if it rains and being Le Mans its bound to be wet 9/10 times.

So my pick is :
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Zarco, MM, Rins,
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MM, Zarco, Dani.
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I think and hope it will finally be Zarco's time. And I'm not even a fan
My fear is that Zarco will desperate for a win and at home that he will cause some sort of chaos with MM and possibly others....especially at that last corner...
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My fear is that Zarco will desperate for a win and at home that he will cause some sort of chaos with MM and possibly others....especially at that last corner...
Do you mean "do a Sam Lowes" job. I don't think he will for the simple reason he will not want to upset the potential benefits of getting a podium and boosting French participation.
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My fear is that Zarco will desperate for a win and at home that he will cause some sort of chaos with MM and possibly others....especially at that last corner...

I'm all in. This ain't ballet after all.

Zarco has got the balls, the speed and the bike. Sometimes in this sport an aggressive move is what you need to win.

I obviously hope no chaos will happen but hey, again, this ain't ballet.

EDIT: if anyone in here likes ballet please don't get offended
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Marquez leads FP1, but close at the front:

1 93 spain Marc Marquez Honda 1'32.476
2 4 italy Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'32.501 0.025
3 25 spain Maverick Viņales Yamaha 1'32.543 0.067
4 35 united_kingdom Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'32.734 0.258
5 5 france Johann Zarco Yamaha 1'32.755 0.279
6 46 italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'32.777 0.301
7 29 italy Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1'32.919 0.443
8 99 spain Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 1'33.084 0.608
9 38 united_kingdom Bradley Smith KTM 1'33.157 0.681
10 44 spain Pol Espargaro KTM 1'33.245 0.769
11 9 italy Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'33.254 0.778
12 43 australia Jack Miller Ducati 1'33.268 0.792
13 53 spain Tito Rabat Ducati 1'33.326 0.850
14 41 spain Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'33.380 0.904
15 26 spain Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'33.389 0.913
16 19 spain Alvaro Bautista Ducati 1'33.492 1.016
17 42 spain Alex Rins Suzuki 1'33.692 1.216
18 30 japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'33.833 1.357
19 45 united_kingdom Scott Redding Aprilia 1'33.851 1.375
20 17 czech_republic Karel Abraham Ducati 1'34.333 1.857
21 21 italy Franco Morbidelli Honda 1'34.509 2.033
22 55 malaysia Hafizh Syahrin Yamaha 1'34.600 2.124
23 10 belgium Xavier Simeon Ducati 1'35.224 2.748
24 12 switzerland Thomas Luthi Honda 1'35.232 2.756
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