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August 11th, 2018, 01:31 AM   #41
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Marquez on pole. Huge race tomorrow for his championship defence, he could extend his lead by 10+ points. Dovi could catch Rossi, at least will really close up on him for second. Lorenzo will leap frog Vinales and look to start closing in on Rossi and Dovi.

Except for PI you would favour the Ducati over Yamaha at most of the tracks coming up so it seems inevitable that Lorenzo and Dovi will finish second and third IMO.
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Marquez on pole. Huge race tomorrow for his championship defence, he could extend his lead by 10+ points. Dovi could catch Rossi, at least will really close up on him for second. Lorenzo will leap frog Vinales and look to start closing in on Rossi and Dovi.

Except for PI you would favour the Ducati over Yamaha at most of the tracks coming up so it seems inevitable that Lorenzo and Dovi will finish second and third IMO.
MM is going to have his work cut out for him since he barely took pole from AD.

All in all, great lap from him to take pole at a circuit I thought would be a Ducati 1-2 on the grid. He gets through the turns quite fast so he's going to have to make up all his time there since he isn't going to be beating the Ducati's on the straights. Will be an interesting battle to see how AD gets past assuming he gets past.
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MM is going to have his work cut out for him since he barely took pole from AD.

All in all, great lap from him to take pole at a circuit I thought would be a Ducati 1-2 on the grid. He gets through the turns quite fast so he's going to have to make up all his time there since he isn't going to be beating the Ducati's on the straights. Will be an interesting battle to see how AD gets past assuming he gets past.
I would still back the Ducatis to 1-2 tomorrow but I would be surprised if Rossi ends up in the top 5 as well. So I expect a decent lead increase for Marquez tomorrow.
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I would still back the Ducatis to 1-2 tomorrow but I would be surprised if Rossi ends up in the top 5 as well. So I expect a decent lead increase for Marquez tomorrow.
Lorenzo will be out front going into turn 1. Not sure about Marquez and Dovi. Might be a scrap with them to be ahead into the first corner. Still expecting a Ducati victory. I had Lorenzo winning the race, but I think that will depend on his tire selection.
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Marquez has been crashing a lot less recently in free practice. He's in excellent shape, but this is a Ducati track.

The podium will be MM, AD and JL but it's difficult to predict the order.
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Marquez has been crashing a lot less recently in free practice. He's in excellent shape, but this is a Ducati track.

The podium will be MM, AD and JL but it's difficult to predict the order.
Hardly any offs this weekend in the GPs. In fact I think Simeon is the only one in FP4. Considering the conditions over the 2 days, that's quite impressive.
Certainly looks likely to be the podium but, as you say, in what order is too close to call.
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Marquez has been crashing a lot less recently in free practice. He's in excellent shape, but this is a Ducati track.

The podium will be MM, AD and JL but it's difficult to predict the order.
I think MM understands the tires now completely hence the lack of crashing this year.
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I came across this video and not really sure what to make of it. Its not something i've seen a factory/team do and trying to understand the 'why'. Interested in others opinions.

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I came across this video and not really sure what to make of it. Its not something i've seen a factory/team do and trying to understand the 'why'. Interested in others opinions.

That looks like public shaming of a race engineer.

Yamaha are acting like weirdos.

Anyone see uccio during qp last night? Vale pulled in and is relaying feedback the fella with a laptop, all Uccio can do; with a tissue in his hand because he has been promoted from ipad holder to lens clarity facilitator, is try and get in the way and act like Rossi is talking to him.

Eventually he proffers the tissue at which VR scrunches it up in hand.

Also why does he insist on wearing a peaked cap under the safety helmet? He is making a mockery of pit lane safety regulations.
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