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May 14th, 2018, 09:20 AM   #1
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2018 HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France

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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Agree that it's hard to pick against Marquez right now. He is in unbelievable form. He's been unmatched for pace in the last 3 races, and despite having crashed in the last two races in LeMans I think he will be hard to beat. Zarco I think will be strong and I expect the two factory Yamahas to be stronger than they have been the last 3 races. I wouldn't be surprised to see MV fighting for the win.

I'm hoping for a great race, as a Marquez fan I would like to see him get the W but I would also love to see Zarco get his first in in front of this home fans.
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Yep, hard to see past a Marquez romp. Now there's a thought... But really, he does appear to be on some unbelievable form just now. Even if it all does get a bit hallirackit sometimes.

Zarco should be on home form, too.

I feel a bit meh about Vinales.

Cal will be Cal and his ego will see him through.

Lorenzo is showing glimmers of form at times but it's all a bit grim one way or another. I'm a fangirl, though, so would love for him to finally get the hang of the thing or get comfy or whatever the issues are.

Morbidelli is making steady progress and getting used to things. Luthi not so much, maybe.

The prospect of a race weekend lifts my week regardless so yaay
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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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Hopefully not. Think positive. Zarco winning in France is a great fairytale ending scenario. So much so that odds are against it. Vinales loves this track. Wouldn't surprise me to see him on the podium. Look for Mir and Morbidelli to duke it out in their race.
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I think last year Yamaha were in the same boat as this year. Don't forget they had a mare at Jerez then dominated at Le Mans.
For that reason I reckon it could be an all Yamaha podium.
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This is one of Honda's weakest tracks, so I'll say an all-Yamaha podium.

If Marquez wins here, the title race is over.
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This is one of Honda's weakest tracks, so I'll say an all-Yamaha podium.

If Marquez wins here, the title race is over.
I think this race is going to tell us how good the RCV really is this year. I know last year after they got the setup right, turn 17 and 18 at Aragon, the corner speed that Marquez had was absolutely unreal. They seem to have figured something out with the corner speed and you need that here.
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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.
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Hopefully not. Think positive. Zarco winning in France is a great fairytale ending scenario. So much so that odds are against it. Vinales loves this track. Wouldn't surprise me to see him on the podium. Look for Mir and Morbidelli to duke it out in their race.


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